Best Christmas Gifts for Family

July 11, 2022 10 min read

Christmas day is fundamentally about spending time with the people you care about. So, while we place a high value on finding the perfect gift for the individual—whether it's your mom, dad, sibling, partner, or child—the most treasured gifts are those that foster togetherness and strengthen family bonds.

But what exactly falls under that umbrella? Buying Christmas gifts for family can be difficult because everyone is of different ages and has different interests. Your brother might prefer video games, while your mother would like a new yoga mat and your father would like a new set of golf clubs this year. Choosing gifts that bring families closer together is a great way to ensure that everyone has a good time this holiday season. Yes, it is possible!

From wireless karaoke microphones to s'mores kits to family trivia games, we scoured the internet for gifts that the entire family will enjoy—even your teenagers. Other thoughtful gifts, such as personalized keychains, polaroid cameras, and photo albums, will keep all of your special family memories close to your heart for years to come.

Oh, and while you're out shopping for something that will make everyone happy, close your eyes and think about how it will be used in their lives. If everyone in your imagination is happy, your job is done. Continue reading for Christmas gifts for the family.

1. Indoor S'mores Maker

Relive your favorite summer camping memories by roasting marshmallows to make s'mores! With a flameless heating function, this electric s'mores maker prioritizes safety, allowing you to easily bring the fun inside. For a healthy twist on the classic, simply add a few marshmallows, dark chocolate squares, graham crackers, and possibly some fruit.

2. 100 Films Scratch-Off Poster

Make movie night more interesting with this scratch-off poster that does the hard work of selecting the appropriate film for you. This is how it works: Scratch away the gray film to reveal the film, which ranges from classics to modern must-sees. Take turns deciding who will "select" the film for an interactive activity. They can't accuse you of watching Jaws...again.

3. Custom This Is Home Map of Any Location

This personalized map, which includes an intricate stencil of your hometown, is a lovely reminder of where your family calls home. Customize the text as well as the color scheme. The Etsy shop that sells these prints also has beautiful framing options.

4. Custom Family Portrait

Photos are great, but illustrations are even better, and you'll want to keep this one forever. You'll choose the number of people in your crew, provide information, and an artist will create a lovely memento in the form of a digital file.

5. Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Humanity

This card game is the kid-friendly version of Cards Against Humanity. It has the same simple gameplay structure and is sure to rev up family game night. Expect fart jokes and an inability to stop laughing for hours.

6. Christmas Snow Poppers

Yes, you will most likely be the one to clean up the mess. But the smile on your child's face will be well worth it. Plan on ordering at least one for each person.

7. Push Pin Personalized Canvas Travel Map

This display of the family's adventures is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give if the family travels frequently. Each destination is marked with a push pin, and the map will help the group visualize their next stop.

8. Wireless Charger

There will be no more squabbles over chargers: This problem is solved by these two wireless chargers—one pad and one stand for tablets or smartphones. Keep it in the kitchen or somewhere where everyone in the family can access it.

9. Questions to Start Great Conversations

It's easy to fall into a conversational rut at the dinner table: How was work/school/[insert another regular topic]? But now and then, it's nice to delve a little deeper. This cube of cards contains 135 questions designed to get you and your family talking. For instance, "Is it more fun to be a parent or a child?"

10 . Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

"Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden may have aired after your youngest's bedtime, but that doesn't mean the whole family can't get in on the fun before bedtime. This light-up LED mic doubles as a speaker and recorder, is simple to use, and connects via Bluetooth, allowing you to choose the song. It also has a rechargeable, long-lasting battery, which is ideal for long ballads.

11. Wooden Insect Hotel

With this adorable insect sanctuary, you can attract all the coolest kid-approved insects to your yard. Each section is home to butterflies, bees, ladybugs, and other tiny creatures that children adore. Seeing them in action may inspire you to pursue a career in entomology...or it may simply attract beneficial insects to your garden.

