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25 Awesome Board Game Stocking Stuffers Under $25

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You don’t need a huge budget or a huge table to enjoy these games. Here are twenty-five really fun games that you can stuff into a stocking without breaking the bank.

For the kids: kid friendly but fun

There is an art to designing a game that is accessible to children but enjoyable for adults to play. If you’ve ever been stuck playing a dusty old copy of Candyland with your nephew and long for a game that’s genuinely fun for everyone at the table, these are the picks for you.

exploding kittens

Exploding Kittens is a ridiculous card game for ridiculous people. It’s perfect for all ages, but kids especially love the silly humor and silly artwork.

Sushi Come on!

This adorable game turns your table into a sushi preparation station where players select and pass out the pieces they need to complete their orders. It is kid friendly and still great fun for adults.

trash panda

It’s a goofy looking game and a goofy looking gaming experience. Trash Pandas is a test of luck game where you take on the role of raccoons who try their best to get as much trash as possible.

The mind

You and your fellow players must play the deck of 100 cards in ascending order. Pretty simple, right? Except you can’t communicate with the other players. Kids and adults alike love the challenge and the game has sold millions of copies around the world.

Pull Pull Burrito

Billed as the world’s first dodgeball card game, need we say more? It’s easy to learn, kids love it, and it’s exactly the kind of rowdy fun parties need. Although we recommend playing in the room without the fine china.

Beautiful to behold: judge a book by its cover

The colorful herb cards of the Herbaceous game.
first pencil games

Not all board games are beautiful to look at, but these are. If you’re looking for a game that’s fun to play and has bold, charming, or whimsical illustrations, this is your stop.


If you’re looking for a relaxing game to end your day, Herbaceous is hard to beat. Players collect and plant herbs to build a collection point by point. The cards are beautiful and the gameplay is relaxing.


Players build a beautiful path through a garden using beautifully illustrated cards. At the end of the game, the player with the most elegantly designed forest wins.


Using roller coaster-like game pieces adorned with colorful skulls and flowers, players bluff and try their luck to avoid the skulls and collect the flowers. It is a game that is simple to learn but challenging.


Perfect for fans of the Addams Family, Gloom offers a quirky twist on awesome spots. Each player has a gloomy family and their goal is to die as the most miserable (while inflicting happiness on the other players to steer them to the sunny side of life).

Love letters

Love Letters is a fast-paced game of deduction and risk-taking set against the backdrop of an ancient court. Players go to great lengths to harness powerful allies within court to ensure that their letter reaches the princess.

Dungeon in a box: explore the deep darkness

Fantasy figures and cover of the game Tiny Epic Dungeon.
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Who says you can’t fit a dungeon crawling adventure into a little box the size of a filler filler? While there are plenty of massive and expensive tabletop dungeon crawlers out there, these little gems fit a lot of adventures into one small package.

Little epic dungeons

Tiny Epic Dungeons does exactly what the name of the game promises. Players use the contents of the box to build and play the dungeon. It is completely modular and highly replayable.

dungeon drops

Dungeon Drop lives up to the name. Each round you set up the dungeon by dropping a large handful of colorful pieces on the table. Each piece represents monsters, loot, and a path to adventure.

Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Game

Boss Monster puts a twist on the dungeon-building game genre by turning the experience into a retro side-scrolling video game dungeon crawler instead of a classic Dungeons and Dragons experience. Great for fans of retro games.

Single Deck Dungeons

It’s a deck, a bunch of dice, and a lot of fun. One Deck Dungeon pits players against the deck of dungeon cards and all the monsters it spawns.

Find the traitor: accusing your friends is fun

Spyfall game location cards that show players where they are in the world.
cryptozoic entertainment

All the games in this section are different but share a common mechanic: someone at the table is a traitor, an intruder or a secret agent of chaos, and the rest of the players must find out. This is it if you’re looking for lively talk and good-natured accusations.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf

This fast-paced game of deduction is a fantastic update on the original Werewolf game. You can play an entire session in minutes, and the free companion app moderates the game so everyone can join in and play.


A game of political intrigue and deception, Coup pits players against one another as each person at the table maneuvers to achieve their personal goals.


Werewords takes the theme of the popular Werewolf game and turns it into a word deduction game. The theme is fun, but the puzzle part of the game stands on its own. You could easily be in a spaceship or an ancient Greek city and play just as well.

espionage 2

Building on the popularity of the original Spyfall, Spyfall 2 continues the festival of bluffing games. In each round, one person at the table is a spy who has no idea what environment he is in, while all the other players know. To win, the spy has to find out where they are without revealing his identity.

For the Sherlocks: deduction is an art

The tiles and cards of the Codenames game are scattered on a table.
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Do you love a good mystery? All of the games in this section turn players into amateur detectives, getting to the bottom of mysteries, unpacking keywords, escaping locked rooms, or both.

there has been a murder

This game of social deduction takes players back to the Victorian era, where they are tasked with solving a good old-fashioned murder. It plays fast and encourages you to try different strategies.

Mr Jack: Pocket Edition

A compact adaptation of the popular board game Mr. Jack, this small two-player game pits Jack the Ripper against Sherlock Holmes in a fast-paced game of deduction.

code names

The box for this game is reaching the limit of the size of a stocking stuffer, but it’s such a fantastic game that we’ll make an exception. Players take on the role of codemasters and agents in the field. Codemasters can only speak simple one-word clues to guide their agents, helping them avoid the assassins.

Departure: The Abandoned Cabin

Kosmos has a full line of standalone escape room puzzle games Exit: The Game. Each game is a unique puzzle that you can solve with friends and family. Stuff a different Exit game in each sock this year and you can spend your vacation solving mysteries.

Everything Else: A Bit of Category-Defying Fun

A cardboard submarine with small wooden player models of the game Deep Sea Adventure.
oink games

Not all games fit into a neat category, so let us share some gems right at the end that didn’t quite fit anywhere else. Deep sea dives, deep space adventures, there’s plenty of fun to be had with these compact sets.

unstable unicorns

Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game that encourages you to defeat your friends with crazy cards to get a stable of colorful unicorns. It’s incredibly popular and sure to be a hit.

The gang

This cooperative game is a deep space romp that puts a fun twist on card game tradition. It plays fast and with 50 different potential missions, there is high replay value.

deep sea adventure

In Deep Sea Adventure, players work their way deeper and deeper into the ocean in search of fame and fortune. Everything is so compact that it can easily fit in your pocket or backpack for on the go.

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