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- Below are 16 gifts for the whole family that will engage kids while bringing out the inner child in adults.
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Gifts for the whole family encourage spending time together — a meaningful and joyful part of the holiday season. And while it can be hard to find activities that are interesting for both adults and children, the prospect of family bonding time makes the search worthwhile.
Whether it's a 3D jigsaw puzzle or a set of matching pajamas, these gifts will bring family members of all ages closer together. Any of these toys, clothes, and games will be a sweet addition to the present pile.
Here are our favorite family gifts that they'll all love:
A set of matching pajamas for cozy evenings
Whether it's for a Christmas photo or family game night, a set of matching pajamas is as comfortable as it is adorable. Primary's family sets come in bright colors with timeless patterns. The soft, durable, and tasteful styles make these sets enjoyable for years after purchasing. Most patterns come in onesies and long john sets in both youth and adult sizes. We especially love Primary for its affordable kid and pet clothing.
A popcorn maker for the at-home concession stand
The sound and smell of fresh popcorn takes family movie night to a whole new level. All you have to do is pour in 2.5 ounces of kernels and oil, plug in the machine, and watch your kitchen become a concession stand. One of our favorite features is the small lightbulb that keeps the popcorn warm until the movie starts.
Family movie night is a great tradition, and we have even more suggestions on how to make it even better.
A box of questions for curious families
TableTopics Family Gathering, available at Amazon and TableTopics, $25
Perfect for a holiday table or a multi-person Zoom, this box of 135 conversation starters will make sure there is always something to talk about. The whole family can discuss "who has met someone famous?" or "what do you enjoy most about family get-togethers?" Users can even make up their own question cards and add them to the deck.
Unique Monopoly sets for game night
Monopoly: Disney Animation Edition, available at Barnes & Noble, $24.95
Take game night into a new direction with unique Monopoly editions. For animation fans, the Disney one features beloved characters and references to favorite movies, like Ariel's Treasure Chest Cards.
If families want to take the competition up a notch, we recommend the cheater's edition that rewards players for being sneaky and breaking the rules.
Books for screen-free activities
Avoid screen burnout by purchasing a family craft book. Whether it's making a rainbow out of fallen leaves or a butterfly peg doll, the activities in these books promise creative, hands-on fun for kids and adults. Anthologies like these are a great answer for weekends stuck at home.
A colorful version of Suduko
Colorku Wooden Puzzle, available at Uncommon Goods and Amazon, from $40
Colorku is an aesthetically pleasing version of the famous Japanese number game Sudoku. Instead of using numbers, players must solve the puzzles with marbles in nine different colors. There are 104 puzzle cards to try (which includes solutions for when you're stuck). At 13.5 inches on each side, the board can be left out mid-puzzle for anyone to play for a minute as they pass by it.
A LEGO set for Star Wars fans of all ages
This Mandalorian set combines two iconic brands: Star Wars and LEGO. For ages 10 and up, putting together over 1,000 pieces will delight and challenge a family of Star Wars fans. As a bonus, Baby Yoda's ears and mouth are movable to create different expressions, and the set includes a gearshift knob that can be placed in Yoda's hands.
An endless supply of scavenger hunts
While this is intended for kids ages 3 and older, adults can enjoy these scavenger hunts, too. Featuring 35 find-and-seek cards, there are endless search possibilities in this set that can be played indoors or outdoors. Set adult and child teams off with their cards and see who comes back with all items first!
An indoor campfire for making s'mores
Bring camping indoors with a tabletop electric s'mores maker. It comes with two roasting forks that can be disassembled for easy cleaning, and the containers surrounding the heater can hold spare marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers.
A projector to turn your phone screen into the silver screen
Take movie night to the next level with a video projector that connects to iOS and Android smartphones through WiFi. The Vankyo 3W is also compatible with TV stick, Chromecast, Xbox, and PC devices. The fan suppression technology limits background noise so that dual speakers can provide an immersive experience.
Socks you can't beat
A music-loving family can literally rock out with their socks out in these matching box sets. Patterns are based on famous Beatles songs, and the adult set has three pairs that match the youth set, which includes an extra pair. Both sets come in boxes shaped like EP record sleeves that are cool enough to be displayed on their own. We love Happy Socks because, as the name implies, the quirky and comfortable socks make for happy feet.
A snow cone maker at home
Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker, available at Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Wayfair, from $79.95
Families can bring the boardwalk to their kitchen with this snow cone machine that just needs ice cubes and simple syrups for the fun to begin. This Cuisinart makes enough shaved ice for four or five cones in just one minute. As an added bonus, it comes with four reusable, BPA-free cones as well as 12 paper ones. The machine is lightweight enough to be stored in a closet when the snow cone stand is closed for the night.
A pack of personalized mugs
Drinking hot cocoa, coffee, or warm apple cider out of personalized mugs will make family time in the mornings or while cozied up around the crackling fire extra special. These mugs are personalized by choosing hair, skin, and clothing colors for a wide range of cartoon figures, as well as adding everyone's first name. Anywhere from one to eight mugs can be purchased at a time, and all mugs are top-rack dishwasher safe.
A puzzle for every age group
For a young family, any of the Mudpoppy 70-piece puzzles will pose a manageable challenge, and the educational end-product is a satisfying payoff. Similarly, a 3D Disney puzzle will keep older and younger siblings engaged while requiring the finesse of an adult hand. Finally, a 1000-piece vintage video game-themed puzzle can challenge older kids and adults.
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