3 Tricks for Buying Holiday Gifts for Board Gamers Without Asking


It’s hard to buy holiday gifts for board gamers. We can have strong opinions about our hobby, and what seems like a nice gift to the giver can come off as clueless and off-target to the recipient.

Monopoly Sun-Maid Raisins Collectors Edition
Just imagine receiving this for Christmas.

These three tricks will help you buy holiday gifts for the board gamers in your life like a pro.

1: Ask Their Friendly Local Game Store

If your board gamer is lucky enough to have a friendly local game store that they frequent, the staff there probably knows your gamer’s tastes.

In some cases, your gamer may have expressed a desire to buy a particular game, but hasn’t gotten around to it yet. In that case, you’re golden. Get that game. Wrap it, and wait for their “how did you know?” look on Christmas morning.

The next-best scenario is that the staff or owner know of a new game that your gamer will probably like. This recommendation will be on-target more often than not.

What a friendly local game store owner or employee might look like.

2: Check Their Board Game Geek Profile

If the board gamer in your life owns enough board games that you refer to them as a board gamer, they probably have a profile on BoardGameGeek.com. More than 207,000 board gamers around the globe have rated games on the site.

But, more importantly for this trick, many members use the site to list the games that they want.

At the top of the main page, click the drop-down next to the search bar, select “Users.” From here, your best bet is to enter your board gamer’s BGG user name, but you can sometimes find them by their real name.

Once you’ve found your gamer on the search page, click on their name. On the right side of the page, you’ll find your gamer’s “Collection Summary,” which will include two important links: “Want to Buy,” and “Want in Trade.”

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3. Try the Clever Move Board Game Recommender!!

Sometimes both of the above tricks will fail. Don’t worry, we still may be able to help.

In 2017, we built a board game recommender that makes personalized recommendations for a person based on their Board Game Geek ratings. If your board gamer has rated even a few games on Board Game Geek, the recommender will put you in the right neighborhood.

What Are Your Board Game Gift Tricks? Tell Us In The Comments!


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