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Gamer holiday gift ideas: local game shops

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The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about gifts to give to your friends and family. Examiner is here to help you find the best gifts for the best deals for the gamers in your life. Today we’re taking a look at local game shops.

Whether you’re looking for a last minute shopping stop for the gamer in your life or want to support local businesses this holiday season, the Boulder area has a nice selection of game shops to choose from. From RPG tabletop, to battle cards, or board games local shops will have great gifts for you. If it’s a stocking stuffer or big box for under the tree you can shop local and not worry about shipping.

Your friendly local game shop owner can almost certainly give you a recommendation if you’re not sure what gift the gamer in your life would like. Here’s some ideas to help you get started though.

If you’re looking for some stocking stuffers there are a lot of great options. For “Magic the Gathering” players consider a new pack of the latest card series, plastic binder sleeves to keep cards in, or a deck box. For tabletop gamers that like games such as “D&D” or “Pathfinder” you can never have enough dice, pick some in their favorite colors! For board game lovers consider an inexpensive card game to play with friends and family. Popular card games like “Flux”, “Love Letter”, and “Gloom” come in different themed editions, are small enough to fit in a stocking and are very affordable.

Looking for the perfect present for your favorite gamer? Game shops will have the perfect item. Collectible card games can be small and simple but if you put some new packs of cards together with a binder and card sleeves or a deck box you'll have an impressive gift. Check what tabletop game the gamer on your shopping list plays and probe for the army/edition they choose to play. Figurines and source books are a great edition to a tabletop gamers collection.

Board games come in all shapes and prices. Cooperative games like “Forbidden Island” or “Pandemic” are great for families. Strategists may like heavier games like “Archipelago” or “Settlers of Catan”. “King of Tokyo” and “Ticket to Ride” are great for all ages, are simple and fun.

For video gamers accessories like a new controller or specialty controls like a driving wheel or guitar are great gaming gifts. Retro games can often be thoughtful when they stir up pleasant nostalgia. When you are buying used or older games it can be affordable to get a whole series of games from the original to all it’s sequels. Cases for Vita’s and DS’ are great gifts for handheld gamers. These are just some ideas to get you started if you’re looking for gifts other than the latest releases.

Shop local and find the perfect gaming gift this holiday season. Here’s your local game shops:

Boulder:

Karliquins-Tabletop RPG's and card games
Address: Store hours:
2085 30th Street Mon thru Sat 11:00 – 8:00 and Sunday 11:00 – 5:00
Boulder, CO 80301.

Gamer’s Guild- Tabletop games, cards, LARPing and more
Address: Store hours:
4550 Broadway, Monday - Friday 12 Noon - 6 pm
Boulder, CO Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm

Game Force- Used video games and accessories
Address:
671 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80303
Store hours:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Time Warp Comics- Gaming themed comics, toys and tabletop and card games
Address: Store hours:
3105 28th Street, Monday, Saturday – 10-6 p.m.
Boulder, CO 80301 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 10-7 p.m.
Sunday – 12-6 p.m

Longmont:

Atomic Goblin- Tabletop RPGs, collectable card games and a large selection of board and card games.
Address: Store hours:
1801 Hover St., Unit D Monday-12-6PM
Longmont, CO 80501 Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday-11AM-9PM
Friday- 11AM- 10PM Saturday-10AM-10PM Sunday- 12-5PM

Game Force- Used video games and accessories

Address: Store hours:

2103 Main St. Monday - Saturday10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Longmont, CO 80501 Sunday11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Check back in with Boulder Game’s Examiner for more holiday gift ideas throughout December to help you find the best in gamer gifts this year.

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