Gifts for the Whole Family | Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Great Gifts for the Whole Family | Holiday Gift Guide 2018

I like to put something under the tree that the whole family can enjoy together.  Here are some ideas for gifts for the whole family for Christmas:

Family Movie Night Gift Pack

A holiday gift everyone will enjoy! Grab your DVD from Redbox with the enclosed code and pop the popcorn! We’ve included plenty of snacks and treats for everyone to enjoy!

Items include: 1 Redbox code for a 1 night DVD rental, 2 Act One microwave popcorn (2.75oz), 2 bags Smartfood Popcorn 0.5oz (assorted flavors), 2 snack bags Cracker Jack (1.25oz), 2 snack size Pringles 0.74 oz(assorted flavors), 2 snack size Trolli Crawlers Sour Candy (2 oz), 2 Skittles 2.17 oz (assorted flavors), 3 snack size bags of Planters Peanuts (1 oz), 5 2-pack Oreo/Chips Ahoy (0.77oz), 2 snack size bags Snyder’s Pretzels (1.5 oz), 2 Cow Tales Caramel Candies (1 oz)

RoosterFin Games

RoosterFin makes games that are fun, educational AND can include even some of the youngest members of the family!  Here are two of our favorites:

Rooster Race

Suggested age is 5 and up, but if you know your numbers 1 – 15 you can play.  My 4 year old nephew particularly liked playing this one at Thanksgiving.  I think he was so proud to be able to play a game with “the big people”.

Ages: 5+
Skills: Memory
Players: 1 to 5

Help your roosters gather corn in this high low game of fowl fun! Rooster Race is a fun simple card game that suits all ages, from kids, teens, college students, parents, and grandparents. If you can count to 15, you can play Rooster Race. The object of the game is to make educated guesses; to predict if the value of the top card in your card stack is higher or lower than the last card played by your opponent. If you have ever played war or blackjack, Rooster Race will be your next card game favorite for family game night!

Lumpy Cubes

Lumpy Cubes is a fun memory race and G is much better at it than I am!  Suggested age is 6+ but I could see younger ones enjoying the challenge also!

Ages: 6+
Skills: Memory, Reaction Time, Motor-Skills
Players: 1 to 4

The game of quick, quirky, cube stacks! Lumpy Cubes is a quick-play stacking game designed to improve your memory, reaction time, and motor skills. This game is fun for all ages, especially when looking for friendly competition! The unique feature of this game is that each patterned challenge card has only one way to be correctly stacked. If you find it and stack it first you win!


Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Smart speaker with Alexa

  • Echo Dot is a voice-controlled speaker that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, answer questions, set timers and alarms, and more
  • Play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and SiriusXM
  • Call or message family and friends hands-free, or drop in from the Alexa App to your Echo device
  • Controls lights, locks, thermostats, and more with compatible connected devices
  • Use the built-in speaker, or for bigger sound, connect to speakers through Bluetooth or audio cable
  • 50,000+ skills, including Jeopardy!, Lyft, Audible, and Domino’s. Always getting smarter and adding new features

There is even an Echo Dot Kids Edition!

  • Now Alexa is a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, and storyteller — and she’s always getting smarter. Just ask and Alexa will play music, answer questions, read stories, tell jokes, and more — all with younger ears in mind.
  • Up to $109 in savings on Echo Dot (Black), 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and a kid-friendly case, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free
  • The included 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited gives your kids access to thousands of hours of fun and educational content, including ad-free radio stations and playlists, Audible books, and a growing list of premium kids skills. 

Laser Tag for the Whole Family

Yes!  Who wouldn’t want to give the gift of Laser Tag for Christmas??  So much fun!  You’ve got several choices for sets to get.  Regular price is $149.99 which seems a reasonable price for a great family gift!

This ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Blasters and Vests – Laser Battle Mega Pack Set of 4 on Amazon has a 4.5 star rating!

  • AUTHENTIC LASER TAG GAME  Turn your home or backyard into a laser tag arena with the ArmoGear laser tag blaster set, the most advanced set of laser tag blasters out there! No other laser tag set has real TARGET VESTS, INVISIBILITY MODE, NIGHT VISION FLASHLIGHT, VOICE-GUIDED DIRECTIONS, and an extreme 150 FT SHOOTING RANGE!
  • These laser blasters are ergonomically designed with a solid grip in your hand, easy to handle even for young kids. 100% SAFE, using Child Safety Infrared Signal Emission – 0.9mW.
  • PERFECT GIFT IDEA, sure to delight kids of all ages!
  • The ArmoGear laser blasters for kids are made according to the highest manufacturing standards for a top-quality, long-lasting toy. In addition, they are rigorously inspected by our quality assurance team to weed out any defective units and ensure you get a complete, fully functional set!

We have the Laser X Micro Blasters (you can see our Laser X Micro Blasters review HERE).  Walmart has several Laser X sets in stock.

Laser X Microblasers – $24.88 on

Micro Double Set includes everything you need for 2 Laser X players. Blast your opponent’s Receiver Vest from up to 100 feet away. Full color lighting effects let you keep track of shots and hits. Compact size is perfect to take anywhere. Compatible with all other Laser X sets. Play as teams or as individuals. Requires 6 AAA batteries, not included. Ages 6+

Laser Tag Double Set – $35.88 at

It comes with everything you need for two people to play. This Laser X- double game provides you with fun and entertainment that can be done either indoors or outside. You can blast your opponent’s receiver from up to 200′ away. The laser gaming set features full-color lighting effects that let you keep track of shots and hits. It also has an interactive voice coach that gives feedback and tips during the game to help you out. You can even plug in headphones and hear the soundtrack and sound effects. This unit is compatible with all other Laser X sets. You have the option to play as a team or as individuals.

