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Whether you’re planning a family trip or just headed to the park with some friends, the best way to beat boredom? Games. Here are six favorites you should always have on hand.


A three-round, “say my name” guessing game with charades thrown in for good measure. Each side has one minute to get through as many cards as they can, attempting to guess the name on each one.  


Not to be mistaken with a chic version of tarot cards, this Italian deck is the lazy gal’s answer to bocce ball. Here’s how to play.  

The Voting Game

Find the player who best describes a question card and really get to know one another. This anonymous voting game promises a hilarious uncovering of the truths behind your friendships. (Best enjoyed several drinks in…)  



A crossword-off for the whole fam. Players race to build crosswords using all of their appointed tiles, the speediest side wins! Extra points for fruit-tastic packaging.   

Bananagrams, $15 

The Gold Deck

Upgrade your poker night with this glitzy deck.  


The classic travel game goes luxe, designed by a textile designer and hand-printed on FSC-certified Baltic birch.   

Curves Backgammon Set, Wolfum, $130

Originally published July 2017. Updated August 2017.

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