11 Best Motivational Audiobooks to Boost Your Life and Business

If you are looking for the best motivational audiobooks, you have come to the right place. I am an avid reader and audiobook junky. I love books that motivate and inspire action. This list of audiobooks will do just that. Sometimes, it feels that even staying motivated needs inspiration and a lot of work, so there is not a shame to call the backup from when you feel a little down. If you need an “energy” boost from time to time or hear a new perspective on things, motivational books can help you get out of the rut.

Of course, there are thousands of motivational books out there and some of the best motivational books in the world stand the test of time even if they have considerable age. If you are always on the go and you need to hear the words rather than read them, I hope this collection of best motivational audiobooks will keep you going stronger.


Best Motivational Audiobooks to Listen to This Year

Step Into Your Greatness by Les Brown

Step Into Your Greatness

I’ve listened to this audio more than any other. Les Brown is dynamic in his speaking and motivates you to step out of your comfort zone. My favorite part of this book is where he will not be denied. Day after day he shows up to the same place asking for a job. Every time he gets turned down he just comes back the next day with optimism. Finally, when they realized he wouldn’t quit coming back he’s told “go get me some coffee.”

The premise is to “make “no” your vitamin.” People quit too easily. Get used to being rejected. Each no gets you one step closer to a “yes.”

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

Besides the idea of not taking no for an answer, Les Brown’s book teaches a handful of useful approaches to life, career, and even relationships. Here are some highlights I know you will enjoy:

  • Commit to higher goals you set for your self, raising the bar and trying to reach it;
  • Remove toxic people from your life once you recognize them;
  • Always challenge your fear of failure and challenge yourself to do and be better.

This internationally recognized speaker and CEO of Les Brown Enterprises, Inc. is also a leading authority in understanding and stimulating human potential. He authored other great books, such as Live Your Dreams and It’s Not Over Until You Win.

The audio is short in length at 48 minutes. This makes it easy to listen to over and over again to discover the key to your potential and greatness, while choosing to surround yourself by positive people that nourish you and help you grow better.


The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone

The 10X Rule

I soak up everything Grant Cardone has. This guy has more energy at 50 then most have in their 20’s. The main point of this book is to take ten times more action. The more action you take, the more likely you are to succeed. While this may sound simple in theory, consider it a challenge for yourself, every day. Do you do one thing? Do it ten times better and with more oomph. It is, in fact, a lot harder than it looks, as getting out of our comfort zone and our thinking/behavioral patterns take a lot of work.

Look at more deals. When people were telling him he needed to take it easy on social media he increased it. “Be omnipresent.” Some people use one or two platforms. Grant says you need to be everywhere. When the economy was pulling back he pushed his chips all in.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

While you can apply all the teachings of this book to personal life too, it is essentially a motivational book related to business and entrepreneurial success. So here are some takeaways and highlights that are most impressive when you listen to this audiobook:

  • Shake off fear;
  • Increase your belief in yourself;
  • Eliminate procrastination;
  • Set higher (correct) goals and reach them;
  • Never settle for mediocrity;
  • Become a role model and dominate your competitors.

If you are looking to be motivated this book will do the trick. The book is about taking massive action and that is crucial. What good is motivation without action?

This audiobook is 7 hours and 24 minutes long but it doesn’t seem like it. I listen to mine on 3x speed and you should too!


Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler

Living with a Seal

First I must say this book has a substantial amount of profane language. If you are put off by the F word or if you planning on listening with others around, this book might not be the right one for you.

Want to get motivated? Try having a navy seal live with you, that’s what Jesse Itzler did. Jesse was running a race when he first noticed “Seal.” It was a team race but Seal was running it solo. With double digit miles remaining Seal had broke all the small bones in his feet because of his large frame. If you and I broke one small bone in our foot I think we would say the race is over. Not Seal.  He finished the race. Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that he was peeing blood as well.

Jesse remembered his racer information and looked him up on Google. This lead to Jesse flying out and convincing Seal to come live with him for 31 days. Seal agreed under one condition, “You have to do whatever I say or I’m out of here.” Agreed.

One of the first challenges was doing pull-ups. The seal had him do pull-ups until he thought he couldn’t do anymore. Once Jesse was spent, Seal told him now we are staying until you do 100. Jesse thought it was impossible but he had agreed to do whatever Seal said or he would leave. Jesse ended up doing the 100.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

As you can easily imagine, this book teaches people that nothing is impossible if they put their minds and hearts to it. Stepping out of our comfort zone, achieve greatness in the face of adversity, and become better versions of ourselves are just a few takeaways the book has to offer. Of course, it also helps you know yourself better and understanding what your limits are. It is more than a game of truth or dare, obviously, but in the end, you will understand that you are stronger than you think.

The book is filled with challenges like the pull ups. The book is about us being able to do more than we think we are capable of. Most people stop prematurely when they have more to give. If you are looking for motivation, this book will do it. Start pushing yourself like Seal pushed Jesse.

The audiobook is 5 hours and 18 minutes.


Quiet: Learning to Silence the Chatter and Believing That You’re Good Enough

best motivational audiobooks

This book is incredibly motivating. With this audiobook written and read by Fearne Cotton, we get to explore why so many of us question whether or not we are good enough, or whether or not we ever will be. The book is filled with her own hand-drawn illustrations and thought-provoking activities. These are meant to still your mind, stop you from self-sabotaging, and silence your inner critic. And it truly gets the job done.

The Quiet audiobook includes interviews with those who assisted in helping Cotton learn to accept her own flaws and imperfections. It also provides advice on drowning out misinformation and noise from work, family, and friends that can often increase our doubt and insecurities.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

One of the first and most important takeaways of this book is to listen more selectively what people say and what people tell you in an age of oversharing and public exposure on social media. Quieting the noise has never been more crucial than it is today to find our inner voice and decide for ourselves what is good and bad with the world, not what other people tell us.

Cotton opens up in this audiobook about what it’s like living life in the public eye. Although many of us can’t relate directly to that, she shares her methods and activities that she uses to get through online trolls and negative chatter, which can be helpful to anyone in this age of social media. She even provides statistics and facts that contribute to the fact that social media is linked to rising levels of anxiety, depression, and various other mental health issues.

Stop competing with the outside noise telling you you’re not good enough and start listening to Quiet! You won’t regret it.

This book is 3 hours and 51 minutes long.


Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money- That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad

With over 3,000 five star reviews you can rest assured that this book is legit. I’ve listened to it multiple times and is extremely motivating. I listen to a lot of podcasts and I hear more people mentioning this book as a masterpiece that changed their life.

This book motivates you to think differently about money. Most people’s mindset is to “work for money.” Robert says that this is backward. You should have money work for you. It talks extensively about leverage. How to use other people’s money and talents to make you more money.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

This motivational audiobook is a bit controversial in some circles, as it challenges plenty of things conventional wisdom tries to teach us. For instance, it encourages parents to step in and help their children learn about money and finances, as the system of education will never be able to do it the right way. Moreover, it will help every listener to get a better understanding what an asset and a liability are, once and for all.

There are some great lessons in here and will motivate you to change the way you think about money. Some might say his principles are a little more “risky.” Others say that working 9-5 for 40 years is the most risky thing you can do. You decide.

The book is 6 hours and 9 minutes in length.


The 4 Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris

The 4 Hour Work Week

Next on our best motivational books list is “The 4 Hour Work Week.” This book has over 3,500 five star reviews. I’ve listened to and read this book multiple times. Like the Rich Dad book it will challenge your beliefs around work and money.

If you are interested in starting a business, this book will really help motivate you. In the book, there are a number of great ideas on how to start testing a business idea. Tim talks extensively about outsourcing on the cheap. Learn how to hire virtual assistants all over the world to do the work that you get bogged down with.

In the book he talks about being overwhelmed with the business he had started. He was working too many hours and was getting burnt out. That’s when he decided to unload his tasks and give his workers the freedom to make decisions. He started checking emails at only specific times of the day as well as taking limited phone calls. He fired his headache customers because 20% of the customers were 80% of the problems. His new processes led from working lots of hours to working a “4 Hour Work Week.”

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

Many people reference this book as a game-changer in their life. I would agree. I have learned a lot from this book and the outsourcing techniques are invaluable. The author offers dozens of practical tips and case studies regarding people who reinvented themselves and their businesses after internalizing the advice offered by the book. In this amazing motivational audiobook, you will also get templates to eliminate email clutter from your daily business. You will learn tips and tricks to negotiate with higher-ups and clients, apply simple lifestyle principles to confusing, fear-generating economic times, and living the life of a millionaire even if you are not one.

This audiobook is 8 hours and 18 minutes.


Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Poke the Box

Seth Godin is considered a marketing genius by many. I’ve listened to this audiobook at least ten times over the last five years. If you are looking for motivation to take action, this one will help. This is one of the best motivational audiobooks of all times if you ask the experts, and for all the good reasons.

What I love about this book is that it gives you permission to try things. It gives you permission test things and fail at them. Are the people that make the biggest difference in the world the people that conform? No. It’s the people that persist and go against the norm.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

From this book your mindset on failure with transform. You will feel confident in moving forward with your ideas. Too often you hear people telling you not to try something because it might not work out or it’s too risky. Don’t listen to them, list to Seth. Start taking action today.

According to the author, one of the peoples’ greatest mistakes is to think that everything is static, although everything changes by the minute. What this book teaches us is the fact that we should not only embrace change and adapt to it but provoke it, make it happen. As one great quote says, “Be the change you want to see in the world!”

The book is short at 2 hours and 14 minutes.


The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran

The 12 Week Year

Next on this collection of best motivational audiobooks to help you reach your potential is The 12 Week Year.

Let me preface this entry by saying that I love this book. I’ve gone through it many times.  One of my favorite sentences is “Execution is the single greatest market differentiator. Great companies and successful individuals execute better than their competition. The barrier standing between you and the life you are capable of living is a lack of consistent execution. Effective execution will set you free. It is the path to accomplish the things you desire.” That pretty much sums up with this book is about.

This book will motivate you to take FOCUSED action. The book provides you with tools that will help you deliver great results. If you know what you want and you know how to get it, this book will help you progress towards the obtainment of your goal.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

It talks a lot about how the annual plans are faulty. Too often people set year-long targets but drag their feet until they get closer to the end date. By moving the targets closer it keeps you moving at a faster rate. Set bigger goals with shorter time frames and see what happens. The main idea here is that a sense of urgency and proper prioritization leads to the best results. The greatest advantage of this motivational audiobook is that you can apply its teachings to both business and personal life to some extent. Harness the power of a 12-week year to drive improved results in any area of your life – this is what the author says you can do. The improvement of execution effectiveness is available to both organizations and individuals.

This book is 5 hours and 17 minutes long.


Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School by Andrew Hallam

Millionaire Teacher

Before you ask what this book is doing on the list, hear me out. This book will motivate you to learn about your finances. Too often people feel overwhelmed with learning about money and investing. This book simply dumbs it down to where anyone can understand it.

This book could save you $250,000 over your investing lifetime (depending on how old you are). I read this book and it opened up my eyes. When I started looking into what I was investing in and being told to invest in, I was shocked. We then went through this book as a company. Because of this book, we are moving from one 401k provider to a different 401k provider. The way I invest has been forever altered.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

By reading this book you will know more about personal finance than 95% of the population. When you meet with your financial advisor, you will be equipped to make sound decisions. Although this book might sound more boring than the rest, it will save you tons of money.

This book is not only the perfect instrument to understand the new methods of investing you have now available, but also turn it into a learning game/experience to teach children about savings, finances, and investments from an early age. The philosophy here is that all you need is a different approach to the concept of money and investing to turn into a millionaire.

The audiobook length is 6 ours and 24 minutes.


The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is the way

If you are looking to stay motivated in challenging times, this is the book for you. Too often we run into challenges and we retreat. This book instructs that we must continue in the face of adversity.  Ryan says, “The Obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” He talks about the opportunity and learning that comes along with crisis.

His perspective on obstacles and challenges is refreshing. It goes against the cultural norm but it is accurate. This book will help you push through your challenges.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

If you always wanted to know the recipe for success followed by people like Steve Jobs, John D. Rockefeller or Amelia Earhart, this motivational audiobook is one of the best places to start. Turning adversity into opportunity may seem impossible, but after listening to one of the best motivational audiobooks ever made, you might find the strength and resources to do it yourself. After all, an obstacle race is just a game, and you can wit it with the proper attitude and practice…

Ryan Holiday apprenticed under the great writer Robert Greene. It is so well written, and so spot on that I have taken an absurd amount of notes.

This audiobook is 6 hours and 7 minutes in length.


The Laptop Millionaire: How Anyone Can Escape the 9 to 5 and Make Money Online by Mark Anastasi

Laptop Millionaire

This book is legit. If you are looking to get motivated to make money online, this is the book. Mark talks about how he used to be homeless until he met LM (the laptop millionaire). LM taught him ways to make money online from anywhere in the world. If you want to learn to write ebooks, create courses, software, and the importance of building an email list, this book will do just that. It is filled with content on money-making strategies. If taken action upon, they could work for you.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

The problem with making money online and finding the right motivation to do so is that most advice you receive is not actionable or takes decades to turn into something viable. On the other hand, the no-fluff, no-filler strategies provided in this book represent a blueprint – or starting point if you wish – to online success. Depending on what you are good at, this motivational audiobook will help you discover the online entrepreneur lifestyle for yourself.

This audiobook is 9 hours and 1 minute long.

Best Motivational Audiobooks: Bottom Line

It is true that the market of motivational books is very big and one might have problems finding the best title to serve your needs. However, you can sift through the clutter and the noise and find the best written or audio motivational books to help you get your life straight, make more money, or achieve your goals in a more satisfying manner.

There you have it, my list of best motivational audiobooks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. If you have more suggestions on motivational books you want me to review or present, don’t be shy in leaving a comment in the dedicated section below!

