10 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts the Entire Family Can Enjoy

Mark three, four or even more people off your list at once with these gifts the whole family will love.

It's always a challenge to figure out the perfect gift for a friend or family member, but it's even more of a puzzle when you're trying to pick a holiday gift for the whole family.

Family gifting is becoming more common as holiday celebrations get bigger and bigger. It's a great way to honor the holiday spirit without breaking the bank or going crazy trying to figure out gift ideas for each family member. A family gift is meant to be something that the entire family can enjoy together. And with the holiday so close, we wanted to give you some last-minute ideas that you could easily organize without ordering anything online.

1: Movie Night

Food Gift Basket Ideas

Food Gift Basket Ideas

Create a fun stay-at-home movie night by filling a basket with sweets and snacks to munch on during the flick. A similar idea can be created for a movie night out on the town by filling the basket with gift cards and small, purse-sized snacks.

A gift card for Netflix is something that the whole family can enjoy together for months. You can choose different denominations depending on how many months you’d like to gift. Pair the certificate with a basket filled with a few different types of popcorn and boxes of movie theater candy.

Gift: Netflix Gift Card, bestbuy.comPair With: Snack + Candy Basket

2: Socks For All

Gift a bright, colorful pair of holiday socks for everyone in the family. You can choose coordinating colors and designs so that everyone can wear them together on Christmas. Also include gourmet hot cocoa mix or a selection of holiday teas.

Gift: Tommy Hilfiger Fair Isle Socks, macys.comPair With: Gourmet Hot Cocoa Mix

3: Board Games

Living Room Entertaining: Adult Game Night

Living Room Entertaining: Adult Game Night

Keep the conversation casual and intimate by hosting game night for family and friends at the coffee table. Lay out an assortment of cards and creative games and serve chips, dip and crackers in simple vessels. For an artisanal touch, try serving beer in clear glass vessels and keep glasses within arm’s reach to make self-serving easy.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

Choose two or three games based on the ages of the family members. Classic, go-to games that usually work well are Jenga, Pictionary, Clue, Monopoly or Scrabble. You could also try finding games at your local thrift store and bringing five to six retro board games as a gift.

Gift: Retro Board Game, target.comPair With: Assorted Holiday Dessert Basket (for Game Night!)

4: Mobile Printer

Though the kids might steal it away, a wireless mobile printer is a great family gift. These printers allow you to print pictures directly off your mobile phone or tablet. They’re small enough to toss in a bag, and they're lots of fun to bring to parties (or even to break out and use on Christmas Eve!).

Gift: HP Sprocket Photo Printer, bestbuy.comPair With: Batteries + Photo Paper Packs

5: Shopping Membership

Christmas Gift Wrap Cookie Tins

Christmas Gift Wrap Cookie Tins

Different types of Christmas cookie tin wrapping aranged in a photo.

Another gift that will keep giving the whole year is a membership to warehouse clubs like Costco or Sam’s Club. These stores offer great discounts on bulk items, but you can’t shop there unless you’re a member. Pair the gift with a classic Costco bakery item.

Gift: Gold Star Membership, costco.comPair With: David's Cookies Butter Pecan Meltaways Tin (via Costco)

6: Pizza Night

Put together the makings of a fun, homemade pizza party for the whole family. Pick up pizza dough, fresh mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce and toppings like fresh tomatoes or prosciutto. Pair it with a pizza stone or a pizza cutter. For an extra fun presentation, stop by your local pizza place and see if you can buy one of their large boxes. You can cover up their logo with a piece of paper and write your own note on top.

Gift: 13-Inch Pizza Stone, bedbathandbeyond.comPair With: Chef-Inspired Basket

7: Do Good

Through organizations like Global Giving, you can purchase gift cards that allow each recipient to go onto the site, choose the cause that speaks most to them and make a donation. It’s a lovely gesture and a great way to teach kids about the power of generosity and giving.

Gift: Donation Gift Card, globalgiving.orgPair With: A Gift That Gives Back

8: Jump-Start a Vacation

Photo by: Airbnb

Airbnb

The gift of travel is one of the most amazing presents you could give a family to enjoy together in the coming year. A gift certificate to home-sharing site Airbnb would be a great way to help jump-start vacation plans, allowing the family to choose any spot in the world to enjoy their time away together. If you know there's a specific place that they would like to visit, you could even include a travel guide book for that city or country.

Gift: Airbnb Gift Card, airbnb.comPair With: A Fun Gift for Travel Lovers

9: Steel Fire Pit

smores set

smores set

Photo by: Daniel Pratt © 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Daniel Pratt, 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

This fire pit would be a great gift for a family that has a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy. Pair it with firewood and a s’mores kit, including marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars.

Gift: Steel Fire Pit, homedepot.comPair With: Homemade S'mores Kit

10: Rock Band

If the family you're buying for loves video games, then this Rock Band set is perfect. Everyone can take turns being a rock star and choosing their favorite songs. Set it up on Christmas Eve so everyone at your holiday dinner can join in on the fun.

Gift: Rock Band 4 Bundle, bestbuy.comPair With: Gifts for Music Lovers

8 DIY Gift Baskets for Food Lovers

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For the Chef

Kitchen essential gift baskets are a classic choice for homeowners spending their first holiday in a new home. Make the basket as practical as it is stylish by outfitting it with basics every homeowner is sure to need. In addition to tools and gadgets, mix in a few pantry essentials such as spices or gourmet condiments.

For the DIYer

Do you have a friend or family member who's addicted to home renovation? Create a do-it-yourselfer gift basket filled with a mix of vintage-inspired tools and gadgets, along with protein- and carb-filled foods, to keep them motivated through their next project. For a tough, industrial look, choose baskets made of mesh, chicken wire or galvanized metal.

Tags: 
  1. food
  2. beer
  3. tools

For the Baker

Give the gift of fluffy flapjacks by filling a basket with chef-quality ingredients certain to take Sunday morning breakfast to the next level. Place the pancake mix along the bottom of the basket, then use condiments to decorate the top along with spoons and spatulas.

For the Entertainer

Help friends avoid any last-minute entertaining fiascoes with a thoughtful dry goods dessert basket. Gather an assortment of finger food-style desserts, then present them in clear bags and glass containers. Should extra guests show up to holiday gatherings, the recipient will have more than enough dessert options to end the night in good spirits.

For the Film Buff

Create a fun stay-at-home movie night by filling a basket with sweets and snacks to munch on during the flick. A similar idea can be created for a movie night out on the town by filling the basket with gift cards and small, purse-sized snacks.

Tags: 
  1. candy
  2. popcorn
  3. movie

For the Tea Enthusiast

Make waking up much more enjoyable with a tea lover's basket. Add a full set of tea cups (or just one) along with gourmet ingredients and tea bags to a classic basket. For a more polished presentation, showcase the ingredients in Mason jars or small canisters.

For the Creatives

As cupcakes, cake pops and s'mores continue to dominate the dessert world, why not make your own creation with one-of-a-kind ice cream cookies? Create a gourmet basket packed with ice-cream essentials and air-tight jars filled with sprinkles, nuts, caramel and hot fudge. When it's time for your friend to entertain, they can set up a self-serve ice cream cookie station.

For the Wine Connoisseur

Create a festive wine-based gift by outfitting a picnic basket with their favorite wine paired with the appropriate cheeses and crackers.

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