Fall in love with our recommendations for the best board games to play on Valentine’s Day. These picks are all fun and easy modern board games.
Valentine’s Day will be a bit different this year for most of us, but probably not as different as you might think at first. Unlike other Holidays, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by couples rather than by grand get-togethers.
This year plan for a cozy night in with your Valentine and end the evening with a board game or two.
There are some really great choices out there for board games for 2 players. So, make some hot chocolate, get on something cozy and try one of these fun Valentine’s day board game top picks:
For the parents out there, Catan is a great way to start off Valentine’s Day and celebrate a bit with your whole family.
It requires 3-4 players and is recommended for ages 10 and up, with game playing running around 45 mins to an hour and a half.
Catan sends players on a quest to settle the isle of Catan. You guide your settlers with trading and development of roads, settlements, and cities on a modular board.
This is one game that you can play over and over again without it feeling repetitive, in fact gameplay feels addictive, it’s a game you will want to pull out every game night.
Catan is a beautifully designed and engaging board game with exciting strategic play, making it a great choice for some family game time on Valentine’s Day.
Carcassonne is another wonderful choice for family game time, but it plays equally as well with just two players, making it also ideal for a date night-in.
Carcassonne is not played on a board, instead you build “the board” as you go. Each turn consists of drawing a tile and placing it next to the tiles already laid down.
You get to place tokens, called “meeples” on cities, roads, and abbeys as they are placed on the board, and score based on your meeple placement.
This game features simple rules that are clearly laid out and easy to pick up, even for younger children. Game play is quick and fun, making it ideal for those who are new to board games.
Carcassonne features high quality, gorgeously illustrated tiles and game pieces along with gameplay that is very quick to pick up with a high level of player interactivity.
Jaipur is a fast-paced card game for two plays, setting players up as the two most powerful traders in the city of Jaipur, who are competing for the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja’s court.
Players compete by buying, exchanging, and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.
You can complete a full game within about 30 minutes, the rules recommend playing a best-of-three to determine the winner.
The fast game play and competitive nature of Jaipur makes it one of the very best 2-player games, which is why it’s a top pick for a Valentine’s Day board game night.
Patchwork is a light, two-player board game where players are each attempting to piece together a quilt using oddly shaped, tetris-like tiles.
It’s a fun option for a quick game after a romantic dinner.
Splendor is a fast, elegant, and intuitive game where players compete to build Renaissance Europe’s most lucrative and prestigious jewellery business.
Players compete to gain gems to collect in order to collect cards from the marketplace and gain prestige points.
A simple but unique economy makes Splendor easy to learn, but offers an entertaining puzzle every time.
Splendor is a light game that a couple can enjoy playing together on Valentine’s Day.
If you can’t be together, play these board games virtually!
If you are looking to play with family or another couple on Valentine’s Day this year, or if you are simply apart from your partner, consider playing board games virtually.
Online video meeting services like Zoom make it easy to expand your bubble and interact with others over a fun board game.
Where to buy the best board games for game night?
Aside from Amazon, these games can be purchased at Mastermind Toys, Chapters, Canadian Tire and other stores local to you.
No matter who you spend this Valentine’s Day with – whether it’s your spouse or your kids – these board games offer some of the best tabletop experiences.
Remember that board games are about having fun. Take this opportunity to relax and enjoy each other’s company this Valentine’s Day over some great board games.
Enter to Win!
Asmodee Games is offering one Canadian Frugal Mom Eh reader one Board Game of their choice. (Winner may choose a copy of Catan, Carcassonne, Splendor, Jaipur or Patchwork.) Giveaway is open to residents of Canada 18+ and ends on February 14th 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. See giveaway tools form for entry and t&c.
Disclosure: This giveaway has been sponsored by Asmodee. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!