The holidays are here. Social events are upon us, sometimes with three parties in one day. And after the holidays, there are dinner parties, work team building events, awkward social gatherings. One of my least favorite type of event are those giant dinners at restaurants. They take forever, and you never know who you’ll be stuck next to for the next 2-3 hours trying to make small talk with. I’m not horrible at this type of situation, but sometimes it can be exhausting.
Fear not! In the hopes of making conversations less awkward, I’ve come up with some ideas. Ideas to help get to know people better. To give help when it comes to figuring out what to talk about. Gift some of these fun ideas to your special someone, especially someone who may be a bit shy, and let them take it from there. After all, there are so many other things to talk about besides the weather.
If you’re looking for a basic conversation starter pack, I’d suggest going with TableTopics. Why? Because there are so many varieties of this brand. From dinner parties to teens to family to do-it-yourself therapy, TableTopics has you covered. With things like “Which mystery or unsolved case would you like to know the truth about,” simply pick a card and go around the table. Watch the conversation take off! Each set comes with 135 questions in a great clear storage case. Check the age appropriate level for whichever set you decide to order as it varies per set.
If you’re looking for more of a game feel, I’d suggest going with FLUSTER. The questions are thought provoking, and you kind of get to pick what you ask (“How would your ex describe you”), but be careful what you ask, as since it is a game the questions can be turned back on you. The game comes with 100 questions, reaction cards, and special cards along with a cool looking box to keep everything in. Appropriate for 14 and up.
For couples and friends, if you’re looking to bring fun and romance to the table, go with Let’s Mingle. The set comes with 110 cards and is the perfect gift to give to your very special someone, maybe someone you want to get to know better. What better way to let someone know you care than by showing them that you want to know more about them. Comes in an easy-to-pack, compact box, and is appropriate for ages 17 and up.
Like with TableTopics, there are a variety of sets with Chat Pack, so check out all of them to see which one is right for your special someone. From kids to adults, Chat Pack offers up questions that really make you step back and think. “If you could have fifty pounds of anything other than money, what would you want most of all?” Each pack comes with 156 cards, a storage case, and is appropriate for all ages, making it a great choice for road trips and family gatherings.
If you’re really looking for something for team building or building trust, I’d go with We! Connect. With 60 questions, this set was featured on a TEDx talk as a great way to build trust with people you’ve only just met. This would be a great gift for someone in your life who maybe a supervisor or manager, who has to work on team dynamics. There are three colors, each with a different level of depth for getting to know someone. In addition, it also comes with links for 10 activities and a video tutorial.
Last up is the Tabletalk Kid Talk version. Tabletalk has a version for adults, but the kid version is a great gift for a special kid in your life, for helping them form more solid relationships with their friends. It’s a great size for them to bring to school, to use at the lunch table, team dinners, in between dance performances. The possibilities are endless. Also, I love their motto. “There are no right or wrong answers. Just pick a card and start talking!”