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Games to Give this Holiday Season

Games to Give this Holiday Season

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When you are an employee for an awesome board game company, such as Blue Orange Games, holiday gift shopping is made a little bit easier! Blue Orange team members share their top gifts that they will be giving this holiday season!

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“I’m giving BraveRats to my cousin Meghan because it is light, portable and offers multiple styles of play–perfect for when she is waiting in line anywhere. Plus, who wouldn’t want to own a game featuring plaid wearing rats? I’m obsessed!”
Teresa, Customer Service Rep

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                      “I am giving Doodle Quest to my
nephews because they like to draw
and it is something that we can
play together!”
Renaud, Regional Sales Manager

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“I am giving Battle Sheep to my
friend’s niece because she loves
games, but mostly because she
has always wanted sheep of her
own!”
Michelle, Office Operations Associate
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                                   “I am giving Bendomino
to my Best Friend
because we have played dominoes
together  since we were in junior
high–plus I know that I can win!”
                                     Keyva, Accountant Assistant 

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“I am giving Gobblet Gobblers to
my brother because I know that
I will beat him every time.”
Jonas, Sales Trainee

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“I will be giving WuzzIts to
my friend because she has
a wacky sense of humor.”
Stephanie, Art Director 

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“I will be giving my son
Tell Tale Disney/Pixar Toy Story
because he is obsessed with
Tell Tale and with Toy Story!”
Viyada, Marketing & PR

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                 “I will be giving Spot it! Camping
to my mom because she does
not like to go! But I know that
she will if Spot it! is there!”
Francois, Sales Trainee

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“I will be giving NIYA to
my girlfriend because it is
in such a pretty tin that fits
in your purse to play anywhere
and is such a clever game!”
Corinne, Marketing Manager

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“I will be giving Fastrack to
my friend because I am the
best at this game–I will get
guaranteed bragging rights.”
Yann, Regional Sales Manager

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“I will be giving Pengoloo
to my nephew because he lives
where it snows and the theme
of the game is so wintry!”
Kinga, Operations Manager

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“I will be giving Fastrack NHL to
both of my brothers! They love the
Pittsburgh Penguins and air
hockey was one of our
favorites to play together as kids!”
Rachel, Marketing Intern

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“I will be giving Longhorn to a friend
who introduced me to my favorite two
player games and I wanted to return the favor.”
Brandan, Marketing & Product Development Associate

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10 Holiday Crafts To Do As a Family

10 Holiday Crafts To Do As a Family

Doing crafts around the holidays is as old a tradition as stuffing a Douglas Fir in your living room. Popcorn string tree garlands and cut out stars were all what most had to make the season festive, and even many gifts were hand-made. The hobby of craft projects has suddenly become stylish in the past few years, no doubt spurred on by the popularity of Pinterest and DIY blogs. And I think after decades of mass manufacturing and consumer culture, people are more charmed than ever by creative handiwork!

We’re jumping on the craft wagon and hunted the internet  to give you our favorite holiday crafts to do as a family.

 

Snowflake Table Runner

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This project seems pretty fool-proof and will be a real conversation starter with your holiday guests! Use felt and cut out diamonds to arrange them into snowflakes. The How To even includes a template.

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Animal Christmas Ornaments

holiday crafts animal ornaments

Turn your tree into a menagerie with repurposed plastic animal toys. Sometimes they have packs of these at dollar stores or look online to buy in bulk. Glittery gem toned paint turns the critters into unique holiday ornaments.

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Poinsettia Garland from Recycled Bottles

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Can you believe these beautiful flowers were once water bottles? Any craft that recycles materials is a winner in our book!

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Fabric Light Garland

holiday crafts fabric garland

Even younger kids can get in on the action with this simple yet statement making garland. Use a string of lights or even just a long ribbon and tie gorgeous strips of fabric. Try to keep a color theme or make a pattern for maximum impact.

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Elf Holiday Card

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Put the “elf” in selfie with these irresistible handmade greetings.  Have your kid draw an elf’s jacket, pants,  hat, shoes and hands on different colored construction paper. Cut out the pieces and glue on a card to make up the elf’s body. Draw additional elements like buttons and a shirt collar. Cut out the face from a front-facing photograph and paste it on the body.   The result may end up being pretty hilarious!

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Button Holiday Card

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If you are going to send out hand made holiday cards this year, you are better off keeping it simple as you will likely have to make many. This design doesn’t take a lot of effort but the result is stunning. And buttons are easy on the wallet too!

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Personalized Mugs

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I’m of the opinion that you can never have too many mugs! To make this handmade gift, buy inexpensive white mugs at IKEA and use sharpies or those glue paint pens to decorate the mug with your holiday themed doodles. This is another good one for grade school kids.

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Chocolate Mouse Ornament

holiday crafts chocolate mouse

“Not a creature was stirring….”

I can’t get enough of this ingenious use of Hershey’s kisses. You don’t even need instructions to make this; it looks so easy. One thing I’d add is a little pink pom pom for a nose!

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Snow Globes

holiday crafts snow globe

Yes! Another amazing use for mason jars! Kids will get a big kick out of making their own snow globe and picking the items to include in the scene. I also saw an awesome idea on My Sweet Greens for presenting a gift card. Glue the (plastic!) gift card to the lid and fill the jar with water, tiny ornaments and sparkly confetti to make a snow globe card holder! Sure beats an envelope.

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Pine Cone Characters

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The little guys in the picture require an advanced level of crafting but you don’t have to be a pro to decorate pine cones! Collect pipe cleaners, little pom poms, glitter, yarn, buttons and felt and bust out the glue gun! How adorable are these little skiers?! I think their heads are ping pong balls.

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Happy Crafting!