Board Gaming Gifts That Do The Shopping For You

These two Board Gaming Gift ideas solve the age old problem: How do you buy a board game for the board game geek in your life who seems to already have…ALL THE GAMES?

Such GREAT ideas for buying a gifts for gamers! I never would have thought of that second option, but now I'm pretty sure that's going to be the best gift I've ever given!

Like all my posts, this one about buying a board gaming gift absolutely has affiliate links in it. This includes an affiliate partnership with UnboxBoardom. These links don’t influence my opinions about a product or service and if you are curious as to why this disclosure is even here in the first place, you can find the answer by reading my full disclosure policy.

My family faces this problem every year…they ask me for my Christmas list, and I send them a list of board games. They are then faced with 2 potential problems:

  • What if someone else already purchased one of the games on my list for me?
  • What do I do if that game isn’t available on Amazon?

Not only that, but sometimes the titles of games are just plain confusing to non-gamers. For example: if I put Kingdomino on my list, I could see myself opening up a box of dominos on Christmas morning. I failed to consider this first world problem when I asked for Scythe last year and in hindsight I consider myself extremely lucky that I didn’t end with a really sharp grass cutting blade.

My family aren’t the only ones in this boat. I find myself in the same predicament whenever I consider buying board games as gifts for my other gamer friends because I struggle to remember what’s in their collection and what isn’t. And of course I have the same quandary as to whether or not they may already be getting that gift from someone else.

So what should you do?!

Well, of course there’s always the option of buying Gifts for Gamers That Aren’t Games. That’s totally a viable solution. But sometimes…you just want to get them a board game. They are gamers after-all.

Let me suggest 2 solutions to the game gifting conundrum, and if you stick with me until the end, you’ll get an exclusive offer just for Art of Boardgaming readers!

1. The Obvious One…A Gift Card

In years gone by (and possibly even today) many people see the gift card as a tacky way out of having to decide what to give someone. For me personally…. I couldn’t disagree more.

Amazon Gift cards are a fantastic board game gift!

Yes, I do love knowing that someone spent a lot of time and energy on a gift. And yes, the thoughts really do count! But never do I look at an Amazon Gift Card of any amount and go “Oh man… that person didn’t care enough to find something for me.” 

Instead…after I thank them for their generosity, my brain instantly begins to go through my Board Game Wish list and wonder what game that gift card is going toward!

Not only that, but if your gamer friend or family member has some pretty expensive games on their list, and your gifting budget is, well, not as big as the price tag, your gift card can be combined with other gift cards to pay for his or her shiny new box of cardboard and plastic.

Basically what I’m trying to say, is that if you put a nice note with a gift card telling them that “Hey – This is money towards that game you’ve got your eye on” it’s totally NOT a cop-out gift.

2. The Surprise Choice…A Board Game Subscription

This year I was introduced to a new service that, to be frank, I never thought I would be interested in. It’s called UnboxBoardom and it’s a subscription service…for board games.

UnboxBoardom, your board game gift HQ

UnboxBoardom is just like Blue Apron, Dollar Shave Club, or Kiwi Co; but way cooler. Just like those other crate delivery services they will send you a box every month, every other month, or every third month; but instead of razors or food in the box… it’s a GAME.

Let me tell you quickly how it works. Oh, and stick around and I’ll tell you how to save $10 on your first subscription!

1. You Buy the Subscription

Right on the UnboxBoardom homepage, click on “Give as a Gift” and select the subscription plan you would like to gift your friend. Then let the website walk you right through the checkout process!

There are three plans to choose from:

  • 4 games a year (one game every 3 months)
  • 6 games per year (one game every other month), or
  • 12 games per year (one game each month)

Each plan costs about $30 per box, so of course the bigger the plan, the more expensive your gift.

Be sure to select "Give as a Gift" when purchasing your board game gift subscription at UnboxBoardom

2. Your FRIEND Chooses The Game

As long as you select “No…I’ll be the expert” as you checkout, on the first of the month, the lucky gamer will receive an email letting them know that UnboxBoardom is about to send them a free game! And not only that, but they get to choose between 3 board game options!

Now while these games aren’t $90 games, many of them are great games that belong in any good game collection. Games like Power Grid, Pandemic, Sheriff of Nottingham, Baseball Highlights 2045, and Plague Inc. And they are worth the subscription fee.

For example, as I write this post, Plague Inc is selling for $39 on Amazon, which if my high-school math serves me correctly is almost $10 MORE than the price you would have paid for that months subscription.

I mean, I WAS home schooled.

Then with a simple mouse click your excited friend will select their game. Easy peasy!

3. The Game Arrives

Around the 15th of that month, a package will show up at your favorite gamer’s front door!

My Board Game Gift arrived from UnboxBoardom in THIS VERY BOX!

And that’s just the beginning of the fun.

Plague Inc. was the board game gift that I received from UnboxBoardom

Now that you know how the system works, let me share a little bit more about why UnboxBoardom is the perfect choice for that hard-to-buy-for-gamer on your holiday shopping list.

Reason #1: It’s a gift that keeps on giving

The kind folks over at UnboxBoardom gave me the exact experience of what it would be like if someone gifted me a subscription to their service. They were extremely generous and signed me up for a one month trial subscription of their service so that I could test it out at no charge…so it was literally as if someone gifted it to me.

To be honest, I was really skeptical at first because I thought someone would choose my game for me. But when I got an email on October 1st giving me 3 options for games…I was super excited. In fact, it was really hard for me to choose between Baseball Highlights 2045 and Plague Inc!

