We all have friends with families that we need to buy family gifts for this holiday season. The idea behind family gifts is that they are gifts that can be used together by the whole family.
When we think of family gifts, games are the first thing that comes to mind. Games are a great way for a family to play together. Movies and other entertainment are also ways for families to share an evening together at home.
Well, we decided to leave games like board games, although popular, to other gift lists. We wanted to find gifts that families would really enjoy using together and that would have the sticking power to be their favorite for years to come. We also wanted the gifts to be unique; ones that you wouldn’t necessarily find on other family gifts lists.
We searched high and low, at stores and on the internet to assemble this list of great Christmas gifts for families that any family would enjoy receiving and that they will definitely enjoy for years to come. When you choose one of these gift ideas to give, you can be sure that when they use it they will always think of you.
Take a look at our list and see if one of these gifts is the perfect family gift to give this holiday season!
Family Gifts: Top 15 Best Family Holiday Gifts
#1 – Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius “Prestige” 1.2 cu.ft. 1200 Watt Sensor Microwave with Inverter Technology & Blue Readout, Stainless Steel – $162
Okay, this is a microwave website so you didn’t think you we were going to leave a microwave oven off the list. We are microwave oven lovers! They may already have a microwave, but chances are they have older technology that only simulates different power levels. Panasonic microwaves use inverter technology that will give them complete control over the microwave’s power so they can cook even delicate foods without overcooking and drying out the edges. They don’t have to use the microwave just for popcorn snacks anymore. Now they can make great tailgating foods for the big game, race, or match. Give them a gift that they will use over and over again for years and that will become the family favorite cooking companion in their home.
#2 – Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White – $70
If there is one thing that every family has in common and can bring them together better than just about anything else; it’s ice cream. One of the most fun things to do is to mix in your favorite toppings. Get your ice-cream loving family the gift of homemade soft serve ice cream with storage for three different toppings to mix in. They will be able to make anything they like from soft serve yogurt to sorbet automatically for bowls or cones and then use the condiment dispensers to add and mix their favorite toppings. My personal favorite is crunched up Snickers bars! Sharing the process of making and enjoying ice cream at home is a great activity for families to share for an after-dinner treat or for movie night. Give the sweet gift of soft-serve ice cream.
#3 – Presto 03430 Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven – $42
I don’t like pizza…said no one ever!! Hey, it’s America’s favorite fast food, but ordering delivery a lot can really hit the wallet. Those frozen pizzas they buy at the store never seem to come out right in the oven and even the fresh pizza they make themselves is not ideal. Along comes the perfect pizza gift. Presto makes the Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven that allows them to cook the pizza crust and toppings at two different temperatures so that they both come out perfect every time. Plus, this pizza oven cooks pizza fast without using as much electricity as their oven. Think of all the money they will save by buying frozen or making their own pizza perfectly every time. Also, as a bonus, they can make their very own healthy pizzas that are hard to get from delivery or frozen. Give the perfect pizza oven to your pizza lovers.
#4 – Roku 3 Streaming Media Player – $85
If they get all of their movies from Netflix or a similar service, then they might not be aware of the streaming media player alternatives. Streaming media players stream content like movies and TV shows directly to their TV through a small, high-speed internet-connected box. The advantage, and why we have one, is all of the free content available. They can watch literally thousands of movies and TV shows for free including some recent content that they might not expect. They can also keep their Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon video accounts and use them with their streaming media player to complete their media empire. Our favorite combination is Roku 3 and Amazon Prime. If they don’t know about Amazon Prime, and they often buy products on the internet, they need to check out the free shipping features you get along with the free media content. If you’ve ever heard of “binge” watching, this is how it’s done. If they don’t release Roku 4 before Christmas, the Roku 3 will be one of the most popular, if not the most popular HDTV-related gift of the season. Give them the power to binge at will.
#5 – TiVo Roamio HD Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player (TCD846500) – $170
Most families who have cable, FIOS, or DirecTV have heard of a digital video recorder and may even use one. If you know the family doesn’t have one, you can get them a Tivo model for not a lot of money that will drastically improve their viewing experience for years to come. Capable of recording up to several channels simultaneously in Full HD, these new Tivo DVRs are the state of the DVR art. My family has had up to 4 Tivos in our house because the technology wouldn’t let you record more than just a couple of channels. Now we have just two that do everything we need them to including transferring programs between Tivos over our home network. Just a note that a subscription from Tivo is required and there will probably be a small installation charge from their cable company or FIOS to install the cards required to connect to each tuner. Once they’ve experienced Tivo, they will never be able to watch TV with commercials again!
#6 – 4 Person Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe for Earthquake, Evacuation, Emergency Disaster Preparedness 72 Hour Kits for Home, Work or Auto: 4 Person – $200
With all that’s happening in the world safety is foremost on every family’s mind. Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, terrorist attack, or other disaster, every family should hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. It’s possible to put together your own disaster preparedness kit from all the survival supplies and equipment available, but that would be kind of like trying to build your own car from all the available parts. It would be much more expensive than trying to build your own kit not to mention all the research, time, and work necessary. Instead of making a family build their own, give them a complete survival kit with everything they need for the average family to survive on their own for 72 hours until help arrives.
