12 Holiday Gifts the Entire Family Will Love
When you're so busy shopping for everyone on your list, it can be easy to forget what the holiday season is really all about: spending time with the people you love most. With that in mind, take a little time to choose a few gifts that your entire brood can enjoy as one. To help, we're sharing some of our favorite family-friendly presents.
If togetherness is the goal but your loved ones are spread out all across the country, a smart video calling system makes being together a whole lot easier. Gift one to your parents and siblings, and be sure to get one for your own home, too. We also found a digital camera that makes taking and sharing exceptional quality photos a breeze. Forget about sending selfies to your relatives! Now, you can send high-res portraits instead.
Is more family bonding your goal? Get a regular game or movie night on the calendar—a few of the gifts on our list will help facilitate either. From an heirloom board game and a popcorn maker to a family-friendly cookbook and the comfiest seating, we're sharing everything you need for the ultimate evening in. And if you're looking for a way to commemorate some of your greatest memories, we have a few ideas. Personalized mugs, complete with each person's own cartoon character, are a fun way to capture your family exactly as it is today. If your group loves to travel, a custom map that makes keeping track of your journeys—or announcing new ones—is a good idea.
Whatever your goal, a gift the whole family can enjoy at once is guaranteed to be well-received. Ahead, 12 of our favorite presents that'll help you spend more time together.
Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Make your next family game night a little more fun (not to mention challenging) with a beautiful wooden puzzle.
Shop Now: Liberty Puzzles Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles, from $65, libertypuzzles.com.
Staying connected to those you love has never been easier. Portal makes crystal-clear video calling a breeze, which means the entire family can be together even when they can't.
Shop Now: Portal 10", starting at $179, portal.facebook.com.
Classic Board Game
If Monopoly is your family's game of choice each Friday night, it's time to invest in an upgrade. This gorgeous wooden edition will ultimately become a treasured family heirloom—the rosewood, walnut, and maple board and foil-stamped cards are beautiful enough to be cherished for generations.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn Monopoly Heirloom Wooden Edition, $349, potterybarn.com.
Gather your entire brood for an afternoon of baking, which will surely be followed by an evening of enjoying sweet treats. If that's not the best way to encourage family bonding, we don't know what is.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level, $18.29, amazon.com.
Take movie night to the next level by popping your own pop corn at home. This cinema-style popper is guaranteed to turn your family room into the most popular movie theater around.
Shop Now: Cuisinart Popcorn Maker, $79.95, crateandbarrel.com.
And where better to sit as you watch a movie as a family than on cozy lounge seats? These remind us of grown-up bean bags—kids and adults alike will love curling up on these fun loungers.
Shop Now: Room & Board "Levi" Lounge Chair, $299, roomandboard.com.
A personalized world map, which comes complete with pushpins to mark past trips, is the ultimate gift for a family of travelers. Surprising the gang with an upcoming getaway? Mark it on the map and wait for their delighted cheers.
Shop Now: New York Times Store Modern World Map, $155, store.nytimes.com.
Lightweight Digital Camera
This digital camera might be small, but it's mighty. In addition to capturing high-resolution snapshots, it can also record video. Best of all, it's Wi-Fi enabled, so you can connect it to your mobile device and post your photos on social media without any wait time.
Shop Now: Canon PowerShot "SX530" Digital Camera, $249.99, bestbuy.com.
These adorable personalized mugs make great gifts for the entire family. Customize the character to look like each person—you can even decide on their outfit color!—and add their name for a mug that's as unique as they are.
Shop Now: Uncommon Goods Personalized Family Mugs, $30, uncommongoods.com.
Game night is more fun when it's giant! Your family will love unwrapping this oversize twist on classic Jenga almost as much as they'll love playing it.
Shop Now: Jenga Giant, $119.95, amazon.com.
Ice Cream Maker
If weekend sundaes are a tradition in your family, take it to the next level by making them—from start to finish—at home. This handy appliance makes easy work of creating your own homemade flavors.
Shop Now: Cuisinart Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Maker, $89.95, williams-sonoma.com.
And if you're going to make cookies at home, you need a great set of cutters. These are perfect for holiday baking.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Cookie Cutters, $17, macys.com.