How to Play Cornhole: Rules, Tips, and Accessories

If you ever wondered how to play cornhole, you have come to the right place. Today, we will present you with the corn hole game rules and regulations. We will also talk about distancing, scoring, tips to play the game better, and some accessories you might need for a day full of fun with your friends and family. At the end of this guide, we will also let you in some cornhole game origin and history. But before we begin, let’s see what is cornhole!

What is the Cornhole Game?

Cornhole is a very popular lawn game where players take turns throwing bags filled with corn or beans at an elevated platform with a hole in it. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Cornhole is a popular back yard game, something to do with the kids at home or something to turn into a challenge for your teens and their friends this summer. As you will soon see, corhnole has a league of its own, but for a family, playing this game with friends and neighbors is one surefire way to have some fun outdoors all warm-season long. Not that you could not play cornhole in winter, but it may be a bit uncomfortable.

This is not a kids-only game, you know. Adults play cornhole any chance they have. The game is so popular, it has its own accessories you can buy rather than DIY at home. Moreover, people started to take this game seriously enough to come up with the craziest team names possible. For reference and inspiration, check out our list of 60+ funny cornhole team names!


How to Play Cornhole



Throwing a bag through the hole on the platform gets 3 points and a bag that lands on the platform get 1 point. The first player or team to get to 21 points wins the round. You can play one round or best 2 out of 3. Cornhole is similar to the game of Horseshoes, except it is much safer and easier to set up. Horseshoes require sandpits, metal stakes, and heavy horseshoes. Cornhole uses soft bags filled with corn and portable wooden platforms making it a much safer and more popular choice for outdoor recreation.

The game has grown from humble beings into a very well known game with its own lingo and official leagues and associations all over the world. Cornhole can be played just about anywhere and by people of all ages. The only skill needed is the ability to accurately toss a bag 24-30 feet at a platform with a hole in it. You can move the platform in closer if kids are playing. This way you can involve the entire family.

Cornhole Game Accessories and Gear

As you could see above, the cornhole game does not need plenty of stuff. However, since everybody takes it very seriously, you might have the surprise of your life seeing your friends and neighbors sport fancy cornhole boards. So to keep up the pace with your competitors, here are some guides to buy the best cornhole accessories and gear:

Now that you jumped the bandwagon of cornhole fun and exquisite gear, let’s discuss the cornhole rules you need to know to play and win the game!

Cornhole Rules and Regulations


cornhole boards
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The game of Cornhole is easy to set up and the rules are very simple to follow. There is some variation to the cornhole rules depending on who you ask. We will cover the basics and give you a general overview.

The only equipment required is two elevated platforms, two sets of bags, a scorecard, and two or four players. The bags come in sets of four and it is recommended that they are different colors for easy identification. Each bag is filled with dried corn or beans, measuring 6 x 6 inches and should weigh 14-16 ounces. It is recommended to use a heavy-duty material like double-stitched nylon or canvas. As you can see, cornhole bags are in a league of their own, you can’t just use any bag you find in the house, so it is better to get some from a specialized manufacturer.

The size of the wooden or plastic cornhole board is 2 feet wide x 4 feet long and has a 6-inch wide hole centered 9 inches from the top of the platform. It should have a smooth painted surface.

The platform is angled with the back edge of the board 12 inches above the ground and 3-4 inches from the ground at the front. This forms roughly a 90-degree angle. It is also recommended that the sides are enclosed. This makes it easier to tell if the bag actually goes through the hole instead of going through an open side of the platform. Cornhole boards are hard and tedious to make yourself, especially if you don’t have any carpentry skills, so it is easier, cheaper, and more efficient to buy some.

Now that you have all the items needed for playing let’s take a look at the rules more in depth.

Cornhole Distance Between Platforms/Boards

The playing area should be a minimum of 8 feet wide by 45 feet long. Facing the court in a North to South direction if possible is a good idea because it helps reduce the effects of the sun. Remember to keep the playing area clean and free from obstructions and distractions. A normal regulation court places the platforms anywhere from 24-30 feet apart from the front of one platform to the other.

Cornhole Distance for Children

The recommended cornhole distance for children and juniors is 21 feet. The imaginary line parallel to the front of the platforms is also the foul line that you cannot step over when tossing the bags. The bags may be tossed from either side of the platform in a 3 x 4-foot rectangle.

You must stay inside of this area while tossing the bag. You can choose to toss from either side but must stay on that side for the entire round. If you are playing doubles (remember to check out our 60+ cornhole team names for the fun of it) matches the players stand on both sides of the platform and alternate turns tossing the corn bags in the reglementary cornhole distance.

Cornhole Scoring


cornhole game scoring
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The first person or team to score 21 points or more wins the round!

  • You do not need to win by 2 points or more as in some other games.
  • All players or teams must be allowed to finish pitching their 4 bags per inning. For example, if the player or team that pitches first reaches 21 points the other team must be allowed to finish the inning as well.
  • In the event of a tie, the players keep pitching 4 bags per inning until someone ends up with a higher score.
  • The player scores points by tossing the corn-filled bag at the platform. Tossing a bag through the circular hole on the platform is called a “Cornhole” or “Corn Bag In The Hole” and is worth 3 points.
  • A corn bag that comes to rest on the platform and is knocked through by another toss or an act of God also counts as “Corn Bag In The Hole” and is worth 3 points.
  • A corn bag that does not go through the hole but lands on the platform and remains in place throughout the inning is called an “Ace” or “Corn Bag In The Count” and is worth 1 point.

The bag must not touch the ground before landing on the platform or it is a foul and removed from play. If a corn bag is tossed and determined to be a foul while knocking off a bag that is resting on the platform that bag must be returned to its original position.

  • If the bag lands anywhere else not touching the platform it is called a foul or “Corn Bag Out Of The Count” and is not worth any points.
  • Another form of a foul is stepping over the line or out of the pitchers’ box. This is also called a “Corn Bag Out Of The Count” and is worth zero points.
  • Corn bags that do not land on the platform or go through the hole must be removed from the field of play and count for zero points. 

All corn bags except fouls must be left where they are thrown until the inning is over.

Other versions of the rules allow that one round to be won when one team scores anywhere from 7-11 points and the other team scores zero. This is known as a “Skunk” or “Shutout.”

Cancellation Scoring


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Typically, cornhole players use a method of counting scores per inning called cancellation scoring. There are a couple of different versions we will go over.

Cancellation Scoring Versions

In the first version of cancellation scoring, bags that are tossed through the hole or land on the platform are either cancelled out or added depending on what the opposing side tosses.

  • For example, if the first player or team tosses 1 bag through the hole and 2 on the platform totaling 5 points, and the second player or team only tosses 2 bags on the platform for two points, the 2 bags on the platform are canceled out for both teams and the first team gets to keep 3 points for the bag in the hole.
  • Another example would be if the first player or team only tosses 1 bag through the hole and the second player or team tosses 2 bags on the platform, no points would be cancelled out and the first side would receive 3 points for the bag in the hole and the second side would receive 2 points for the bags on the platform.

The other version of cancellation scoring works by adding up the scores for both sides and awarding the difference in points the side with the highest point total. An example of this version of cancellation scoring would be the first side scoring 7 points total and the second side scoring 5 points total. The winning side would be awarded the 2 point difference.

Playing the Corn Hole Game


playing the cornhole game
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Cornhole can be played as either singles or doubles matches. When playing a double match, the four players split up into two teams. One member from each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other.

In singles play the contestants stand at the same platform and each one player may choose a specific side to toss from for the inning. You must only toss from one side per inning.

The players on opposing teams always alternate tossing. A cornhole match can break down into multiple rounds of play where you toss 4 bags per inning. 

Cornhole Rules: Winning and Losing

As mentioned before, the round is won when one side scores 21 points or more.

  • You have 20 seconds from the time you step into the pitcher’s box to toss the bag.
  • It is considered a foul if the toss is not delivered within 20 seconds of stepping into the box and you lose a turn.
  • If you step over the foul line or out of the pitcher’s box it is also a foul worth zero points and counts as a turn.
  • If the bag accidentally leaves the players’ hand during a toss it counts as a turn.

The player with the highest score in the previous inning pitches first in the next inning.

If no one scored in the previous inning, the team who previously pitched last will pitch first in the next inning. Each player or team is also allowed two timeouts per match. They may use this time out to walk up to the platform and examine the position of the bags on the platform.

How to Play Cornhole: Tips

It is recommended to use a highly visible scoreboard. This allows players to keep an eye on the scoring and make sure everything is correct at the end of the inning.

Any discrepancies in scoring or rules should be brought to the attention of the judge or person keeping score immediately.

Do not make distracting movements or noises during your opponents turn.

Perfecting the corn toss is crucial to becoming a great cornhole player. Learning to spin the corn bag while throwing will stabilize it and allow for a more accurate toss. It is also important to try and throw the bag so it arcs 5-10 feet above the ground. You want the bag to land on the platform at an angle to lessen the impact and stick in place when it lands.

Make sure the surface of your cornhole boards is sanded smooth and painted.

It is typically deemed acceptable to ask a teammate or spectator for advice on where to throw the next pitch. This is a good idea because there is a lot of strategy involved in the game of Cornhole.

The distance between boards dictates how hard it is. If you are having trouble scoring it may be a good idea to move the boards closer together.

During hot, dry weather the bags and surface may become very slick. You can either spray the bags with water to help them stick or bring the platforms closer together.

Find a comfortable stance for throwing that works well for you. Most people like to step forward with their opposite foot and then throw with their dominant hand. Others stand still and toss, while some step and throw with their dominant side. There is no right or wrong, just make sure it feels natural and relaxed.

When beginning don’t focus on trying to focus on throwing the bag through the hole every time. Instead focus on just tossing the bags on the platform and letting it slide through the hole or scoring points from a “Corn In The Count.”

Learn to master the 4 essential shots. The “Slider” is when you land the bag on the front of the board about six inches from the hole and let it slide through. The “Blocker” is when you land the bag in front of the hole to prevent your opponent from using the “Slider.” The “Push” is using your bag to either knock your opponent’s bag out of the way or to nudge a previous toss on the platform through the hole. The final and hardest shot to master is the “Cornhole.” This is when you toss your bag straight through the hole.

Origins of Cornhole

There are many theories on the origin of Cornhole. Some people say the game originated way back in the 14th century in Germany. Others say the game was created when the Blackhawk Indian Tribe of Illinois filled up animals skins with dried corn and tossed them around. On a previous occasion, we also mentioned that

gained popularity during a pre-game tailgate party in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Some theories even point to a Kentucky farmer making a game out of throwing dried corn cobs into a trash can in the 1800s. No matter who invented it, the game today is one of the most popular and exciting outdoor activities for people of all ages!

How to Play Cornhole: Bottom Line

We hope that we were clear in explaining the cornhole rules and cornhole distance, among other regulations. As you saw, it is a rather simple game, although it takes some practice.

You should now be equipped with all the information you need to know how to play cornhole. Make sure you check out our list of best cornhole board wraps, board, unfinished boards, and bags!

If you have other tips and tricks on how to play cornhole and win, let us know in the comment section below! We would love to hear from you, especially if you played the game and gained some experience with it!

21 Best Yankee Swap Gifts to Consider this Year

Best Yankee Swap Gifts

Today, we will discuss some of the best Yankee swap gifts to consider this year. Offering gifts is just as satisfying for the giver as it is for the receiver, so you should put some thought into them. So making a list with the best Yankee swap gift ideas and choosing the most suitable ones for some particular receivers is an exercise in creativity if not more.

However, you may be asking what a Yankee Swap Party is. Sometimes known as a White Elephant Gift Exchange, or a Dirty Santa Gift Exchange, this party is a clever way to spice up the good old fashioned gift exchange that your family and co-workers bore you with year after year. The rules can vary, but simply, everyone is directed to contribute a gift within a certain price range.

Usually, to assure everyone gets something nice, the limit is up to twenty-five dollars.

As each person arrives with their gift they are asked to draw a number from a hat. Each person waits until his number is called. On each person’s turn,  he may decide to pick an unwrapped gift from the table to open or swap the gift with someone else. Each gift is technically unclaimed until the swap is over. Don’t be surprised though, if in the end there is more swapping going on.

After all, the fun of the party is to go home with something exciting!

If you want more Yankee swap gift ideas, don’t forget to check out our guide on some of the most amazing housewarming party gifts you can buy for close friends, family members, acquaintances, or workmates. On the other hand, if the concept of a Yankee swap is not right up on your alley, you can get your inspiration going form our guide on gift exchange games for large groups. Besides the White Elephant, you also have the Cheer Exchange, the Hot Potato, the legendary & classic Secret Santa, the Numbers Game, and so on. After all, choosing a gift for someone and exchanging gifts with other people require specific mindsets and certain conditions, so pick the game that serves you best.

Now, let’s return to our White Elephant gift ideas to consider this year!

The following is a list of the 21 best Yankee swap gifts you can choose from

Before we begin, however, make sure you also check out our guide on the best funny Yankee swap gift ideas we offered a while ago. In that article, you will learn some of the basic rules for choosing the best Yankee swap present. Suffice to say, you can go for anything that is unusual, useful but strange, sexy (only when it is the case), exceedingly tacky or gross (for the laughs, of course), you get the point.

1. BLACK + DECKER Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug

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Family, friends, or co-workers, this gift is perfect for anyone in the group! The coffee brews directly into the 15-ounce travel mug and the mug is designed to fit in almost any vehicle cup holder. The coffeemaker is equipped with a permanent filter, filter basket, and auto shut-off for those busy mornings. The mug is complete with a lid and can be washed safely in the dishwasher. This gift will be a big hit at the swap party. It is also an amazing housewarming party gift, so put it on the list for other parties and occasions requiring presents!