Scratch Your Travels Map

Does your family love to travel?  Here’s a fun gift you can frame and hang up to track your travels and your memories!

The Kustares Scratch Off Map of The World & Scratch Off USA Map is two maps for one low price.  A scratch off World map AND a scratch off USA map so that no matter where you travel, you can mark it on your map!

This might be a great gift to put under the tree if you’re using Christmas to announce a big family trip as a gift!


Ticket To Ride

This game has a 5 start rating on Amazon out of over 3000 ratings!

October 2, 1900 – it’s 28 years to the day that noted London eccentric, Phileas Fogg accepted and then won a bet that he could travel “Around the World in 80 Days.” Now, at the dawn of the century, some old friends have gathered to celebrate Fogg’s impetuous and lucrative gamble – and to propose a new wager of their own.

The stakes: $1 million in a winner-takes-all competition.

The objective: to see the most cities in North America – in just 7 days.

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

For 2 to 5 players ages 8 and older. Playing time: 30-60 minutes. Comes with: 1 Board map of North American train routes, 240 Colored Train Cars, 110 Train Car cards, 30 Destination Tickets, 5 Wooden Scoring Markers, 1 Days of Wonder Online access number, and a Rules booklet.

Already have Ticket to Ride?  Then be sure to get an expansion pack to add a new level and new challenges to your existing game!

There are several versions of Ticket to Ride with different maps and challenges and expansion packs for each, so shop around for the one your family will enjoy the most!

HedBanz Game – a face-paced, kid-friendly game with a simple concept

  • Get ready for the award winning, goofy guessing game of “What am I?” with Hedbanz
  • Kids use their heads in more ways than one while asking yes or no questions to figure out if the cartoon on their head
  • Be the first player to guess what you are and win
  • Hedbanz the game where everybody knows by you
  • Comes with everything kids need for non-stop fun Including Hedbanz rule sheet, 74 cards, 24 chips, 6 headbands, and sand-clock timer
  • Get ready for the award winning, goofy guessing game of “What am I?” with Hedbanz
  • Kids use their heads in more ways than one while asking yes or no questions to figure out if the cartoon on their head
  • Be the first player to guess what you are and win
  • Hedbanz the game where everybody knows by you
  • Comes with everything kids need for non-stop fun Including Hedbanz rule sheet, 74 cards, 24 chips, 6 headbands, and sand-clock timer.

Monopoly Deal Family Card Game – US Version – Fast Dealing Property Trading 

This is a fun game!  It’s a card game version of Monopoly (that takes far less time than a game of actual Monopoly.)   My son loves this game.  We play a hand over breakfast most mornings (that’s literally how quick and easy it is!)

A fast-paced, totally addictive card game that you can play in minutes!. Deal and steal your way to success – just collect 3 property sets to win. Sounds easy. but beware the dreaded Debt Collectors and Deal Breakers, which can flip your fortunes in the play of a card!. Includes 110 Deal Cards and instructions. For 2 to 6 players.

More Classic Game Ideas to put under the tree:

Giant Uno Card Game

Giant Uno also sounds like a lot of fun for family game night.  Who wouldn’t want to play UNO with oversized cards?


  • High quality giant cards measure 10.1 by 7.4 inches
  • Giant cards for huge fun!!
  • For 2-10 players


Game Night In A Can — The Creative Party Game for All Ages

  • GET CREATIVE – Create new animal species for Noah’s Ark, competitively fly paper airplanes, make a commercial for something in the room, bump butts as many times as you can in 30 seconds,and so much more!
  • GREAT FOR ALL AGES – It’s perfect for college dorm rooms, family game nights, holiday gatherings, office ice breakers, cabin getaways, camp activities, dinner parties, and beyond.
  • SUSTAINABLE – This is the no-brainer choice for game night. No more “play it once and shelve it.” This game sets the new standard for replayability. AND we plant a tree for every can we sell!
  • WHAT IS IT? 30 different games in the can, split between creative challenges and games of skill. Pick a card, host that game, have a blast! (Contents include instructions, 30 game cards, and a spinner underneath the lid!)
  • Funded on Kickstarter. As seen on TV. Beloved by all who play.


 Elite Sportz Tabletop Curling Game

Hours of fun for the whole family with your very own tabletop curling set!

Product features:

  • SUCH A FUN GAME FOR TEENS AND ADULTS ALIKE, the great thing is, you’ll find its challenging enough that adults and kids can go head to head against each other, with no advantage either way. unless of course the kids have been practicing secretly and come out and beat all the mums, dads and the grandparents to. A truly wonderful family game
  • FAST AND EASY SET-UP TABLE GAMES FOR FAMILY, AND IT PLAYS OH SO SMOOTH, the elite sportz curling game has ball-bearings inside the plastic “stones” and they do a great job of simulating the relative weight of the stones, while the surface is slippery enough to produce the ice-like effect of easily sending the stones too far. the kids will play this for hours as they get a feel for it
  • SO COMPACT FOR STORAGE AND TRAVEL, this is such a nice compact travel fun game for kids or adult games night. takes up no space at all and includes a shiny rollout surface 47 inches long and 4 blue and 4 orange stones


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