If you’ve suddenly found yourself spending a lot more time at home than you’d like, you’re not the only one. As cinemas, bars and restaurants close, and social distancing continues to be encouraged, Canadians are looking for ways to stay entertained at home. Well, look no further! Grab a cup of coffee and summon your household …  it’s time for a board game.

Working from home, and practicing social distancing, is totally new territory for many people, and it’s easy to start feeling a little cooped-up and restless.

However, staying at home doesn’t have to mean only watching Netflix, and there’s plenty of ways to offload your stress and make the most of these extraordinary circumstances.

Whether you’ve got a huge game-stash already, or whether you’re a total newbie, nothing kills an afternoon or evening like getting competitive with your housemates, partner or family.

If you’re looking for a place to start, these games range from unique underdogs to cult-classics.

With choices like Family Feud, Ticket to Ride, Catan, and Monopoly, you’ll never have to worry about being bored at home again.

The best part is, all of these games can be ordered online right now, so you don’t even have to leave your living room to get your hands on them!

Scattergories

Price: $22.97

Why You Need It: If you’ve never played Scattergories before, you’ve been missing out. This fast-paced game tests your ability to find quick answers to certain categories, based on the letter shown on the die. Score points by thinking of unusual answers, the more creative - the better! 

With more than 190 categories and 20 letters on the die, you can play this time and time again.

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The Blockbuster Game

Price: $24.95

Why You Need It: Nostalgia-loving Canadians of the 90s, this one’s for you. This game will test your knowledge of everything movie-related, and be warned: It gets competitive!

If you’ve been bingeing on films recently, there’s never been a better time to put your new knowledge to the test.

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Family Feud 

Original Price: $24.95

Sale Price: $19.96

Why You Need It: After Family Feud came to Canadian television earlier this year, why not bring it into your living room?

This board game version of the show is exactly what you’d expect, but you’ll still be surprised by the hilarious, and possibly humiliating, answers that your family come up with.

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CATAN

Price: $59.99

Why You Need It: A favourite among serious board gamers, CATAN is a slow-building game that requires planning, thinking and, most importantly, trading. 

Take your mind off of the real world, and get lost in this new era of discoveries.

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Jumanji

Price: $33.06

Why You Need It: You’ve seen the movie, now try the board game. In the world of Jumanji, anything goes, and it’s up to you to prevent “Doomsday.”

Recommended for 2-4 players, this will keep you and your housemates entertained for weeks and weeks on end.

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Ticket To Ride

Original Price: $69.95

Sale Price: $55.96

Why You Need It: A favourite of those who enjoy tactical gaming, Ticket To Ride is all about getting where you need to go. Players are required to claim railway routes that will connect cities in various countries.

While it’s definitely relaxing and distracting, this game will get competitive!

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Monopoly

Price: $18.36

Why You Need It: If you haven’t already got this classic game stashed away in your home, you need to get it ASAP.

Monopoly is a staple of any household, and it will be on-hand to pass several hours if you need it to. Or potentially, days.

There's even a special Canadian Edition!

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Disney Villainous Board Game

Original Price: $49.95

Sale Price: $39.96

Why You Need It: If you need a little Disney to get you through the next few weeks, here’s your answer.

Play as some of Disney’s most notorious villains, and try to out-evil one another around your gaming board. But watch out for the heroes … they’ll be out to stop you at every turn!

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Trivial Pursuit: 2000s Edition

Price: $32.00

Why You Need It: If you’re looking for a way to release all of that 00s nostalgia you’ve been saving for a rainy day, this edition of Trivial Pursuit will be perfect for you.

With 2000s-inspired questions across four categories, be prepared to remember some truly wild fads and fashions, many of which should have been left way, way behind.

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Canadian Trivia: Family Edition

Price: $34.99

Why You Need It: In case you were worried you hadn’t truly out-Canadian-ed yourself during your time at home, this game is here for you. 

With questions about Canada’s geography, animals, politics, history and more, you can finally discover who the most Canadian member of your family is!

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CLUE: Harry Potter Edition

Price: $39.95

Why You Need It: CLUE’s latest revamp just got a whole lot more magical.

Based in Hogwarts, you’ll play as your favourite characters to solve the mysterious disappearance of another student. Move around the board but beware, there’s all sorts of witchery going on around you!

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