20 Gifts for Board Game and Puzzle Enthusiasts 2023

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As the festive season approaches, it’s time to hide those TV remotes and start thinking about the latest puzzles and board games that will keep you and your loved ones entertained for hours on end. The 2023 Christmas season already has a range of exciting new releases, catering to a variety of interests and ages. Football fans can look forward to game-inspired puzzles and board games, while Disney enthusiasts can indulge in themed puzzles and games featuring their favourite characters. For families looking to spend quality time together, there is an abundance of options that ensure family fun and bonding. Get ready to enjoy the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation with this year’s latest puzzles and board games for Christmas 2023. We’ve tested them so you don’t have to!


This fantastic new puzzle is a must-have for every football fan. Updated for the 2023/24 season, it starts as a giant 300-piece jigsaw map of the UK and Ireland and then becomes a footballing challenge. this amazing 300-piece jigsaw maps 148 clubs across nine leagues and builds into a stunning map, illustrating the football clubs of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Made to order, this is a great gift for any football fan.

Age 10+ |
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The new season starts here with the awesome new Premier League Adrenalyn XL 2024 Official Trading Card Game from Panini.   Season2024 collection: new categories, subsets and autographs. QR code included for online gaming. Contains 10 packets (60 trading cards) PLUS 1 Limited Edition card + 1 Online Coin card.

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Develop luxury hotels around the world and make your opponents pay to stay. The more hotels build, the richer you get. Make your opponents pay to stay in this family tabletop board game classic! Get ready to play with the easy-to-follow online tutorial to help you construct your amazing properties. Will you own it all or lose a fortune?

Ages 8+ Available from, Smyths and Amazon


You’ll need speedy thinking and nerves of steel for this challenging puzzle! 165,888 possible star puzzles to complete and always a solution. For a brilliant twist solve the puzzle with the ‘Golden Star’ and score a double win (only 60% of these have a solution!). For one or two players.

Ages 8+ Available at, and Amazon

The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake: Musical Puzzle £17.99

Immerse yourself in the enchanting musical world of Tchaikovsky’s legendary ballet with this gorgeously designed jigsaw puzzle that outlines in picture and text the key events in Swan Lake.

Piece together the magical adventure of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet with this unique musical jigsaw puzzle which is the perfect gift to introduce children to classical music.

The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet, opera and program music stories paired with sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores.

 Available at Waterstones Amazon

Geomag (536) Glitter 60-Piece Set £39.99

The super stylish Glitter line is dedicated to fans of sparkly colours! What’s more, the practical storage boxes to keep the rods and spheres in neatly, as well as always with you, are also made of recycled plastic.

The bars, through the magnets positioned on both ends, connect to the spheres. The indication of the polarity visible on the bars also allows you to better understand all the potential of magnetism and to make faster constructions at the limit of the laws of physics.

Geomag is an educational STEM product, which stimulates and develops the imagination, creativity, logic, dexterity.

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Smash Down! £14.99

Think! Find! Smash! Get ready for fast-paced action with Smash Down – the flipping, switching, smashing trivia game that will have you on the edge of your seat.

The rules are simple, the question master reads out a question and you and your fellow competitors must use your eagle eyes, racing to locate the answer that is hidden in plain sight somewhere on the double-sided game boards. Using quick thinking and lightening reflexes, the first player to spot the correct answer must slam their finger pointer down on the answer and shout “smash down” to claim the question card.

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The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker: Musical Puzzle £17.99

Complete with musical buttons and stunning illustrations, this delightful puzzle for all budding ballet fans tells the spellbinding story of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Piece together the magical adventure of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet with this unique musical jigsaw puzzle.

Begin with a musical puzzle frame that outlines in illustrations and text the key events of The Nutcracker story – from the special gift Clara receives from her uncle on Christmas Eve, a wooden nutcracker shaped like a soldier, to the toy’s transformation into a prince who takes Clara on a tour of his kingdom, the Land of Sweets.

Flip the poster over to find additional details on the story’s happy ending and biographical information about the composer and how the music connects with the story.

Available at Waterstones Amazon

Ravensburger The Wizard of Oz Adventure Book £34.99

Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy & Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Can you work together to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, find great and wonderful Wizard of Oz, and make it back to Kansas? After all, there’s no place like home!

Great Replay Value – The Game plays 1-4 players ages 10 and up and takes approximately 15 minutes per chapter. What You Get – Each game comes with 6x Character Minatures, 1x Game Book, 4x Reference Cards, 40x Story Cards, 20x Special Cards, 51x Plot Cards, 40x Counters & Rulebook. Clear Instructions – Learn to play with a clear, high-quality, step-by-step rulebook. Perfect for Families and Wizard of Oz Fans – Whether you’re playing with a group of Wizard of Oz fans, classic board gamers, or your family, The Wizard of Oz Adventure Book Game is perfect for any game night occasion and makes a great gift!

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Santa Banter £8.99

Santa Banter is a hilarious rhyming Christmas Board Game for families.

