The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s not always easy to shop for the gamer in your life. Don’t fret. I’m here to help. I’ve prepared a series of gift guides to help you navigate the waters of games and accessories that are sure to please both new and veteran gamers alike. Each guide will be tailored to a different crowd, and each of them will contain links to the other as they get posted. Whether it’s stocking stuffers you’re after or a mega game to put a smile on their face, I’ve got you covered.
Need a game that won’t break the bank, still provides a ton of fun, and comes in a tiny package? I’ve got a great list of suggestions for you! Each game here will run you under $20 and can fit is most gamers’ pocket. Not only that, but each packs the punch of a game 4x its size.
Other 2020 Gift Guides:
[A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: RPGs] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: D&D] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Family Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Expansions] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Board Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Cornerstone Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Gaming Accessories]
Over Under Ostrich is a game that really needs to be experienced to “get it.” Players are trying to save ostriches’ fabulous hair by collecting a set of each hair color/style before the barbers come and shave their heads! They do this by slapping a card, dragging it to the edge of the table, popping it up, and catching it! Be careful, though. Other players can snag razor cards to shave a card out of your set. It’s frantic, hilarious, and can be played just about anywhere. $10 is all you’ll need for this one.
An eighteen card micro-game where players are trying to create the highest-scoring point noodle dishes. There’s a bit of bluffing involved that can take you all the way to the top, or cause you to botch your entire dish and have to start over again. Reach the designated score before your opponents to win it all! At $10 you’ll get more value out of this than you would if you ate out at a noodle restaurant!
The premise is simple: play all the cards from the deck, in numerical order, to the table. The catch? No talking. No large gestures. It’s not as easy as it seems. The Mind takes a straightforward task and turns it into a rousing game night, excellent for small and large groups alike. The best part? All that fun is only $12.99. It’s a game that you’re sure to talk about the next day and then take it right back out to play again.
Formerly Five24 Labs, Poketto publishes the Mint series of games, stripped-down games that focus on a core mechanic in a mint tin packaging. There’s Mint Works, Mint Control, Mint Cooperative, Mint Delivery, and many newer titles that branch out of the Mint line. Each game only costs $14.99 and is solidly designed.
Button Shy Games is famous for its line of inexpensive wallet games. Each game is only $12 and comes in a small wallet with everything you need to play. Tussie Mussie, one of their recent games, made last year’s list. Circle the Wagons has been hailed as one of the greatest games of its type. No matter which one you pick, you’re sure to have a winner on your hands. They’re small enough and cheap enough that you can buy a bunch to kickstart a game collection.
Media personality Rob “Devar-TTY” Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of Devar-TTY’s Pawns Perspective, Dev now focuses mostly on video games and TTRPGs. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.