2023 Best Modern Gifts for Fun Times

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Give the gift of memorable moments that come with fun times! From wine advent calendars that keep the good spirits flowing to stunning twists on your classic games, these 10 gift ideas are sure to bring connection and laughter this holiday season.

In Good Taste 2023 Wine Advent Calendar \ $140

Advent calendars aren’t just for kids – adults can enjoy them too, and I’m sure there are many who would love this one! With 24 mini bottles for your recipient to enjoy for 24 nights, it’s a great way to sip and discover different wines from around the world without having to commit to a full-sized bottle. Plus, they’ve sold out for three years in a row, so you know it’s good!

Bright Cellars \ $55 for the first 6 bottles

At Bright Cellars, new members can get their first 6 bottles for $55 – an absolute steal for the wine lover in your life! Catered to the receiver’s taste buds, selections are based on a quiz that will match them to their preferences. Each bottle comes with a wine card full of information so wine novices can learn more about their matches too!

Teaspressa Holiday Gift Set \ $137

One of the best things about the holiday season is the drinks that come with it. Picture a yummy, steaming cup of your favorite seasonal drink – all within reach from a single cube. Inside is everything you would need: a pouch of black tea, a mug, a frother, a jar of Spiced Apple Toddy cubes, and their holiday kit of Gingerbread, White Peppermint Mocha, and Eggnog cubes. They even have mixology kits for alcoholic beverages, which would make for such a fun and novel experience at any gathering!

Shinola Cornhole Set \ $395

Cornhole is a beloved game that brings everyone together. Known for its thoughtful craftsmanship and premium quality, Shinola takes this set a step further by featuring a custom design that seamlessly marries style and durability. Beyond the holiday season, it can be used any time, promising good times and some friendly competition for years to come.

Moniker’s Wavelength Board Game \ from $32 (on sale!)

Stir up some fun with a party game that’s easy to play and laughter-guaranteed. This game accommodates both small and large groups, and requires a bit of mental stimulation and a whole lot of social interaction. As you take turns trying to read each other’s minds, you’ll find it’s trickier than it seems to lock in the perfect guess if not everyone is on the same wavelength.

Jonathan Adler Helsinki Wood Domino Set \ $40

A refreshing twist to your classic dominoes, this set by Jonathan Adler features colorful prints in Adler’s Helsinki theme. Whether it’s to add to your personal lineup or to gift to someone else, this Scandinavian-modern set is a fun upgrade for game night or as a coffee table conversation piece.

CB2 Acrylic Chess Set \ $149

Another classic board game with a major upgrade – this clear and smoke gray acrylic chess set truly speaks for itself. While the pieces are a little tricky to differentiate, there’s no denying that this set would look so beautiful wherever it’s placed!

Double Zero Marble Puzzle \ $26

If you know someone who can solve a Rubik’s cube, this is a humbling present that will leave them stumped. Behind this unassuming wooden design hides a deceptively challenging mission. The goal is to strategically maneuver the marbles to their matching colors using the sliding middle panel. The trick is that half the marbles are inseparable double units. Puzzled? We are too.

Dusen Dusen Pattern Puzzle \ $35

When a cozy evening of entertainment calls for both focus and relaxation, consider this puzzle that’ll keep you and your company, or the person you’re gifting it to, engaged for hours! With 1,000 pieces to sort through, it’s a puzzle that requires a keen eye to distinguish the right pieces. It’s all about the details, which is exactly what makes it difficult because every piece looks like it can fit somewhere else!

Cyclone Pocket Puzzle \ $14

As one of the most popular puzzles in the world, Hanayama’s cast puzzles can be a fun (or evil) gift depending on your recipient’s critical thinking skills. They’re a fun challenge and come in six different difficulty levels. The objective is to disassemble the puzzle by rotating, sliding, or manipulating the different pieces. If one is successful, they’ll have to reassemble it back to its original form – that is if they can remember how they got it apart to begin with. (Shown above is a level 5 puzzle.)

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