It's not easy choosing family Christmas gifts. But whether you're buying for a couple with toddlers or an extended clan of every age, our pick of the best family Christmas gift ideas will help you find the perfect present for smiles all round this December.
Christmas is less than two weeks away, so if you still need to cross off all your family Christmas gifts, now is the time to do so. When shopping for family Christmas gifts, try and look for something that will appeal to everyone, including teenagers, very young children and frazzled parents. The best Christmas gifts for parents will often include activities the whole household can take part in, from a karaoke system to experiences they can enjoy together. At Christmas, food gifts are also a great idea, but you should take care to choose something the whole family will be excited to receive.
From matching Christmas pajamas to unforgettable days out, we've found the best family Christmas gifts for 2022 that are fun, useful and thoughtful. And if you have a large family, we have suggestions for you to keep in mind.
The 41 best family Christmas gift ideas
These are the best all-ages gifts to buy this Christmas with picks to suit all budgets and sorts of families.
Where to find the best family Christmas gifts in the UK
- Amazon: The best place for mini projectors, family ornaments, and fast shipping
- Cadbury Gifts Direct: For delicious treats and hampers everyone will love
- Decathlon: Find all the best bikes, tennis tables, and other outdoor games
- John Lewis: From matching pyjamas to stocking fillers, iPads to delicious biscuits
- Marks and Spencer: A one stop shop for toys, festive foods, cozy clothing and homeware gifts
- Not On The High Street: Unique and personalised gifts from creative UK businesses
- Red Letter Days: Gift vouchers for family getaways, power boating and life experiences
- Smyths Toy Superstore: Shop electric scooters, Xbox gaming and a range of toys
Best family Christmas gifts in the UK 2022
We hunted down the best family Christmas gift ideas, whether they like cooking, playing or even competing against each other
1. Honeywell Bakes Gingerbread Village | View at Honeywell Bakes
RRP: £22 | Delivery: 3-4 working days | Refundable: Non-perishable items have a 7 day return policy
Get a family you love bonding in the kitchen this Christmas by sending them this cute-as-a-button baking kit so they can build their own gingerbread village.
A lovely inexpensive Christmas gift handmade in Northamptonshire, the box contains everything they need to get cooking including all the dry ingredients, cutters to make the houses, mini trees, cake board, piping bags for decorations, icing, a recipe card and even a string of fairy lights. You can also add a gift message and wrapping and even buy now but specify a Christmas delivery—perfect to stop boredom setting in the week before the big day.
2. Red Letter Days voucher for Family Thames Rocket Powerboating London | View at Red Letter Days
RRP: £167.80 | Delivery: Immediate delivery for e-voucher, 3-5 working days by post | Refundable: 30 day return policy
Ban boring presents and give them a day out they’ll never forget. This handy Red Letter Days voucher is valid for 12 months and will entitle a family of four (two adults and two children 14 and under) to a thrilling high-speed sightseeing ride along the Thames in London.
Voted England’s Family Friendly Attraction of the Year in 2017, the Thames Rocket is a rigid inflatable that can reach hair-raising speeds for a tour of the capital with a difference. Along the way, families will learn fun facts and hear stories about London before holding on tight for the ride of a lifetime. A great Christmas gift for kids and parents alike. This is definitely one of the best family Christmas gift ideas we’ve seen and we’d be thrilled to find it under our tree.
3. So Wrong It's Right Game | View at Amazon
RRP: £14.99 | Delivery: 3-5 working days | Refundable: 30 day return policy
Is there anything better than gathering the whole family together to play a board game by the Christmas tree? It’s not always easy to convince teens to join in so if you’re buying a family Christmas gift to include older children, send them this game aimed at the over 12s from radio and TV star Matt Edmondson.
It's super simple to play so it won’t end up stuck at the back of a cupboard either. Every question asked has five possible answers, with action cards dictating how players must answer each question. This includes answering correctly, flipping the words around in the answer, ditching the first letter and giving the wrong answer. We warn you: it may make your brain hurt. But with 500 questions, 2000 possible answers and taking just half an hour to play, even the trickiest teen won’t get bored.
4. Epic Escapes' Escape Room In A Box | View at Epic Escapes
RRP: £99 | Delivery: 3-5 working days | Refundable: 100 day return policy
This is a fantastic family Christmas gift idea for anyone who is addicted to (pricey) escape rooms. This will allow a family to transform their very own home into an escape room this Christmas, with three different games in the box suitable for between three and six players.
For each game, players will need to find clues in the room and solve different puzzles in order to escape. The box includes lock boxes, padlocks, puzzles and the all-important self-help hint cards in case they get stuck. Each game should take around 60 minutes to solve and escape though younger children will need help as clues are aimed at adults.
