SHOP­PING: FUN & GAMES Gather the fam­ily and bring out a board game for some friendly com­pe­ti­tion.

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Once the wrap­ping pa­per has been ti­died away and every­one’s had their Christ­mas pud, gather your near­est and dear­est to­gether and bring out a board game for a lit­tle men­tal ex­er­cise and

some friendly com­pe­ti­tion

Mah Jong

Orig­i­nat­ing from China, Mah Jong is an ad­dic­tive game, played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chi­nese char­ac­ters

and sym­bols. It com­bines mem­ory, strat­egy and chance – it might be one

to play once the Christ­mas sher­ries have worn off! This beau­ti­ful set comes in a wooden box, so you can keep it safe to play with for years to come.

Ex Lib­ris

Ex Lib­ris will chal­lenge your writ­ing (and bluff­ing) skills as you at­tempt to pen plau­si­ble open­ing and clos­ing lines from well-known nov­els, and fool the other play­ers into be­liev­ing them to be gen­uine. The per­fect af­ter-din­ner pas­time for a fam­ily of book­worms, or a stock­ing-sized

gift for a bud­ding writer.

Crib­bage

Cre­ated by the poet Sir John Suck­ling in the early 17th cen­tury, Crib­bage is a card game for two to four play­ers, and in­volves play­ing and group­ing cards in com­bi­na­tions in order to gain points. This box has the board on its lid, so it’s great for tak­ing with you on trips and trans­port – per­fect if you’re trav­el­ling

about this Christ­mas.

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Tokaido

If board games aren’t ex­actly a zen-like ac­tiv­ity in your house, Tokaido might be a gamechanger. Play­ers be­come an­cient trav­ellers, fol­low­ing the his­toric

Tokaido road. The goal is sim­ply to have the most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence: re­lax­ing in hot springs, sam­pling lo­cal cui­sine and tak­ing in breath­tak­ing views. We’d like a real life ver­sion!

Jun­gle Deck

Even if you can’t do magic tricks, it’s handy to have a snazzy pack of cards in the house. From poker to snap, there are games for all the fam­ily wait­ing to be played! This cov­etable and un­usual deck was printed on an an­tique Hei­del­berg let­ter­press to give the colours a vin­tage look that com­ple­ments the vi­brant graph­ics.

£50 www.john­lewis.com

£14.50 www.ox­fordgames.co.uk

£21 www.gra­hamand­green.co.uk

£14.95 www.bery­lune.co.uk

£31.99 www.mag­ic­mad­house.co.uk

£11 www.artof­play.com

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