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    Updated on Nov 27, 2019. Posted on Nov 27, 2019

    24 Gifts To Help You Bond With Your Family

    Including matching pajamas for everyone (including the dog) and a 4,000-piece puzzle that'll last you until 2020.

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    1. A mother-daughter journal that'll almost definitely teach you something about your parent or child. It's filled with writing prompts, short quizzes, and plenty of room to jot down your thoughts and questions for each other.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My daughter is 10 years old and I've always told her she can tell me anything. Not only has it created a special bond between us, but she feels more open to write down questions or ideas to share with me that may otherwise be too embarrassing for her to share otherwise. She'll write in it and put it on my nightstand. I make it a point to give her the advice she needs or just tell her an equally embarrassing story so she doesn't feel alone and get it back to her nightstand as soon as possible so she feels like it's important enough and that I truly do care about what she's thinking and feeling. My 8-year-old son wanted this special bond also. He's my tough child. The one that fights back with everything. I cannot believe the change in him almost immediately after starting the journal. He was daddy's boy almost his entire eight years. Now we have such an amazing bond because he feels he can tell me anything. His first entry was about a girl who likes him at school. It was my chance to write down how special girls are and the right way to treat them." —agej

    Get it from Amazon for $12.69.

    2. And a mother-son journal so your lil' dude doesn't feel left out of the fun. This one also comes with writing prompts, plus interactive lists and space for doodling.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Around this time last year I was having the most difficult time in my relationship with my oldest son. Our interactions became so stressful. I didn't know what else to do (punishment, positive motivation, prayer). I read through the journal and decided to introduce it to him and start using it this week. We decided that when he finishes writing his page he places it in between the stack of books on my nightstand. When I finish reading what he wrote and replying, I place it in between the stack of books next to his bed, too! Guess what is the first thing he does when he wakes up in the mornings? Twice now he came running to wake me up and I got the best, most heartfelt I-love-you with a hug. But the first time it was followed by some eye-opening, heartrending words. After hugging me, he said: 'I always knew you loved me, but it makes me feel loved when I read all of that and know that you took time to write it, not just say it.'' —C. COOPER

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    3. A hands casting kit for creating fun memories with your partner, parents, or kids. This gift will earn you a ~big hand~ (or three smaller ones).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This large-size bucket will fit two adult hands, two adult hands and one small child, one extra-large adult hand, or two to four child hands. There is an extra-large version if you want to cast two extra-large hands or have three or more people who want to participate.

    Promising review: "Awesome for first timers! My son got this for his Nana. The instructions were clear and easy to read. Get yourself some distilled water and put one bottle in the fridge ahead of time! So pleased with the finished product and my 6-year-old son is proud of himself. My mom loves it and it's such a personal experience; great for bonding and family time. We will buy other soon. Just look at the details!" —Jessics Kirkland

    Get it from Amazon for $38.70.

    4. Or, a paw print kit and picture frame, because sometimes it's easier to get your pet to sit still than it is to stop your toddler from wandering off.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this so much! My dog is like a son to me and he is getting old and won't be around forever, so this is a great way to always keep him around. The quality is excellent and the instructions were clear. My dog put up a bit of a fight so I had to do it twice, so it was nice that I could just roll up the ball and start again. I decided to paint it to give it more of a pop! Highly recommended to show off your furry family members!" —Samantha J.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75.

    5. A candy making kit to satisfy the whole family's sweet tooth. Each box comes with everything you need and will teach you how to make your own customizable candy.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "This kit was so fun and easy to use! I wouldn't consider myself a baker but this kit had really easy directions that I was able to follow and make cute candy. My favorite was the marble bark; it looked so cool and pretty topped on cupcakes. Can't wait to try the other kits with my kids." —japbaker

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.98.

    6. Or, a succulent cookie kit for the family with green thumbs — and a taste for something sweet. Everything's edible, including the candy rocks, so dig in!

    Walmart

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $14.98.

    7. A indoor snowball fight in a tub so everyone can enjoy the fun of this childhood activity without the sting of actual ice. Each kit comes with 40 plush balls so there's plenty to go around, even if the dog claims a few of them.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I bought these. My three boys were so excited, even my grumpy middle schooler got into the mix and had a blast throwing these. The 3-year-old was absolutely giddy. They have a good weight but didn’t hurt when they hit you. We did have to remind them not to throw them at the Christmas tree but a few did land on the tree before that — amazingly nothing broke." —Kat Mom to 3

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    8. A deck of conversation starters, because mealtime discussions don't have to be a bunch of people asking each other, "So how was your day?" before settling into silence.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My boys (age 10) really enjoy when we ask questions at the dinner table, so instead of asking the generic 'How was your day?' or 'What did you learn at school today' stuff, I turned to the internet for questions. I found about 50 I could print out, but once we went through those, the kids kept asking, 'Do you have any more questions to ask?" so that's when I took to Amazon and found TABLETOPICS. The kids were excited to have new questions to answer. Some questions are specific to the kids, like 'What is your favorite thing to do at recess?' But others were great for the whole family to answer like 'If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?' With these cards, I learned so much more about my boys! I am also looking forward to seeing how our answers change as we all get older, so I don't think just because we've answered the questions once that we're done with them." —April W.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    9. A birthstone locket that'll never leave your mother's neck. It comes with 24 stones, two for each month of the year.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is great. I picked out the birthstones for our whole family and gave it to my mom for Christmas and she absolutely LOVED it. I was lucky though, that all eight people I included had a different birth month, because there are no repeat stones. You would have to buy doubles separately. I really like how the stones are so easily interchangeable though. It’s just held together with a magnet — strong enough that it seems very secure, but you can still open it when needed. So when more grandchildren appear, I can add stones to her necklace, or replace the stones she has with 'real' versions." —jkrider01

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 12 styles).