2. Pyrex Simply Store Rectangular Glass Food Storage Set

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This versatile gift will be welcomed by women and men alike. Imagine taking your food from the oven to the fridge in one dish. Carry these dishes with you to the party, and warm the food in the microwave when you get there. You can freeze the leftovers right in the same dish, and place it in the dishwasher when it is empty. The 6 piece set includes one 3-cup, one 6-cup, and one 11-cup rectangular dish. Each dish comes with its own lid. These easy to store, stackable dishes will have everyone fighting over them.


3. Hot Cocoa Gift Set By Fireside

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Everyone likes hot chocolate, so you can’t go wrong with this gift! This gourmet hot cocoa set includes three 8 ounce cans that each consists of salted caramel, chocolate truffle, and peppermint. Just add hot water and you will have a hot cup of cocoa to warm you up on the coldest day. Make a special treat in the summer by adding the cocoa to a glass full of ice. Either way you like it, this gift will be sure to please. Packaged in a gift box with ribbon, your work is already done.


4. Yankee Swap Gift Tee Shirt

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Give them a souvenir to remember the night forever! With this shirt, they can wear it to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party they will be going to next. This classic fit, lightweight, 100% cotton tee is available in a variety of colors and sizes. Make this the best Yankee swap gift on the table, and be the star of the party. Remember we said above that some best White Elephant gift ideas can be strange and even unsightly as long as they have a good dose of intrinsic humor attached to them? This is one of those Yankee swap gift ideas to consider this year!


5. Adult Coloring Book Set of 3

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The latest craze is the relaxing, adult coloring book. This gift is great for a swap party with the girls. Older children will enjoy this gift as well. This set includes mandalas, flower designs, and geometric patterns. These books are great for anxiety and stress relief. Explore your inner creativity with each of the 48 single-sided coloring pages, and express your thoughts on each of the 48 journal pages in every book. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now and make some incredible activities for teens as well during a rainy day in the house, so grab a few for your family as well!


6. Cupcakes & Cartwheels- Ribbons Quick Change Watch

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This is another great gift for the swap party with the girls. From young to old, she will love this gift. This Quartz watch comes with a variety of 11 different ribbon straps that tie in a bow for security.  Complete with a different strap for everyday and every outfit, she will never get bored. For an elegant presentation, this watch is packaged together with the ribbons in a pink gift box. Make everyone fight to get this gift at the party.


7. Oster Fondue Pot

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Everyone loves to eat, and this gift can be fun for everyone. This 3- quart fondue pot is made by Oster, and can be used to dip sweets into chocolate, melt some cheese, or fry some meat. It comes with 8 color-coordinated forks and a sure release break-away-cord. Adjustable temperature control and cool-touch handles make this pot user friendly. This gift will be a big hit, and probably one of the best Yankee swap gifts you will find. Put this item on the list of best housewarming party gift ideas and some of the best presents to offer your parents for their birthday, anniversary, Christmas, or any other occasion!


8. Never Have I Ever: The Game of Poor Life Decisions Card Game

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This party game is for ages 17 and older, so it would be ideal for the adult Yankee Swap Party. This popular game includes 550 cards of hilarious, awkward, and embarrassing adult material. With this game, you have the opportunity to learn more about each other. A fun party game that the winner might want to play with everyone when the swapping is over. You know how much we love a good (and mean) game of Never Have I Ever, so if you want to play it (outside the card game) with your friends and family, here are the best Never Have I Ever Game Questions to make your own version of this amazing campfire activity for adults who know each other pretty well and are not afraid to tap into some personal issues.


9. Fritesla 16000mah Power Bank Portable Charger for Smartphones

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Almost everyone you know has a smartphone, so why wouldn’t this be one of the best Yankee swap gifts at the party? This slim charger is convenient enough to fit right into your pocket, next to your cell phone. This lightweight charger features dual USB outputs, a USB light with an LED reading. Available in four color choices, this gift is something everyone will want.


10. Northpoint Cashmere Velvet Reverse to Cloud Sherpa Throw Blanket

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Nobody will resist the comfort of a soft, warm blanket. This blanket has the feel of velvet plush on one side and reverses to the feel of an extra warm cloud sherpa on the other side. The ideal 50×60 inch size makes for a comfy movie night throw, or wrap it around your shoulders while working at the computer late at night. This gift is available in a variety of colors and will be perfect for anyone in your group. Sit back and watch them fight for this one.


11. Freshly Roasted Delicious Healthy Nuts Basket

This tray of healthy nuts is made with four delicious sections of cashews, pistachios, honey glazed pecans and almonds. These nuts are 100% natural and will make the perfect kosher, vegetarian or organic snack for anyone in the group. The nuts are packaged for freshness in a box, and ready for gift giving. The winner will be so delighted, maybe he will share some with you before the night is over.


12. Pen Light With Stylus Tip

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This is the best Yankee Swap gift for the office party. The pen is engraved with, “Success Dreams Create Reality.” This 3-in-1 ballpoint pen is equipped with a replaceable ink cartridge, replaceable battery, and is complete with an LED flashlight and a stylus tip. This handy pen is everything a person needs to get through a busy day at work. Packaged in a classy gift box, this pen is ready to go. Become the favorite co-worker when they find out this gift came from you.


13. Care Package with 50 Sweet and Salty Snacks

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This variety snack pack is ideal for the family or school swap party. With chips, candy, cookies, crackers, gum and more all in the same package, how can you go wrong? They can share it, re-gift it, or eat it all themselves, but no matter what they choose to do with it, this will be the most talked-about gift of the night.


14. Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Gift Set

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Everyone has dry, chapped hands every now and then, so choosing this gift will not be a waste. The hand repair kit includes Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream. This kit is packaged in a clear nylon bag tied with ribbon. As an added bonus, the kit also includes a pair of cotton gloves to help keep in the moisture. The person that wins this gift will have to hide it from the rest.


15. Woodwick Candle Fireside

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Everyone likes to hear the crackling of the fireplace or of a veritable campfire. With this candle, not only will they get the sound and relaxation listening to the crackle from the wick, but the fireside scent will top it off. This candle is available in two sizes and will put off the scent for 100 hours. You won’t go wrong giving this candle jar to your friends at the party.


16. The Grill Light by Knight Lighter

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This unique gift will be sure to lighten up the room. This light is the perfect BBQ companion, but has many other uses as well! Made with a durable Nylon Glass Fiber and 11 gauge steel clamp, this light is made to withstand heavy heat and light rain. Clip it in your dark closet or onto your beach chair. If you need light, grab the grill light as well. Make your friends fight for this gift at the swap party.


17. Heat Sensitive Color Changing Coffee Mug

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This 16 ounce, ceramic mug will confuse everyone in the room. The mug will change color and design when it is hot, and will change again as the beverage cools down. This mug can be fun for everyone, and with this design, even the kids will love it. Keep a sleepy person on their toes with this happy conversation piece.


18. Rustic Whitewash Tabletop Chalkboard Sign

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The chalkboard that is meant to go on tabletops in homes is great things to give someone as a gift for a housewarming party or any other occasion. They are fun products that anyone can enjoy. Witty, encouraging, helpful, or sweet things can be written on it in any household. Chalk even gives them the freedom to draw, be creative, and set the tone for the house and any guests who enter in. You can’t go wrong with this gift!


19. Play Visions 450 Nose Aerobics Game

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This gift will be fun for anyone! Enjoy watching your adult friends play this game when they put on the plastic glasses and try to catch the tiny ball in the little basket. This can make any party entertaining, or watch your co-worker secretly play behind his cubby. For ages 5 and up, but this game will be a riot when the adults try to play!


20. Hidden Alcohol Sunscreen Flask

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This is the best gift for the adult party. These two, 9.7-ounce realistic sunscreen bottles, will conceal your drinks so you can sneak them in with you wherever you go. They are leakproof with airtight seals and are food-grade safe. Extra seals and a funnel are included. The flasks easily hold approximately nine shots each, and can easily be passed around for sharing.


21. Knock Knock Bathroom Guest Book

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This unique book will have everyone spending time in the bathroom at the next party. Each page is designed for the guest to answer questions, draw a picture and describe their bathroom experience. No more trifling through an outdated magazine, or critiquing the color of your host’s bathroom. Even the serious grump at the party will laugh at this book!



Is there a Difference Between Yankee Swap vs White Elephant Gift Ideas?

Historically speaking, yes, there is, although in the modern world, Yankee swap gifts ideas and White Elephant gift ideas are quite the same thing. The Yankee swap gift concept goes back to the American Civil War, they say, when generals were swapping prisoners in a barter system that had nothing to do with human rights as we know them.

On the other hand, the idea of receiving a White Elephant is, by all means, and purposes, a burden. The king of Siam proved to his people back in the day that getting a white elephant was a punishment and not so much of a token of appreciation.

In conclusion, White Elephant gift ideas should be a bit ridiculous and useless in nature, while Yankee swap gift ideas, no matter how brutal, had some intrinsic value to them. Today, we do not make much of a difference between them and both are extremely fun gifting exchange ideas.


Best Yankee Swap Gifts: Bottom Line

Whether you call them White Elephant gift ideas or Yankee swap gift ideas, we hope our suggestions proved useful to you to have some fun with family, friends, or co-workers this year. If you have more ideas you tried already and made the hoped impact, tell us everything about them in the comment section below! We would love to upgrade this article with some of the best Yankee swap gifts that our readers vouch for and recommend!

40 Amazing Housewarming Ideas: Gifts, Theme Party, Menu, and More

If you need some housewarming ideas, you have come to the right place. Moving into a new home often creates a mixture of emotions ranging from anxiety to excitement. Whether you know an individual or a couple who has recently moved into a new home or apartment, giving a gift can likely make things easier. Often people need new items such as household goods or décor to brighten up their new space.

Of course, it is often hard trying to pick out the perfect housewarming gift for someone. Fortunately, the housewarming gift ideas below can make your hunt for the perfect gift much easier. From housewarming gift baskets ideas to housewarming party ideas, you can make moving into a new home both fun and happy for someone you know and love. Enjoy this list of housewarming ideas that includes gifts suggestions, party themes to organize, housewarming party foods ideas & menu to prep for the guests, and more! Keep in mind that many of these housewarming gift ideas below work very well for a Yankee Swap gift exchanging party too!

Housewarming Gift Ideas

Standard housewarming gifts can range from something useful to something that serves as a piece of décor. Each of the housewarming gift ideas listed below are sure to be a hit when offered up as a housewarming present.

1. Enkore Bar Set Accessories – Large Coaster 8 Pack

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The Enkore Bar Set Accessories – Large Coasters 8 Pack comes in a stylish stainless steel holder that offers a sleek, modern appearance. The coasters are available in a variety of colors including black, coffee, cool gray, navy blue, and even rainbow. The color variety allows you to customize your gift to best suit the receiver based on their preferences.

The textured, grooved pattern of the coasters helps to protect furniture while also acting as a cool way to serve beverages. In fact, the coasters can act as a complimentary gift for a bar collection. Each eco-friendly silicone coaster offers a 4.3” diameter surface. Their size and texture make it possible for the coasters to accommodate mugs, glasses, and any other beverage holder while protecting countertops and wood surfaces.

Offering coasters may seem incomplete, especially if you are gifting them to people you love and see very often, so add a bottle of their favorite drink to give them a reason to use the coasters. A nice set of glasses will make things even better.

2. Bamboo Cutting Board Gift Set

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Kitchen items are often the most commonly given housewarming gifts. Men and women both young and old can make good use of kitchen utensils, which is why they are a great and thoughtful gift to give. The Bamboo Cutting Board Gift Set with Best 3-Piece Kitchen and Cooking Utensils is one great example. The set is the perfect kitchen accessory for new homeowners or renters.

From chopping vegetables to slicing up a tender roast, the bamboo cutting board serves as a nice housewarming gift idea. It is durable and offers a chemical-free surface. Also, the cutting board is accompanied by a flat spatula, wide spoon, and a set of tongs, all of which are 12-inches long. Bamboo offers natural anti-bacterial properties, making this set a great go-to kitchen addition. If you throw in a set of awesome knives, you are good to go!

3. Cheese Board Set

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Kitchen accessories seem to make the most popular housewarming gift ideas ever, and with good reason. When a person either buys or rents a new home, they often look to invite friends and family over to entertain them. Of course, the right kitchen accessories are required to entertain guests. For that reason, why not give the gift of a Cheese Board Set?

With a cheese board set, receivers can slice and serves a variety of cheese and crackers to guests for an easy, stylish party item. The set comes with a 3-piece knife set along with 4 small cheese serving forks. There is also a porcelain dish that can hold condiments and sauces. The knife set includes a parmesan shaver and a hard cheese knife.

Each of the three items listed above can prove to be a useful gift in that they are both functional and affordable. The gifts are a wonderful choice for individuals or couples who need kitchen accessories. Of course, there are plenty of other housewarming gifts to consider besides traditional kitchen accessories.

In case you want a wholesome housewarming gift idea that will be memorable, top the cheese board set with one of those housewarming gift baskets ideas that are ever so popular in online stores right now. We can think of a gourmet basket with a refined selection of cheeses and spreadable goodies, next to a bottle of fine wine, artisanal sweets, and a high-end selection of fruit and nuts.

Housewarming Gift Ideas for Couples

Help a couple you know that is moving into a new home by selecting just the right housewarming gift that is perfect for two. From key holders to wine bottle accessories, there are so many options to choose from that any receiver will love. The items listed below all provide functionality that the receivers will love to have in their new home.

4. Personalized Gift – Monogram Key Holder

The Personalized Gift – Monogram Key Holder is a great gift option for engagements, bridal showers, weddings, and as a housewarming present. When moving into a new home, things often become hectic. There are so many boxes to unpack and items to arrange. In the midst of all the madness and excitement, it is easy to lose things. Thanks to this gift, the receiving couple will not have to worry about losing their keys.

