Not only is it one of the top 10 Christmas gifts, Bananagrams is also the award winning anagram game that everyone is talking about. If you happen to be one of the few people that are not familiar with the game, Bananagrams is basically a spin-off of three generations of family's love for any and all classical word games. Word games have been one of the most popular Christmas gifts, and they have been around for as long as I can remember. Everyone has played Scrabble at least once in their life. There are many more word games that are popular such as Boggle, Bookworm, and Text Twist.

Who came up with the concept of Bananagrams? Three generations of family members in the U.K. and the U.S. ranging from ages 7 to 75 created this game. Since their family was an ocean apart they wanted to create a game that was portable and simple. This meant that the game should be easily picked up and carried along on a trip at the drop of a hat, hence a banana pouch filled with lettered tiles. They made a small self-contained punch of entertainment that could be scooped up with one hand as you are headed out the door. They wanted to ensure that it was simple, and that it could be played in spurts as short as 5 minutes, or as long as you like. This made it easy to play while waiting on an order in a restaurant, or basically anywhere that you might need a time killer. It was also important to them that any family member could play with any other family member regardless of age. So instead of playing each other, you play individually, but at the same time. The first person to use all of their tiles and yells bananas wins the game. This ensured that a child as well as an adult could win the game. Genius! The most interesting part about this creation was that they had never originally intended to market it. They had created it for their family and friends, and after playing it for a while some of their friends suggested that they try to sell it. Bananagrams was born.

These make great Christmas gifts for kids because you can play with them and many reviews state that the game is addictive. This is a fun and educational gift that you can give your child. Small children love to spend quality time with parents and what better way to spend time with them while having fun and teaching them at the same time. This is a gift that provides many opportunities to teach children new words and to make sure they are correctly spelling the words that they should already know. Not only that, but Bananagrams have received over 10 awards for their educational value from organizations like Parent Choice and Creative Child Magazine.

Bananagrams make a great Christmas gift for teens too. It will also enhance their thinking skill and ignite their completive nature. They always think that they know everything so give them a chance to prove it. You can have fun with your teen, and they can take their game along and have fun with their friends. It is a handy little game to take along for sleepovers with their friends. One of the great things about it is that it is an inexpensive and fun Christmas gift that can fit right in the stocking. They will love it.

Can't think of something to get your friends for Christmas, well you should pick up this fun Christmas gift for a colleague at work, or stick one in the mailbox for your mail carrier as a surprise. This game can be played by many individuals or alone. You will never get bored because there is plenty of versions you can play, and you can even make up your own. You can find this game in toy stores and online. Amazon has them on sale right now for less than $15.00 and if you purchase at least $25.00 worth of items from them, you can enjoy the Free Super Saving Shipping. For those that can't wait there should be a local store nearby that carries them like Wal-Mart. Just look around for the best deal because Bananagrams should be one of the top 10 Christmas gifts for 2010.