My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful, fun, or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, the ultimate guide to making cafe-style coffee in your own home or the best vacuums for any kind of mess. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn’t really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.
Checker out this huge checker set. The game weighs about four pounds, includes a foldable, 5 x 5-foot, tear-resistant mat, and 24 foam pieces. All the pieces fit in a carrying case. $40.
Before it gets too cold, connect with your family and friends with a giant game of knockoff Connect Four. The three-foot-by-two-foot game comes with a painted wooden base and 42 plastic, 3.5-inch pucks that fit inside the included carrying case. $85.
The set of giant outdoor Yahtzee comes with six 3.5-cubic-inch, water-resistant dice made of New Zealand Pine. You'll also get a marker, a 10-inch-tall collapsible bucket, and reusable scorecards. $50.
Jenga's giant set will cost you $120. The off-brand Yard Games version costs $80. The knockoff comes with 56 kiln-dried, sanded blocks measuring 7.5" x 2.5" x 1.5". The stack can reach up to five feet tall by the end. The set comes with a carrying case and 27 pounds in all. $80.
These giant playing cards makes solitaire way more hilarious—and do an excellent job hiding your bad poker face. The 54 cards (there are two jokers) measure 10.5" x 14.5", or 15 times the size of normal playing cards. They're coated in plastic, so you can play them outside or use them as placemats. $17.
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