The keyholder is handmade and comes in two different sizes, which include 5×7 inches or 7×9 inches. Choose a black and white look or a warm wood look with black print. The keyholder suits just about any décor, making it the perfect accompaniment to any new home. Keep in mind that as this gift is handmade, there might be slight variations in the appearance of each keyholder ordered.

5. Two Peas in a Pod Magnetic Salt and Pepper Set

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The Two Peas in a Pod Magnetic Salt and Pepper Set is a cute, thoughtful, and functional housewarming gift. Present two people, you love and care about, with a salt and pepper set that represents them as a loving couple. Magnets keep the salt and pepper shakers in place when they are not in use. The adorable salt pepper shakers are green with pink, rosy cheeks. One appears male and the other appears female.

Many couples do not consider purchasing salt and pepper shakers for themselves. However, salt and pepper shakers can prove quite useful. Rather than setting out a store bought container of salt and pepper, impress guests with a matching salt and pepper shaker. The set also serves as a great conversation starter since everyone will be drawn to the cuteness of the two pea shaped shakers.

6. Vina 5 Pcs/set Deluxe Wine Accessory Gift Set

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One of the most common housewarming gifts individuals and couples receive is a bottle of alcohol. Typically, a person will gift a bottle of wine or champagne to someone who has recently moved into a new home. Rather than being part of the norm, why not give something that accommodates that common gift?

The Vina 5 Pcs/set Deluxe Wine Accessory Gift Set is a great gift-giving idea for new homeowners, especially if they are wine lovers. The set comes with a corkscrew bottle opener, stopper, foil cutter, stopper, and a combo pourer stopper. The accessories come in a unique case shaped to look just like a wine bottle.  All the accessories are stainless steel to ensure quality and durability.

Overall, each of the gifts mentioned above are perfect for couples moving into a new home. Each gift offers some form of functionality that is useful to a new homeowner or renter. From organization to storage, the receivers will love the thought behind their newly received gift.

Housewarming Gift Baskets Ideas

Sometimes individuals or couples moving into a new home have plenty of household accessories or décor and are not in need of anything more. In those instances, it can make finding a housewarming gift a difficult task.

Fortunately, housewarming gift baskets can solve that problem. Gift baskets are great for both individuals and couples. They are also relatively affordable and highly versatile. If you are looking for a gift basket to give as a housewarming gift, look no further than the suggestions below. As you probably know – because you tested it already – gift baskets make more than some of the best housewarming gift ideas. They work fantastic for a Valentine’s Day celebration, a wedding, your mom’s birthday, and more!

7. Welcome Home Gift Box

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The Welcome Home Gift Box is a medium-sized gift basket that comes in a package shaped like a house. The basket comes with a variety of tasty snack foods that are sure to please even the most sophisticated of tastes.

The basket includes the following items:

  • Cookies with a Welcome Home theme
  •  Stone wheat crackers
  •  Chocolate mints in a Welcome Home themed bag
  •  White cheddar popcorn
  •  Sherwood strawberry wafer cookies
  • Werthers Original English toffee
  •  Buttery pretzels
  •  Sherwood strawberry wafer cookies
  •  Port Salut cheese spread
  •  Reisen chocolate caramel candies

With so many delectable snacks to choose from, the receiver of this gift basket is sure to appreciate the gesture. Also, the house-shaped basket can be reused around the home as a nice piece of décor. In other words, this serves as both a delicious gift basket and a memorable decoration for a new home all-in-one.

8. Housewarming Gift Basket

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Welcome someone into the neighborhood or help theme celebrate the keys to their new home with the New Home Housewarming Gift Basket. The basket comes in an elegantly packaged gift box featuring the words “Home Sweet Home.” It comes packed with a selection of goodies that any new homeowner or renter is sure to enjoy. All goodies inside the basket come handpicked to ensure quality and satisfaction.

Items within the gift basket include:

  • Gourmet coffee
  • Gourmet tea
  • Cookies
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Jams
  • Biscotti
  • Buttery pretzels
  • Crème de Pirouline

After packing the basket chock full of yummy goodies, it is then shrink wrapped so that it is ready for gift giving. There is no need to arrange the goodies in the basket yourself. The basket is available pre-arranged for your convenience. All you must do is hand it over to the receiver if you can part with the deliciousness of what is inside the basket. There is an assortment of basket sizes to choose from, allowing you to customize your order to suit an individual, a couple, or even a family.

9. Gift Basket Village Housewarming Gift Basket for New Homeowners

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Almost nothing beats the Gift Basket Village Housewarming Gift Basket for New Homeowners. It serves as both a gift basket overflowing with goodies as well as a beautiful, functional fruit bowl. Essentially, this gift basket allows you to present two gifts in one to a new homeowner or renter. Each gift basket comes hand crafted in the United States. Each one also features a welcoming theme that celebrates the excitement of moving into a new home.

The basket comes full of the following assortment of goodies:

  • Apple cinnamon tea (in a beautiful tea house)
  • Roasted salted pistachios
  • Gourmet cheese
  • An herb garden pick
  • Knuckle (creamy array of popcorn, white fudge, and almonds)
  • Assorted Danish butter cookies (in a collector’s tin)
  • Gourmet crackers
  • A home journal
  • Gourmet Dutch Cocoa
  • RC Snake (mixture of popcorn, white fudge, and tart cranberries)

The fruit bowl is made from a combination of a highly durable bronzed metal bass and woven sea grass. The receiver of this basket is sure to find the treats inside a tasty surprise while the fruit bowl will serve as a useful household addition.

Each gift basket mentioned offers several benefits. You can choose your basket based on the contents, its functionality, or even the appearance. Either way, the person receiving any of the baskets mentioned above is sure to love your thoughtful housewarming gift.

Housewarming Invitation Ideas

One great way to celebrate moving into a new home is to house a housewarming party. Plenty of people would love to congratulate the new homeowner by presenting a housewarming gift. If you have struggled to find the perfect gift, you could always opt to host a housewarming party instead.

The individual, couple, or family you host the party for is sure to appreciate the gesture. Also, they are likely to receive plenty of useful gifts that they may need and want. Of course, if you are going to host a party like that, you need the right housewarming invitations to send out.

10. Watercolor Design Wreath Happy Housewarming Fill-in Invitations

For a simple, yet gorgeous design, opt for the Watercolor Design Wreath Happy House Warming Fill-in Invitations. This pack of 10 invitations features a cheerful and colorful looking watercolor floral wreath. In the center of the wreath hangs a sign that says “Welcome.” Each invitation comes in a 4.5×6.25 size, all of which come printed on 80 lb. cover stock.

The invitations come with their own envelopes so you do not have to worry about spending additional money. Beneath the wreath and welcome sign, you will find the words “Join us for a House Warming,” along with several blank spaces. Each blank space has a label that allows you to fill in date, time, address, details, name, and RSVP.

11. Heart New Home Housewarming Party Personalized Invitations

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The Heart New Home Housewarming Party Personalized Invitations feature a beautiful blue heart design. The Heart is made up of a collection of different houses to add to the uniqueness of this invitation. It comes in a standard A6 size and is accompanied by free envelopes. Personalized wording and artwork are all digitally printed on one side of this postcard style invitation.

Invite guests to a housewarming party by ordering various quantities of invitations. You can order as little as 10 invitation or as many as 200. The invitations are available on premium satin 350gsm card stock. When ordering the invitations, make sure to include a name, address, date, and an RSVP contact. Guests are sure to love the adorable and creative design that clearly emphasizes the fun and delight of moving into a new home.

12. House Warming Fill-in Invitations Red Door

It is often said that a red door is symbolic of welcoming and positive energy. Red is also a symbol of happiness and good luck. That is why the House Warming Fill-in Invitations Red Door – 10 Pack are the perfect choice. Each invitation features a digitally printed picture of a red door with the words, “Join Us for a House Warming.” A black sign that says “Welcome” hangs from the door.

The invitation features fill-in the blank lines for names, dates, addresses, details, and RSVP information. Each 4.9.25 invitation comes printed on 80lb. card stock. They also come with free envelopes. Order as many quantities of 10 as you need to ensure that every guest gets an invite. There is almost a no better gift to give than hosting a house warming party for someone who has just moved into a new home.

No matter which invitation you choose of the three listed above, they are sure to be a hit. Each one offers a darling theme that celebrates new home ownership. Considering that you can personalize each one, there is almost no way you can go wrong no matter your selection. The new homeowner or homeowners will love your gesture of thoughtful kindness.

Housewarming Gift Ideas for the Family

It may seem like finding a housewarming gift for an individual or a couple is tough enough, but try finding something for an entire family! In truth, it is often difficult to find something that congratulates every member of the family on new homeownership. Fortunately, each of the gifts below serves as a wonderful choice that every family member is sure to enjoy.

13. Architectural Letters Family Name Sign

Present the family with a stylish picture they can hang on the wall featuring their last name in architectural lettering. The picture features various photos of architectural points of interest. Each point of interest looks like a letter of the alphabet. When placed together, they can spell out any word of your choice.

The Architectural Letters Family Name Sign pays tribute to each member of the family. It comes printed in an unframed 10×20 size. Beneath the last name is the phrase, “Families Are Forever.” It is a great way to welcome every member of the family into their new home. Keep in mind that there are several different architectural styles to choose from for each letter. You will have the opportunity to proof the final copy for approval so that it matches the style you want.

14. Key Holder Personalized Housewarming Gift

The Key Holder Personalized Housewarming Gift is yet another gift that is great for the entire family. It represents the family as a whole by featuring their surname and the year of the family’s establishment. For instance, the sign can say, “The Smiths,” with the year the parents were married. For instance, if a couple married in 2010, the keyholder would say, “Established 2010.”

The key holder features four hooks to hang the keys to a car, garage, shed, or to the family’s new home, of course. The personalized key holder sign is 11×5 inches and comes in six different colors. You can choose black with white wording, white with black wording, blue with white wording, and more. Considering that it is customizable, you can choose a key holder that best suits the theme of the home and the family that is to receive your housewarming gift.

15. Adeco Metal Wall Hanging Family Tree Picture Photo Frame

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Many people offer picture frames as a gift to an entire family. The reason being is that families like to feature photos of one another throughout the house for all to see. Presenting a family with a unique picture frame is a way to celebrate them as a whole as well as their new home. Of course, a standard picture frame just won’t do.

Instead, opt for the Adeco Metal Wall Hanging Family Tree Picture Photo Frame. It is an excellent choice as it can accommodate families both large and small. The metal picture frame comes in the shape of a tree and features various openings for pictures. Openings accommodate either 4×4 or 4×6 pictures of memorable family moments. The design of the tree differs depending on how many openings you choose.

You can opt for a frame that holds 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or even 9 different photos. For a smaller family just starting out, the frame featuring 4 openings is a nice choice. For a larger family, opt to give them the tree with 9 photo openings. The bronzed metal frame is available in black and features a rustic finish. The frame creates a visual impact that is sure to capture the attention of anyone who visits the family’s new home.

No matter which family housewarming gift you opt to buy, the family is sure to thank you. Each one celebrates the entire family and the fact that they have acquired a new home to call theirs. Each of the family gift items mentioned are sure to accommodate a different budget range, making it possible for you to buy a housewarming gift that is meaningful and affordable.

Housewarming Gift Ideas for Men

Perhaps you know a man who has just acquired a new home. Finding a housewarming gift that is suitable for a man may seem like a daunting task. They are not often as worried about household décor and fancy cutting boards. Fortunately, men are rather easy to please, particularly if you know their personality. The gifts below are sure to make any man happy.

16. To Do List Wake Up Drink Coffee Funny Quote Coffee Mug

Do not overthink your gift or it will stress you out. If the receiver has a sense of humor, the To Do list Wake Up Drink Coffee Funny Quote Coffee Mug is a good option. The mug highlights a man’s to-do list for the day.

Your male friend is sure to laugh at the hilarious and thoughtful gift.

Although a mug may not seem like much, any man moving into a new home is sure to appreciate receiving a new coffee mug so he can enjoy his coffee while unpacking. This gift is an optimal choice for any male coffee lover. It is also an affordable gift that can accommodate a tight budget if need be.

17. USA Tapestry Flag Décor by Ambesonne

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Perhaps you know a man who has recently acquired a home that is a proud U.S. resident. Perhaps that man served in the military. Either way, he is sure to love the USA Tapestry Flag Décor by Ambesonne. The silky satin polyester material offers the look of retro worn wood to create a stunning visual display. Any proud new homeowner and former military member can add this to their home.

You can purchase either a 40×60-inch tapestry or a 60×80-inch tapestry. If a flag does not seem suitable for the receiver of this gift, you have other options available. For instance, there is a wilderness one that is awesome for a man who enjoys nature, hunting, or anything that has to do with the wild. There are also various scenic tapestries featuring cityscapes and landscapes. For more housewarming gift ideas for men with a passion for adventure, take a look at our guide on the best gifts for kayakers as well!

18. Culina BBQ 18 PCS Stainless Steel in Elegant Aluminum Stow Case

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Ask any man and they will tell you that grilling food is an enjoyable activity. It would almost seem that most men are born with the natural ability to grill burgers, brats, and steaks to absolute perfection. That is why the Culina BBQ 18 PCS Stainless Steel in Elegant Aluminum Stow Case is one of the best housewarming gifts ideas you can have!

The BBQ set features the following BBQ accessories:

  • Large spatula
  • 15” kitchen knife
  • Steak knife
  • Cleaning brush
  • Tongs
  • Two prong fork
  • Silicon basting brash

The Culina set is a wonderful choice for men who enjoy time spent in front of the grill with friends and family. Perhaps the receiver can even use their new BBQ set to grill up some food for guests who attend their housewarming gathering. Celebrate the tradition of man and the fact that your friend has just moved into a new home by presenting them with this thoughtful housewarming gift.

