It’s all fun and games when you’ve got, well, games on hand. A little friendly competition can liven a party, entertain guests and create an upbeat atmosphere (and awesome memories!).

Whether you’re planning a get-together, have unexpected guests or you’re just hanging out with family, you can make any night memorable in a snap. Stock up on some classics and you’re always prepared for fun.

Deco Stacking Game: Build it up and watch it fall! Just try not to get super invested in the integrity of your tower! Plus, this one is designed exclusively for west elm so it doubles as a sculptural object.

Dominoes: Play or display this stylish take on a classic game. Dominoes is fun for any age, from kids to adults, you can get the whole gang in on the fun. Gift it, play it, love it!

Chess: Your move. This game is all about skill. And that’s what makes it so much fun. You’ll never play the same game twice! Up your game with this chess board in a cool, modern color. There’s no reason style can’t accompany strategy.

Movie Geek Trivia Game: Perfect for dinner parties and family nights. Everyone has that friend who always said “I saw that” when any movie is mentioned. Cinephiles (and the casual movie goer!) fight for the title of movie geek.

Backgammon: Did you know that backgammon is one of the oldest known board games? Any game that lasts for centuries has got to be a blast! Roll the dice on this classic game and everyone’s a winner!

Pick up sticks: A childhood favorite for a reason—it’s so much fun! I loved this game as a kid and I still love it. Bonus? There’s no lengthy learning curve and you can play it on a table or pop a squat on the floor. Makes a great stocking stuffer!

make it merry tips — holiday games

make it merry tips — holiday games

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