Spending the holidays with family members is fun, but after a couple of slow late-December days, it's easy to run out of stuff to do quite fast. Thankfully, for the last 40 years people have been putting together strategy board games that blow the classics like Monopoly out of the water.

Probably the best game on the list. (Days of Wonder)
Probably the best game on the list. (Days of Wonder)

Through the end of the day, you can take up to 40% off on a couple dozen select board games, including a couple of beloved classics like Ticket to Ride ($26 down from $50) and Dixit ($17 down from $35). Most are in the European style (think Settlers of Catan, sadly not on sale), meaning that players don't get knocked out of the game (everyone plays until the game ends), they're appropriate for children and that they tend to be a little more strategy rather than luck focused. These guys tend to make great drinking and post-dinner companions.

(Grimm)
(Grimm)

Portland-based supernatural detective series Grimm may have wrapped up earlier this year, but the show remains beloved by many, as evidenced by the bum-rushing of the show's prophouse following its series finale. If you're looking for a present for the Grimm diehard in your life, you can get the entire series for $79 through the end of the day, a 25% discount from retail. And this appears to be something of a steal, because used copies of the box set sell for upwards of $150, making this a deal so good that it's spoOoOoOky.

I would have absolutely lost my mind about Kylo Ren’s tie fighter ($64) fighter as a child. (Lego)
I would have absolutely lost my mind about Kylo Ren’s tie fighter ($64) fighter as a child. (Lego)

Everyone loves Star Wars, and every child loves Star Wars toys. And I especially loved gigantic Lego sets when I was a kid, making the many enormous Star Wars spaceships that are on sale for today only about the best thing that eight year old me can possibly think of.

There are tons of Lego X-wings, tie fighters and even a gigantic BB-8 ($80 down from $100) which comes with a whopping 1,100 pieces on various stages of sale today, as well as a zillion other licensed Star Wars toys like the fully interactive BB-8 ($130 down from $230) that everyone flipped out about a couple of years ago available at huge discounts, as much as 50% off. If you or someone else is a huge fan, now is the time to "use the Force" (Force=credit card) and buy them some sweet toys.

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