The three gifts mentioned above can make finding a housewarming gift for a man much easier. Rather than stressing and trying to find just the right gift, select one of the options above. Each one is sure to be a hit with any man that you know. Although they may not serve as traditional housewarming gifts, they are definitely something any man would appreciate.

Housewarming Gift Ideas for Women

Finding a housewarming gift that is suitable for a woman is also difficult. Not so much because it is hard to find something. Instead, there are so many options available that it might be hard to narrow your choice down to just one. Fortunately, the housewarming gift ideas listed below can take the stress and anxiety out of your harrowing search.

19. The Modern Transcend Clear Glass Oil Lamp Gift Set

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When it comes to housewarming presents, people will present a new homeowner with everything from kitchen accessories to household décor, including candles. Scented candles in jars are great, of course, but they are also quite common. Rather than going the traditional route, celebrate her uniqueness and the keys to her new home with a oil lamp.

The Modern Transcend Clear Glass Oil Lamp Gift Set features an oil candle that seems to float within the glass hurricane candle holder. The two-piece, hand-blown gift set comes with both the hurricane candle holder and a paraffin oil lamp. The receiver can customize the look of the lamp using Firefly Candle Dye or a variety of assorted décor.

For instance, the space beneath the lamp can be decorated with seashells, fake floral arrangements, colored glass beads, and more. With her creative approach, she can create an oil lamp that best suits her personality and style. Even better, she can create a lamp that suits the style and theme of her new home.

20. What Night? Funny Wine Glass

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If you know a woman who has both a love of wine and a sense of humor, present her with the What Night? Funny Wine Glass. The 13-oz. glass features three lines. At the bottom, the line reads, “Good Night.” In the middle, the line says, “Great Night.” At the top, of course, the line reads, “What Night?” The glass provides a great housewarming present to any woman. She can even use her wine glass while she’s celebrating with friends and family at her housewarming party.

Wine glasses come packaged in a highly durable white gift box packed with bubble wrap for padding and protection. You can either opt to present the present to the receiver yourself or you can have it sent directly to her. Aside from the fact that it is a unique housewarming present, it is also something that you will find quite affordable, particularly if you are on a tight budget.

21. Bath Bomb Gift Set USA

If you have ever moved into a new home, you know how exciting and nerve-wracking the experience can be. While it is exciting to acquire the keys to a new space, it is daunting trying to unpack and organize everything. Once you get through all the boxes, all you want to do is kick back, relax, and enjoy your new space. That is why the Bath Bomb Gift Set USA is a terrific housewarming gift choice for any woman.

The vegan, organic bath bombs feature all-natural ingredients such as Shea and cocoa, both of which help soothe dry, irritated skin. Invite the new homeowner to relax after she has finished unpacking by soaking in a tub complete with her new bath bomb gift set. 

The BBQ set features the following BBQ accessories:

  • Yoga Surprise (Lemon, Orange, Lime, Bergamot)
  • Pink Energizing Grapefruit
  • Sinus Congestion Relief (Lavender, Pine, Cypress, Peppermint, Eucalyptus)
  • Garden of the Gods (Lavender, Geranium, Lime)
  • Vanilla Surprise
  • Stressed Moms (Lavender, Ylang, Marjoram)

Each fun and fragrant bath bomb will leave her feeling relaxed so she can finally enjoy the surrounding space of her new home.

No matter which housewarming gift you choose for her, she is sure to love it. Each one celebrates her as an individual and as a new homeowner in a unique and thoughtful way.

Housewarming Decorations Ideas

When you absolutely cannot think of anything functional to give as a housewarming present, it is always safe to opt for household décor. Decorations can brighten up any new home. When someone you know moves into a new home, it is likely that they have nothing more than bare walls and surfaces to stare at. You can help them spruce up the place by presenting them with some decorations that will dress up the walls and surfaces create visual appeal.

22. Teapot Trivet – Black Cast Iron – for Kitchen & Dining Table

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The Teapot Trivet – Black Cast Iron – for Kitchen & Dining Table can serve as a nice piece of decoration for kitchen and dining room surfaces. It is also a functional piece of design in that it can protect dining tables and counters from the heat of a hot mug or pan. The trivet has rubber feet so that it does not scratch the wood surface of your tables or the granite or quartz of your counters.

The heavy-duty cast iron supports hot pans, heavy pressure cookers, and other hot and heavy objects. It can also be used as a coaster for cups, mugs, and glass bottles. Place the trivet underneath a potted plant or opt to hang it on the wall as a piece of artwork in the kitchen or dining room. This versatile item is sure to be a hit choice when you present it to the receiver as a housewarming gift.

23. Heartful Home Décor Ball Mason Jar Wall Sconces

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Celebrate moving into a new home with unique and rustic décor like the Heartful Home Décor Ball Mason Jar Wall Sconces. The set of two sconces features a Ball Mason jar mounted on a rustic wooden plaque. The sconces can accommodate flowers, candles, seashells, and various other items. Overall, they help decorate bare walls so they have a nice visual appeal.

Part of what makes these sconces a great housewarming gift for any woman is that they are extremely affordable. The combination of honey-colored wood and clear glass jars creates ambient lighting in any space. They serve as versatile decorations that work well in any room of a new home. Fill them with colored sand and a votive or place fresh cut flowers in them for an enticing scent that fills the room.

24. Sitting French Chef Pierre Glass Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

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Salt and pepper shakers are a great gift, especially when it comes to the Sitting French Chef Pierre Glass Salt and Pepper Shaker Set. Aside from serving as a functional accessory, the adorable French Chef holder makes for a nice piece of décor for a countertop or table. Pay homage to a new homeowner’s culinary skills by presenting them with this as a housewarming gift.

The handcrafted salt and pepper shaker holder is made from cold cast resin. The piece features a plump and cheerful looking French chef who holds a salt shaker in one hand and a pepper shaker in the other. Since each salt and pepper shaker holder is hand crafted, the appearance of each may vary slightly. Overall, though, the woman whom you give this gift to is sure to fall in love with it.

Each of the three gifts mentioned above are wonderful decoration pieces for any new home. Aside from providing a stylish touch of interior design, each gift mentioned also offers some form of functionality. The trivet supports hot pans and mugs, the sconces provide lighting, and the salt and pepper shakers help spice up foods. No matter which gift you choose, you will find that each of them will be well received.

Housewarming Party Ideas

Now that you have a general idea of what gifts to buy for a housewarming gathering, it is time to consider exactly how to host one for a friend. Putting together a housewarming party can seem rather hectic if you have no idea where to start. However, if you manage to pull it off successfully, you can become a true lifesaver. The new homeowner will thank you for your efforts. Luckily for you, the housewarming party ideas listed below will help you pull everything together effortlessly.

25. Opt for a Theme

Themed parties are always a hit, even when it comes to a housewarming party. If the person who just acquired a new home is into animated films, you could always choose an Up style theme from the Disney movie, Up. For a centerpiece, choose a porcelain Victorian style house and attach balloons to it. Another option would be to select a theme that centers around the type of food you plan to serve.

For instance, if you are going to serve Mexican, hand everyone Mexican fiesta hats and decorate the home with festive Mexican décor and banners. Other housewarming party themes can center on movies or games. Select movies that guests will enjoy watching or games that everyone can enjoy playing. Make sure the theme is rated properly based on the age of the guests in attendance. If there are going to be kids around, make sure to keep everything PG.

26. Hand Out Party Favors

Party favors are a great way to say thank you to guests for showing up. Not only are you thanking them for attending the housewarming, you are also thanking them for their gift. When handing out party favors, you can keep it sweet and simple. If you are working with a limited budget, considering providing baked goods as a party favor.

Dollar Stores often have affordable favors you can give to guests as a favor, such as candles or lotions. As an added tip, make sure to attach a tag to the gifts featuring the new homeowner’s address. Everyone will want to make sure they have the new address on hand to update their contact list. If there will be a lot of people in attendance, it might not be possible to buy a favor for everyone.

For larger parties, host games and award the winner of the game a small favor or gift. Favors provide guests with keepsakes that remind them of the fun gathering. Although housewarming parties are all about providing the new homeowner a gift, it is special to provide your guests with something, too.

27. Provide a Playlist

Music is often a must for any party, including a housewarming party. Music playing in the background helps liven up those quiet moments. Make sure you do not play the music too loud. Guests shouldn’t have to shout over the tunes to talk to one another. Also, the last thing you want to do is upset any new neighbors by hosting a loud, boisterous party.

Ask guests for input as far as what music they would like to hear. Again, if there will be kids in attendance, make sure to keep things kid-friendly. Avoid playing any vulgar or otherwise inappropriate music. Classic rock is often a hit among middle-aged crowds whereas fun pop music is great for a younger crowd.

28. Consider Your Guest List

Although you are likely to invite people that the new homeowner knows, consider inviting new neighbors, too. The guest of honor, who is also the new homeowner, will appreciate the chance to meet new neighbors. Moving to a new area is often scary simply because it takes time to get to know new people. Meeting neighbors through a housewarming party is a great way to break the ice.

By following the tips listed above, it is entirely possible to throw a fabulous housewarming party that is sure to be a hit. Try combining each of the ideas listed to ensure that everyone has a good time, including the guest of honor.

Housewarming Party Foods Ideas

Perhaps the most important part of throwing a housewarming party is ensuring that everyone has plenty to eat. Without food, grumbling, hungry stomachs are sure to send guests out the door within a short amount of time. Of course, if you have never hosted a housewarming party before, or any party, it might be hard to create a menu. The menu ideas below can make your life much simpler. For more inspiration, check out our 70th birthday party ideas and even the 80th birthday party ideas. The theme is different, but you can check a few food items and design ideas too!

29. Finger Foods

You do not have to provide an elaborate three course meal for your guests. Unless you are hosting a small housewarming gathering, it is better to stick to something simple and affordable like finger foods. Little weenies cooked in a slower cooker with barbecue sauce and served on a tray with toothpicks is just one idea.

You can also serve crackers with cheese and meat, cheese spreads, fruit with fruit spreads, or loaded potato skins. Finger foods are almost always a hit because they are affordable, easy to make, and less of a mess than a full meal. Deviled eggs are another great finger food item that people often enjoy eating. Some other ideas include chips with dip and fried pickles with dip.

30. Sandwiches

Sandwiches are also easy and affordable. You can opt for either pre-made sandwiches or allow each person to select their own meats and cheese by featuring a meat and cheese tray. Make sure to have plenty of condiments on hand ranging from mayo to mustard and everything in between. Some places will provide condiments for you, such as onions, lettuce, and tomato.

Accommodate your sandwiches with sides like potato salad, macaroni salad, and chips. You will find that guests will easily enjoy each of these food items. Also, sandwiches are usually not messy and pretty easy to eat by both adults and children. As the host of a housewarming party, you are going to have little to no time to cook a gigantic meal. Therefore, ordering sandwich items from a local grocer or caterer is your best option.

31. Tacos

Tacos are both fun and easy to make. For instance, you can set up a taco bar in which each person will have the chance to create their own tacos. Set up the bar so it has salsa, sour cream, nacho cheese, nacho chips, jalapeno slices, diced up tomatoes, shredded lettuce, taco meat, soft shell tacos, and hard shell tacos.

Keep in mind that tacos are usually messy, which means there might be a lot of clean up involved. You can also create an American bar, which features tater tots wrapped in bacon, turkey pinwheels, ham and cheese sliders, and bacon cheeseburger meatballs. To make bacon cheeseburger meatballs, all you need is meatballs with a piece of cheese melted over each one. Stick the meatball on a skewer followed by crispy pieces of bacon, lettuce, and a cherry tomato.

If you want more ideas on what foods to serve – along the lines of tacos – check out our full guide on the quinceanera traditions for menu inspiration!

32. Meal Options

If you know that the gathering for a housewarming party is going to be smaller, a full meal is not a horrible idea. For instance, if the gathering is just going to consist of select friends and family, you can opt to create an easy lunch of dinner meal to satisfy everybody’s hunger. Of course, that does not mean that you need to cook.

You can always order pizza and breadsticks accompanied by salad and soft drinks. If you would rather cook, opt for a meal that is easy to make and budget-friendly, like pasta. Spaghetti and meatballs are always a big hit and it won’t leave you stranded in the kitchen for hours on end. Serve the spaghetti with rolls or breadsticks on the side, a nice salad, and perhaps some wine to toast in celebration to the new homeowner.

33. Beverages

You should always make sure you provide beverages for your guests. It is standard to offer water, coffee, and tea, so those three are a must. It will be up to you if you to decide if you have the budget for anything additional, like soft drinks. If you opt to buy soft drinks, make sure you purchase both diet and non-diet soda to accommodate different dietary needs. If alcohol is allowed, it is better to ask everyone to bring their own since alcohol can be quite pricey when buying for a larger group.

Another beverage option is to create punch using a carbonated beverage and ice cream. You can find many different punch recipes online, all of which are easy to make. Ensure that you have enough to refill the punch bowl when necessary. You will find that thirsty guests can empty a punch bowl rather quickly. Provide plenty of cups to go around. Keep in mind that a guest may lose their cup so it is always best to have extras.

The tips above can help you create a menu that is sure to please everyone. However, you may have to take a few things into consideration when creating menu for a housewarming party. For example, you should collect information from your guests with regard to dietary needs.

What to Know Before Setting the Housewarming Party Menu

Find out if anyone in attendance is allergic to some foods such as dairy, shellfish, or nut products. You should also find out if anyone requires gluten-free foods or vegetarian and vegan options. Make sure to accommodate those guests properly. It is better to avoid cured meats if you have vegetarians and vegans present at the party. If your guests come with their children, make sure you have kid-friendly dishes available, together with a satisfactory assortment of cakes and other sweets.

