There’s no shortage of games that we’ve played in our lifetime, and so many more out there that we are excited to learn and play in the coming years. (Stay tuned for our New Years post where we will talk about some of our game aspirations for 2020.) Back to Christmas—at least for our family, we are always looking for additional ideas for Christmas presents each year. Especially for the procrastinators out there who are still looking (Cassidy). Maybe you are still trying to figure out what to ask the big man at the North Pole for. Or maybe you’re looking for something other than a re-gifted pair of socks for your brother-in-law. Here are some ideas we’ve compiled from some of our favorite games we reviewed in the past, and some games that we are excited to review in the future… Now presenting: Backyard Buffs 2019 Christmas List (games we guarantee your brother-in-law would like more than a pair of socks).
- Glow in the Dark Bocce ball. We have already mentioned in our game review how much we LOVE this game. It’s our top rated game of 2019 and for a good reason. It’s the perfect game for any age, any time, and everyone loves the glowing orbs of vibrant color. We can’t think of many other games that are even more fun to play after the sun goes down. There were so many times throughout the summer where the sun would start to set, but we weren’t ready to go in—so we broke out the Glow in the Dark Bocce. It’s the perfect gift for anyone this Christmas. And you can even break out the red and green bocce balls to use as Christmas decorations. $79.95 on Amazon.
- Spikeball. If you don’t already have a Spikeball set… now is your time to get one! It’s competitive, exciting, and some may even say thrilling. It can be played during lunch (shoutout to Cassidy’s coworkers who play everyday at lunchtime), bbq’s, or any other gathering with competitive souls. Though, as we will mention in a future wedding games post, we would suggest not bringing it to your wedding reception. Unless you want your groomsmen to be M.I.A for the rest of the day. There’s no better time to introduce your family to a wonderful game or buy a Spikeball replacement for a college student trying to decide between groceries for the week or replacing their well-worn Spikeball set. Currently $49.99 for the 3-ball set on Amazon!
- Pickleball paddles & balls. As noted in our article about the most searched backyard games in your state, Pickleball was #1 for our home state of Utah. Although, it’s not usually in your backyard (but hey good on ya if you have one in yours, and we would love to play), it’s a great game to play with the family! You can play one on one, two on two, or other variations similar to “Around the World” in ping pong. Search for a pickleball court near you here.
- Kubb. We seriously love this game. And apparently so does Michigan. This is our favorite find of 2019. It’s fun for players of all ages. Although, grandma did struggle with tossing the sticks far enough. The sticks slide a lot further on sand than grass, but bounces are more variable when playing on grass. This adds another level of fine-tuning your throwing technique in order to pick up a win on any terrain. It’s the game where precision and maybe a couple lucky bounces will help you toss your way to victory. This game is sure to become a quick family favorite this Christmas. $49.99 on Amazon.
- Kan Jam. This is a great chill game for a BBQ. If you like tossing a frisbee around, and you like a little competition, Kan Jam is for you! Toss the frisbee either straight in the black tube, or have your teammate redirect it in to score points. We will be doing a full review in the future, but trust us on this one for now—it’s a good buy! $26.30 on Amazon. Also a fun looking table top version here.
We love the Christmas season! Let’s all do a little extra to spread some Christmas cheer. If the kids across the fence throw the ball over your fence for the thousandth time, feel free to throw the ball and maybe a little extra Christmas candy right back over the fence with it! 🙂 In the words of Buddy the Elf, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is playing backyard games with all you hold dear .” Or something like that! 😉