15 Fun Card Games You Can Still Get In Time for Your Next Holiday Get Together

published Dec 19, 2022
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With December coming to a close, your calendar is likely chock full of get-togethers, whether they be traditional feasts with family or fun holiday parties with friends and strangers. Now I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the most important parts of any holiday get-together is the entertainment. This can range from party to party: for some, entertainment involves putting together a killer holiday playlist, for others, it’s curating a marathon of movies the whole party will love. But if you’re anything like me, it’s not a party until someone breaks out the games — and nothing beats a fun card game. And I’m not talking poker or gin rummy. From staples like Uno and Cards Against Humanity to up-and-coming games you and your loved ones won’t be able to put down, we rounded up 12 of the best card games out there. Best of all, they’ll be at your doorstep just in time for your next holiday party.

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What is a game collection without a pack of UNO? This classic game is easy to play as players race to match numbers and colors in an attempt to strategically get rid of all their cards. Fun for all ages, once you pick this one up, it'll be impossible to put down.

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Designed to help you connect with the ones you love most, In The Loop is a game that will leave you feeling grateful at the end. Start by placing the shuffled deck in the center of the group. The person who recently had a birthday picks first. For each Connect Card, the player decides if only they answer or if the whole group does, too. For each Make Moves Card, the player who selected must perform the task for the group. Each deck comes with 100 cards: 80 Connect Cards that spark fun, meaningful conversations and 20 Make Moves Cards, aka action cards to be performed for some extra fun, laugh-till-you-cry moments!

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For a silly card game, pick up Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. This game requires fast hands and quick thinking: Everyone takes a turn placing a card in the middle and says the five words: taco, cat, goat, cheese, and pizza. As soon as there is a match between a card and a spoken word, race against each other to slap your hand on the central pile of cards. The last one to do so must take them all. The first to get rid of all of their cards wins!

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This one's for the adults. Cards Against Humanity has become a staple at many parties for a reason. Touted as "the party game for horrible people," the game is simple: Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest (or rudest, most absurd) white card. If you aren't a horrible person already, you will soon be.

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This award-winning card game has earned its place in family game nights the world over — and for good reason. Fast-moving and full of irreverent (but kid-friendly) humor, Exploding Kittens is an often silly, always exciting race to see who can sidestep detonating felines and outlast the group.

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In Apples to Apples, each player gets seven “Things” cards to pair up with the Judge’s “Description” card. In each round, the judge reads the description — say it’s “Evil” — and every player lays down the card from their hand that matches that description. The judge chooses their favorite “thing” card, and at the end, the player who won the most rounds wins!

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Be the first person to introduce your friends and family to something awesome with the brand-new card game LINKEE! First, split into teams. The goal is to be the first team to decipher the link or “LINKEE” between four quiz questions (So, if the answers are “cheese” “waffle” “curly” and “French” the LINKEE is… “Fries!”) On the back of each card is a letter. The first team to collect enough cards to spell: LINKEE" wins the game! It's a trivia game everyone can get behind.

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Meme lovers, this one's for you. What Do You Meme involves matching captions to images all of us who are chronically online know and love, creating the funniest memes. The winner of each round is decided by a rotating judge. It’s a great gift for fans of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, or anyone with a social media addiction. The Bigger Better edition will arrive before Christmas.

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Hilarious and fast-paced, Freedom of Speech is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. To win, get your team to guess the word on the card without saying the word on the card, all while racing against the beeping timer (yes it gets intense.) The first team to 21 cards wins!

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It’s hard not to laugh when a pun is so bad that it’s good. Teams have 60 seconds to guess the six puns on the card to score points (All the puns start with the same letter so that makes it easier to guess the puns.) The first team to 30 points wins. With 1,332 puns on 222 cards, Pun Intended makes for one hilarious game night.

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From the makers of WHAT DO YOU MEME? comes New Phone, Who Dis? This is the 100 percent offline text message party game where players compete to create the funniest text message thread. Players rotate drawing a sent (or “inbox”) card while the rest of the group competes to play the funniest reply card. Once everyone in the group has played their chosen reply card, the judge decides which combo is the funniest. That person gets a point. The person with the most cards at the end, wins.

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Test your trivia of the greatest decade (sorry, not sorry) with Hella 90s. Featuring 400 pop culture questions jam-packed with pictures, trivia, and game challenges, reliving your favorite nostalgic moments has never been more fun (or less cringy). The coolest part? There's even a specially curated Hella 90s Trivia soundtrack on Spotify that you can listen to while you play.

Have a fun card game you love that we didn’t mention? Let us know your favorite picks in the comments below!

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 12 Fun Card Games You Can Still Get In Time For Your Holiday Gathering