Apples to Apples…a great holiday gift idea under $20

Talk about a party in a box!  This would be another Great Holiday Gift.  $19.99 at Target, Amazon, Toys R Us, etc…While stranded indoors during a weekend getaway, me and my 3 girlfriends spent countless hours playing this game, and even though we were in Paradise, the many, many hours playing this great game, still provide me with the best memories of the weekend!

And, if my ringing endorsement doesn’t give you reason to run to the store, there is even a Facebook Fan Page with over 17,000 fans…that’s almost as many as my blog!  And here is what Wikipedia has to say about Apples to Apples:

Apples to Apples was chosen by Mensa International in 1999 as a “Mensa Select” prizewinner, an award given to five games each year. It was also named “Party Game of the Year” in the December 1999 issue of Games magazine and received the National Parenting Center’s seal of approval in May 1999!


Each player is dealt seven “red apple” cards; on each card is printed a noun or noun phrase, or possibly a gerund.

The judge (a chosen player) draws a “green apple” card on which is printed an adjective (“scary”, “frivolous”, “patriotic”, etc.), and places it face-up on the table for everybody to see. Then each player (except the judge) chooses a card that they think is the best match for the green apple card, and places it face-down. The judge shuffles the red apple cards, reads them (often aloud), and decides which noun is the best match for the adjective. This decision is subjective; the official rules encourage the judge to pick the match that is “most creative, humorous or interesting”.

The player who submitted the chosen red apple card wins the round, and takes the green apple card to signify the win. All players then draw red cards until they have seven again, and the role of “judge” may pass to another person (generally going to the next player in line, though some rules have the round’s winner becoming “judge”). Some editions of the game suggest discounting the last red-apple card played, to encourage players to place their cards down more quickly.

The winner is the first player to accumulate a pre-designated number of green apple cards; the more players, the lower the total.

Examples of the Tomfoolery that transpired on our trip:

Example #1

Card:  COLD

Player 1:  Glacier

Player 2:  Lenin’s Tomb

Judge:  Lenin’s Tomb!

Player 3 to Judge:  Do you even know what a Glacier is?

Example #2


Player 1:  Flat Tire

Player 2:  Challenger Explosion

Judge:  Flat Tire!

Player 2 to Judge: What is wrong with you?  A flat tire is more shocking than the Challenger Explosion?

Judge:  Have you ever had a flat tire?  It’s pretty shocking.

And yes, chardonnay was served.  But chardonnay does Not have to be served!  A party in a box!

More Spectacular Board Games under $30 (aside from Monopoly and Scrabble):

Girl’s Night Box of Questions $25

Catch Phrase $19.99

Taboo $27.99

Scattergories $27.99

The Game of Things:  Humor in a Box $26.99

You cannot go wrong with “board games”…Kids may not realize that games can actually be played without a PS3; Wii; or Game Cube!  Gather the family and friends and play a game.  You’ll thank me. 🙂

Coming Thursday:  a repost of last year’s blog on how much to Tip for the Holidays (by popular demand, or course)!

Merry, Merry!



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