Giveaway: Qwirkle Game from SeriousShops.com – $25 ARV CLOSED

October 1st, 2012 by Dionna | 16 Comments
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This is a joint giveaway between Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries.

This is a giveaway of Qwirkle, a strategy tile game from SeriousShops.com. One reader will win their own copy of Qwirkle, which is valued at $24.95 (ARV)!

From our reviewer, Dionna at Code Name: Mama:

About SeriousShops.com

SeriousShops.com is a niche retail store that offers quality games and puzzles, chai teas, smoothies, and flavored syrups, plush toys, and much more. What sets SeriousShops.com apart from other niche retailers is their owners and team – they are a family business, and they are truly motivated to make your shopping experience incredible. Their pricing is competitive, and their employees are caring and professional. But best of all, if you order from one of their websites before 4pm Eastern Monday through Friday, your order ships the same day, guaranteed.

I am so excited to share this review with you, because the cofounder of SeriousShops.com is my friend, fellow blogger, and Natural Parents Network volunteer, Kelly of KellyNaturally.com. Kelly and her husband started SeriousShops.com in 2002 from their home, and it remains family-owned.

Kelly is an inspiration to me – she is authentic, compassionate, and informative. For a sampling of some of the awesomeness Kelly writes about (including gentle discipline, attachment parenting, and natural living, among other topics), check out these three gems: All Girls Are Pretty, If Not Spanking, Then What?, and Nine Parenting Truths.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet Kelly in person. She met me at the Anderson Cooper studios when I went on his show after the Time photo shoot. She loved on Ailia while I was on the set, and I was so happy that I could leave Ailia with a friend. On the right is a picture of me, Kelly, and Ailia at the studio.

The items in Kelly’s shops are fun and eclectic. If you are looking for unique gifts for holiday gift-giving, you will find something for everyone. SeriousShops.com is actually made up of several different niche online stores: SeriousPuzzles.com, SeriousChai.com, SeriousFlags.com, SeriousSips.com, SeriousPlush.com, and SeriousCards.com.

Here are a few of my favorites:

For toddlers, SeriousPuzzles.com offers many different 3D chunky wooden puzzles. There are penguins, a sweet hippo family, a moose, this alphabetical dragon you see over to the right, and many more.

You can’t go wrong with a classic Rubik’s Cube, on sale right now for $10.95. SeriousPuzzles.com also has a myriad of different puzzle cubes, including double, triple, and quadruple 2×2 cubes, cubes shaped like pyramids and dodecagons, and more.

Gift the little ones in your life a book and a cuddle with some of the licensed plush characters. SeriousPlush.com has Olivia, Winnie the Pooh, Eric Carle, Llama Llama, Corduroy, Sesame Street, and more. They also have sweet plush birds that make authentic calls.


Mmm . . . SeriousChai.com has a huge selection of chai tea, coffee, cocoa, cider, favored syrups, blended ice drinks, and other goodies. Right now I have my eye on some of their scrumptious sauces. On the right is Monin Gourmet Dark Chocolate Sauce – it’s dairy free, which is a must for our family. Check out their selection of caramel, chocolate, and white chocolate sauces too. You could make a fantastic gift basket with some of these!

About Qwirkle

Qwirkle is an award winning tile based strategy and matching game, with awards like the ‘Mensa Select Award,’ ‘Parent’s Choice Gold Award’ and Runner-Up for Games Magazine’s ‘Best Family Game Award.'”

Because it is primarily a matching game, you can water down the rules to meet your child’s developmental level. While it is designed for ages 6 years and up, my 4.5 year old enjoys it.

The basic premise of Qwirkle is simple – each player has a hand of tiles. Each tile has one of six different shapes in one of six different colors. Players take turns creating rows and columns of tiles. No row or column can have duplicates; that means they cannot be more than six tiles long.

For younger players, it is fun just to match shapes and colors. For more mature players, there is an element of strategy – you can block play, swap tiles to better your hand, guess what is in your opponent’s hand, etc.

Scoring is fairly simple, but in our house, we just play to have fun. Scoring adds stress to the game for Kieran, so we quickly ditched that aspect of the game.

Not only is Qwirkle fun to play, but it is also a very quality game. The 108 tiles are made of thick wood – thick enough to stand on end if you are trying to hide what is in your hand. The colors are brilliant, and the box is sturdy. It also comes with a drawstring bag to store tiles in. The game is made for two to four players.

For families with younger players, here are a few alternative ways to play with your Qwirkle tiles:

  1. Don’t worry about only having six tiles in any row. See how many tiles you can match in each row before you are blocked.
  2. Don’t worry about matching exactly as instructed – just match color to color, shape to shape (so a row might look like this: orange circle, orange square, green square, green cross, blue cross).
  3. Use the tiles to play memory (there are three duplicates for each tile).
  4. Use the tiles as dominoes.
  5. Use the tiles as blocks. (As I write this, Kieran and Tom are creating a castle using the box and tiles.)
  6. Find out how many tiles you can stack before the stack topples.
  7. In our house, we play a variation on the stacking game – we see how many tiles you can stack before the Qwirkle monster (aka the baby) knocks your stack over.
  8. Qwirkle is just one of the fabulous board games you can get from SeriousCards.com. You could also try American Mah Jong, Qwirkle Cubes, Loose Change, Sudoku 2, or others. There are many suitable for kids on up.

    BUY IT!

    You can purchase your own copy of Qwirkle at SeriousCards.com for only $24.95. Shipping is free on orders over $60.

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16 Responses to:
"Giveaway: Qwirkle Game from SeriousShops.com – $25 ARV CLOSED"

  1. Sarah

    I would love to get the original quirkle or the quirikle cubes! :)

  2. Crunchy Con Mommy   crunchyconmom

    I’d get the baby-safe 7.25″ in Paddington Bear. I love Paddington!

  3. Vanessa

    I would like to get puff the alphabet dragon 3D puzzle

  4. Jeri Thurber   jeri_thurber

    I think the Jumbo Checkers Rug would be a lot of fun!

  5. amy beth marantino

    i like the Super Floppy 1x3x3, Black – Puzzle Cube

  6. Amy Moreau

    The white tiger cub is so cute, I would love to buy that one!

  7. TopHat   TopHat8855

    I would love to get Tiddlywinks!

  8. Kortney Picker

    I would love to buy the Hoberman Sphere – Universe (Glow-in-the-Dark), I think these are so cool!!
    petchk79@gmail.com

  9. Melissa

    I didn’t even know there was a new boggle game! I’d love Super Big Boggle!

  10. The Quirkle sounds awesome. I bet my kids would love it!

  11. 4 person Mancala is on my list of games to buy for my family this year.

  12. Nikki Goodson

    I should definitely get a Color Soma Cube sometime for my son. I remember playing with puzzle cubes like this when I was a kid!
    http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/i8610.asp

  13. Becky Fruits   RebeccaFruits

    I would love to get any wooden puzzle/brain teasers. My husband is so hard to buy for, but he loves things like that!

  14. LaShandra

    I would ge the Bible Big Deal Blurt!!! Our family loves those types of games!

  15. Angie   AngeWin

    I found a plasma car on the serious puzzles – cool stuff page. My boys would love one of those!

  16. Lanie

    What a fantastic exercise for the brain!

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