It's beginning to feel a lot like . . .
We scoured scores of catalogs.
We devoured a myriad of mailings.
And we found the best of the best: Those gifts that have presence and are sure to please anyone on your gift guide this holidaze season.
It was a tough call, but Petrucelli Picks for the best toys and games.
Tenzi is the fast-paced and frenzied dice-rolling game for 2-4 players. The concept is simple and the game playing is lightning fast. Each game includes 40 dice (ten each of four different colors; colors vary). Here's how to play: Be the first player to roll all 10 of your dice to the same number. Because speed is essential to winning, Tenzi creates frantic bursts of sloppy and sometimes erratic dice rolling and oftentimes induces frustrated screaming and indiscriminate insults. It's (almost) too much fun. $15
Yes, Family Feud has been around for 154 years. But this new board game edition is based on the new small-screen contests hosted by Steve Harvey. The chock full of survey questions are simple silliness; ice breaker fun is for all ages. $15
Scruples is a new adult party game that will challenge your "Moral Compass" as you debate how you and your friends would react to Sticky Situations and Provocative Predicaments. There are over 250 of these Sticky Situations inside that will reveal a lot about you and your friends. So sit in the hot seat and honestly reveal what you would do. Your friends secretly vote on how you would react. Match correctly the most to win the game. $25
To set up Snake Oil, each player takes six purple word cards. The customer for the round draws a red customer card and announces it. Inventors quickly combine two purple word cards from their hand to form a crazy new product to sell to that customer. When ready, they put their two word cards face down on the table. In clockwise order, each inventor quickly pitches his or her product directly to the customer. The customer can end any pitch that goes longer than thirty seconds. The customer decides which product to buy and gives the inventor of that product the round's customer card as the prize. Inventors discard all used word cards and take two new word cards each. The player to the left of the customer becomes the next round's customer. Play repeats until each player has been the customer once. Whoever collects the most customer cards wins. $20
Oddly Obvious is the wild new party game where the answers are all in your face. They give you the clues. They give you the answers Just be the first person to identify the most correct answers on the card to win. This game is addictive: Just be the first to spot the correct answer on the front of the card that corresponds to the clue read from the back of the card. The clues are very witty and clever. For example the answer "octopus" goes with the clue "army animal". Get it? How about "toupee'" for the clue "Top secret?" OK, I won't give any more away, but man, once you start playing, you will be hooked. $20
Kids are having so much fun playing uKloo that they have no idea that they are actually building their reading skills! The excitement of finding hidden clue cards and running around the house on a treasure hunt is so engaging that the kids are reading without even realizing it! When the kids get stuck on a word, they are empowered to look up the word themselves with the aid of a Picture Helper Poster. Physically Active reading is a great way to motivate reading through interactive play! Follow the clues to a surprise. $15