Christmas gifts for a family that everyone will love

Christmas gifts for a family

by Emily Gilbert |
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We all know how expensive the festive season can be and this year especially, many of us are looking for ways to do Christmas on a budget. If you still want to share the love by buying presents, consider purchasing one gift for a whole family rather than getting everyone something individual instead. If there are little ones in the family you could always still buy gifts for toddlers or babies and combine adult gifts into one. That way, you can cut the cost significantly while still getting to spoil your loved ones with Christmas gifts for a family.

Now buying Christmas gifts for a family can feel a bit overwhelming, especially when there is such a wide age range to pick for, and when buying Christmas gifts for a family you also have to take into account everyone's different tastes or find something they will all appreciate. Here at Mother&Baby, we think that you can't go wrong by choosing a gift which helps a family to spend time together and build memories. If it's baby's first Christmas you could always add a little keepsake gift as well to acknowledge it.

When considering what Christmas gifts for a family to buy, you can choose from a range of ideas, including personalised gifts, or snack hampers where everyone can find something to enjoy, or sentimental gifts like photo albums.

Best Christmas gifts for a family at a glance:

Best experience Christmas gift for a family: Buyagift Family Fun Gift Experiences Box
Best personalised Christmas gift for a family: Family Personalised Enamel Mug Set
Best funny Christmas gift for a family: Kids Against Maturity Card Game

Still scratching your head? Don't worry, we're here to help you out with these fantastic Christmas gifts for a family for all budgets and interests.

Best Christmas gift for a family to watch a movie

Elevate family movie nights with this compact projector which has has a 32~170 inches projection display size with 1m to 5m projection distance. The built-in dual speakers offer brilliant loud sound quality while you'll get 35 per cent brighter images than similar projectors on the market.

Review: "I'm delighted to share my experience with the Xuanpad Projector V30-X, which I purchased some time ago. This projector has truly exceeded my expectations in every way. First and foremost, the brightness of 15,000 lumens is nothing short of impressive. It delivers vibrant, crystal-clear images even in well-lit rooms, making it perfect for movie nights, presentations, and gaming sessions. The picture quality is sharp and detailed, and the colours are rich and accurate."

Pros

  • Gets everyone together to enjoy a film
  • Built in speakers for excellent sound

Cons

  • Bad visibility in daylight
Dimensions19.81 x 15.29 x 6.86 cm
Resolution1980 x 1080 Pixels
Projection sizeUp to 200"
  • Portable
  • Compatible with TV stick, full HD 1080P HDMI, VGA, USB, AV, laptop, iPhone, android smartphone
  • Immersive viewing experience

Best experience Christmas gift for a family

Give the gift of family time with this box where the lucky recipient can pick between over 400 exciting days out and activities for between two to five people. They simply need to just flick through the brochure together and choose the perfect experience for them with options ranging from spectacular stadium tours to fascinating animal encounters.

One reviewer said: "Delivered earlier than expected, in perfect condition and is a great gift."

Pros

  • A great range of activities
  • Can accommodate various group sizes

Cons

  • Might be harder to include babies or toddlers
Validity2 years
Number off experiences490
  • Large selection of activities
  • Two year validity
  • Tailored group sizes
  • Indoor and outdoor options

Best foodie Christmas gift for a family

If there are older kids in the family who are able to safely eat popcorn, this seasoning kit from Popcorn Shed is the ideal accompaniment for family film nights. Simply add a sprinkling of flavour (there are five to choose from!) to make the most delicious fresh popcorn for the perfect snack.

Reviewed by Features Editor Emily Gilbert: "Who doesn't love popcorn? This kit takes the experience to a whole new level. I loved the choice of seasonings, there really is something for everyone."

Pros

  • Fun family activity
  • A variety of five popcorn flavours to choose from

Cons

  • Not suitable for very young children
Dimensions:H25cm x W28.5cm x D7cm
  • Vegan, gluten-free and all-natural

Best creative Christmas gift for a family

Gingerbread houses rarely look like they do on the box but that's half the fun of doing one! This delicious Hansel and Gretel DIY Gingerbread House Kit has everything you need to make an enchanting gingerbread house including pre-baked gingerbread house pieces, royal icing, piping bags, a set of sweet decorations and a step-by-step guide.

Review: "I buy two every year for my grandchildren. The families love decorating them and their decorations look nothing like the illustration! It has quickly become a pre Christmas tradition."

