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Annals Of Gifting: The Lover Of Games Beautiful & Strange

Posted by Jessica Tylkowski on

"Last week customer told me his sister only likes "games that are weird... and like, super pretty?" and the category of game stuck in my mind. He could have been shopping for me! For the aesthete and connoisseur, some titles that are lovely to look at and unusual to play." - Jessica, West Loop Manager Tales Of the Arabian Nights: In this massively replayable monster of a board game, players roll dice and try to make the best choices as they move through fairy tale and legend. From the box: "Choose your actions carefully and the skills you possess will reward you:...

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Annals Of Gifting: The Baby You Don’t See Often

Posted by Jessica Tylkowski on

"It can be challenging to shop for infants you don't know very well. Children all develop at different rates and it’s tough to know exactly where kids are at developmentally (especially in the first few years). Don't look clueless! Here are a few gifts with long-lasting appeal so they’re sure to be lots of fun."  - Jessica, West Loop Store Manager   Tegu Blocks: Safe for babies mouths but still interesting for toddler building play. Pound & Tap Bench: Fun for large motor control (pounding balls) with a removable xylophone for years of play. Ladybug Sorter: Can be played on...

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Annals of Gifting: New Parents in Need of a Distraction

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

"When Andre and I were new parents we suddenly found that it was a lot harder to get together with groups of friends.  Imagine that!  Thankfully, we discovered that board games designed specifically for two players were the perfect entertainment for our new harried lifestyle.  Our kids are older and independent these days, but we still enjoy a lot of two-player games.  These are some of our absolute favorites."  - Linda, Owner of Cat & Mouse Games 7 Wonders Duel - A brilliant adaptation of the ever-popular 7 Wonders, this new version just for two players offers a lot of...

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Annals of Gifting: The Large Family Gathering

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

"Some of my favorite childhood memories are of Christmas Eve with my mom's family.  Passels of little cousins, big cousins, aunts, and uncles floated in an out of rooms, and great food and conversation followed in their wakes.  If a big, casual, all-ages family gathering is in your future, here are some of my top picks for gifts that can be enjoyed on the spot." - Linda, Owner of Cat & Mouse Games Lift it! - This delightful dexterity game can be played by young and old.  Use a crane to build a configuration of blocks within a certain amount...

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