5. Hotel Chocolat The Velvetiser | View at Hotel Chocolat
RRP: £99.95 | Delivery: 3-5 working days | Refundable: 14 day return policy
They might think they love hot chocolate, but they won't know just how good it really tastes until they've tried one made in The Velvetiser from Hotel Chocolat.
All the family will love whizzing up barista-standard drinks with this mini kitchen whizz. It couldn't be easier to use and will take up hardly any room on their countertop or can be easily stored away in a cupboard. They'll simply need to add their choice of chocolate flakes and milk or water, press the button and pour to drink two minutes later. It's pure chocolate heaven every time.
6. Nintendo Switch OLED Model | View at Nintendo
RRP: £309.99 | Delivery: 1-2 working days | Refundable: 30 day return policy
We know most parents are trying to cut down on their children's screen time but this generous gift will get the thumbs-up from both parents and kids. In fact, the all-ages console also features in our guide to the best Christmas gifts for teenagers.
The newest addition to the Nintendo Switch family of consoles, this model has a bright 7-inch OLED screen, an adjustable tabletop stand, 64 GB of internal storage and a new dock with a wired LAN port for use in TV mode. Best of all, it's not just about solo gameplay but can allow the whole family to have fun together. It can be docked and played on the TV for everyone to join in, used on a table for a group or used for two people to play with the Joy-Con controllers for instant back-seat harmony on car journeys. "We weren't sure about introducing another screen to our lives," says mother of two Emma Reeve. "But this one actually got our two children playing together without squabbling!"
With family-friendly games available including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Nintendo Sports, this family Christmas gift is an all-round winner.
7. Marks & Spencer Santa's Little Baker's Treat Bag | View at Marks & Spencer
RRP: £30 | Delivery: 2-4 working days | Refundable: 35 day return policy
There's no better time to indulge in Christmas baking than in the final countdown to the big day. Keep boredom at bay for excited children on school holidays by sending them this family Christmas gift a little early for them to really make the most of it.
All wrapped up—and sent for free—in a charming Santa sack, the goodie bag includes everything they need to roll their sleeves up and make their own festive feast with minimal parental help. There's a snowman cupcake kit, a Christmas gingerbread baubles kit, a cinnamon roll kit and a gingerbread house kit plus Winter Wonderland sprinkles and a hot chocolate stirrer trio—all for a very affordable price.
8. Boxbollen | View at Boxbollen
RRP: £19.99 | Delivery: 1-4 working days | Refundable: 14 day return policy
It's all too easy to spend the holidays on the sofa watching the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus.
This nifty gadget is a simple way to get a family on their feet and having fun together over the festive period instead. Already a TikTok sensation, the small box includes a head-tethered boxing ball linked to The Boxball App. Players 'box' the Boxbollen while the app tracks performances and issues challenges. It's trickier than it seems at first but brilliant fun for any family looking for laughs this Christmas. "We hooked this up to our TV and loved competing with each other to see who could get the most punches in," said dad of three, Simon Mahoney.
9. Marks & Spencer matching animal print pajamas | View at Marks & Spencer
RRP: From £8 | Delivery: Next-day delivery available | Refundable: Until Jan 28
Is it even Christmas if the whole family doesn't have matching pajamas? We like these M&S ones because they're snug and cozy, but the versatile print means you can wear them well past Christmas, and older children won't be embarrassed wearing them.
10. Squishmallows | View at Smyths Toys Superstores
RRP: From £8.99 | Delivery: 2-4 working days | Refundable: 28 day return policy
A cuddly toy might not seem like the most obvious family Christmas gift idea but this is one everyone will want this year. Adored by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, this range of plush toys are the hippest and most huggable gift around and any family with younger children will love to get their hands on one.
From koalas to Chewbacca, they come in a range of designs and sizes including a diddy 3.5 inch clip-on to a 20 inch option big enough to use as a very squishy pillow. The only problem is they're so marshmallow-soft, the whole family will want a snuggle first.
11. Pongori Outdoor Table Tennis Table PPT 530 Medium | View at Decathlon
RRP: £279.99 | Delivery: 3-7 working days | Refundable: 30 day return policy
If they've got room amongst the outdoor furniture, this is one of the best family Christmas gifts you could send someone.
The PPT 530 medium tennis table comes on four large wheels so it can be moved to wherever suits them for a quick game—inside or out. It can withstand adverse weather and UV light and has two brakes for stability, no matter how fierce the game gets. Best of all, when they want to tuck it out of the way for a barbeque or impromptu football game, it folds in half easily with four safety locks to keep it secure so it can be wheeled into a shed or the corner of the garden. At last, this is one family Christmas gift no one will grow out of. "Our teenager spends more time at home than ever since we bought this as all her friends love playing on it too," says mum of two Colette Brown.