Pros

  • Video tutorial available
  • Presented in a keepsake tin

Cons

  • Might not look quite like the pictures when finished
Dimensions when assembled15 x 9 x 18cm
Contents6 pre-basked gingerbread house pieces, royal icing, piping bags, a set of sweet decorations and a step-by-step guide
Shelf life 3 months
  • A keepsake presentation tin
  • Complete kit
  • Step by step guide
  • Stays fresh for 3 months

Best craft Christmas gift for a family

While this brilliant craft box is aimed at kids, it's a lovely one to do as a family. This edition encourages crafters to make their own dinosaur tail and mask for a prehistoric story time! They can then build the toucanBox theatre and the rest of the family can applaud as they stage a shadow puppet play.

Pros

  • Encourages creativity for all the family
  • Learning experience for children as they learn about shadows

Cons

  • Might not interest older children or teenagers
ContentsAll craft materials plus instructions and activity magazine
  • Montessori and STEAM learning principles
  • Includes instructions and activity magazine

Best chocolate Christmas gift for a family

This Christmas sharing basket from Cadbury's is sure to delight young and old. It is packed full of all the favourites to really spread the Christmas spirit. There's bound to be something that everyone will enjoy.

Pros

  • Includes a wide variety of sweets and chocolate
  • Presented in a lovely basket

Cons

  • Not great for anyone in the family with special dietary requirements or allergies
Dimensions36 x 26 x 14.5
Contents8 items
  • Includes wicker presentation basket
  • Includes 8 packs of sweets or chocolate

Best artwork Christmas gift for a family

Available in six sizes, this personalised welly print can be adapted for any family - with beloved pets included! You can order just the mounted print or add on a frame for an extra cost.

Review: "A beautiful piece of artwork given from our two children to their father for Father's Day. Personalised to perfection, it is a lovely keepsake."

Another reviewer added: "Beautiful gift for a family."

Pros

  • A special keepsake
  • Personalised to the family

Cons

  • Frame not included (available for additional cost)
Size rangeMini, small, medium, large, jumbo, giant
Material Printed on high quality white card
  • Personalised artwork for a family
  • Option to include a frame
  • Great for families who love the outdoors

Best game for a Christmas gift for a family

Any family that doesn't have this card game needs it added to their collection of board games immediately. Great for families between 2-8, competitors simply race to find the one matching image between one card and another.

Review: "Good game for all the family. Intelligence not required. A bit like 'snap' but much more challenging with variation of the same game in one tin. Good fun."

Pros

  • Fun for all the family
  • Five different games to play

Cons

  • Too challenging for children under 6
Age range6+
Number of players2 - 8
Number of cards55
  • Packaged in a tin
  • Challenging for all the family
  • Five game variations
  • Can play with up to 8 players

Best karaoke Christmas gift for a family

While karaoke can make many of us wince, there's no denying that it's a lot of fun. Lasting up to eight hours after fully charged, this portable wireless microphone is equipped with a professional audio processor and tuning system plus three layers pop filter, making popstars out of even the most questionable of singers...

Review: "This is such a fun product, easy to charge and plenty of fun to be had! Easy to connect to phone! Only issue was the power button is hard to find but this is also a good thing as the microphone is seamless."

Pros

  • Lasts a long time once charged
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Voice could become annoying
Power supply‎1 Lithium Polymer batteries
ColourRose gold
Battery life once charged8 hours
  • Can be used as a microphone, Bluetooth speaker, loudspeaker and recorder
  • Long battery life and rechargeable
  • Easily connected using Bluetooth
  • Noise reduction feature

Best baking Christmas gift for a family

A sweet but simple gift, Bottled Baking Co. offers glass bottles containing all the dry ingredients required to make delicious cakes and treats, making baking with little ones that little bit easier. Plus for every 100 per cent reusable glass bottle bought, one tree is planted in return.  

Review: "Really easy to make and extremely delicious! A very well received Xmas gift!"

Another reviewer said: "What a lovely idea! Makes baking soo much easier with kiddies. Good quality packaging and products. Would recommend."

Pros

  • Long shelf life
  • A fun activity for all the family

Cons

  • Doesn't include all ingredients
Servings12
Bottle size750ml
Weight581g
  • Makes 12 slices
  • Reusable glass bottle
  • Buying a bottle plants a tree

Best personalised Christmas gift for a family

Available to purchase as a single mug or a mug for each family member, these mugs are lovely personalised keepsakes to celebrate a special team.

Review: "These are the perfect item when taking out and about! The personalisation was spot on and the print was so good. Really happy!"

Pros

  • Great personalised gift for all the family
  • Enamel mugs are great for indoor and outdoor use

Cons

  • Not dishwasher proof
Dimensions8 x 8.6 x 8.6cm
Material Enamel coated metal
  • Can add as many mugs as needed
  • Can be personalised
  • Great for outdoors

Best journal Christmas gift for a family

While it is lovely to do things together as family, it's hard to remember to take photos or record those special moments. Not only does this book give you ideas for family adventures but also a place to write down your memories and keep photos. A perfect adventure keepsake for all the family, you choose a category together, then scratch off your adventure!

