GAMES AUSTRALIA’S ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR 2020
Regardless of all things uncertain in 2020, the one thing we can guarantee is that games and puzzles are at the top of everyone’s Christmas list this year. In April the category soared, 93% up on last year sales, in response to COVID isolation. Throughout the year, growth has continued to remain strong and constant. With Christmas, the one big event we can celebrate this year, just around the corner, there is no better time to buy games and toys that involve spending more time together.
Check out our Top 10 games you need to get your hands on this Christmas!
- 5 Second Rule Spintensity
In 5 Second Rule Spintensity, it’s an all-new, spinfully intense version of 5 Second Rule! If you love the original game, you’ll love the challenge this new edition brings. You have to name 3 things, but you’ve got more time now … or maybe! The new electronic timer is going, going, and you never know when it will stop! Combine this with the original game for even more family fun on Christmas day! Play all editions including the classic board game, junior, adult Uncensored. View the full range!
SHOP NOW: Big W, Aussie Toys Online, David Jones & Toymate
- Dog Man Attack Of The Fleas
Dog Man Attack of the Fleas is the cooperative board game based on the bestselling book series Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. In this game, players work together to save the city from th e Fleas – the Fuzzy Little Evil Animal Squad – and to destroy the Robo-Brontosaurus before it reaches the end! With over 30 million Dog Man books sold worldwide and new Dog Man: Grime & Punishment released this year, there’s so much to keep loving from this range. Don’t forget to check out Dog Man Hot Dog Tin as well as the Dog Man 100pc and Lenticular puzzles as well!
SHOP NOW: Big W, Catch, Toymate & Target
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec3vDMOLtq8
- Yes, Chef!
Yes, Chef was a Toy Fair favourite in 2020! In this unique skill and action game, an order card is flipped and players must use their spatulas to flip their plates to match. It’s a race to be the first to ring the bell! Not due until December, however we are so excited to release this product to market just in time for Christmas and Summer holidays. One to keep your eye out for in store next month!
SHOP NOW: Stay tuned, coming soon to retail!
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pgSakpvmYQ
- Drone Home
Recently nominated as a Toy of the Year 2020 Finalist, Drone Home is the first ever game to include a real drone with head-to-head competitive play. Kids race to launch their aliens down ramps to get them into the drone and when an alien lands inside it triggers the drone to start up and fly! Combining robotics with exciting game play, there’s no doubt Drone Home will make every children’s Christmas wish list this year. Let’s hope Santa can deliver in time!
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU_QldNek0o
SHOP NOW: Stay tuned, coming soon to retail!
- Trapped Escape Room Game Packs
Trapped Escape Room Game Packs are the newest addition to our family and party game range. Bridging the gap between table top games and escape rooms, Trapped turns any room in to an escape room adventure. Awarded Kids & Family Game Winner in the Creators Awards 2020 and Bronze Award for the Dadsnet Toy Awards 2020, Trapped was also selected as Top 7 Game for Christmas in The Telegraph UK, Top 3 Game for Christmas in the Irish Mirror and Top 15 Game f or Christmas in The Huffington Post UK.
Complete with all the materials you need to create an authentic escape room experience, Trapped Escape Room Packs deliver a unique twist on indoor play and what better way to entertain indoors over Christmas!
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnCAAqhGCVs
SHOP NOW: Big W, EB Games, Toyworld, Amazon & Kogan
- Hard Quiz The Game
Hard Quiz The Game brings Australia’s favourite TV quiz show in to your living room to play along from home! Just like the show there’s an Expert Round, Tom’s Round and the final Hard-off to find a winner and you can play as a contestant or host the game as Tom! Spruiked by Tom Gleeson, Peter Helliar & Carrie Bickmore earlier in the year, Hard Quiz The Game makes for an entertaining social experience everyone can enjoy. It was a big hit on Father’s Day and would make a fantastic gift for Dad, or for Kris Kringle, this Christmas!
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f72tdyO8J38&t=8s
SHOP NOW: Target, David Jones, Catch, Myer & Big W.
- Tip Of The Tongue
Tip of the Tongue is the 2-second trivia game where you have to think fast to spit it out! In this tongue-tied game, players take turns answering quick-recall questions and receive a point for each correct answer. The questions aren’t hard, but can you spit them out in 2-seconds flat? Over 1000 trivia questions included in this easy-to-learn, fast-paced party game. A fantastic family game to play with everyone at Christmas lunch!
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1ocJEMMN5g
SHOP NOW: Catch, Dymocks & Yellow Octopus.
- Stupid Deaths
Continuing its success as one of our bestselling games, Stupid Deaths is the game of grave humour where players identify myth versus fact to beat the grim reaper. A great game to gift teens this Christmas, and if you’re wanting something slightly smaller to stuff your st ockings try the NEW Stupid Deaths Tin – which can be played on its own or in tandem with the larger game format.
SHOP NOW: Big W, Kmart & Amazon.
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep4KOFeYH8Y
- Dumb Criminals
From the game designers of Stupid Deaths, Dumb Criminals is a riotously funny game that has players battling it out to determine whether a hilariously bundled crime is true or false. Players use their selected crew to collect cold hard cash as they move around the board and the first player to reach $50,000 cash wins! Dumb Criminals is one of our top picks to gift teens and adults this Christmas. It also makes a great party game to entertain friends over summer.
