To give some backstory: My girlfriend of several months has expressed an interest in board games. I am a complete novice to them and my experience is only with old school games like monopoly. I've read enough of the forum to know about the 'classics' (carcasconne, catan, etc.) What I lack is knowledge of a great beginner board game that would make a good present for her (which would inevitably be played with myself and my roommates).
I've checked out boardgamegeek and have a few ideas, but wanted the goodjer collective to weigh in. Her experience with boardgames is the same as mine and she is a bit averse to the 'fantasy' realm (so no games with goblins, hobgoblins, etc). The game would ideally be 2-3 people (more is okay, but anything more than 5 would be pushing it). Also, admittedly, she has a bit of a short attention span, so the shorter the game, the better.
Any and all help for me to NOT mess up this christmas gift would be most appreciated.