Pros

  • Great for up to 8 family members
  • Challenges can be modified to suit all budgets

Cons

  • Not great for children under 4
Challenges budget£0 - £50
Age range4+
Number of people 4-8
  • Challenges for all the family
  • Keepsake journal

Best funny Christmas gift for a family

Christmas gifts for a family game

Rrp: $34.99

Price: $24.99
Alternative retailers
Walmart$29.99View offer

During the festive period, everyone needs to unwind and just be a bit silly and this family game is perfect for just that. With age-appropriate toilet humour and funny innuendos for the adults, it can be enjoyed by all ages. Ideally played with 4 players, this will have you laughing throughout Christmas.

Review: "Kids Against Maturity is an absolute blast for family parties and gatherings! This card game is a surefire way to keep everyone entertained and laughing until their sides hurt. We were worried our 9 year old was going to hurt himself he was laughing so hard. From kids to adults, there's something for everyone in this game."

Pros

  • Lots of fun
  • Simple to play

Cons

  • Some humour might be inappropriate for really young players
Number of cards500
Recommended age10+
  • Easy to play
  • 500 cards
  • Lots of fun

Best for a sweet treat

Montezuma's have created this pack of eight chocolate snowmen which are super festive and great for sharing as a little treat over the Christmas period. They are quite chunky and are made from high-quality chocolate.

Reviewed by our Commercial Content writer, Arabella Horspool: "These little milk chocolate snowmen from Montezuma's are delicious. They're the perfect size for popping on top of a hot chocolate, decorating some Christmas cookie or cupcakes, or simply shovelling into your mouth."

Pros

  • Eight per pack
  • Fun festive shape

Cons

  • Small

Best food Christmas gift for a family

On cold winter nights, or even for camping, what family wouldn't love to huddle together with a yummy fondue set? Suitable for up to 6 people it features an adjustable temperature and has endless uses including a Swiss cheese dip, chocolate fondue, Chinese hot pot, or a traditional oil fondue, plus you could even use it to keep soup or stew warm.

Review: "Perfect compact size. Heated up pretty quickly and since the bowl is detachable it was easy to clean."

Pros

  • Lots of uses
  • Compact

Cons

  • Short power lead
Capacity 2.3L
Dimensions19 x 19 x 23 cm
Weight1.87kg
  • Includes 6 colour coded forks
  • 2.3L capacity
  • Non-stick

Best pyjamas Christmas gift for a family

Everyone loves to be cosy at Christmas, so why not gift a family these comfortable matching pyjamas. They will love snuggling together in them over the festive period. Made from a soft and long-lasting material, skin-friendly and thick fabric to keep everyone warm, these might even be popular long after Christmas is over. They are also great for fun family photos.

Review: "These pyjamas are well made, a lovely festive design and so cosy and comfortable for the Christmas period. Available for the whole family."

Pros

  • Available in sizes for all the family
  • Soft, comfortable fabric

Cons

  • No option for pets
Size range3 months - 9 years for kids<br>S, M, L, XL, XXL for adults
FabricPolyester
Washing instructionsMachine washable
  • Matching for all the family
  • A great range of sizes
  • Machine washable

How to please everyone when buying Christmas gifts for a family?

Obviously when buying a gift for more than one person it does make choosing that gift more complicated.You have to take into account everyone's interests and and ages, as well as any allergies or dietary requirements if you are buying a food gift. Also, how many people are you including? You might be buying a Christmas gift for a couple, or for a family of four, or even eight, so does the gift you have chosen cater for the right number of people? There is so much to think about.

Ultimately though, if you have put a lot of thought into the gift and the family can see you really know their likes and dislikes, your gift will be appreciated. Similarly if you get them something which lets them spend time together as a family they will be delighted you are providing them with that opportunity.

Should you buy separate gifts for young children?

Children love presents, especially unwrapping them, so you could add a few stocking fillers for children to your family gift, or perhaps if babies can't get involved with the joint gift you could get a Christmas gift for babies. However, if you have bought a gift which is fun for the whole family like chocolate or a game, then children will be more than happy. And we are sure the grown ups will let the children rip off the wrapping paper on the big day.

Should you have a bigger budget to buy for a family?

Not at all! Christmas gifts for a family can range in price from a few pounds to hundreds of pounds. It really depends what you can afford and there are lots of ways to save money at Christmas. No one will expect you to put yourself in debt to buy them a perfect Christmas gift. If you love crafting or baking you could even consider some homemade Christmas giftswhich will really add a personal touch. After all it is the thought that counts.

Emily Gilbertis the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for six years. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.

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