This photo shows Wordle: The Party Game. (Hasbro and The New York Times via AP)

From Wordle to sweet treats, grown-up holiday gift ideas abound

Adults. They, too, need fun stuff for the holidays.

From sweet treats to things with wheels, some ideas for pleasing a child at heart this holiday season:


The Shakespeare Game: This bard-in-a-box extravaganza has players collecting characters and racing around London's theaters. The idea is to put on as many plays as possible before others "steal your ideas, burn down your theaters or spread the plague!" The winner rakes in the most box office bucks and is the fastest to fame and glory. $35.

Wordle: The Party Game. Did you see it coming? Hasbro and The New York Times have made the get-it-in-six daily treat a board game. In each round, a player picked as host writes down a five-letter word. Others must figure it out in, you guessed it, six tries, competing to do it in the least number of attempts. Dry-erase boards and familiar color coding are used. $19.99.

Paco Sako: This chess variant was originally the subject of a Kickstarter by Felix Albers, the Dutch dad who created it. Played on a regular chess board with regular chess pieces, there are unions that look like hugs and the winner "embraces" the opponent's king, as opposed to capturing it. Pieces move the same as in chess but generally don't leave the board.

Still don't get it? Have a look at reviews and how-tos before you plunk down $49.99.


Dylan's Candy Bar is a sugary, gifty playground year-round, especially during the holidays. The company's clear plastic tackle boxes offer a little something for everybody. There's one for $125 full of festive, shiny-wrapped candy bling. Another for $85 is a trip down memory lane for boomers with Zots, Mallo Cups, Chick-O-Sticks and more. Millennials have their own sour feast at the same price.

Got a licorice lover? The Danish confectionery Lakrids by Bulow has brought back its Advent calendar filled with 24 days of licorice covered in chocolate. I repeat. Licorice encased in chocolate, with flavors like raspberry and salted caramel. The goodness comes in a sleek, black-and-white packaging design. $55.


A prize baseball card. A treasured stamp or coin. Figurines, vintage kitchenware. Surely you know at least one gift recipient with a collection of some sort. No? Then go the way of TikTok and embrace minis. They're everywhere in those round wrapped eggs and other mystery containers (You never know which mini in a set you'll get). For the truly obsessed, one company makes minis in minis featuring beloved candy brands. Those aren't actually edible. $7.99.

For the beer lover, Etsy seller Pretentious Beer Glass has on offer four hand-blown Pilsner glasses for $162.