SHOP NOW: Target, Catch & Amazon.
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIH9BwEX8sI
10. First 100 Games & Puzzles
Based on the wildly popular book series by Roger Priddy, First 100 Words Games & Puzzles encourages toddlers to learn key concepts and words through photographs. All provide a fantastic hands-on activity to gift toddlers this Christmas, and perfect for developing literacy and coordination before preschool.
SHOP NOW: Big W, Kmart, Dymocks & Amazon.
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8dDue3jTfw
Have you got a budding scientist, geologist or biologist at home? Check out our top picks for science gifts to give this Christmas!
Get your child interested in science with one of the world’s leading and most trusted science brands – National Geographic! Educational, stimulating and fun, National Geographic kits come in a great variety of themes and allow your child to explore the amazing world of gems, geodes and fossils with the added bonus of digging up real authentic specimen! A great activity kit suitable for children who love hands-on play and learning about earth science.
Ages 8 – 12+
SHOP NOW: Big W, Amazon, Myer, Kidstuff & Peters Of Kensington
Trying to limit your child’s screen time? Give them a fun activity that will stimulate their brains, grow their knowledge and entertain them for hours! Wild Science offers a range of cool kits they’ll love to show off, along with plenty of craftables. From coding, chemistry to zombie and alien autopsy, Wild Science injects explosive fun into educational play.
Learning disguised through play, how good! A fantastic gift for children this Christmas!
Ages 6 – 8+
SHOP NOW: Big W, Mr Toys, Catch, Kidstuff & Amazon.
The Australian Geographic brand captures the essence and spirit of Australia and we are so excited to introduce a new line of science kits exploring environmental science and conservation through beautifully presented stories and imagery. From learning about the effects of climate change, the chemical structure of volcanos or the magic of forensic chromatography, to building a museum quality diorama, there is so much to explore in this exciting new range and arriving just in time for Christmas.
Ages 6 – 8+
SHOP NOW: Coming soon to QBD, Big W & Spotlight!
From lenticular puzzles, 3D puzzles, to mystery twists and case files, the UG puzzle range is puzzle-plus with added play value! Here are our top picks for puzzles this Christmas!
With the head of a dog and the body of a man, this heroic hound digs into deception, claws after crooks, rolls over robbers and scampers after squirrels. Join crime fighting supa hero bark knight and his sidekick cat kid in this 100 piece lenticular puzzle. With the added lenticular feature, puzzle adds a point of difference and challenging visual element to piece it all together. A fantastic gift to give this Christmas!
SHOP NOW: Mr Toys Toyworld, Toymate & Kogan
We are so excited to introduce CubicFun Harry Potter 3D Puzzles next month! CubicFun leads as a Top 10 brand in the global puzzle market and is a market leader in 3D puzzle innovation. With these new 3D puzzles, recapture the magic of the Harry Potter stories by assembling your own Wizarding World of Harry Potter into your home. The perfect Harry Potter gift for Christmas and suitable for fans of all ages!
SHOP NOW: Comings soon to Spotlight!
LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdBw0txQO4w
READ the story, ASSEMBLE the puzzle and then SOLVE the mystery! We have 8 different Murder Mystery Jigsaw puzzles to do and solve, but beware, the picture on the box is not the same as the jigsaw you’re making!
These puzzles aren’t your average 1000pc jigsaw puzzle, they’re puzzle-plus with a unique mystery twist. A fantastic Kris Kringle gift to give this Christmas!
SHOP NOW: Mr Puzzle, Mr Toys Toyworld, Dymocks, Target & Catch.
We are so excited to introduce the Murder Mystery Party Case Files this December. Become a cold case detective and use evidence to uncover the facts of the case to solve the mystery! With realistic case file packaging and over 50 pieces of evidence included, the Murder Mystery Party Case Files creates an authentic play experience perfect for the ultimate Christmas dinner party with friends. Also a great present to gift older teens or for Kris Kringle this Christmas!
SHOP NOW: Coming soon to Big W!
LEARN MORE: https://youtu.be/RwBxn3p-7j0
If you’re looking for last minute gifts to stuff your Christmas stockings, check out our mini tin games, dig kits and novelty toys below!
First 100 Words Tin Game
SHOP NOW: Catch, Ozsale, Toymate, Aussie Toys Online.
SHOP NOW: Big W, Toyworld, Amazon, Toymate & Dymocks.
SHOP NOW: Toymate, Catch & Dick Smith.
SHOP NOW: Kogan, Dick Smith & Catch
WTF (What The Fish!) Tin Game
SHOP NOW: Gamesworld, Toymate & Poker Trade Collectibles.
Danger Noodle Tin Game
SHOP NOW: Catch, Gamesmen, Kogan & Sanity
SHOP NOW: Target, Toymate, Dick Smith & Aussie Toys Online.
SHOP NOW: Catch, Kidstuff, Dick Smith, Amazon & Peters Of Kensington
SHOP NOW: Mr Toys Toyworld, Mad About Science & Spotlight.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, Dick Smith & Catch.
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