The Tabletop Gifts from The Lagoon Group are small tins of 50 cards, about 6 centimetres by 6 centimetres big. Each contains a series of puzzles, jokes, or lists focusing on a certain topic. They are the type of thing you can look through by yourself, or enjoy with a group of friends.
The tins are recommended for anyone eight years and older, at the same time they are promoted as great for dinner parties. The two markets seem slightly different to me, but I guess the common factor is people looking for a bit of fun.
One of the tins I have is the Brain-Boosting IQ Test Puzzles and Quizzes, which is full of sequences, scenarios, mathematics and word questions, and more. There is even one card that is more of a joke, asking 'What gets wetter as it dries?' (The answer is: a towel).
Most of the cards require an application of logic and patience, something I learnt when I attempted one of the mathematics cards. Knowing the tin was suitable for kids, I didn't think about the question much and assumed I could answer it.
I got it wrong.
Since I struggled (though I wasn't exactly concentrating) I like to think the questions might be too hard for kids and would be more suited adults who are willing to attempt them in the spirit intended. Each is worth 1, 2, or 3 points, so you can turn the tin into a game if you need to add more of an element of fun.
Another tin I have is called 50 Things to do Once in a Lifetime, with each card suggesting something you should do before you die. I didn't expect to find it so interesting to go through all the different suggestions.
There are quite a lot of travel-based cards, like 'Stand on the International Date Line', but most of them are ones you can do in your own city or even at home, like 'Write a fan letter to a movie star', 'Visit a fortune-teller' or 'Busk for a day'.
Among these are some which have been written with adults in mind, like 'Drink a really expensive bottle of champagne' and 'Dine out at a Michelin-starred restaurant and sent a course back to the kitchen'. However, ultimately I was surprised by the variety.
I can definitely see how tins like this one would suit a dinner party, as they encourage everyone to compare what they have already done, sharing the stories that go with them.
Some of the others Tabletop Gifts you can get include Unbelievably Crazy Urban Myths and 50 Place to Visit in Your Lifetime. There are also a series of quiz tins and ones like The World's Silliest Family Jokes, which would be best for kids.
At the moment The Lagoon Group does not ship to Australia. I got my tins at Australian Geographic, where they cost $7.95.