12. Cartwright & Butler Luxury Biscuit Selection: View at Cartwright & Butler
RRP: £12 | Delivery: 3-5 day delivery | Refundable: 14-day return policy in store
If you don't want to spend a fortune this Christmas or are looking for a thank you gift all the family will enjoy, play it safe with a box of delicious cookies,
A much better alternative than supermarket wine when buying for a family, they'll be delighted to tuck into this collection of a coconut and rolled oat cookie, a lemon and fruit ring cookie, a shortbread cookie, and five other delicious flavors. They might even leave one out for Santa. You truly can't go wrong with this cheap Christmas gift.
13. Meta Quest 2 | View at Amazon
RRP: £399 | Delivery: 3-5 working days | Refundable: 30 day return policy
Can't get excited about gifting someone a board game? Give them one of this year's most in-demand family Christmas gifts instead to guarantee hours of fun together.
The Meta Quest 2 is a super-powerful VR headset that won't need a PC or console to play. Once they've downloaded the app on a phone, they're ready to play straight from the box, before they've even pulled the first Christmas cracker. Once it's on—worn over the eyes—they can dive into a world of mind-boggling VR experiences from meeting up with friends for virtual battles to fitness games. The headset has astonishing cinematic 3D audio, redesigned Meta Touch controllers for intuitive movement and a single-panel LCD screen with 50% more pixels than the original Quest.
"It's so much fun, the whole family were almost fighting over who got to have the next go!" says mum of two Michelle Bailey. Plus, it provides hilarious entertainment for the rest of the family as they watch the person wearing the headset attack imaginary monsters and fly virtual planes.
14. Disney On Ice Tickets | View at Ticketmaster
RRP: From £23.50 | Delivery: Immediate e-ticket | Refundable: No refunds available
Gift a family a night out over the Christmas period instead of something else to be used for a day and forgotten about.
Disney On Ice brings all of Disney's best-loved tales and characters to life through figure skating, at dates across the UK from November to New Year's Eve so this one is worth gifting early. Children will love to spot their favorites including Moana, Rapunzel, the Frozen cast, Cinderella, Miguel from Disney Pixar's Coco and many more, plus extravagant set designs, innovative lighting and jaw-dropping special effects. Just remember the arenas will be a little chillier than outside so be sure to bring your best winter hat.
15. Cartwright & Butler Ultimate Sweet Tooth Hamper | View at Cartwright & Butler
RRP: From £330 | Delivery: 3-5 working days | Refundable: 14 day return policy
Get family celebrations off to an unforgettable start by sending them a giant wooden hamper packed with teatime treats for everyone.
A wonderful family Christmas gift idea, this snack-packed selection will certainly sweeten up the holidays with all sorts of chocolates, biscuits, cakes and confectionary inside. Several also come in gorgeous reusable tins. Highlights include a tin of Milk Chocolate Chunk Biscuits, Butterscotch Crunch, Fruit Jellies in a jar, Sea Salted Almonds in Milk Chocolate, Apricot and Fig loaf and Lemon and Dark Chocolate Viennese Whirls. There's even tea and coffee to wash it all down, plus a bottle of Finders Fruits of the Forest Gin and Familia Traversa Chardonnay. A truly indulgent Christmas gift for grandparents, if their biscuit tin is looking a little worse for wear.
16. Nina 1.4L CREAMi Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Maker: View at Argos
RRP: £150 | Delivery: Order by 8pm for next day delivery | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Make your favorite ice cream, milkshake, smoothie bowl and other delicious treats at home with the Nina CREAMi. This appliance will make a fun at-home date night or an activity with the kids. The small kitchen appliance features seven modes: ice cream, gelato, smoothie bowl, light ice cream, milkshake and mix-ins.
This frozen dessert maker includes three dessert tubs to fill your ingredients with, an outer bowl and lid, and a paddle.
17. XuanPad Mini Portable Projector: View at Amazon
RRP: £79.99 | Delivery: 2-5 day delivery | Refundable? Until Jan 31
Why settle for watching movies on the tv when you can have a mini portable projector and create your own at-home movie theatre experience in any room? We're confident if you hook up this projector after Christmas dinner, your family and guest will naturally gravitate towards the big screen and be impressed. The entire family will enjoy watching movies, sporting games, and more on a giant screen.
