For the Win: 10 Literary Games that’ll Make Great Holiday Gifts

(Bookish) Fun for the Whole Family!

The holidays are all fun and games until you realize you forgot to get a gift for someone. Here are a few sure-to-please board/card games from 2022 that will make great last-minute gifts. Plus, they’re good to break out in case of awkward silences at family reunions.


For your thespian friend, who loved studying abroad in London and came back with a fake British accent:

the shakespeare game

The Shakespeare Game by Adam Simpson

For your friend who should actually start a podcast:

the moth

The Moth Presents: A Game of Storytelling

For the grandma that’s a little too into CSI:

agatha christie bingo

Agatha Christie Bingo by Ilya Milstein

For the academia dad who is always a puzzle:

joyce puzzle

The World of James Joyce by Michael Kirkham

For the person in your MFA who is bold with fonts:


Gutenberg by Katarzyna Cioch, Wojciech Wiśniewsi, and Rafał Szłapa

For the writer who is paralyzed by the dream of precision and who could spend hours mulling over a single word:

awkword game

Awk-word! by Ridley’s Games

For the hopeless romantic on Hinge who just wants someone to bewitch her, body and soul:

matchmaking jane austen

Matchmaking: The Jane Austen Memory Game by John Mullan, illustrated by Barry Falls

For that mansplaining uncle who won’t shut up for even, like, one second:

literary charades

Literary Charades

For the roommate who still texts you his Wordle score on a daily basis:

wordle game

Wordle: The Party Game

For your niece who is a freshman in high school and who you are hoping to convert into a fellow book lover:

literary puzzle

50 Must-Read Books of the World Bucket List 1000-Piece Puzzle by Ridley’s Games

Katie Yee
Katie Yee
Katie Yee is a Brooklyn-based writer.

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