So Christmas might not be the big, riotous group celebration we’re used to, but board games are a classic Christmas pastime that we won’t be giving up, no matter how many (or few) people we have around the table.
These 10 board games have all been handpicked for their suitability for small groups, with no compromise on fun. From head-scratching trivia and word games to hilarious new concepts (that actively encourage you to pick up your smartphone) and traditional fare like dominoes, one thing we won’t be stuck for this Christmas is how to have fun.
10 board games perfect for small groups
The card gives the start of a popular internet search, you’ve just got to guess the most popular ending.
For each question (eg. how many slices in a medium loaf of bread?), give a numerical range as your answer – the smallest, and therefore most confident, range wins.
Test your knowledge of the hit US sitcom Friends with these on-the-go question cards.
You’ve got a category (eg. pizza toppings) and a letter, all you’ve got to do is shout out a word that connects them both first.
On top of the extremely beautiful design of this game, it’s suitable for up to 4 players max, which makes it great for small groups. A quick, strategic game that will fast become a family favourite.
Anyone who’s a fan of Scrabble will love Bananagrams – like Scrabble but without the board or the loooong waits for everyone else to take their turns, it’s an addictive fast-paced word game.
Love Countdown? This simple card game will get you testing your noggin with endless letters rounds.
For those who can’t help but pick up their phone during a board game, this is ideal as it’s a race for who can find things on their smartphone the quickest.
One of the best-rated two-player board games on Amazon, any Tetris addicts will instantly fall in love with Blokus.
Take things back in time with a classic game of dominoes – these ones have been pepped up with pictures of dogs for ultimate cuteness.