Are you looking for amazing Christmas gift ideas for your family? Whether you are shopping for each family member or planning a combined family gift, we have some ideas they are sure to love!
Gift giving is an integral part of many family Christmas traditions. We search for the perfect thing that matches their interests or personality. Receiving that special gift makes us feel loved.
Sometimes, we need help locating that present which is why I like to share cool finds and fun suggestions in our holiday gift guide.
Want to have a little additional fun Christmas morning?
Grab our printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues and hide some of these presents around the house.
Or, wrap up a few things that could be for anyone and play our Disney Right Left gift exchange game.
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Holiday Gift Guide for Families
Thank you to all the companies who worked with us and provided some of these items.
I love shopping for gifts and helping friends with recommendations for Christmas presents. It also fills my heart with joy when I can donate toys and games to our community.
Here are some of our suggestions for winter holiday gift ideas to give someone in your family or in your community.
Gifts for Mom and Dad
Cricut Maker 3 – Great for a wide variety of craft projects from custom hoodies to birthday cards. This cutting machine is a fantastic option for a crafty person. I know I love mine!
InBooze Cocktail Kits – Easily infuse alcohol to make cocktails at home. I love these kits and have tried almost every flavor. If you aren’t sure which one to try first, I suggest a sangria or margarita. Save 20% off with code DARCYSIPS
Düngeonmeister: 75 Epic RPG Cocktail Recipes – Leve up your cocktail making skills with this book of RPG-inspired drink recipes. It is perfect for gaming sessions or a D&D themed party. Each drink has a fantasy themed name with helpful tips and amusing side notes throughout.
The cinnamon cider and whiskey-packed Stunning Smite is the perfect drink for taking down your enemies this fall, while the Magic Mistletoe cocktail is sure to spread holiday cheer during your winter campaigns.
Air Fryer – We recently bought this air fryer as a gift to ourselves (it’s an upgrade over our first one). Anything that makes dinner time easier makes me happy.
Babysitting – Offer to babysit so they can have a date night or tackle a project without kid interruptions. This is a great gift for aunts, uncles, older cousins, and grandparents to give to parents. You get quality time with the kids and the parents get a break – it’s a gift for everyone!
Family Photo Session – Plan a session or gift a session that can be booked at a later date. It’s always nice to have updated family pictures.
Pandemic Legacy Season 0 – Change things up with this cooperative legacy board game. The game play is familiar if you’ve played Pandemic before, but this time you are part of the CIA during the Cold War. Your job is to investigate the development of a bioweapon and clear out spy agents across the globe.
This game plays and evolves over a series play throughs, which means what happens during one game can affect what happens the next time you play.
Gifts for Grandparents
Nixplay Seed Digital Picture Frame – This is a great way to share photos of the kids with the grandparents all year round – whether they live nearby or far away. You can instantly share photos from your phone to the Nixplay.
Plus, you can invite others to share photos to the frame. How cool would it be for grandparents to see pictures of all the grandkids on one digital frame?
Homemade gifts from the kids – These can be things like felt snowman Christmas ornaments to heart suncatchers to other craft projects.
Gifts for Babies and Toddlers
Chuckle & Roar Counting & Mosaics – This Montessori classic got an upgrade with the Target-exclusive Chuckle & Roar line. The double-sided wooden tiles provide two ways for kids 3+ to learn and create.
One side has numbers 1-00 for counting and sequencing on the board grid. The other side of each tile has a solid color used for creating mosaics.
Use the Montessori 1-100 board to learn number recognition, number sequencing, counting, patterning, and skip counting. Use the 50 mosaic challenge cards or create your own work of art!
Chuckle & Roar 2-in-1 Seek & Write Sensory Bin – Find this fun sensory bin kit exclusively at Target for kids 3-6+.
The lid is perfect for sand writing and drawing while the bin is a great place to set up a multisensory experience for kids to explore using paper filling or water beads.
This kit includes 50 learn and play activities, tools such as a scoop, tweezers, a bowl, and over 90 things to find including toy bugs, toy coins, toy gems, letters, numbers, and more.
Board Books – give little ones a variety of picture books to look through and have read to them. Board books are more durable and the thicker pages make it easier for little fingers to turn.