On the other hand, if all of you like to cook and you want all to have some fun with food, you can start making the dishes each of you knows how to prepare the best. You can turn things into a cooking contest if you like.

Housewarming Game Ideas

What is a party without some little fun and games not thrown into the mix? Games are a great way to pass the time and get everyone involved in an engaging activity. Games are also a great way to ensure no one feels left out on the fun. Sometimes, if guests do not know one another, it can create a certain sense of awkwardness. Playing games allows all guests to open up and enjoy each the company of all in attendance. For instance, we recommend you consider some Get to Know You games to break the ice and make the guests laugh and feel more comfortable in the group. Speaking of groups and housewarming ideas for couples who just moved in their own home, you can always try the Newlywed Game Questions (with variations) to entertain a larger group.

34. Unscramble the House

This game is relatively easy and guests of any age can play it together. Select different items from around the house such as a window, curtain, or refrigerator. Scramble the letters of each word and print them out in a list. Have each guest unscramble the letter to see how many people can guess the words correctly. To add to the fun, have a timer on hand. Whoever unscrambles the most word before the timer runs out wins the game.

35. Neighborhood Trivia

If the new homeowner has moved to a new neighborhood, city, or state, you can create a trivia game around that. Look up different fun facts about the homeowner’s new location. Host a trivia tournament featuring the fun facts you learned about. To make things easier, you can present statements about the neighborhood and have everyone guess if the statements are true or false.

36. The Memory Game

For this game, select a room in the house. Have each guest enter that room and allow them to inspect the room for one minute. After that minute is up, ask guests to exit into another room. Ask your guests to write down as much as they can remember in terms of the details of the room. The person who writes down the most accurate details is the winner of the game. This game is also a great challenge for kids and teens. You can also play it at home, although you might want to modify the rules a bit since your kids probably know the house inside and out. However, you can entertain their friends in this manner in case you throw a small gathering for your children and their buddies.

37. The Price is Right

What better way to celebrate moving into a new home than by playing a game that has everything to do with household items? The Price is Right is a great game to play. Hand each person a list of items such as dish soap, laundry detergent, toothpaste, bleach, and other important household items. Ask guests to write down the price of each item. Whoever comes closest to the most accurate total wins the game.

38. Household Bingo

Create a BINGO card in which you list household items under each letter. Such as a blender, toaster oven, stand mixer, or a mixing bowl under the letter B. Write each of the items down on strips of paper and fold them in half. Place the folded strips of paper in a hat and pick them at random. The first person to hit BINGO based on the items selected is the winner.

39. Spicy

Spicy is a fun game that allows guests to test their culinary knowledge. Make sure you have quite a few spices and plastic spoons available to play this game. Place a different spice in each spoon. Have guests look at and smell the spices, but no one is to taste them. After smelling and inspecting the spices, have guests guess which spice is which. The person who guesses the most spices correctly is the culinary genius. As a matter of fact, this is one of the best games to play with the kids in lockdown or to challenge your teens with on a lazy summer afternoon.

40. Good Old Fashioned Board Game

While unique party games are fun, sometimes nothing beats a good old fashioned board game. Considering that this is a housewarming party, a Monopoly game might be a great choice. The classic real estate game goes with the theme of the party. Guests can pair off into teams with one another so that everyone can get involved in some way or another.

Housewarming Ideas: Bottom Line

Everything mentioned above from the gift ideas to the actual housewarming party ideas is sure to create plenty of fun and excitement. Not only are you now armed with just the right gift to buy, but now you also know just how to host the perfect housewarming party. If you want more ideas on how to spend the best time with friends and family at a housewarming party, feel free to check out our fun campfire game ideas (although you have to modify some, as you will surely not make a fire inside a house). Also, a game of Truth or Dare among friends and close people will make a memorable housewarming party, especially if the dares revolve around the new home or the housewarming gifts the host received.

All in all, we hope you enjoyed our housewarming ideas – including the gifts, foods, theme, party, and games suggestions. If you have other ideas of your own that you tested and found successful, feel free to share them with us in the comment section!

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30 Easy Trivia Questions for Kids (With Answers)

If you love trivia, involve your kids and have trivia questions that fit your kids’ minds. In making trivia questions, cover topics they have studied in school. For example, recent popular culture, and hobbies your children may be interested in. Coming up with easy trivia questions for everybody (kids and adults alike) is a breeze.

How to Play a Good Trivia Game

Trivia is one of the most exciting family games and an excellent way to spend some time indoors, especially in this period of social distancing. One of the most important rules in picking general trivia questions and answers for kids is to focus on what you know they know. For this reason, it is best to start with a few warm-up fun trivia questions for kids that will ease them into the challenge. You can increase progressively the difficulty of the questions and keep the bar high for those kids who have serious general culture baggage.

One rule you should never forget is that you always have to have the answers at the ready. You should always have the correct answers even for the easiest trivia questions that you think everyone can handle with their eyes closed. Either you prepare movie trivia questions, science trivia questions, or general trivia questions, the answers you have aside should be correct. The last thing you want is a hot debate on information resources, debunked myths, the latest scientific discoveries, and so on. While we encourage such arguments, they are not the trademark of trivia night.

With all these things said and done, here are some easy trivia questions for kids that you can try as a fun challenge this summer or spend a rainy day at home!

Sports Trivia Questions for Kids

Some of the best trivia questions are sports questions. This is also true when asking trivia questions to kids. Choose your topics carefully. Most kids have not followed sports recently. Questions about famous players in the ’70s and ’80s may be too difficult for a child to answer. You should preserve such sports trivia questions for your sport-loving adult friends and family members.

There are many trivia questions that focus on sports. Think of active, big-name players that are popular even among the little ones. It is a great way to make sports trivia questions easy and fun for kids. Try these out:

Q: How big is the diameter of a basketball hoop?

A: 18 inches.

Q: Which NFL quarterback has won the most Super Bowl titles?

A: Tom Brady

Q: Who is the only NBA player to have 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists in their career?

A: LeBron James

Q: Which country hosted the 2016 Olympic games?

A: Brazil

Q: Which city is the capital of Utah?

A: Salt Lake City

Geography Trivia Questions for Kids

Geography is a major area of study for a lot of children and learning about the world can be very exciting. Expand the borders in the mind of your kids with some great geography trivia questions for kids. Speaking of geography, keep in mind that you can ask geography trivia questions as part of the road trip games you might want to play. After all, what better way to educate a child than triggering her curiosity about the places she sees?

Do not try to get too complicated. Make a topic base questions like geography. Create questions that focus on major landmarks or cities. Here are some examples:

Q: What country is home to the Great Barrier Reef?

A: Australia

Q: What city is the capital of China?

A: Beijing

Q: In what state is the Grand Canyon located?

A: Arizona

Q: What are the top three largest countries, by landmass, in the world?

A: Russia, Canada, China

Q: What is the largest desert in the world?

A: Sahara Desert

Q: Which two countries share the longest border?

A: Canada and the United States

Q: Which city has the most people?

A: Tokyo, Japan

Pop Culture Trivia Questions for Kids

Chances are that your children follow pop culture. Kids have many ways of finding entertainment topics. They have a great knowledge of the pop culture. Pick recent examples with some classics mixed in to keep them on their toes. Better than any math trivia questions that you might ask (and might trigger some angry looks from your kids), try some Disney trivia questions and answers, some Harry Potter trivia questions, Star Wars trivia questions, Marvel trivia questions, you know, tap into the things your kids love best. If you have teenagers around, Game of Thrones trivia questions and modern music trivia questions work the best.

If you are the parent in this equation, make sure you know the answers. You may know your sports, history, and geography, but do your homework well if you want to challenge your kids and teens in the pop culture department. So let’s get the show on the road, shall we?

Q: What movie franchise is famous for, “May the force be with you?”

A: Star Wars

Q: What movie features a toy cowboy named Woody?

A: Toy Story

Q: Which rock band sang Yellow Submarine?

A: The Beatles

Q: What was the most popular song on streaming services in 2017?

A: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

Q: Luis Fonsi, singer of the song “Despacito,” is from which United States territory?

A: Puerto Rico

Q: What type of fish is Nemo?

A: Clownfish

Other Great Trivia Questions for Kids

The possibilities for great fun with the help of trivia questions you can ask children are practically endless! Try writing some of your own based on the specific interests of the kids who will be playing. Now it is the best time to challenge your children’s knowledge and school homework (if you want to play rough).

Start writing your own trivia questions with a little inspiration. Here are some example questions to round out your trivia night list:

Q: What is the largest mammal in the world?

A: Blue Whale

Q: What is the number one food that pandas eat?

A: Bamboo

Q: Who was the first American president?

A: George Washington

Q: Who invented the light bulb?

A: Thomas Edison

Q: Going from top left to bottom right, what is the first letter on a keyboard?

A: The letter Q

Q: How many legs does a spider have?

A: Eight

Q: What type of celestial body is the Sun?

A: A star

Q: Where is the Great Pyramid?

A: In Egypt

Q: What is the fastest animal on land?

A: The cheetah

Q: Who wrote Romeo and Juliet?

A: William Shakespeare

Q: Why do things fall down when you drop them?

A: Because of gravity

Q: How many colors are in a rainbow?

A: Seven

Final Thoughts on Easy Trivia Questions for Kids

These were our top picks for some of the best easy trivia questions for kids if you want to organize a fun challenge for them on any given occasion.

We hope you enjoyed our picks and that you will play many fun trivia games with kids or your adult friends and family members! Don’t hesitate to ask us for more trivia questions for kids and adults if you want more ideas and inspiration! We are here to help you make the best out of your spare time, so use the comment section below if you have some of your own examples of fun trivia questions for a friendly challenge with the kids!

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21 Fun 70th Birthday Party Ideas to Celebrate a Platinum Jubilee in Style

When planning a 70th birthday party – or a platinum jubilee as people call this anniversary in some circles, it is important to make sure that your guest of honor is comfortable and will enjoy the celebration. It is their party after all!  This will depend greatly on their health, food preference, and the desired party size. It seems like a ton of stuff to consider, right? Well, worry not, because, in this article, you are sure to find something that will work for any lucky 70 years old! So here are our most fun and best twenty-one 70th birthday party ideas to consider this year! If you were looking for some fun surprise 70th birthday party ideas for your lifetime partner or some special 70th birthday party ideas for mom or dad, you will find your inspiration here!

If you want even more creative incentives to organize a memorable event for everyone involved, check out our 80th birthday party ideas as well! We are sure you can adapt the themes and activities to any situation!

21 70th Birthday Party Ideas for Your Loved Ones

On the Day You Were Born:

This is always a fun party idea because it allows you and other guests to get a glimpse inside the life of the honoree that they might not have seen before.  The first thing you will want to do is either go to your public library or on your computer, and do a search for the exact day they were born, and learn!  Then you will need a way to display all of the information you have just learned.  My favorite way is to get a big chalkboard and decorate it with facts about the day of the honoree’s birth.  If you do decide to use a chalkboard, a fun idea is to also place a second chalkboard next to it, and allow guests to write memories or sweet notes.

Slide Show:

Slide shows are a great way to keep the party intimate, and also bring back happy memories with loved ones.  There are two different formats that can be used for a slide show, one is a “Now and Then”, where you would display pictures of the honoree from childhood through to their 70th birthday party.  Another way to present a slideshow is “A look Back and a Look Forward”. This one is my favorite, because not only do you get to share and enjoy the memories of their life so far, but you get the chance to ask them and display pictures of where they hope to go and what they want to achieve.  This is an idea to be careful with, you do not want to dredge up old and painful memories.

Milestone Photo Book:

In case, you are concerned that a slideshow might evoke too many painful memories, I suggest using a photo book instead. Choosing this route will allow everyone to look at the photos at their leisure. People can talk to the birthday guy or gal about the photos. This is a beautiful way to hear stories from the honoree and learn about their life and what is special to them.  Choose not only photos of the honoree, but also ones of children and grandchildren. They will be reminded of the life and joy still flourishing around them.

Host a Roast:

This is a great way to liven up any party, especially a 70th birthday party! Can you imagine all of the stories after 70 years of living!?  It is important that you include on the invites the plan for a roast, and have whoever wants to participate think of a funny story about the honoree they would like to share at the party.  Be sure that you ask to see each memory/funny story first, this way you can avoid duplicates and, most importantly, hurt feelings. This is a theme where the guest of honor is remembered and gets to feel special while laughing. Organizing a roast for a guest of honor is, in general, a great idea for any type of party or celebration, so you can keep it in mind for an 80th birthday party as well.

Classic Car Theme:

If your birthday honoree is all about old, classic cars, this is a great theme to have. Find out what cars they owned, or always wanted to own, and decorate the place.  The important thing to be aware of is that this is not a party for a child. That being said, the cake can be in the shape of an old car, you could try organizing a car show for the party, but I would keep the decorations for the most part subtle. You are celebrating something they love, and need to be cognizant of where to draw the line.

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Casino Night:

This is one of my favorite ways to celebrate well, ANYTHING!  If the person you are celebrating is one who likes to go to casinos, then this is a party that cannot fail.  You can put their picture on everything from the poker chips and cards to the slots in a slot machine! With this theme, everyone can play games at their own pace, and party while remembering who they are celebrating. Besides, who would not want their face on a poker chip? Speaking of casino nights and recreating the atmosphere of noir cinema and literature, why don’t you check out this guide on the best card games to play to get your imagination wheels in motion? If the party honoree does not want to play poker necessarily, you can always engage in a mean game of Canasta. Just make sure you all remain friends afterward, as Canasta can heat up the spirits like no other!

