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Regardless of the time of year, there is (seemingly) a holiday that requires gifts right around the corner. This can make things expensive if you have a big family. Are you giving individual presents to each member of your family? If you are, then you’ll want to consult our many individualized gift guides — including gifts for mom, gifts for dad, gifts for her, gifts for him and the best toys for all the kiddos out there. You could, however, easily opt for giving a large family gift instead.
What do we mean by family gift? Think of it as a large splurge on a gift everyone in the home can enjoy — like a new flat-screen OLED TV, a trampoline, pool table or other home addition that each member of the family benefits from. We’ve rounded up our favorite picks for family gifts this year, and a few options for each with varying prices depending on what your budget is.
Benefits of Family Gifts:
- Simplicity. You’re taking a massive chunk of work off of your to-do list by opting for one large gift for the family, rather than a bunch of smaller presents. Think of the wrapping paper saved!
- Home Improvement. Many of the best family gift ideas add a substantial entertainment element to your home that’s fun, and that many guests who come over in the future will get to enjoy.
- Cuts Jealousy. If your kids tend to fight over presents, or always want what the other one gets, then a large family gift is perfect. Not only will you cut the jealousy, but you’ll eliminate the potential for fighting because they got the same present!
- You Benefit Too. Unlike individual gifts, everyone in the family benefits from a family present: including you! You’ll get to enjoy the brand new toy alongside everyone else.
Family Gift Idea 1: Flat Screen OLED TV
LG OLED C1 Series 65″ 4K Smart TV
A huge new flat screen TV is definitely #1 on our list of the best family gift ideas, because it’s something pretty much everyone in the family uses on a daily basis. From the morning news cycle to the late-night binge sessions, a nice TV is a family must-have, and this one from LG is at the top of our splurge list this year. It’s got over 8 million pixels on the 65″ OLED display, and the Gen 4 AI 4K processor automatically senses different scenes and genres to make the content look as good as possible. It’s got Google Assistant and Alexa built in and the latest HDMI technology for fast gaming speeds.
Sony A90J 55″ BRAVIA XR TV
This runner-up smart TV from Sony is 55″ and is made with XR OLED Contrast Pro for immersive depth and realism in the picture. It’s made with Google TV so you can browse 700,000+ movies and TV episodes and stream from every platform available including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and more. It’s made with cognitive intelligence for sensing the content and adjusting the screen so it’s as beautiful as possible, and it’s made with exclusive gaming features for the PlayStation 5.
Family Gift Idea 2: Trampoline
Skywalker 12 Foot Jump N’ Dunk Trampoline
Have your kids successfully calculated that your backyard is, in fact, large enough for a trampoline? And therefore want one? We’re not surprised. It might be time to go for it, and this one is a perfect 12 foot size that gives them enough room to bounce around and a hoop for added competition. It’s got 96 6.5 inch rust-resistant springs that keep the bounce surface buoyant and stable, and the patented closure eliminates gaps between the nets and jumping surface so children don’t fall out. It comes in a bunch of different colors, and with a reliable warranty as well.
SereneLife Trampoline with Net Enclosure
This trampoline from SereneLife has L-shaped feet for increased stability and strength, and a 12 foot jumping surface encased by thick sponge. The safety net is protective and keeps adults, teens and children inside, and it’s got a dual-closure entry and exit with zippers and buckles. This trampoline is ASTM-approved for safety and is designed for extended use in all weather conditions.
Family Gift Idea 3: Ping Pong Table
JOOLA Inside Professional MDF Indoor Ping Pong Table
Another great home addition for nonstop family fun? A ping pong table. This one is made by an olympic table tennis brand out of thick, finished engineered wood that’s sturdy and flat. The table can be set up in 10 minutes or less right out of the box, so you can start the family tournament immediately. It’s got two halves that can collapse for easy storage if need be, and the 3 inch lockable wheels have casters so it’s easy to roll.
GoSports Mid-Size Table Tennis Table
If you’re a little pressed on space, you can still gift a ping pong table to the entire family with this mid-size option! It’s 6 feet by 3 feet making it large enough for competitive tournaments, but small enough to store nearly anywhere afterwards. It folds out in seconds for easy setup and has built-in carrying handles so one person can transport it if need be. It’s made of a heavy-duty aluminum frame, so it’s sturdy and lightweight, and has a smooth playing surface for endless rallies.