Put on your Christmas jumper and get ready to rhyme your brand new socks off in this Christmas game for families. Perfect for Christmas parties and family get togethers.

 Two teams must try to describe, mime and shout out as many ridiculous rhymes as they can. Stuffed with Christmas spirit, containing over 180 festive rhymes to test out.

Ages 12+

Available at Amazon

Winning Moves Christmas Monopoly Board Game £27.95

Play as Rudolph, Snowman or Santa and trade your way to success, Perfect Christmas present or decoration by the tree.

The world’s favourite family board game brings you another exciting edition of MONOPOLY – the Christmas Edition. Choose your favourite festive token, tour your favourite Christmassy things and accumulate fortunes, but watch out for taxes, jail and bankruptcy.

Advance to Santa, Dasher, Dancer and Prancer, or even Sprouts – will you owe rent or reap the rewards? Invest in Grottos and Workshops and trade your way to success.

Ages 8+

Available at Very and Amazon

The Christmas Carousel 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle £8

This puzzle features a historic Christmas scene of Santa Claus visiting lots of children at the carousel. With lots of intricate details, this delightful jigsaw is sure to keep your mind endlessly intrigued.

Buy at The Works

Connecting London Game £14.99

Board game inspired by Transport for London.

Ready, get set, go!  Connecting London is a strategic, tile-laying game, where players build the iconic Zone 1 London Underground Map, scoring by connecting famous mainline stations and London landmarks. The first player to make 5 connections and complete their Underground sign wins.

But beware, this journey won’t be plain sailing – there are lots of surprises along the way to throw you off course!

Can you stay on track to win? Or will you be derailed by another passenger?

Ages 8+

Available at  Gibsons and Amazon

The Christmas Square 1000 Piece Puzzle £14.99

The Christmas Square 1000 Piece Puzzle in  from Galison is just the right level of challenge for the whole family to join in on.

Featuring artwork by Joy Laforme, this jigsaw puzzle displays a charming village during the holidays, complete with lit Christmas trees, falling snow, carolers, smoking chimneys and more.

Ages 8+

Available at  Amazon

Herd Mentality £19.99

Udderly hilarious by Big Potato Games is a party game for family and friends. Easy to learn, for 4-20 players.

Flip over a question and guess what your family and friends are thinking. If your answer is in the majority, you win cows. If you’re the odd one out, you’re stuck with the pink cow of doom.

Ages 10+.   Available from Very and independent toy shops.

Gibsons The Art File Secret Garden 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle £15.99

An inspiring collection of beautiful birds and animals who live in our woods and forests across the land. This original artwork has been skilfully created by one of The Art File’s multi-award winning in-house designers.

Gibsons Games and The Art File, two British family-run businesses with a shared passion for quality and creativity, have teamed up to produce a range of stunning 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. This collaboration showcases the best of both companies, offering high-quality jigsaws and beautiful artwork to provide the perfect experience.

Ages 8+

Available at Waterstones and Amazon

OUTSMARTED! The Live Family Quiz Show Board Game £29.59

Outsmarted uses the power of technology to create the most exciting, immersive board game experience ever!! Put your friends & family in the Hot Seat against the clock in your own ‘Live TV Quiz Show’.

Run the Outsmarted app on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Windows 10 laptop or PC. Connect up to 24 devices as handheld quiz controllers.

Outsmarted automatically adjusts question difficulty & context to create a level playing field. Watch out adults. Now anyone in the family can win!

If it happened yesterday it could be a question in the game today! Say goodbye to stale, outdated questions, All 6 question categories are updated regularly and the Breaking News category is updated daily.

If your loved one didn’t make the festivities they can now join your game wherever they are in world! There’s even a virtual board and voice-chat functionality. All they need is the free Outsmarted app.

Ages 8+

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Adoration of the Magi 500 piece Puzzle £63

Adoration of the Magi, painted by gothic artist Gentile da Fabriano in 1423, is a stunning Venetian altarpiece that we have transformed into a beautiful wooden jigsaw.

The perfect gift for fine art enthusiasts and puzzlers alike, this traditional adult jigsaw can be completed time and again. With shaped whimsy puzzle pieces that match the theme of the scene, this high-quality jigsaw for adults represents the very best of British materials and craftsmanship.

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Just One £18.99

Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be cancelled!
A complete game is played over 13 cards. The goal is to get a score as close to 13 as possible. In case of a right answer, the players score 1 point. In case of wrong answer, they lose the current card as well as the top card of the deck. Thus losing 2 points. In case of lack of answer, the players only lose the current card, and therefore only 1 point. You have the choice – make the difference!
Ages 8+

Available from Waterstones and  Amazon

Concept £29.99

You don’t need to talk to communicate!

Get other players to guess hundreds of words, characters, expressions, and titles by combining icons on the board.

Guess words through the association of icons.

The first player to discover the word or phrase receives 2 victory points.

Age 3+   Available from Amazon

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