Smartmax My 1st Dinosaurs – Great introductory STEM toy for ages 1-5. They are introduced to magnetics as they click the dinosaur bodies together.
nanobebe breastfeeding bottle and bags – This is a great gift for new moms who are breastfeeding AND their baby. These bottles are designed for breastfeeding babies. The shape helps transition baby from breast to bottle.
They also have breast milk bags or use the included adapter to pump milk directly into the bottles. The bottles also stack nicely, which saves space!
Green Toys Parking Garage – My kids LOVED Green Toys when they were little and I loved that they are made from recycled plastic and are recyclable themselves.
This set includes a Mini Helicopter and two Mini Vehicles, featuring a drive-through station on one end and a ramp on the other, an elevator in back and helipad on top.
Green Toys OceanBound Tide Pool Set – OceanBound Plastic Tide Pool Set includes a starfish, scallop, abalone, snail, squid, and jellyfish, as well as a seaweed-patterned storage bag.
The palm-sized shells are the perfect size for scooping and pouring water to wash little ones in infant tubs, while the whole set is also great for the beach and backyard. Plus, the pieces are made in the USA from 100% recycled OceanBound Plastic.
Gifts for Kids
5 Second Rule Disney Edition by PlayMonster – You might think it’d be simple to name three cats in Disney movies or three Disney characters that wear yellow, but can you do it in only 5 seconds?
There’s no time to think – just say what comes to mind as fast as you can! The results are hilarious.
We’ve been having a blast playing this after supper. The kids practically beg to play it. I have found out how terrible I am under pressure with the clock ticking and everyone staring at me.
So, naturally, I highly recommend you and your family try it too! Get it from Amazon or Walmart.
The Golden Ticket Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Board Game by Buffalo Games – Have you always wondered what it would be like to find the golden ticket? Well, now is your chance.
The Golden Ticket board game is a competitive game for 2-5 players that plays in about 30 minutes. Recommended age is 10+ but 7-8 years old is probably fine if your kids regularly play board games.
Play as the original movie characters: Charlie, Veruca, Violet, Mike, and Agustus. Each character has a special ability and each location on the board has a unique power. Build combos, steal candy, earn money, and collect Wonka Bars. At the end of the game, unwrap the Wonka Bars to see who has the Golden Ticket.
Includes a double-sided game board for beginner and advanced games. Find it at Amazon or Target.
Whirly Board – Help the kids burn off energy while developing balance and gross motor skills with their own Whirly Board!
Whirly Board is a spinning balance board that can be used indoors or outdoors to practice spins and tricks. They recommend children be at least 5 years old and hold onto something when they first start.
Even the adults can take it for a spin. Grab the Whirly board stabilizing ring too.
Order directly from Whirly Board or on Amazon.
Luki Lab Pinxies Vet Care Center – Discover the enchanting world of Pinxies, a STEM authenticated line of creative building sets for kids 6+ designed to inspire storytelling and imaginative exploration, while also offering an educational play experience.
Help Koral bring hurt animals, including a unicorn and a flying pig, to the Vet Care Center for magical treatment and help little ones grow strong! This 110-piece set includes Koral, 5 magical creatures, the Vet Care structure, puffy stickers and even an X-ray machine.
Set in enchanted lands with endless possibilities, combine any Pinxies STEM toy building kits for more fun! Bring Koral aboard the Marvelous Mermaid Ship, explore the Fairy Treehouse or get treats at the Unicorn Ice Cream Truck.
Once my kids were done building the set, they had a blast with pretend play!
Luki Lab Gujo Adventure Mars Hover Ship – Gujo Adventure is a line of STEM authenticated building sets for kids 7+ that combines building with a fun play experience. The sets are constructed of sturdy, high-quality plastic connectors with durable plastic panels. The pieces are waterproof and washable too.
My son had a lot of fun putting this together (with a little help) and then used his imagination to create a story about the Mars Hover Ship having one engine go out and exploring the planet in the Mars Miner.
Whether trying to avoid traps in the Jungle Temple, guiding a submarine to the bottom of the ocean, or navigating a rocket on its way to Mars, get ready for your kids to be immersed in the world of Gujo Adventure!
Cubles – These make great stocking stuffers for kids 6+! Cubles are like a mashup of origami and action figures. They are highly detailed, articulated paper toys that don’t require scissors, tape, or glue to transform from 2D to 3D.
