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4 Board Game Stocking Stuffers Under $20

4 Board Game Stocking Stuffers Under $20

This is the time of the holiday season where smaller gifts come into play. Whether part of an office gift exchange, a way to break the threshold on free shipping, or even just something to have on hand in case an unexpected giftee comes in, small gifts under $20 are a good idea in the days leading up to gift exchanges.

Love Letter

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Love Letter is a deduction game that is easily taught, quickly played, and can literally fit in a pocket. This game brought the Japanese micro-design movement to America in a big way. Each round has players drawing a card and playing a card, with the goal to be the last man standing. The player with the highest ranked card remaining in the round wins. For potential owners that aren’t interested in the original theming (or for those who love the game so much they want multiple copies), there are other versions of the game for fans of Batman, The Hobbit, Archer, and more!

Star Realms

Star Realms is a deckbuilder where 2 players must draw from a common row of cards and put together their decks in an attempt to generate income to buy new cards, inflict damage on the other players, and protect their deck from incoming damage. The game comes with several additional options for those who want to go over the $20 barrier. Each base set expands the game by two players, while expansion packs offer new cards and introduce new strategies and ways to play the game. You can also download the game as an app if you’re looking for something with even less of a physcial footprint.

Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms

Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms

Any of Gamelyn Games Tiny Epic series is an excellent gift for fans of 4X gameplay, but only one title costs less than $20 and fits in a pocket. The original Tiny Epic Kingdoms set the standard for the series and features exploration, conflict, and empire building in a short, flavorful game that takes less than an hour. Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms keeps nearly all the game play of its predecessor (minus the exploration expansion) and packs it into a box no bigger than a deck of common playing cards. Not only does the title offer the feel of a big boxed game in a quarter of the time, but the multiple cultures and terrain cards offer a lot of replayability.

Sushi Go!

Trick taking games have been around forever, but none of them have been aggressively adorable as Sushi Go! This sushi buffet themed game requires players to pass a hand of cards around the table and pick the right collection to score the highest amount of points by the end of the game. Certain cards combine for higher bonuses. At ages 8 and up, this is an excellent selection for younger games to help develop those ever-so-helpful math and critical thinking skills.

What is your favorite small game for under twenty bucks? Let us know in the comments!

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Image credits: Alderac Entertainment Group, White Wizard Games, Gamelyn Games, Gamewright

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