These games have everything I look for : inexpensive, portable, easy to learn, quick, and fun for all ages – even REALLY littles and REALLY olds, lol!
SET is a game of visual perception. To create a SET, a player must locate three cards in which each of the four features is either all the same on each card or all different on each card, when looked at individually. The four features are, symbol (oval, squiggle or diamond), color (red, purple or green), number (one, two or three) or shading (solid, striped or open). Age is no advantage in this fast paced family game. And it can be played as a solitare version!
BLINK is the same premise. This two minute, 2-player card game bills itself as the fastest in the world. Without taking turns, players race to empty their hands by matching the color, shape, or number of symbols on their cards to the two discard piles in the center of the table. The first player to empty their hand and draw pile wins the game. The rulebook includes variants for 3 and 4 player games as well. PERFECT to keep in your purse to entertain kids in a waiting room, or while you are waiting for dinner.
Both of these are great gifts for stocking stuffers or kids grab-bags, and are under $10.