They have a variety that includes unicorns, dinosaurs, as well as licensed characters such as Dogman (which my son was thrilled about). Love that they are completely recyclable!
Organauts – Know Yourself is home to award-winning children’s educational anatomy toys. Their collection of toys includes the newest cast of characters: the Organauts! Use code DARCY10 at checkout.
Collect all five collectible vinyl figurines that teach children about the organs of the body. Each Organauts figurine also comes with a Mini Comic Book and Collector’s Guide Book.
They have larger vinyl figurines called Mighties and the keychain figurines are called tinies. The blind boxes and blind keychain bags make great stocking stuffers.
My kids enjoyed the clever info included of strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes included for the little Dusty (dust particle) and Coco (strep bacteria) they received.
BriteBrush Game Brush – Another great stocking stuffer idea! BriteBrush makes brushing a game without needing an app or mobile device.
This electric toothbrush has smart sensor technology that knows if kids are brushing correctly and provides live tips to help them brush using methods most recommended by dentists.
There is also a parent check light to let you know have they did. Ideal for ages 5+. Get it at Target, Walmart, and Amazon.
Christmas PJs – We love gifting new Christmas jammies every year. It’s become a tradition for our family. Last year we shopped online for family pajamas at Primary.
BendyFigs – BendyFigs are awesome posable collectible figures. Collect highly detailed 7″ figures of your favorite characters from Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Trek, as well as Universal Monsters, such as the Bride of Frankenstein. Take them off the stand to play, and pose them on the stand when on display.
Star Wars: A Merry Sithmas Pop-UP Book – Take your little Star Wars fan on an exciting journey through a galaxy far, far away. This book includes removable paper elements and step-by-step instructions to construct and color holiday-themed 3D Pop-Ups.
Each pop-up is easy and fun to build, from Darth Vader and a gingerbread Boba Fett, to Chewbacca and a collection of caroling porgs.
Ultimate Slime Extreme Edition – This book is perfect for kids who love playing with slime. They will learn basic slime recipes plus how to change things up with mix-ins and even advanced recipes like color changing slime.
Cutie Stix Jewelry Kit – Cutie Stix are adorable beads you pull apart to make bracelets and necklaces. So cute and fun!
Zax Foam Throwing Axe – I’m definitely a fan of foam toy weapons because my kids like to act out epic battles. This foam throwing axe has suction cups to make it stick when throwing at a target. Who can throw it the farthest?
Stikbots Pets Animation Studio – This is such a fun way for kids to be creative and make their own stop-motion animation videos. Includes a green screen stage, tripod, Stikbot person and Stikbot pet. What story will your child come up with?
Need more characters? You can also purchase additional stikbots.
Wave-A-Bubbles and Glove-A-Bubbles – These are super fun to play with outside. They take blowing bubbles to a whole new level!
Gifts for the Whole Family
Board Games – there are so many fun modern family board games to play together! Our board game stickers and mugs are also a great choice.
Cute Coffee Filter Crafts eBook – includes 15 craft projects you can create together!
Diamond Painting Kits – enjoy hours of calm while applying little rhinestones to a canvas or make it a family art project and work together to complete it.
Diamond painting is pixel art applied through a process that is a mix between color by number and cross stitch. (Due to the tiny pieces, this is best suited for older kids through adults.)
I’ve been working on a pretty, wintery snowman scene for the holidays.
Puzzles – puzzles are another good family activity to work on
Snack Gift Basket – put together an assortment of snacks that everyone will enjoy while playing games or watching movies together.
Membership passes to a local museum or zoo – gifting family experiences is always a wonderful idea
Movie passes – wrap movie theater gift cards with large candy bars!
Restaurant gift cards – perfect for grabbing dinner curbside and enjoying at home.
Friday 20th of November 2020
I have enjoyed reading thru your list and will look for several of these items to buy. I do have some concerns about magnets mentioned with the dinosaurs. Magnets can damage the intestines if swallowed. Very dangerous.
Sunday 22nd of November 2020
Hi Annora! I'm so glad you enjoyed my list and found a few gift ideas. You are right, magnetic toys need to be used safely and with supervision. Thanks so much for your comment!