Looking for the perfect present for the families in your life? This year had us all spending a lot more time together, so we’ve rounded up a fab list of family gift ideas that will keep the good times rolling. Our family gift ideas will have everyone laughing, bonding, learning, and even traveling. Keep reading to see our top picks for the best gifts for families.
Toybox Labs Kids 3D Printer
Your at-home maker space is complete with this uber-cool, 3D printer! Use the Toybox Labs Kids 3D Printer to create toys from hundreds of pre-designs in a matter of minutes, or let kids create their own inventions from a simple drawing. If you've dreamed of having a 3D printer at home, your search is complete. 100% parent and kid approved!
OnTop Ball Toss Pro Set
OnTop Ball Toss is unlike any other yard game out there. Move over Corn Hole! This is the new addictive outdoor game you'll see everywhere in 2021 and it's perfect to play as a family.
Buy it now. $129.95
Lucky Honey Family Socks
Cozy up this Christmas with Lucky Honey's brand new family collection of socks. The mama, papa, and bebe footies are made with cool-max fabric technology, reinforced toe and a Y-sticked heel for comfort. They also make for the perfect family photo opp!
Available at luckyhoney.nyc, $11+
5 Second Rule 10th Anniversary Edition
It's not often you find a game that can easily be played by young and old alike. The 10th Anniversary edition of this easy-to-learn game includes new cards updated for 2020. The object is simple: name three things before the five-second timer ends. Each card contains a three-things prompt (Name three kinds of sushi; three canceled television shows; three types of Girl Scout cookies) but it only gets harder from there. The recommended age is 10 and up but we think if you remove the timer and occasionally swap out a confusing card, you can let younger kids enjoy this game, too! Teens and tweens will love it.
Find it here, $27.50
Perfect for any age, StickTogether brings families together. This collaborative project starts off as a blank canvas and with a little creative stickering reveals a fun picture. The great for game night activity comes in mini, standard and large kits with fun themes that everyone will enjoy.
Available at letssticktogether.com, from $16
Create your own family story with Storymakery. The book-making service guides kids and families through the process of crafting their own story, creating characters and more that results in a complete finished book at the end.
Available at storymakery.com, virtual classes start at $60 with private sessions also available
At-Home Kickboxing Set from 9round
2020 causing some pent-up aggression? Then an at-home kickboxing set from 9round is just the thing. Start with the Stand-Alone Reflex Bag and add on at least one of pair of Boxing Gloves (one size fits most so older kids and parents can share), training (punch) mitts and the wristwraps. Then head over to 9round's YouTube channel to learn how to use the equipment for an awesome workout in 30 minutes or less.
Get all of this exclusively at walmart.com, for around $120
Whiskware Pancake Art Kit
Why settle for boring pancakes, when you can turn them into a work of art? Whiskware's Pancake Art Kit comes with everything you need to take your breakfast game to the next level. Each kit comes with a batter mixer, art bottle and two pancake shapers to make mornings with the fam as fun as can be.
Available at whiskware.com, $24.99
These aren't your ordinary Christmas ornaments, they are a memory capsule! Each chest-shaped ornament comes with a lined book filled with questions that bring the family together as you reflect on the year (and boy, will you have plenty to write about for 2020!). The lightweight design accomodates the book that also comes with special labels and archival quality paper.
Available at cecescapsules.com, $25
Darth Vader and Family 2020-21 Calendar
There's much to look forward to in 2021 and this Darth Vader and Family calendar makes it all the better. Designed to manage up to five family members, this perfect for Star Wars fans tracker comes with 200 stickers, full-color illustrations, a fold-down pocket for invites and cards and covers the months from Aug. 2020-Dec. 2021.
Available on amazon.com, $13.89
This last year found all of us spending more time at home and sales of trampolines went through the roof. If you're looking to give the gift of jump, you'll want to check out our roundup of the best indoor and outdoor trampolines that come in all sizes.
Give the gift of never-ending Disney magic when you send over a Disney+ subscription. All you need to do is make the purchase, choose a date, and Disney will email it on the specific day. It's truly the gift that keeps on giving!
Available at disneyplus.com, $69.99 for a year
Airbnb Gift Card
We may not be able to travel much right now, but it's the perfect time to dream of next year's vaycay. An Airbnb gift card keeps the dream alive, has no expiration date and can be used at thousands of locations.
Purchase a gift card at airbnb.com
It's time to help family and friends pack their game closet! We've rounded up the best new board games of 2020 that are perfect for a little holiday gift giving. From toddler and preschool to tween and up, our roundup has it all.
Eat2Explore Subscription Box
Cooking just got way more fun. With monthly options to get a new Eat2Explore box every month, families will love exploring the cuisine of countries from the comfort of their own kitchen. Each box comes with recipes, sauces and spices from a new place every month.