18. Festive Friends Christmas Mug: View at Personal Creations
RRP: £17.99 | Delivery: 8-10 day delivery | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Get the hot cocoa mix and marshmallows ready because you're going to want to fill these festive mugs up with a sweet treat. You can engrave your family member's name to these Christmas mugs and get them just in time for Christmas. And if you have a family of four, you're in luck. These ceramic mugs can be bought in a set of four or individually.
19. Personalized Recycled Cotton Throw: View on Not on the High Street
RRP: £34.90 | Delivery: 5-8 day delivery | Refundable? Until Jan 20
A throw blanket is not only great for aesthetic purposes, but it can also be a simple yet useful Christmas gift for the family. And even better if it's embroidered with the family's last name. This striped blanket comes in 10 colors and is made of recycled cotton. Everyone will love cuddling under this cozy and sustainable throw blanket.
20. Personalised Family Christmas Ornament: View at Amazon
RRP: £7.99 | Delivery: 4-6 day delivery | Refundable? Until Jan 31
There's no better family Christmas gift than a timeless and personalized ornament. This ceramic ornament features the family's last name and up to six stockings and names representing each family member. And although Christmas is just three weeks away, it's never too late to add a new ornament to the tree for this holiday and years to come.
Where to find the best family Christmas gifts in the US
- Amazon: Famous TikTok recipe books, an upgraded Monopoly and the newest electronics
- Best Buy: Shop discounted karaoke systems, gaming consoles and smart TVs the entire family will love using
- Etsy: Unique and handmade gifts, toys and personalized family items you can't find anywhere else
- Gift Basket Store: Themed seasonal food hampers and delicious Christmas treats
- Macys: Home items, clothing, food and toys for all the family
- Target: The best place for affordable speakers, matching Christmas pajamas and cute stocking stuffers
- Walmart: Gifts for every budget across fragrances, beauty, festive treats and electronics
1. Spontuneous Game | View at Amazon
RRP: $25.05 | Delivery: 1-5 business days | Refundable: Until Jan 31
Forget Monopoly. Send this side-splitting board game to a family instead and they'll spend Christmas day laughing instead of dozing off after the turkey.
The premise is simple. Every player writes down words before the game starts. When it's their turn, they announce one word from their list and flip the timer while everyone else has to race to sing a song containing that word to advance on the board. Everything from hip hop to nursery rhymes are welcome so this is a great game for all the family. And don't worry: singing talent is definitely not required.
2. Biscuiteers Advent Tin | View at Biscuiteers
RRP: $75 | Delivery: 3 business days | Refundable: Not applicable for perishable items
It's always a good idea to gift biscuits but these are a cut above the average grocery store offering. Hand-decorated and stored in a beautifully decorated keepsake tin, this collection of iced vanilla biscuits are almost too good to eat. All are brightly iced as animals including crocodiles, cats, birds and elephants dressed in suitably festive attire.
Although Christmas is just three weeks away, the good thing is these biscuits will stay fresh for up to three months, so you can easily send them for Christmas Day itself as a tasty treat once the tree comes down.
3. Nanoleaf Lines | View at Nanoleaf
RRP: From $179.99 | Delivery: 3-6 business days | Refundable: 30 day return policy
Interior design trends don't usually matter when it comes to choosing the best family Christmas gifts but this is one everyone will love.
These cool, entirely customizable light bars will turn any family's living room into their own personal cinema or transform a gaming area into the ultimate immersive experience. The slim bar lights can be connected together in almost infinite designs with 16 million customizable color combinations that can react to on-screen activity or the beats of music for a display the whole family will want to show off. They can then be controlled by smart home voice assistants or via the Nano app, which can help plan designs, set schedules and create custom scenes. A truly unique Christmas gift.
4. Wentworth Puzzles Merry Christmas Whimsies Personalized Puzzle | View at Wentworth Puzzles
RRP: $65 | Delivery: 4-6 business days | Refundable: 14 day return policy
A personalized Christmas gift will show a special family just how much they mean to you this December. Any family who love to spend the holidays poring over a puzzle will especially love these charming jigsaws made from quality 4mm thick wood from sustainably managed forest and featuring any picture you choose of them.
They're not just straightforward jigsaws either. Every one features unique themed whimsy pieces to make them a little more tricky, with Christmas jigsaws including shapes such as bells, stockings and Santa's face plus letters that spell out Merry Christmas. Just remember that personal puzzles take around ten days to make so we highly recommend ordering now.
5. As Cooked On TikTok Book | View at Amazon
RRP: $13.06 | Delivery: 1-5 business days | Refundable: Until Jan 31
Everyone sees recipes that look delicious online, but it's not always easy to replicate them in your own kitchen. If you know a family who are always on their phones, they're bound to already be familiar with some of the recipes in this book which have all become viral sensations on TikTok.