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Monopoly - Christmas gifts for board game fans

Updated on March 8, 2011

Monopoly would be a perfect Christmas gift for that special friend or family member in your life. I admit I am not a huge fan of Monopoly. I remember playing marathon games in my cousin’s attic bedroom; they would go on for hours and hours and hours. I don’t really have a head for business and money so I was never a very good player. I just wanted to get around the board and not worry about buying property or getting loans or lending money. I don’t remember ever winning a single game. However, many people love this game and would love to get a copy of the game for Christmas.

The Monopoly game as we know it was first patented by Charles Darrow in 1935; it was based on a game created by Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips in 1904. Eventually, Parker Brothers acquired and began distributing the game. The place names were taken from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Each Monopoly game board has 40 spaces; 28 property spaces, 3 chance spaces, 3 community chest space, Income Tax, GO, Jail, Free Parking, Luxury Tax and Go to Jail. Players start at GO and proceed to move around the board by rolling two dice. The aim of the game is basically to win all the money or wait until everyone else is bankrupt.

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Monopoly is still very popular today and there are a wide variety of games with different themes from the original. You can probably find one that will match the interests of anyone.

Character Editions

There are many different Monopoly games available.

In Beatles Monopoly you collect various albums and houses and hotels are renamed listening parties and concerts. The six pewter tokens includes are of various Beatle's icons such as Maxwell's Silver Hammer and Rocky Raccoon.

In the Spongebob Monopoly game you collect clams instead of dollars.

In Simpson's Monopoly the streets and landmarks are taken from Springfield.


This is the basic Monopoly game. The game includes a game board, 10 tokens, title deed cards, play money, chance cards, community chest cards, 32 houses, 12 hotels and two dice. It also includes rules for a shorter game of Monopoly, which can become a marathon game with the regular rules.

Electronic Banking Edition

The rules of this game are identical to regular Monopoly, only you get debit cards instead of cash and keep track of your earning on a electronic banking unit. The banking unit uses 2 AAA batteries which are not included.

Monopoly Here and Now

Monopoly Here and Now replaces the streets of Atlantic City with world cities. And, like the Electronic Banking edition lets you keep track of your earnings through debit cards and an electronic banking device.

Monopoly 2008

This is a PC game version of Monopoly. The tokens are animated and the game features bright graphics and music. You can play with up to four friends or play against up to 3 computer opponents.

Monopoly for everyone

Whichever version of Monopoly you choose, and there are a lot more versions than what is featured here, you are bound to find the perfect one for the Monopoly fan on your gift list this year.


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    jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

    Great hub. Brought back memories of my childhood where I spent hours playing against my family. (They would never let me play the banker as I remember helping myself to cash when I ran out!) My daughter loves Monopoly too and has the Simpsons edition.

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    cosette 8 years ago

    i want that Beatles Monopoly. haha i would choose Maxwell's silver hammer (unless one of the tokens is a yellow submarine! my son loves Monopoly, and the Beatles. great gift idea. i think imma get it.

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    Crazdwriter 8 years ago

    Hey UW wanna know an interesting fact about Monopoly? I just heard yesterday when I was at Universal Studious that they are going to hook up with the people who made the game and starting with Monopoly make a movie based on the game. How weird is that? lol Fun game. We have the credit card one and it's a lot of fun espeically for me because I really suck at math and dealing with money so the credit cards are a big help for me. :-)

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    I think I might actually enjoy that version of Monopoly.

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    Mary Krenz 8 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

    I love the Beatles, so that would be the one on my list. My sister always cried and ended up "winning".

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    Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

    My friends and I used to play marathon rounds of Monopoly! Maybe I should introduce it to my grands in a couple of years. Nice hub!

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    Athlyn Green 8 years ago from West Kootenays

    We spent many fun hours playing Monopoly as kids. It is one of thsoe games that does go on for a long time but it seems to grab interest.

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    E. A. Wright 8 years ago from New York City

    Hated monopoly as a kid. It took too long, and our dog really liked to eat the paper money and community chest cards mid-game.

    I might enjoy it quite a bit more now, though. (More patience... and no more paper-eating canines around.)

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for all the great comments. Lots of Monopoly fans on HubPages :) Glad you like it.

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    SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

    I love to play monopoly the old fashioned way, so I am not sure if I could ever get into playing the PC version. It might be fun to try though!

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    Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

    This brought back memories of my sisters and aunts playing in my Grandfather's store. I was never allowed to play since I was too young to count money. Now, I win and no one wants to play with me. :) One of the best classic games out there! Thanks UW for the update on the new editions.

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    mercon 8 years ago

    i like monopoly.. is my favorit game.. :)

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    Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    About 20 years ago a dear friend of mine bought my daughter the "deluxe" edition. A snazzier box, pieces cast in metal instead of plastic or wood...a fine, quality gift.

    No matter how it's turned, the game remains the same. First-grade lessons in capitalism and greed.


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    rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    I'm with your UW. While I do have some fond memories of playing Monopoly with my neighbors when we were kids, after a few marathons, I became less enthusiastic about playing.

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    Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

    This game has been a popular board game for years and I it will be for many more...A great family game that requires the valued interaction of fun and laughter.

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    r2moo2 8 years ago from Singapore

    I like monopoly, however not all my friends do because it depends alot on luck.

    They prefer skill based games.

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    Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv 8 years ago from Conneticut, USA

    Great article ---I believe momopoly & chess are one of the most essential games for children to live by. Thank You

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    Roberta Kyle 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

    I love good old fashioned MOnopoly. Thanks for reminding me of it-- not sure how I feel about a PC version with animated tokens, but I suppose progress is good:-)

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

    Uninvited Writer, Thank you for the update on Monopoly. It is a great Christmas gift to consider giving? Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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    myownworld 8 years ago from uk

    Monopoly is my favorite childhood game ever! I didn't know they had so many versions out thanks for letting us know. keep posting!

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks Dohn. I prefer the computer game if I do play Monopoly, which is rarely :)

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    dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    For some reason, whenever one of my brothers or sisters brought out Monopoly, everyone joined in...And then 2 hours go by and the ones that want to leave give up their money and properties and every one else gets pissed! A month goes by and then we'll play again, etc. You really do have to be cut throat to play Monopoly I've found!

    Great hub, UW. I've yet to play the banking edition, but the original is by far the best...