Available at eat2explore.com, starting at $24.95 a month
Cinemood's 360-degree projector is perfect for family game night. The VR projector comes with a digital library of e-books, videos and cartoons and has access to stream Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube 360, and Disney+!
Available at cinemood.com, $399. Pro tip: Use code REDTRI to save $100!
AllTrails Premium Subscription
Perfect for outdoorsy families, an AllTrails Premium Subscription will get everyone moving. With this gift, families and friends can stay connected through Lifeline, users can download maps and you'll never miss a turn off.
Available at alltrails.com, starting at $2.50 a month
Roku's new Ultra ($99) and Streambar ($129) make the perfect holiday gifts for families. The streaming device is compatible with Alexa, and comes with Apple TV, Netflix, Disney +, The Roku Channel, HBO, Showtime and Google Play channels (separate subscriptions required). All in all, families will have access to 500,000+ movies and TV episodes!
This year everyone has found themselves homebound, so it's the perfect time to grow your own garden! When you gift a Gardyn, recipients will be able to choose what type of product they want to grow (every plant is the same price plus its free shipping!), plant, then let your smart assistant Kelby do the growing!
Available at mygardyn.com, starting at $37 a month
Get the entire fam outside for a little Swing-A-Ringing! The circular swing provides tons of fun, can hold up to 220 pounds and is super easy to assemble. Perfect for spending tons of time at home!
Available at fatbraintoys.com, $59.95
GuruNanda Modern Essential Oil Diffuser
Send a little zen their way with GuruNanda's Modern Essential Oil Diffuser. This powerful little device can reach up to 200 square feet, runs up to six hours and brings all the peace and tranquility a family needs.
Available at walmart.com, $14.88
Singing Machine Karaoke System
Who needs The Voice in a house full of music-loving crooners? The songbirds on your gift list can sing their own tunes with the Singing Machine Karaoke System that's even jazzed up with LED Disco Lights. It comes complete with a top-loading CD player, USB, microphone and Bluetooth for wireless digital audio streaming from compatible devices. Fams who want to jam can stream thousands of karaoke songs on demand via the Singing Machine Mobile Karaoke app––and the system connects to the TV for scrolling lyrics, so performers won't miss a beat. Toss in another Singing Machine microphone for $10 so duets are an option too! The chairs in their home will definitely turn to witness these performances!
Available at amazon.com, $70
Push Pin World Map
Perfect for the globetrotting family in your life, or the ones who have wanderlust––this push pin world map will help them keep track of where they've been, where they're going and where their dreams will take them. Traveling as a family makes for priceless memories, so encourage their next adventure together with this map that captures all of their travel memories in a glance.
Available on etsy.com, $49
Custom Family Cartoon Portrait
This completely unique and original gift will bring a smile to their faces for years to come. Heartoons' custom-family portraits reimagines your fave family as one-of-a-kind cartoon characters. Simply email in recent family photos, and Heartoons will create a digitally hand-drawn, original portrait that captures each person's unique characteristics. Move over, Simpsons!
Available at etsy.com, from $50.
Matching Family Pajamas
The gift of coordinating family pajamas is always fun. They'll love slipping into Hanna Andersson's 100% organic combed cotton 'hannajams' all year long, and there are designs to suit every taste from Star Wars Caroler to Gnome Sweet Gnome.
Available at hannaandersson.com, ranging from $42-$50 per item
Annual Membership to a Local Zoo or Museum
Experiential gifts provide opportunities for families to spend time together and learn new things. By giving your favorite fam annual passes to a local museum or zoo or season tickets to sporting events, the theater or symphony, you give them multiple outings to look forward to all year long.
Prices vary for this priceless gift.
Master Class Subscription
Give the gift of knowledge and spark their curiosity with a subscription to Master Class, where families can learn about an array of topics presented by experts. They'll get to hear from the legendary Jane Goodall over 29 lessons wherein she teaches about animal intelligence, conservation and activism. Or perhaps they'd like to garner photography tips from the remarkable Annie Leibovitz? Family members of all ages can watch to indulge in educational topics that move them. Other instructors include Gordon Ramsey teaching cooking, Martin Scorsese teaching filmmaking, Margaret Atwood teaching creative writing, Penn & Teller teaching the art of magic and so many more!
Available on masterclass.com for $15/month.
CROSSNET Four Square Volleyball Net and Game Set
Get your family moving with this game that combines volleyball and four square in a way that anyone will enjoy. Set up is lightning fast and the included backpack makes this easy to take along with you for your next day at the beach. Pop it up on the grass or sand, the height is adjustable so you can make it easier for kids to use.
Get yours here, $139.99.
––Karly Wood & Beth Shea
All photos: Courtesy of retailers/Featured image: Matthew Henry via Burst
Editor’s note: Prices and availability reflect the time of publication.