Best games to give as Xmas presents for the fam?!
Yeti Ball
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Hi All,

Every Xmas my family gets together and we end up playing tons of Catan, as this is the only real board game my parents own.

We have a blast, but this years I would like to get each of my family members a board game as a gift in hopes of injecting some variety into the festivities (last year my brother got them the Seafarers but that only goes so far IMO).

I have a total 5 gifts to give, and after some research here I have narrowed it down to a few games.

HOWEVER, seeing as how I'm not much of a gamer (read: I have never played any of these games), I thought perhaps the kind people here (experts) might be able to tell me if perhaps there wasn't some redundancy to my list.

I'd like to get them games that would be fun with the family (a group used playing Catan) but I'd like to avoid getting games that are "samey" in game play or mechanics. I'd like to cover a range of what games have to offer.

Here's what I am thinking of getting them, please feel free to comment or make suggestions.
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