#90 – GiftTRAP


At a Glance: GiftTRAP is a great party game that is not only about how well you give gifts, but how you receive them.

GiftTRAP is a party game for 3-8 players where players select gifts to give to each other, chosen from a grid of random gifts of differing price ranges. Players also place tokens on the gifts that they would like to receive themselves. Then, all is revealed and players score based on how well they gave gifts that matched people’s wishlists, and also how well they did on the receiving end. In order to win, both your “Give” and “Get” tokens have to be in the “Gifted” space at the same time. Are you notoriously difficult to buy for come Christmas-time? Well, you might want to rethink things a bit based on what other players THINK you want. Are you known for giving obscure gifts that aren’t found on people’s wishlists? Well, you also might want to rethink things and start giving people what they want! But seriously though, I like how you have to be good at both, and strike a balance between good giving and good receiving.

This is one of the best party games I have played, for a few reasons. First off, there are so many dang cards in this game. The cards are separated into 4 different decks of varying price ranges. In the cheapest category, you might find gifts like a pair of water pistols. The most expensive category gets pretty fancy, with gifts like a huge diamond, playing a golf round with a Masters winner, or a luxury yacht. The cards are also double-sided, so there is much replayability here. Everything comes in a very nice package, though the box fits together in an awkward way. Each set of pieces are stored in these little gift bags and the component quality is high overall. Where other games, and even some party games, are a bit quiet, this game always generates great conversations and exclamations. It’s frustrating when several players give you something that you did not include on your wishlist, but that’s overcome by the good feeling when you have a great round of gift-giving. So with Christmas coming up, this is a perfect party game to play with your family and friends. I limit it to “family and friends” because it probably goes without saying that it would be awkward with strangers.

It’s a shame I feel like not many people are aware of this game. It doesn’t help that it has been out of print for a while either. But if you can find a copy, it’s well worth it.

It is out of print, but you can usually find a few used copies: https://amzn.to/2DMudjq


Party Game – Games that are all about the social interaction and fun. Hardly boring, these games are obviously great for parties. Rules are generally very simple and easy to learn. Apples to Apples is a great example of a mainstream party game, and one that certainly inspired so many other party games that have been released in the 21st century so far.

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