12. Mindful Phone Keeper

You're glued to your computer all day, while they're glued to their phones. All of that screen time can't be good for your eyes, let alone your family time. This phone keeper gives everyone a place to put their smart devices, and the chalkboard name tags add a personal touch. Family meals and game nights will be much more enjoyable with everyone *present.*

13. Wooden Pick-Up Sticks

Introduce a new generation to this age-old game. (Tagline: "It's like Jenga, but less complicated and quieter.") Gather the family, pile the sticks, and try to pull them out one by one without disturbing the structure.

14. Personalized Puzzle Pieces Keychain

With these stainless steel accessories, which are shaped like puzzle pieces and can be engraved with names or other desired text, you'll never misplace your keys again. We love how they all fit together when ordered in a set—think of these keyrings as a metaphor for a family that also serves a practical purpose.

15. HP03 Portable Mini Movie Projector

You know how when you want to look through photos on your phone and the size of the screen just doesn't do them justice? That problem is solved by this mini-movie projector. It's easy to set up and sync with your smartphone, making it ideal for camping or watching videos or movies on the included drop-screen.

16. Original Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Machine

This stovetop popcorn maker will make your next family movie night even more enjoyable. Simply melt some butter or oil in a pan, add the kernels, turn the handle, and wait for the popping to begin! Allowing children to choose their toppings earns extra points.

17. Pimm the Puppy Pullover Hoodie

Cub Coats are, in essence, two gifts in one: Your child receives a cute stuffed animal...that unfolds into a hoodie! They come in a variety of animal styles (all of which are completely adorable), and you may be wondering how they work for the entire family. They even make adult sizes now!

18. Indoor Snowball Fight Kit

This is a great stocking stuffer that will get everyone in on the action. This soft set, which includes 30 faux snowballs, is ideal for tossing at each other in good fun long after the wrapping paper has been discarded.

19. Professional Domino Tiles

This classic board game deserves a place on your family's shelf. It's simple enough for younger children to join in on the fun, and it'll undoubtedly be something you do together year after year.

20. Kodak Instant Camera

You most likely have thousands of fantastic photos that are worth printing but will most likely remain digital—which is perfectly fine. But if you want more physical mementos, this instant camera makes it super simple: The all-in-one printer and lightweight camera use no ink and produce stunning images!

21. The Earth 1000 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

There are puzzles and then there are puzzles like this one, which build toward a three-dimensional globe. It's difficult enough that adults will want to join in the fun, and kids will feel a huge sense of accomplishment once you've completed the project together. (As a bonus, it's also a geography lesson!)

22. Aluminum Metal Pizza Paddle

Pizza night is a family tradition: This sturdy aluminum pizza paddle with a wooden handle that folds up for easy storage will make getting your pie in and out of the oven a breeze!

23. Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit

Crystals are very popular these days, and you can now provide your children with the tools they need to polish their stones and even turn them into jewelry. This kit includes rough gemstones, four polishing grits, jewelry hardware, a rock tumbler, and a step-by-step instruction manual.

24. Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier

No, it's not the most "interesting" family gift. However, it does trap allergens, reduce odors, and generally improve the air quality in your home. From that vantage point, it may be the best present your family could receive.

25. 4M Table Top Robot

This hands-on kit teaches the fundamentals of robotics in a step-by-step manner, culminating in a mini-machine that scuttles and changes direction when it collides with something. The kit includes everything you need to put it together, except for one AAA battery.

26. Signature Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Have you ever taste-tested unusual Jelly Belly flavors with small children? If not, you're in for a treat, which sometimes tastes like buttered popcorn. Keep this on the counter and experiment with new flavors every day!

27. Classic Cheese of the Month Club

Upgrade the family's charcuterie board game with a deluxe cheese subscription that everyone will enjoy. Murray's features a monthly rotating selection of three to four cheeses hand-picked at peak ripeness from international and domestic suppliers.

28. 3D Wooden Marble Run Puzzle Craft Toy

This very cool present contains a lot of information. It's a 3D puzzle made of natural laser-cut wood that, when completed, becomes a functional marble run. Everything you need to complete this project is included in the kit, which assembles in about six hours with simple instructions.

29. My Cinema Lightbox Rose Gold Light Box

This LED-backlit lightbox, which runs on AA batteries or USB, fits nine tiles across each row and includes 100 letters, numbers, and emoji tiles to slide right in. Place it on the counter and invite everyone to leave messages for the entire family.

