No matter how great tablets and their various game apps become, there will always be a place for non-electronic games you can only play against a real-life human being.
Wasting an idle hour and showing your siblings who’s boss isn’t all that’s important. After all: playing real, physical games also offers a way of connecting with others.
This particular game combines dexterity, speed, and a smidgen of strategy. The rules are far from complicated, making it suitable for players as young as five.
Simply pull a puck back against the elastic on your end of the board and let it fly through the small gate in the center. When you’ve sent all ten to your opponent’s side of the board, you’ve won – of course, they’ll be doing their best to accomplish the same thing, so your victory is far from assured.
The board and pucks are made of wood and are small and light enough to fit into a holiday suitcase. If you prefer, you can also opt for the NHL-themed version intended for hockey fanatics.
The relatively low price of this game makes it a good budget alternative to something like a foosball table, but unfortunately, the quality is not uniformly great – we definitely recommend inspecting and trying out your purchase before giving it as a gift.
On the plus side, spare pucks and replacement elastic bands are easy to order through the manufacturer’s website.
Note: For more games like this one, you may want to check our gifts for game- and puzzle lovers. These are all (or at least mostly) games with boards, cards, pawns, dice, and other game pieces from before the digital age. You know, as real tabletop games should be.