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Rainy days, holiday gatherings and family vacations are all perfect times to break out the board games and playing cards. They allow you to challenge your mind and spend time with loved ones simultaneously. Chances are, you’ve got a few classic tabletop games stashed somewhere, presumably gathering dust. Take them out and put them on display, or at least in a more visible spot. It might prompt you to play a game of chess or checkers and have a conversation, instead of repeating a mundane after-dinner TV routine. Check out the following suggestions to ensure you are never without ample board and card game options.

Build your tabletop and board game collection.

You never know when you might need some entertainment, and what’s better than a good old-fashioned tabletop game to liven things up? Most people will have a preference when it comes to board games (usually the ones they’re best at), so cover all the bases by having a full selection of all the classics: checkers, chess, backgammon, Scrabble, Monopoly and, of course, dominoes. If you’ve got all of these on hand, there’s bound to be at least one everyone can agree on. If you grow bored of the classics, branch out into specialized strategy games for more of a challenge. You can never have too many options!

Always have a deck of playing cards handy.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of games you can play with a full deck of cards. Gin rummy, Go Fish and solitaire are just the tip of the iceberg. The best part is, if you ever run out of card games, just make up your own. Alternatively, you can take standard playing cards to the next level by adding a poker set with poker chips to the rotation. Who knows? Your house might even become the newest spot for monthly poker nights.

A word to the wise: Keep a backup deck close by; cards have a way of mysteriously going missing when you need them most.

Browse our games section to find products you’ll love.

Find where to buy Games and get inspired with our curated ideas for Games to find the perfect item for every room in your home. With such a wide selection of Games for sale, from brands like NOVICA, Brimfield & May, and Vandue Corporation, you’re sure to find something that you’ll love. Shop from Games, like the OnDisplay Luxe Acrylic Tic Tac Toe Set - Executive Crystal Clear Laser Cut Acry or the Contemporary Gold Aluminum Game Set 560963, while discovering new home products and designs. Whether you’re looking to buy Games online or get inspiration for your home, you’ll find just what you’re looking for on Houzz.