It felt like Christmas.

Then after I made my selection…I kind of forgot about it. Until….

When the board game gift from UnboxBoardom shows up at your front door... It's like Christmas all over again!

A package showed up at my door around the 15th of October and it was my UnboxBoardom subscription!

It felt like Christmas….ALL OVER AGAIN!

Now…Imagine if this happened 4, 6, or 12 times in a year. And every-time they open that email to choose their new game, and every time a new game comes to the door…their going to remember who got it for them. That’s pretty cool. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! 

The more I’ve thought about this, the more I’ve realized this would be a gift that, as a gamer, I would LOVE receiving.

Reason #2: It’s a Gift I Wouldn’t Necessarily Buy For Myself

I worded this point carefully because I don’t want to speak for all gamers…but I don’t think I’m alone on this.

Like most gamers, I spend a lot of time choosing what game is going to be the next one added to my collection. In fact I keep my current list all written down in a handy wish list.

Because of that, I wouldn’t necessarily buy a subscription service for myself because I’ve got my eyes on a few specific games. But UnboxBoardom knows that gamers love choosing their games which is why that email on the 1st of the month with 3 options is so exciting.

And besides, isn’t that just the kind of gift you like giving or receiving? That experience that they want, but wouldn’t necessarily purchase for themselves?

Reason #3: It’s Unique

If you pride yourself on finding the unique gift for your friends or family, find shopping off a list to be boring and unimaginative, or hate the idea of everyone just exchanging gift cards, then you really should take a look at UnboxBoardom.

It might be the gift that has everyone talking this holiday season, because it’s so much more than a typical game!

I promised you a deal exclusive to Art of Boardgaming readers, and now it’s time to spill the beans. UnboxBoardom wants you to be the gift-giver of the year, so they’re giving YOU $10 OFF your first Subscription just for being part of the AoB community!

Use the code AoB10 at checkout when you get a board game gift subscription from UnboxBoardom

How to Claim Your $10 Coupon

Here’s the deal.

When you buy a subscription to UnboxBoardom, whether it’s for yourself, or as a present to someone else, at checkout use the coupon code: AoB10, click “apply” and your $10 discount will be automatically applied.

Board Gaming Gift Idea - UnboxBoardom - Be sure to use the coupon code AoB10 at checkout!

Finding the perfect gift for your gamer friend or family member doesn’t have to stress you out this season! Give them the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription to UnboxBoardom. Or if that’s not their jam, give them a gift card to Amazon or their local game store.

Whatever you do, just showing interest in the hobby they love will mean the world to them.


Disclosure: Some of the links in this post about gift ideas for the board game fanatic are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item or use the coupon code, I will receive an affiliate commission. I only recommend products or services I use personally or believe will add value to my readers. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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3 thoughts on “Board Gaming Gifts That Do The Shopping For You

  1. I tried UnboxBoardom. Used your link, so I hope you got the credit.

    Sign up and checkout was easy, quick, and clear.
    I really liked how they would give you 3 options of games to pick from, as I have a good number of games and wouldn’t want to get one I already had. I think that, along with the $10 off code from your link, was what got me to try it.

    I eagerly awaited January 1 to get my e-mail with my options. Other game sites I looked at showed their previous game packages, which when you looked at what they were on Amazon, you could get the same games for decently cheaper.

    My options were Mountains of Madness, Kaiju Crush, and Ice Cool. I liked how along with a brief description of the games they also gave their own ratings. Each game also had decent ratings on BGG. I went with Mountains of Madness because I had actually been eyeing that one for a while.

    But after looking at the values of the games, I decided it wasn’t worth it for me to continue a subscription. The games I got to choose from were currently going on Amazon from between $26 and $31. Now I only paid $28 for my first month, but after that, it becomes $39 (33.99+5 shipping if paid monthly) or $35 a month, if paid for a year in advance. They list some of their previous offerings on their site. The One Night combo could be purchased for $28.

    My game came yesterday. They packed it in a box that was a very tight fit, leaving no wriggle room or any padding. Because of that, one of the corners was badly crushed, which also cracked the plastic insert inside. I’m not one that demands my games stay in brand new condition, but I’d like to be the one who causes the damage by using it, rather than having it come that way. I’ve purchased over 140 games online. I’ve never had one arrive so badly damaged. I had already made up my mind beforehand to cancel, based on the value, but this kind of reinforced it a bit.

    So for myself, I don’t see the value of it. I can pick the same games out myself on Amazon and still save a few bucks. Not to mention what happens when a month comes and I already own all 3 games? Or none of the 3 games even slightly interest me? I’ll stick to picking them out myself.

    However, I do think there would be two good uses of this service. Firstly would be as a gift, as you already stated. Secondly would be for someone who is relatively new to board games, as a way of both building their collection and also getting them introduced to new games they might not otherwise have tried.

  2. To follow up, when I canceled my subscription, in the comments as to why, I explained that I didn’t think it was quite worth it, and I also mentioned about my damaged game, mentioning that it was significantly damaged.

    I was surprised to get a personal response from the CEO, but was also pretty dissapointed in how he handled it. Now I didn’t plan to ask for a refund or replacement, and probably would have turned it down, but they never even offered. The response was “Additionally, we are sad to hear about the condition the game was packaged in the box. We will provide that feedback to our fulfillment center because we don’t want our customers receiving damaged games”. In other words, “sorry, but it’s not our problem.”

    So what happens when a game comes so damaged that it effects game play? “Oops, sorry about that.”

    There was no offer to make it right, which did not speak well for the company, and that will keep me away for good.


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