The 10 Best board games

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some games to play once the turkey has been scoffed. Here are the best of them...

1. Jaques backgammon set


Absolutely stunning and likely to be passed down through generations. Typical of the quality for which Jaques of London's craftsmen are world renowned.

2. Absolute Balderdash 20th anniversary edition


If you're not already familiar with this hilarious bluffing game, you're in for such a treat, not to mention a lot of laughs.

3. Smart Ass


A great one to play after Christmas lunch. Fun, loud and good for all the family. First player to shout out the correct answer wins the round.

4. Operation


A classic that's great for younger ones. Use all your coordination and skill to remove the patient's ailments with the tweezers without setting off the buzzer.

5. Logo


Identify images and answer questions based on logos, products and packaging of the UK's most well-known brands. There's a version for children too.

6. Cluedo The Classic Mystery Game


First one to solve the murder mystery wins. With brand new characters, this is a fun variation of an old favourite.

7. Pictionary Family Edition


Classic game of quick sketches and crazy guesses, where players draw out a series of clues based on themes such as "action" or "object" for their team to deduce.

8. Scrabble Original


Scrabble was invented in 1931 by an unemployed architect, who simply played it with his friends until 1948 when it was finally manufactured on a large scale.

9. Monopoly Millionaire


First to get a million wins. A modern twist on one of the best loved games of all time, this version is all about making money as quick as you can.

10. Cranium New


With 600 all-new cards, this smash hit board game has an innovative folding game board. You'll need four or more people over 13 and you choose how long the game will be.