30. Good Housekeeping Amazing Science: 83 S.T.E.A.M. 

Activities This hands-on amazing science book will keep the kids entertained and educated. It contains 83 interesting experiments that demonstrate core concepts and range from quick and simple to more complex. Each experiment includes step-by-step instructions as well as color photos that show the process and outcome!

31. Virtual Solve the Mystery Escape Room

This interactive Airbnb experience will reveal who is the best at riddles, making family game night more fun (and COVID-safe!). The game is played live on Zoom and can accommodate up to ten players.

32. 6-Person Camping Tent

Whether you're already a fan of the great outdoors or prefer to enjoy nature in your backyard, this family-size tent—made of high-quality materials and designed for simple assembly—will provide a venue for hours of fun. The domed ceiling adds to the feeling of space.

33. Atlas 150 Pasta Machine

The pasta dough recipe is extremely simple—just eggs, flour, salt, and oil—and this machine allows you to easily press dough in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Spaghetti night just got a lot more interactive—and more enjoyable for everyone!

34. Travel Scope 60 DX Portable Telescope

Switch from screen time to stargazing with this high-powered telescope, which comes with two eyepieces to magnify the celestial experience and an adjustable tripod so everyone in the family can take a look. This portable pick is simple to assemble and is intended for beginners. It even comes with planetarium software to help you understand what you're seeing in the night sky.

35. Disney+ 1-Year Subscription

Give the gift of free streaming for a year to elevate family movie night. Your present is sure to be a hit—and with classics like Mulan, the Avengers, and Hamilton, what's not to love?

36. Insulated Leakproof Picnic Basket Cooler

This insulated leak-proof picnic basket is ideal for taking to the beach, an afternoon in the park, or even just the backyard in a pinch. It also has an outer pocket for napkins and silverware.

37. 500 Piece Rainbow Popsicle Jigsaw Puzzle

Although it is not 3D, this 500-piece puzzle is enjoyable to leave out on the dining room table and work on together a little at a time.

38. 2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker

With this simple ice cream maker that also makes fro-yo and sorbet, you can personalize your treats with all of your favorite add-ons and ingredients. In a good way, sundae night will never be the same again.

39. Handmade Pottery Chip n' Dip Bowl

Salsa, corn chips, vegetables, and ranch dip: The family will gather around whatever you put in this lovely handmade bowl.

40. Dry Erase Calendar

Keeping everyone's schedule straight can be difficult—but this year, reduce the confusion with this sleek, easy-to-read calendar that sticks to walls but easily peels off without damaging the paint. (Stocking suggestion: Give everyone their unique marker!)

41. Personalized Photo Album

Create memories that will last a lifetime—and then make it easy to revisit them with this lovely album. The leather cover of this lovely book is embossed with the phrase "Our Family Adventures" or your text. The album is available in a variety of sizes, each with 100 scrapbooking pages.

42. Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

If you haven't jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet, this holiday season is the time. This six-quart beauty can hold everything you'd normally put in your crock pot. It can also be used as a steamer, rice maker, saute, yogurt maker, and much more!

43. Pictionary

Another oldie but goodie, this game can be played with children of various ages and does not lose its appeal over time. Make it a holiday tradition for the whole family!

44. Triumph 6-Player Croquet Set

Croquet is great for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it is relatively low-stakes and can be transported to the park or simply enjoyed in the backyard. This six-player set includes wooden mallets, stakes, wire wickets, and balls, all packaged in a lightweight carrying case.

45. DNA Testing Kit 

Tracing your family tree is a great way to reconnect with relatives. This testing kit will provide a breakdown of genetic results and spark some interesting discussions.

46. GPS Drone with 4K Camera

A fancy new toy for everyone to enjoy, from Mom and Dad who get to fly it to the kids who get to watch it soar. Furthermore, it will capture some unique family Christmas photos.

47 . SoundLink Flex Portable Bluetooth Speaker

This small speaker will carry music through any backyard barbecue, and it's sturdy enough to withstand a few falls when things get rowdy. It's also watertight.

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