10 Unique Christmas Gifts for Kids That Encourage Family Time

Want to know the best Christmas gifts a family could receive? Quality time together.

Time spent as a family is absolutely priceless, wouldn’t you agree? And I love the idea of buying kids Christmas presents that encourage family closeness, especially activities centered around God.

Whether you’re looking for inexpensive Christmas gift ideas for kids or grandkids, or you need unique Christmas gifts for an entire family, this post has 10 awesome ideas for Christmas gifts!

What are some of the best ideas for Christmas gifts for families (that encourage family time)? Read on to see the top Christmas gift ideas.

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7 Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Families That Encourage Quality Time

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Family Christmas Gifts Idea #1: Classic Children’s Books for Family Read Aloud Time

When I think of family bonding, I often imagine cuddling up together under a blanket reading a book with my little ones. It’s in these moments that I realize that my mothering days are long, but the years are short, indeed!

Here’s a list of some of our family’s favorite read aloud books that would make a wonderful family Christmas gift:

Your Favorite Seuss (Classic Seuss)Your Favorite Seuss (Classic Seuss)The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary EditionThe Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary EditionBeatrix Potter the Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and SmallJames Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and SmallThe Chronicles of Narnia Boxed SetThe Chronicles of Narnia Boxed SetThe Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / theThe Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / theThe HobbitThe HobbitThe Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition: With CDsThe Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition: With CDsThe Big Book of Berenstain Bears StoriesThe Big Book of Berenstain Bears StoriesThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics)The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Dover Children’s Evergreen Classics)Robert McCloskey Box Set: Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for SalRobert McCloskey Box Set: Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for SalE. B. White Box Set: Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the SwanE. B. White Box Set: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the SwanRoald Dahl Collection: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant PeachRoald Dahl Collection: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant PeachThe Boxcar Children Mysteries: Books One Through TwelveThe Boxcar Children Mysteries: Books One Through TwelveThe Little House on the Prairie Complete SetThe Little House on the Prairie Complete SetVirginia Lee Burton Treasury: Katie and the Big Snow, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little HouseVirginia Lee Burton Treasury: Katie and the Big Snow, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little HouseThe Story of FerdinandThe Story of FerdinandA Series of Unfortunate Events Books 1-13 by Lemony SnicketA Series of Unfortunate Events Books 1-13 by Lemony SnicketA Madeline Treasury: The Original Stories by Ludwig BemelmansA Madeline Treasury: The Original Stories by Ludwig BemelmansThe Children's Book of VirtuesThe Children’s Book of VirtuesThe Children's Book of HeroesThe Children’s Book of Heroes

This post also has some great books and movies on teaching kids perseverance that would be perfect as an inexpensive Christmas gift idea.


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Family Christmas Gifts Idea #2: Projects or Crafts to Make Together

When considering a one-time family project as a Christmas gift idea, ask yourself: What do the children in that family like to do; and what kind of a project could be built together around that concept?

For example, what if you gave a family Christmas gift that was project-based, such as a pre-packaged craft? Here are some great ideas:

ALEX Toys Craft Giant Art JarALEX Toys Craft Giant Art JarALEX Toys Craft My First Sewing KitALEX Toys Craft My First Sewing Kit4M Make A Wind Chime Kit4M Make A Wind Chime KitKlutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft KitKlutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft KitMelissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Race Car Craft KitMelissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Race Car Craft KitCreativity for Kids The Big Creativity Can - Open Ended Fun, 100+ Craft ComponentsCreativity for Kids The Big Creativity Can – Open Ended Fun, 100+ Craft Components

Or, perhaps a how-to book so that a parent and child could create project together?

How to Draw Animals (Dover How to Draw)How to Draw Animals (Dover How to Draw)Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to MakeSewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to MakeHow to Draw People (Dover How to Draw)How to Draw People (Dover How to Draw)

You could even purchase a large-scale LEGO kit to build together! Talk about a fun idea for a Christmas gift for a family!

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696LEGO Star Wars Death Star 75159 Star Wars ToyLEGO Star Wars Death Star 75159 Star Wars ToyLEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75105 Star Wars ToyLEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75105 Star Wars ToyLEGO Architecture 21019 The Eiffel TowerLEGO Architecture 21019 The Eiffel TowerLEGO Architecture White House (21006)LEGO Architecture White House (21006)LEGO Architecture 21030 United States Capitol Building Kit (1032 Piece)LEGO Architecture 21030 United States Capitol Building Kit LEGO Architecture London 21034 Skyline Collection GiftLEGO Architecture London 21034LEGO Architecture New York City 21028, Skyline Collection, Building BlocksLEGO Architecture New York City 2102LEGO Creator Treehouse Adventures 31053 Building ToyLEGO Creator Treehouse Adventures 31053 Building Toy

There are lots of other educational gifts in this post that would be wonderfully unique Christmas gifts for all types of families.

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Family Christmas Gifts Idea #3: Coupons for a Parent-Child Date

Maybe you’re looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift idea. I totally understand! Honestly, our family is in the midst of a financial crisis and because of this we’ve needed to find inexpensive kids Christmas gifts.

If simple time together hanging out is the goal, I love these adorable coupons here, or here.

You can give things like “free date night with dad” or “good for ice cream with mom.” These would be especially fun and unique Christmas gift ideas to give to a niece, a nephew or to a grandchild (you could change the names to “aunt” or “grandma,” etc).

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Family Christmas Gifts Idea #4: Family board games

Family board games are classic for creating family memories, and therefore they’re a great Christmas gift idea that the whole family could enjoy.