Picnic/BBQ:

If you are throwing a party for someone who loves the outdoors, a wonderful party would be a picnic or BBQ. Find a beautiful shaded and somewhat secluded place, place blankets on the ground, and picnic baskets filled with goodies. If the honoree enjoys being on the grill, have a personalized apron made for them with something like “kiss me, I’m 70” or “made in 19__” for a special touch.  This is a great way to celebrate a spring or early fall birthday. In fact, it is one of the loveliest ways to celebrate any birthday, especially for kids and teens born in the summer. It makes a wholesome and laidback event where everybody can be themselves.

Afternoon Tea Party:

If the guest of honor is not much of a party animal or prefers smaller crowds, an afternoon tea party is a sweet and intimate way to go. Find a nice room to rent for an afternoon, and place lace tablecloths down, some flowers, perhaps even some pearls. A trick I have used, is to find clear vases or bottles, and put pearls and glitter in the bottom and then stick a flower in. They make lovely centerpieces. Tea lights are also a classy and fun way to go. Just because this is a tea party for a 70-year-old, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!

Golfing Theme:

This theme is another fun outdoor type party to have. This theme is not just for the adults either, you could go big and set up a miniature golf section as well for the kids. A game that I think is a fun one for this type of party, is to get a large glass jar, fill it with golf balls and tees, and have people place bets on how many items are in the jar, with a prize for the winner.

Games:

This type of party would be fun for any age, but especially for someone hitting 70.  Lookup popular television show games, or family games and go wild!  Find out which games to use and replace some things. For example, make player pieces with their face on them, or for a question/answer type game, come up with questions about the honoree.  This is a fun way to keep everyone interactive while keeping the focus on the main person. A nice idea would be an adapted version of one of the many Get to Know You games. You can challenge the guests to answer questions about the honoree and see who know him/her better and who has the funniest stories.

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Memory Jars:

Memory jars are a great way to illustrate the life of the person celebrating their 70th birthday party.  You can start by making ones yourself as table decorations. Provide extra jars, photos, and other fun things for the guests to make their own.  Then after the party is over, everyone will have something to take home as a keepsake of the wonderful life they just celebrated.

Dance Party:

A themed dance party is a great way to celebrate any 70th birthday party for someone still very active. Choose music from their teen to young adult years, and let the music take control.  Finding a DJ can be expensive, yes, but it doesn’t have to be. Just pick someone you know and have them create a playlist, then all you will have to worry about is the speaker system.

Photo Booth:

A photo booth is a welcome attraction at any party.  Pick some cool props that are appropriate to celebrating the honoree.  Help them and everyone creates new memories that will last forever.  This is something that will be interactive and fun for everyone!

Food Throughout the Years:

If the person you are celebrating is a foodie, then here is the party for them!  Pick popular foods from the last 70 years, and have at it.  A fun idea to do with this is to make the tables different themed and allow guests to move about. Sitting at different tables enjoying different foods will make for excellent conversation and full happy stomachs! This is also an excellent way to ensure that you have a wide variety of foods for special diets.

Do Not Forget the Balloons:

The right balloons can make any party a success.  They are a reminder of youth and fun and keep everything light and fun.  If you are having trouble pinpointing the perfect theme, balloons can help.  By simply picking a color scheme, themes will just sort of start popping out of the woodwork! They do this party planner anyway.

3 More 70th Birthday Party Ideas for Mom

Now, let’s see some specific 70th birthday party ideas for mom that you can plan in the blink of an eye! Of course, all the party ideas above are unisex so to speak, but if you want something truly special, here are five ideas to start with and get you going!

Theatre Play to Honor Her Achievements

This idea here is excellent if your mom had always had a soft spot for theatre or cinema. Talk to the other family members and note down all the important and proud moments in your mother’s life so far. Something that will put a smile and even some tears of joy on her face. Get some inspiration from our guide on improv games, as you may want to celebrate her achievements with a comedic flair.

An All-Women Celebratatory Photo

This 70th birthday party idea does not exclude the male members of the family. However, when it comes to the best 70th birthday party ideas for mom, you cannot go wrong with this one. Talk to all the women in your family and have a photo together – a large one so your mom can display on a wall – including everyone, from granny to the youngest girl in the clan. Sign the photo all of you, frame it, and make a girl-themed party out of it if you want.

Play The “Never Have I Ever” Game

Women and their secrets, right? In the vein of organizing a laidback game party for mom and her guests, try playing the Never Have I Ever game. At 70 years old, your mom probably did a lot of things and this is the best time to find out some of her secrets and less-known life adventures! As long as the questions do not trigger painful memories or lean on some family issues no one wants to learn about at a party, you should be fine. Choose your questions well and have a blast from the past with your mom, dad, family members, and friends!

3 More 70th Birthday Party Ideas for Dad

As we said above, all these 70th birthday party ideas go great for both men and women, but if you want to celebrate your dad in style, here are some more tips on how to organize a memorable event!

The Honorary Cocktail Party

Does your dad have a favorite drink or cocktail? Make a party out of it or, better yet, invent a special cocktail for your dad and name it after him! You can also choose a different approach: start from your dad’s favorite color, make a cocktail that has that color (after you mix and stir the well-chosen ingredients), get some party decorations in the same nuance, and have some fun with it! Your dad will be more than happy to name a cocktail and share some good times with all of you!

The Sports Party

You probably already had this idea, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it. A sports-themed party revolving around your dad’s favorite sport is always a good idea to keep him invested and the guests entertained. You can go to any lengths with it. Prepare an awesome sports-themed gift (like a great baseball glove) and try to have it signed by one of his favorite players. Since it is a bit difficult, you can have it signed by all the family members. While it may be hard to get an autograph from a sports celebrity, it is not hard at all to order a cake in the shape of a basketball or even a baseball bat.

Dad’s Favorite Things Party

Last (but definitely not least) on our list of best 70th birthday party ideas for dad is a themed celebration revolving around all the things your dad loves, from snacks to movies. It is one of the best ways to make your father feel like a king and see everyone around him enjoy all the things that he enjoys. Order his favorite chocolates and foods, decorate in his favorite color, play his favorite music, watch his favorite film together, you know… Add a splash of all those wonderful things that make your father so wonderful and enjoy them with the rest of the family and guests!

Bottom Line

There you have it, some of the best 70th birthday party ideas. The most important thing to remember is to celebrate the life of the person, and not to focus on their age.  Keep it light and fun while making new memories.  Your goal is that everyone walks away from the party feeling like they have been a part of new memories being made. Good luck, not that you will need it!

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11 Best River Float Tubes in 2020 | Reviews and Recommendations

Summer is right around the corner! One of our favorite warm-weather pastimes is being out on the water. Float tubes are a great summer recreation activity for many different types of people and age groups. Some people like to float lazily in a pool or down a river in groups. Others seek adventure while fishing out on the lake or in rougher water.

This article will take a look at many different types of float tubes available to help you pick one that suits your style and needs. Check out our five best river float tubes reviews and our six other product recommendations! At the end of this article, you will also find a short river float tubes’ buying guide, highlighting the aspects you need to consider in your purchase decision!

What Should You Know About River Float Tubes

No one knows for sure who the first person to use a float tube was. There is a good chance it was someone from a farm who used an old tractor intertube. As their popularity grew, manufacturers began making specialty float tubes for many different activities. Since its humble beginnings, float tubing has developed into a very popular outdoor activity for many people. Their most popular uses are for lounging in the pool and floating down “lazy rivers” at water parks. After all, summer is coming and water sports – together with some of the best water games out there – are the highlight of hot days, group summertime activities, and overall good summer fun!

People get together in groups and even take guided tours down rivers over long distances. They are also very popular with outdoorsmen and fishermen. They allow access to the best fishing spots and places that would otherwise not be available.

Why is a Specialized Float Tube Better Than a Tractor Tube?

There are many reasons to choose a specialized float tube over an old tractor tube. Safety is the most important thing to consider when being out on the water. Old tractor tubes were not designed with safety in mind. This is very important if you want to use your tube to float down rivers. They also have no features for comfort and relaxation. The different companies that make specialized float tubes put a lot of time and effort into designing a product with important features for both safety and comfort. The construction and materials used to make them is also much higher quality. Don’t trust your safety to an old tractor tube.

Why Choosing the Right Float Tube is Important

There are a wide variety of float tubes available for different types of activities. Choosing the correct style of tube is very important for safety out on the water. For example, you would not want to use a simple tube without safety features while fishing out on an open lake. Rugged construction is important when dealing with the possibility of hitting snags. Likewise, you would not want to purchase a heavy-duty and bulky fishing tube for use in your backyard pool. The information at the end of the article on how to pick the right river float tubes will run down some of the best features of such items that you should factor in your purchase decision.

Now, let’s check out the five best river float tubes reviews we prepared for you!

Top 5 Best River Float Tubes in 2020

Next, we invite you to check out the best five river float tubes we reviewed for you to help you make the best choice when it comes to safe and fun water sports and water games this summer. At the end of this guide, you will also find ten more tubes we consider you should check out this year as well. If you want us to review in-depth the other 10 contenders, let us know in the comments section at the end of this guide!

1. Intex River Run I Sport Lounge

Intex River Run I Sport Lounge, Inflatable Water Float, 53" Diameter
  • Have fun floating in the pool or at the lake with the Index River run I
  • Designed with a built-in backrest for easy cruising and a mesh bottom that keeps you cool
  • An all around grab rope is included for ease of use

This is a great all-around float tube. It is extremely durable and made from quality materials. The size and design are simple enough for use in the pool with multiple cup holders and a mesh bottom to keep cool. Its added features like heavy-duty handles, backrest, large 53″ diameter, and grab rope allow you to float comfortably out on the open lake or in a slow river too.

Pros
Simple and comfortable design with multiple smart features.
Works in your backyard pool or out on a calm river.
Cons
No protective covering and not well suited for use on rough water or in rivers with potential snags.


2. Intex River Run II Sport Lounge

Intex 58837EP River Run II Sport Lounge, Inflatable Water Float, 951/2" x 62"
  • Designed with two lounges that are interconnected and a large built in cooler with lid, this lounge is...
  • The built in backrests provide easy cruising and a mesh bottom keeps you cool
  • This fun lounger has five air chambers for added safety, and two built in cup holders to keep your...

This durable tube is designed with two connected lounges and is the perfect tube for couples, friends, and large groups. It has all the same great features as the Intex River Run I and added features like a cooler to keep refreshments on hand, extra air chambers for safety, and the ability to connect it to other River Run float tubes if you are in a large group. It handles rough and calm water with ease. Many people like float tubing in groups and this is a great choice for keeping everyone together.

Pros
Two seats and a cooler for extra fun.
Perfect for a lazy day floating down the river.
Added safety features for increased weight load.
Cons
Not for single person use.


3. Sevylor Covered River Tube

Sevylor Fish Hunter 360 6-Person Fishing Boat with Berkley Rod Holder
  • 63% more room than our 2014 model
  • Heavy-duty PVC construction is rugged for lake use, it seats 6 people or 990 lbs.
  • Multiple air chambers allow the other chambers to stay inflated if one is punctured

This is another great all-around tube that will last for many seasons. It is designed for heavy-duty lake and river use with PVC construction, multiple air chambers, and nylon covering to prevent leaks and damage. This would work well on the longer trips down the river. It is also simple enough to work just as well in the backyard pool with its 47″ inch inflated diameter. Like the Intex River Run tubes, this has the ability to be connected to other Sevylor tubes and a cup holder to keep your drink close by. When the weather changes to cold some people even use this as a sled!

Pros
Lots of added safety features for extra durability.
Can withstand rougher water and situations.
Cons
It does not have as many comfort-based features.


4. Classic Accessories Teton Float Tube

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Classic Accessories Teton Inflatable Fishing Float Tube
  • Float tube
  • Comfortable backrest
  • Hydrodynamic hull shape for improved tracking and steering

This particular tube is a bit different than the first three tubes described. It is suited especially for fishing and other more intense outdoor activities with a rod holder, stripping apron and fish ruler, multiple zipping storage pockets, and D-rings for attaching other gear. The hydrodynamic hull shape allows for great steering and tracking. The heavy-duty construction allows you to safely get to where boats cannot easily go. This provides a huge advantage for the serious fisherman.

Pros
Very heavy duty with lots of features geared towards the fisherman.
Good handling in open lakes and rougher water.
Cons
Not a great design for use in the backyard pool.


5. Caddis Sports Nevada Float Tube

Caddis Sports Nevada Float Tube
  • 46"x20"x42"
  • Double Stitched on Critical Seams
  • Heavy duty rip stop material

This is another tube geared towards fishing and adventurous use. It has almost all of the same features as The Teton Float tube in a simple and sleek design. The outer shell of the tube is made with double-stitched ripstop nylon for added durability. It is lightweight and features carry handles for easy transportation. The U-shape design provides safety and stability in the open water and rivers. Fluorescent safety accents and a stabilizer bar round out this simple and well-designed item.

Pros
Nylon cover and other added safety features for maximum durability.
Great for fishing and other more adventurous outdoor use.
Cons
225 weight limit with gear.


6 Best River Float Tubes Contenders for 2020

Now that you saw the five best river float tubes reviews of the year, it’s time to list the other 6 products we consider that are worth your while. While they differ in tech specs, features, and prices, they are all coming with great benefits, excellent safety built-in measures, and excellent customer reviews. So, without further ado, let’s see the six best river float tubes you can buy this year! Remember, in case you want us to review one or more particular items on this list, all you have to do is ask!

  1. Tube In a Box the Original Swim and Snow Tube, 45″ XL;
  2. REALTREE MAX-5 Lake Runner X Inflatable Tube;
  3. Tube Pro Orange 48″ Premium River Tube with Handles;
  4. Trans American Swim and Snow Adventure Tube, 40″ Large;
  5. Solstice Super Chill River Tube Double Duo with Cooler;
  6. BigMouth Inc. Beautiful Butterfly River Tube.

These were our eleven river float tubes reviews and recommendations! Now, as we promised, let’s see the short buying guide we were talking about at the beginning of this article.

