If you have multiple members of a family to shop for, sometimes one gift (or a few gifts) that everyone can enjoy is the perfect option! Here are my top gift ideas for families for this year.
I have been making heavy use of gift guides this year as I’ve been doing my Christmas shopping and I’ve found them so helpful for thinking up new ideas and getting inspiration. I came across quite a few ideas that really reminded me of how my own kids really enjoy the parts of the holidays where we spend time together as a family above all other things. Playing board games, wearing matching pyjamas, Christmas movie nights, and those kinds of things are what they talk about being excited for, rather than all the stuff they’re going to get. Of course, we love opening presents together under the tree, but if those gifts lead to us doing something together, rather than them just going back to their rooms with all their loot, I think that’s even better and more thoroughly-enjoyed by everyone. Why not gift a family with something that will invite them to slow down and spend a little more time together?
“Good Talk” conversation game | I love the idea of all the different conversation games with a prompt on each card to get you thinking and talking. This one has great reviews and is supposed to be great for chatting with friends or families. It’s a great little thing that someone can leave out on the dinner table or take along on a car ride or camping trip.
Hygge Game | Kind of a similar idea to the conversation game about, but with a cozy hygge vibe perfect for sitting down with friends or family this winter and having a good chat. I can see this being the perfect thing for after Christmas dinner or for a night in during January.
Retro Scrabble | Who doesn’t love Scrabble? Every family should own this classic game and board games are always a winning gift. This one is styling and interesting too!
Family Pajamas | (Kids sizes here / baby/small child onesie sizes here / Women’s sizes here / Men’s sizes here) I started buying us matching family pyjamas for Christmas a few years ago. I mostly thought it was just for me, but it’s become one of the first things that the kids mention as something they’re looking forward to as Christmas approaches. I bought us these in a different plaid last year and Jack and I both agree that they’ve become our favorite jammies. 🙂
Cozy Throw | Every family has that one favorite blanket that everyone loves. Gift a family their new favorite and make it a stylish one that will last so they never have to let go of it and it can become their new movie night staple. I love that this one can be monogrammed as well.
Popcorn Maker | Speaking of movie nights, this is a great popcorn maker. I love the huge capacity. We have a regular electric popcorn maker and we have fun with it on movie nights, but it never makes enough for our family of four and I end up having to go back in the kitchen and make another batch or two, so this is perfect for families.
Espresso Machine | You might think an espresso machine is a decidedly grown-up gift and not really something for families, but imagine the whole family gathered around, learning to mix up the perfect drink. Cappuccinos for the adults, fluffy hot chocolates or vanilla steamers for the kids. Such a great way to elevate everyone’s favorite cozy winter time rituals.
Smart Bird Feeder | Bird watching is one of those things that’s unexpectedly fun for everyone, young and old. We ended up getting so into feeding the birds in our yard during the pandemic and watching them through our mudroom window. This smart bird feeder is such an amazing way for your bird watching family to take the whole experience to the next level by letting them see the birds in their yard in a whole new way, with a camera right up close to wear they eat.
Solo Stove | A smoke-free fire pit! Need I say more? All the fun of gathering around the fire with your nearest and dearest without having to constantly shuffle around to avoid the smoke or worry about needing to take a shower as soon as you get back inside because you smell like a camp fire. Love the sleek look of these fire pits too.
Life Story Book | (Dad version here / Mom version here / Grandpa version here / Grandma version here ) Love these little books! They’re filled with simple, thought provoking questions that are easy to answer but together they really help paint a picture of a life story and little events of the past that might not ever come up in conversation otherwise for younger generations to hear about. Such a great family keepsake that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.