Maybe the kids won’t think this is as cool as an XBox … perhaps it’s better for a classroom’s holiday wishlist: Keep Cool! is a "Risk"-style board game about "gambling with the climate." (Or put another way: setzen sie das klima aufs spiel! The half-English half-German directions in this are as interesting as the game itself — the authors are from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact in Germany.)
Each player takes a role in global climate politics, from nations to economic interests, and aptly, the "ruthless track" of pursuing narrow self-interest results in all players losing.