What to Look For When You Buy A Floating River Tube

As you have seen from the reviews above, we insisted on picking the best floating river tubes capable of offering you a perfect blend of safety, comfort, reliability, and convenience. So let’s see the most important features you should look for when you buy such an item for your future river adventure!

The Durability of the Tubes

An outer tube’s guaranteed durability is what you should look for in such a product, as it makes the difference between staying afloat and not. You should look for tubes featuring high-gauge PVC rubber, double-stitched ripstop nylon, and good thickness to protect the inner tubes. When it comes to the inner tube, it is vulnerable to all the debris commonly found in water that can lead to tears, hole punctures, and scraps. You should look for a floating river tube with a canvas-covered polyester bottom, although a sturdy mesh denier bottom will do its job just fine.

A Canvas Bottom

Floating river tubes with canvas bottoms ensure your safety. They ensure no one slides out of the tube. A triple-stitch design is what you should be looking for in a river tube to ensure heavyweight support and safety.

A Mesh Bottom

Mesh bottoms allow comfort and keep you stay cool for a long day on the river. Look for a strong knit structure with adherent properties to withstand a river picnic (while on the tube), plenty of comforts, and a cooling sensation you most certainly need during a summer day on the water.

Safety Valve Stem and Cap Made of Rubber

Make sure you get a floating tube with rubber safety valve stem and cap while avoiding metals at the same time. Rubber valve stems are there to protect you from scratches, cuts, bruising, and other similar accidents and injuries. As you can easily figure out, a modern rubber cap cover is capable of smoothly reinforcing the air to stay in the tube with no leaks, thus contributing to the inflatability of the tube.

Handles

Handles are a safety feature you should not ignore, especially if you are into water sports on wild rivers. Rapid rivers can knock you out of the tube in the blink of an eye, so having handles is for both protection and comfort.

Comfort Features

Speaking of having a relaxed day on the water and in the sun, here are some comfort features that are not mandatory for a safe ride on flowing water, but it is always great when they are around:

  • Cup holders;
  • Mesh bottom for cooling and better sitting;
  • Back support for rest, relaxation, and a more natural position for your spine, especially if you plan to spend the entire day on the river;
  • Tube covers.

Bottom Line

Floating river tubes or inflatable kayaks should clearly be on your mind this summer if you want to spend a few days far from the maddening crowd. Either you take a fishing vacation with the family or embark on an adventure trip with your group of wild friends, water sports and activities are the best way to have fun, test your strengths and skills, relax, and make memorable memories.

We hope that you really enjoy water sports and activities and that these best river floating tubes reviews and recommendations helped you make the best choice. On the other hand, if you are not the watery adventurous type, you can always check out some of our fun lawn games as well!

Hopefully, the information provided in this guide will help you make the right decision and keep you having fun out on the water all summer long!

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21 Fun Campfire Games to Try this Year with Your Adult Friends

Ah, summer and fall evenings by the campfire – there’s just nothing like it. Gathering around a campfire to play campfire games with friends and family is just one of the simple pleasures to look forward to as an escape to our everyday lives. Those precious times around the campfire where we do not have to think about everyday stress (paying the bills, cleaning the house, and running with kids) are times to treasure with people we care about. It’s an easy way to relax, reflect, and reconnect with the people and world around you.

Aside from an escape from everyday life, times around the campfire are times to be enjoyed. Drinks, food, and fun are always high on the list of things to do as we sit around the campfire. Other than eating or drinking, try some of these fun games for adults we listed below at your next campfire gathering!

When it comes to some of the best campfire games when you are in a group of adults, remember the general rules of having a good time: everybody should be willing to play, the questions you ask during a Get to Know You Game, a Never Have I Ever Game or 20 Questions should be in good taste, and everyone has to have fun. Keep in mind that there are some campfire drinking games for adults to try during a laidback vacation, together with campfire games for kids that adults should try when there is no alcohol present.

In fact, why don’t you check out our ultimate guide of fun things to do with the kids during the 2020 lockdown, maybe you get some inspiration for the next holiday trip with the children!

Fun Adult Activities: Best Campfire Games to Try this Year

Five Daily Facts

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While this sounds simple at first, it can get harder based on how tired or inebriated the players are. All players start by listing five facts of their day (Examples: “Today, I swam,” “I got a new car today,” or “My phone rang today.”), they can be silly or normal – it doesn’t matter.  After everyone has said their five facts, Player 1 would state a different fact than one of the five they had already listed. The goal is to see how many facts about each player can be remembered as you go down the line. This is a very useful game to play for memory but you should expect lots of laughs in case there were a couple of beers per person included in the equation.

Mafia/Werewolf

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Mafia is one of the most fun games for adults that anyone can play around the campfire – even if it is the first time for some members of the group. This game can handle anywhere from 6-16 players, so it’s good for small and large groups. The only equipment needed is a deck of cards. One person must serve as the neutral moderator, but everyone else is split into two teams: The Honest or The Mafia. Check out the complete mafia game rules. Mafia/Werewolf is one of the best icebreaker games for teambuilding and mixed groups where not all members of a group know each other. While it does not reveal personal information about people – like a game of Never Have I Ever or a Get to Know You types of games –  it makes a fun and challenging way of people bonding over the same “cause.”

Truth or Dare

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Next on our list of best campfire games to try this year is Truth or Dare. This is a classic game that can be played by all ages. One player asks another “Truth or Dare?” The asked player chooses whether they want to answer a truth question or complete a dare. If the asked player does not complete their truth or dare, they have to pay some sort of penalty. Perhaps taking another drink, putting a dollar in a jar, and so on. There are many variations of this game to make it as clean or risqué as players would like. For inspiration and amusement, check out our full guide of 300+ Truth or Dare game questions to ask your friends (old and new) around the campfire during this year’s summer holiday.

Twenty Questions

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Another standard game that most people have played at one point or another is 20 Questions. It is one of the best campfire games to play with adults but also teenagers because of its versatility and high level of entertainment. In fact, you will find the 20 Questions game listed on almost all respectable lists of challenges to do with teenagers or indoor team building icebreakers and exercises. Traditionally, one player (considered the “answerer”) selects an object (or a famous person) and does not share who/what that is with the other players. All other players are the “guessers/question-askers.” The guessers must take turns asking yes or no questions of the answerer. If one of the guessers figures out what the answerer is talking about, they will become the answerer next round. If 20 questions pass and no players have figured out what the object is, the answerer gets to choose another object in the next round since they have stumped the other players. The biggest rule: no lying allowed.

Crazy Balloon Popping

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This game requires a little prep, but it’s a fun take on musical chairs. Write down a bunch of crazy actions on small strips of paper (like “thump on your chest like a gorilla” or “yodel”) and put each strip of paper in a different balloon then inflate them all. Turn on some music and pass the balloons from person to person. Once the music stops, all players sit on their balloons and once the balloon pops, the player must do the crazy action from their popped balloon. Keep playing until all the balloons have been popped. You can adapt this activity into one of those campfire games for kids to try in summer camp if you are a teacher or in your back yard if you are a parent. Either way, balloon popping will always be fun at any age, so get your hands on a stock of fun balloons and turn it into an outdoor challenge for kids and teenagers!


Make Me Laugh

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The classic staredown game that you surely played (even if you did not know how it was called) is next on our list of easy campfire games! This one can be trickier to play as it gets darker and darker outside. Players face-off and the first player to laugh is the loser. See how long it takes the most serious people to crack! You can make them laugh by telling them jokes, making faces, asking them the craziest questions, and so on. It doesn’t matter much what method you use as long as you keep the “opponent” laughing.

Name That Tune

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This campfire game has variations, but having each person “sing” their song could be much more fun. One person sings or plays their song and then the rest of the group guesses based on what they’ve heard. You heard about some variation of this group activity when we described the best texting games for people to enjoy from a safe social distance. However, if you go on a trip and campfire is a thing, you have to play this game in person so to speak. Keep in mind that is is also one of those hilarious campfire drinking games that remains memorable for all its members.

I Can Tap This Stick Just Right

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This game doesn’t require a stick! You can use a pencil, a fork, a bat, or any other item that you have around at the campfire. There’s one person who is in the know and they always start with CLEARING THEIR THROAT and saying “I can tap this stick just right,” then the object is passed to the next person to tap just right. It doesn’t really matter how the stick is tapped, the trick is in the clearing of the throat first. Players are watching how the object is tapped, it’s location, how it’s held, and may not necessarily catch the clearing of the throat first. The playing continues until everyone catches on about the throat-clearing as part of the process.

The Winking Assassin / Murder

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This fun campfire game for adults is particularly entertaining, especially for people who use their whole faces to wink! One neutral moderator secretly selects an assassin. After they are selected, everyone mingles around while making sure to look in the eyes of the other players. The assassin’s goal is to wink at the other players to kill them off without being detected. As players are winked at, they must re-enact a horrifying death where they are and they are out for the rest of the round. If a living person thinks they know who the assassin is, they can point and accuse! If they accuse wrong, they are dead for the round. The play continues until only the killer or one player remains. This is another game with many variations that’s great for adults or kids and teens. However, for this game to be as entertaining as it sounds, you need a large group, preferably over 8 people. It doesn’t work that well when four people are looking at each other intensely, waiting for someone to blink.

Hide and Go Scare

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Next on our list of best campfire games to play with your friends this summer vacation is “Hide and Go Scare!” This is exactly what it sounds like! Think of ‘Hide & Go Seek,’ but at night. Use the areas around your campfire to hide out and scare other unsuspecting players. Make sure you do not turn this one into a campfire drinking game, as people can get lost and accidents are not impossible in inebriated states. It is better to be safe.


Charades

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Most people have played this fun game for adults at one point or another, but in the dark around a campfire can bring in some unique interpretations. Charades is by far one of the most popular party games, family games, and group games of all time. You can even theme it, drawing your inspiration from the cinema world, pop culture, famous historical figures, and so on. You can play charades on any occasion, from the lockdown to team buildings, as a backyard summertime activity with the family, or as a newlywed game.

Two Truths and a Lie

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Usually an icebreaker game for team members who need to know each other better, this campfire game is quite versatile. It is also fun to play when you want to know more about the other friends playing the game! Each person says three statements – two truths and one lie. Everyone else has to guess the false statement. This is a great drinking campfire game – just don’t overdo it! The person who doesn’t guess which statement is the lie should drink a shot.

ABC Name Game

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A player begins the game by saying the full name of a celebrity and the next player has thirty seconds to name another celebrity using the first letter of the mentioned celebrity’s last name. Example: The first player says “Tom Selleck” and then the second player says “Scarlett Johansson.” The third player could say “Jennifer Lawrence.” The play continues as such for three rounds. Here is a fun spin on the rules: if a person says a celebrity whose first and last name start with the same letter (like January Jones), switch direction of the play. The winner is the player with the most names after three rounds!

There Once Was a Skunk

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This is a story game that can get pretty silly! The first person begins the story with “There once was a skunk who…” and finishes that sentence however they choose. Then, they randomly choose and point to the next person who starts their sentence with “Fortunately…” When that person finishes their sentence, they randomly choose and point to the next person who must start their sentence with “Unfortunately…” and once they complete their sentence, they pick a person who starts their sentence with “Fortunately…” and alternating for as long as the players can continue the story.

Telephone

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Playing this familiar game always warrants a few good laughs! One person whispers a phrase to the person on their right. That person whispers the phrase to the person on their right, and that sequence goes on down the line or around the circle. The last person to hear the phrase says it aloud – no matter how crazy it sounds! It’s funny to hear how much the phrase changes from person to person. This is a game we all played in childhood and it is always one of those nostalgia games to come back to when you run out of ideas, especially if you have to spend time inside the house. However, as adult campfire games go, it also works great if you run out of ideas on campfire drinking games too. The results are usually hilarious.

Who Am I?

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This is one of my favorite campfire games for adults. Celebrities, historical figures, or superheroes make a great theme for this game! After you’ve chosen a theme, have each player write down the name of a person who belongs to that category. There are many variations on how this game is played. Check out the detailed Who Am I instructions.

Stand Up & Shout!

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This game could get really hard to play as the night comes on, but that might add to the fun! Count up the number of people in your group and remember that! Everyone can sit around the campfire and any player can start. Each player can shout only one number, but they must stand up when they shout it out. Though numbers must be shouted in order, there is no assigned order around the campfire – anyone can shout out a number at any time. The big problem, you can’t call out a number that someone else is also trying to call out. If you do, you’re out of the game. Playing gets more frantic as you go since players don’t want to get caught calling out the last number. As more and more people try to call out numbers, there will be lots of opportunities to be eliminated. You may not even get to the last number!


Glow in the Dark Frisbee

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As long as the frisbee doesn’t land in the fire, this is fun! There are many glow in the dark frisbee’s on the market. You can try playing it as a fun campfire game for kids as well.

Marshmallow Mystery

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This is less of a game, but rather a fun activity to just see just how many times you can roast a crust around a marshmallow until there is nothing left.

Would You Rather…

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Next on our list of fun campfire games for adults is a classic game that gets everyone talking. Take turns asking “Would you rather…?” style questions. Example: Would you rather walk on broken glass or eat a piece of metal? The questions can be ridiculous or serious.

Go Off, Throw Your Shoe

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This game is extremely silly, but fun to try. The goal is to sit and balance a shoe on your toes, then kick it backward over your head (and NOT into the fire). The person whose shoe has gone the farthest wins!

Final Thoughts on Campfire Games

Grab your friends and family and head out to your nearest burn pit and test our campfire fun games! Try out some of these other campfire games for adults and enjoy some great company and memorable laughs!

Don’t forget to stay safe, drink responsibly, and adapt all these games so you can also play them with your children and other people as well! After all, summer vacations are the best moments to bond with your kids, get closer to other family members, or make new friends while on holiday.

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