Family Gift Idea 4: Pool Table
Pottery Barn Parsons Pool Table
This pool table from Pottery Barn has a timeless, classic design with everything you need for game night, including rails crafted from Vietnamese Rubberwood and American Walnut, and veneers for a consistent color that won’t crack. It’s got pockets made of genuine leather that’s durable and ready to catch every time you sink a ball, and it comes with all the essentials for the game including cues, a 15-ball triangle, 9-ball triangle and more.
Hathaway Fairmont Portable 6 Foot Pool Table
This pool table from Hathaway is less of a splurge than the Pottery Barn option, but comes with all the same features you need to play a great game (or two) after a few drinks with friends. It’s got durable, steel legs for easy transport and has a 6 foot frame that’s great for kids just learning how to play the game. It comes fully assembled, so you can use it immediately without a lengthy setup, and it comes with necessary accessories like 48 inch pool cues, chalk, a racking triangle and more.
Family Gift Idea 5: Basketball Hoop
Lifetime 1269 Pro Court Adjustable Basketball Hoop
A basketball hoop for the driveway is a great family gift idea, regardless of whether you’ve got a loyal hoop-er in the family or not. This portable basketball hoop has wheels on the base so it can move from place to place and install easily. The backboard is 44″ of shatterproof fusion polycarbonate, and the 3-piece pole is weather resistant.
Spalding Screw Jack Portable Basketball Hoop
This basketball hoop is a step up from the previous pick, both in price and quality, and is therefore most relevant for families that are somewhat serious, at least, about their dedication to basketball. It’s got an acrylic backboard with arena-style padding that’s 16 inches offset. The steel board frame has an aluminum trim as well as an Arena Slam breakaway rim for dunk shots. It’s height adjustable between 7.5 feet and 10 feet, and has two wheels, as well, making it portable.
Family Gift Idea 6: Backyard Playground
Backyard Discovery Buckley Hill Wooden Swing Set
This gift idea is more reserved for parents with young kids, looking to bring the park a little closer to their backyard. This backyard playground setup from the Backyard Discovery Store comes with all the bells and whistles kids are looking for, including a covered upper fort, a swing set, slide, ladder climb and more. It’s got a rock wall that’s designed to be easy for kids to climb, and the whole thing is made of 100% cedar wood that’s been pre-cut, drilled and stained to make the whole thing easier for you to set up.
Backyard Discovery Mount McKinley All Cedar Wood Swing Set
This larger, even more elaborate playground set from Backyard Discovery is perfect if you want to really invest and take your play area to the next level. It’s got a full-width rock climbing wall, a rope ladder, bumpy slide, swing set, steering wheel and telescope and more. This playground set was also constructed with safety in mind. It’s got flat rungs on the ladder for an easy entrypoint for kids, and higher rails on the slide.
Family Gift Idea 7: Hot Tub
Bueno Spa 6 Jet Acrylic Square Hot Tub
A hot tub is a wonderful investment for families that live in warm and cold climates alike. This one can fit six people max, so it’s great for even larger families who want to soak after a day of adventure. It’s ergonomically designed with 46 different massage jets, and it’s freeze-resistant as well. It’s got color therapy lighting inside for setting the mood and it’s got a Superfine filter and Ozone generator for keeping the water clean and clear.
Family Gift Idea 8: Ice Cream Maker
Whynter Upright Automatic Ice Cream
Sure, we all love a good impromptu family ice cream trip where we pile into the car and all grab a scoop on a Friday evening. But, what would make that ice cream even more satisfying? If you made it at home in your own ice cream maker. This one from Whynter has a 2 liter capacity and an ultra frigid temperature range of -0.4 to -31 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s got a BPA-free stainless steel mixing bowl inside for blending all the flavors, and a churn blade that’s easy to clean. It’s got a built-in adjustable LCD timer and can make a variety of frozen desserts from ice cream to frozen yogurt and sorbet, among others.
Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Compressor
This Breville ice cream maker does not mess around. It’s a fully automatic ice cream maker that can make a variety of frozen treats, from sorbet to ice cream and even gelato, in consistencies ranging from soft-serve to hard pack, in an hour or less. There are no prefrozen bowls required, and it’s got twelve different settings to choose from. The “hold” feature can keep ice cream at your chosen consistency for up to three hours, and it comes with a manual mode as well if you prefer to be more hands-on.