Here are the family board games we own and enjoy (and have given as Christmas gifts for other families):

Scrabble Deluxe Edition GameScrabble Deluxe Edition GameBicycle 807 Rider Back Index Playing Cards (Assorted Colors, Single Pack)Bicycle 807 Rider Back Index Playing Cards (Assorted Colors, Single Pack)Hasbro The Game of Life GameHasbro The Game of Life GameMonopoly Board Game The Classic EditionMonopoly Board Game The Classic EditionClassic Chutes and Ladders Board GameClassic Chutes and Ladders Board GameCandy Land 65th Anniversary GameCandy Land 65th Anniversary GameTelestrations 6 Player - Family PackTelestrations 6 Player – Family PackThe Settlers of CatanThe Settlers of CatanHasbro Connect 4 GameHasbro Connect 4 GameSorry! 2013 Edition GameSorry! 2013 Edition GameJenga Classic GameJenga Classic GameBattleship GameBattleship GameUno Card GameUno Card GameWatch Ya' Mouth Family Edition - The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party Card GameWatch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition – The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party Card GameHedBanz Game - Edition may varyHedBanz Game – Edition may varyClassic Trouble Board GameClassic Trouble Board GameApples to Apples Junior - The Game of Crazy Combinations!Apples to Apples Junior – The Game of Crazy Combinations!Pictionary GamePictionary Game

 

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Family Christmas Gifts Idea #5: Musical Gifts or Sports Gifts

Do you sew? Like to scrapbook? Enjoy gardening? Play the ukulele? What if you were able to share those hobbies with a child and pass on your knowledge? What a unique and amazing Christmas gift for kids!

My husband and I recently purchased a beginners child guitar for our very eager (and musically inclined) daughter as a birthday gift. Our goal is to have my guitar-playing husband spend time with her weekly as he teaches her basic chords and songs.

Mahalo Rainbow Series Soprano Ukulele Starter Pack (Amazon Exclusive)Mahalo Rainbow Series Soprano Ukulele Starter Pack (Amazon Exclusive)Music Maker Lap HarpMusic Maker Lap HarpFirst Act FG127 Acoustic GuitarFirst Act FG127 Acoustic GuitarFull Size Blue Electric Guitar with Amp, Case and Accessories Pack Beginner Starter PackageFull Size Blue Electric Guitar with Amp, Case and Accessories Pack Beginner Starter PackageCasio CTK2400 PPK 61-Key Portable Keyboard Package with Samson HP30 Headphones, Stand and Power SupplyCasio CTK2400 PPK 61-Key Portable Keyboard Package with Samson HP30 Headphones, Stand and Power Supply

 

 

Sports equipment is also a great kids Christmas gift that’s perfect for families! What skill or sport can you can pass on and share with a child as a Christmas gift?

Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch BackboardLifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch BackboardLittle Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set - 3 BallLittle Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set – 3 BallSpalding NBA Street Basketball - Youth Size 5 (27.5Spalding NBA Street Basketball – Youth Size 5 (27.5Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball (Size 5)Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball (Size 5)Franklin Sports MLB Oversized Foam Bat & Ball (Colors May Vary)Franklin Sports MLB Oversized Foam Bat & Ball (Colors May Vary)

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Family Christmas Gifts Idea #6: Audio Dramas

Our family loves listening to audio dramas together! These amazing audio drama stories bring quality entertainment plus loads of great discussion afterward about the message in the story or the characters themselves.

We usually listen to audio dramas in the car, but it would also be a great family activity to do at home while coloring or drawing together, or putting together a puzzle.

Heres our all-time favorite audio drama that would be an incredible Christmas gift for families. Seriously, we’ve listened to it dozens and dozens of times, and given it several times as a Christmas gift!

The Chronicles of Narnia: Innovative Audio Entertainment with Complete Cast, Cinema Quality Sound, and Original Music (19 CDs, 7 Complete Audio Dramas) (Focus onThe Chronicles of Narnia Audio Drama (19 CDs, 7 Complete Audio Dramas)

If you need some other audio drama ideas for Christmas gifts, don’t miss this ultimate list of kids’ audio dramas at Your Vibrant Family. These post has an incredible list of top-notch kids audio drama productions that would be a wonderful kids Christmas gift for any family.

Give Your Family the Christmas Gift of a Christ-Centered Holiday

Did you enjoy that list of best Christmas gifts for a family?

I wanted to encourage you that gift-giving doesn’t have to be (and in fact, shouldn’t be) the focus of our family Christmas celebrations. Yes, kids Christmas gifts are nice, but honestly, the purpose of Christmas is to celebrate Jesus’ birth in meaningful ways that teach kids what Christmas is all about.

And that’s why I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on giving your family (or another family) the best gift of all: A Christ-Centered Christmas.

If you’d like Jesus to be the center of your Christmas season, I’d highly recommend the Christ-Centered Christmas Family Traditions Resources. I mentioned them in the beginning of the post, but I wanted to make sure you had a chance to check out these incredible Christmas resources.

The Christ-Centered Family Traditions Resources gives your family specific, Christ-Centered Christmas activities and decor centered around the biblical Christmas story and help your kids to appreciate the true meaning behind the Christmas holiday.

I developed these resources for my own family so that we could keep our hearts focused on God during the holiday season, and I’m thrilled and humbled that hundreds of other families all over the world celebrate with these easy and fun family Christmas traditions as well!

Go here to learn more, and give your family (or another family) a Christ-centered Christmas too!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Looking for Christmas gifts for a family? You’ll love these ideas for Christmas gifts that are perfect for families of all sizes. Best of all, these Christmas gifts for families encourage family time and parent-child bonding.

About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging women, married couples and families with practical tips for growing closer to God during holidays like Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Alicia is the owner/editor of both ChristCenteredHolidays.com and YourVibrantFamily.com; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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