#7 – NOCO Genius Boost GB30 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter – $130
You might think this an unusual gift and you would be right. No family would expect to get a jump starter for Christmas. The truth is everyone feels a little helpless when they get to their car only to find out that the battery is dead and the car won’t start. The obvious solution is to have a set of jumper cables stored someplace in the vehicle. The problem is on a cold rainy night after work, when their the last person left in the parking lot, those cables aren’t going to be very helpful. They may have AAA, but who knows how long they will take to show up to jump-start their car? The solution is to carry a portable battery jump starter in the vehicle that doesn’t require jumper cables, a 2nd vehicle, or a Good Samaritan to help. The standard models are heavy, bulky, take a lot of space in his vehicle, and are difficult to use under the hood. The answer is a new lithium-ion battery jump starter. These things are amazing. They are lightweight, compact, and are powerful enough to start even a 6.0L V8 engine over and over again without recharging. Plus, they come with a light for under the hood and the ability to charge portable electronic devices through a built-in USB port. This is the perfect gift for any family, but you will need to get one for each of their vehicles. While you’re at it, be sure and get one for each of your family’s vehicles as well. Give them and yourself peace of mind.
#8 – Gift Basket Village Home for The Holidays Christmas Gift Basket – $85
I’m not a huge fan of gift baskets because it doesn’t take a lot of thought to give one as a gift. Every now and then however, one comes along that is very thoughtful and any family would love to receive. If you get the right gift basket, it will have many varieties of items sure to satisfy the cravings of someone in the family. Gift baskets also are usually well-designed to look good and to be the centerpiece of any holiday celebration. Give the gift of a Home for the Holidays Christmas Gift Basket and watch their delight as they discover all the great gifts within the basket designed to appeal to many different types of families.
#9 – Microsoft Xbox One + Kinect – $500
You may be surprised to find that game consoles aren’t just for kids. Families are spending time together enjoying online games of all kinds challenging each other and online competitors. The number and type of games is almost endless so they are certain to find a lot of games the whole family will enjoy playing together. Complete with Microsoft’s Kinect technology, they will get an unparalleled gaming experience that features state-of-the-art voice, vision and motion technology. Whether they like racing, action and adventure, board games, exercising, humor, or just about any genre they can think of the Xbox One is sure to be their favorite gift of the year.
#10 – Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband – $95
We’re all trying to make healthier choices these days and I’m sure that includes the family. They want to eat healthier and exercise more. Now you can help them track their activities to give them more motivation to work out and exercise. During the day, it tracks their steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. At night, it measures their sleep quality, helps them learn how to sleep better, and wakes them in the morning. The Fitbit Flex motivates them to reach their goals by bringing greater fitness into their life – seamlessly, socially, 24 hours a day. What better way to improve their health than to give them a gift that will help them in the never-ending struggle to leave fast food behind, exercise more, and get moving! Sure to be the hot ticket this holiday season, buy one for each family member and let them work together to help each other get healthy fast!
#11 – UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera RTF Mode 2 – $59
You may not realize it, but while you were playing games indoors, some pretty cool outdoor games were invented. Straight from the minds of aviation enthusiasts has come the quadcopter. They are available in sizes from tiny to huge and capability from basic to O.M.G. That means that you should be able to find one that fits your budget. The great thing about the new quadcopters is that they are more stable than helicopters, easier to fly, and fairly durable. Most are also designed up front to carry one or more cameras for some great outdoor video fun. They are even available in models that run from your iPhone and that can carry a GoPro Hero 4 Black adventure camera. Your family can have some serious fun with these.
#12 – Electrohome Karaoke Machine Speaker System CD+G Player with 2 Microphone Connections, Singing Music & AUX Input for Smartphone, Tablet, & MP3 Players (EAKAR300) – $70
Everyone needs to participate in Karaoke at least once in their lives. Karaoke is usually associated with bars and parties because alcohol is what it usually takes to get people to rock on without caring what other people think. Now they can take the party anywhere and easily get up and running with singing along to their favorite melodies for all to hear. The great thing is that these devices work with a smartphone or MP3 player so setup is as simple as docking your device. We’re recommending one here that also uses CDs, has a second input for dual microphone sing-alongs, and a built-in Auto Voice Control (AVC) singing coach to help learn tunes. Give your music-loving family the gift that will continue to be fun for years to come.
#13 – Philips HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology, Black – $300
We’re all trying to eat healthier and keep our weight in check, but with all the great snacks and fast food available, it can be difficult. We live busy lives and it’s easier to grab a burger and fries than it is to make food at home. Also, eating healthy doesn’t appeal to everyone because they don’t get to enjoy their favorite foods. That’s because their favorite foods contain too much fat and are unhealthy. Wouldn’t be great if they could eat the fried food they love without all the fat and oil that makes it so unhealthy? Give them an oil-less air fryer. What’s that you may ask? An oil-less air fryer uses continuously heated air combined with high-speed air cycling and multi-surface air flow to provide comprehensive heating to cook food without oil or grease. The result is fried food that tastes great without all the fat. Now you can give a gift that will fit right in with the weight-conscious, modern, healthy family.
#14 – Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector – $62
Let’s face it, there is a little treasure hunter in all of us. We’ve all dreamed of searching for buried treasure, panning for gold, unearthing the Hope Diamond, or finding some really valuable artifact among the junk of the world. Whether at the beach, sporting events, concerts, or other places where large groups gather, people are always leaving things behind inadvertently that may be of value. You can give the fun of treasure hunting with a metal detector and it may just become a hobby for life. Imagine the family going to the beach and enjoying the thrill of the hunt as they search together for mysterious treasures.
#15 – LyveHome Photo and Video Manager for Mobile Devices with 2TB Storage – $300
I don’t know about your family, but our family is completely inundated by all the videos and pictures we take with our smartphones. Once we take them, they only exist on each individual phone and it can be a pain to get them off onto a computer so that they can be organized and shared. Give them a gift you won’t find on any other list that solves the problem of organizing and sharing the multitude of photos and videos any family might generate with their smartphones and other electronic devices. This system is designed to use an app called Lyve to instantly capture photos to a shared drive that is immediately available to everyone in the family that have the app and are connected. This system is a complete video and photo management system providing smart collection, organization, protection, and consolidation of all family photos and videos. They will be thanking you for years over this one!
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