    10. A deck of naughty truth or dare questions to share with your sweetie. The tin is the perfect size for throwing in your bag if you're planning a holiday vacation and you want to make things spicy.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "For our one-year anniversary, I thought this would be fun to play. I'm more of the bashful type until I get comfortable in the bedroom. This item was PERFECT; we had so much fun playing it. Lots of fun. I love how small it is because then its more discreet. Yeah some of the dares and truths make you laugh, but you should be doing that in your relationship anyway even in the bedroom." —Brinnlee Nielsen

    Get them from Amazon for $6.70.

    11. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook for any family that loves the franchise as much as Harry loves treacle tart, which is a recipe you can recreate thanks to this book.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband is a major Harry Potter fan, so I ordered this as a gift for him. It took about a month and a half to get here, but it was worth the wait... we LOVE the recipes in this book. It has everything from breakfast to sides to dessert to main courses and everything in between and tells you information about it, what part of the movies or books it appears in, etc. Love it! It's a bonding experience for us being able to make these together." —Fifi

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    12. An indoor s'mores maker so the whole family can enjoy this campfire treat without actually having to go outside in the cold and chop wood or burning the house down with an open flame.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Quality family bonding time together is difficult to come by. Not sure how long this gadget will last and how many times we will use it but we surely did have some good laughs and enjoyed a good time together around these chocolates and marshmallows." —Xpert

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A love letter blanket, because even the pettiest siblings can bond over writing a note for mom. And no holiday's complete until Mom cries!

    FrankiePrintCo/Etsy

    Get it from FrankiePrintCo on Etsy for $159+ (available in three sizes and two handwriting styles).

    14. A scratch-off map to mark all the amazing places you've visited on family vacations — and to help you decide where to go next.

    Elsewhere, amazon.com

    Each map also come with 32 double-sided learning cards that highlight fun facts about the 50 states and some of our most famous landmarks.

    Promising review: "My kids absolutely loved this activity map! The scratch off design is such a unique way to not only learn about the states but create a fun visual aid for my kids on where they’ve been and where they want to go! Very well constructed and sturdy materials too! I don’t feel like my kids can destroy it!" —Frank Dansby III

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. A three-year question-and-answer journal that'll become an awesome family keepsake (and also a source of embarrassment for your kids when they look back and read their old answers).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This book is so neat! It has become one of my 5-year-old's favorite parts of the day. He and I will sit down after dinner and I'll ask him the question of the day and he'll answer it and makes sure I write it down. He calls it our 'special question time.' It's a great way to take time out of a busy day to bond and talk with your kid. The book itself is lovely. It's not a hardback book like I originally thought but more of a journal-like cover with a curved binding. As for the best age to start using this book, my son could talk in complete sentences by the time he was 2 years old, but I feel like most of the questions would've been a bit too difficult for him. We started using it a little after he turned 4 years old and it's perfect. He understands most all of the questions and the ones he had trouble with, I simply had to rephrase them and he would understand them. All in all, this is a wonderful book! I can't wait to look back and see how different his answers are every year. I definitely recommend this to all my mom friends!" —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $11.09.

    16. A Lego ship in a bottle for entertaining both adults and kids. It comes with 962 pieces so consider yourself occupied for the next few hours.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Very cool Lego product. My 8-year-old had a blast putting this together, and now it sits on our mantle. Very well made, unique, and not like any other Lego set you already have. Definitely worth picking up for the Lego enthusiast in your family." —Bradley Bevers

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99.

    17. A Jenga Giant game to get those competitive juices flowing. This is the perfect gift to break out after everyone's been sitting around doing nothing their entire holiday break.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Family fun outdoor game! We initially bought it for a family picnic at our house but have since also used it on weekends as well when our grown kids come home to visit for something fun to do outdoors! Set it up on our patio and everyone enjoys!" —Dawn M Brooks

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95.

    18. A set of personalized mugs so everyone will stop complaining about other people stealing theirs.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "We love these! At first my family wondered why I bought them, but then quickly got it! They are great! Large mugs! Cute pictures that actually look like us! Fun! Your whole hand fits through the handle. It is large and holds a lot." —rgg

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $30+ (available in sets of one to eight).

    19. A 4,000-piece puzzle that'll require the collective brain power of every member of the family (and maybe even the dog) to complete before Thanksgiving break is over.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This puzzle is a fantastic puzzle for those who are up for a challenge. It took me and my family many months to fully assemble it. Now that it is, my wife and I had it framed and it is hanging up on our wall. Easily my favorite puzzle I have done, and I have done many. I can't recommend this puzzle more highly. Be warned, it will take you a long time!" —Andrew Hampshire

    Get it from Amazon for $43.72.

    20. A Nintendo Switch, because there's a game for everyone. Plus, you can play it three ways — via the TV, using tabletop mode, or in handheld mode — so you can play as a family or on your own.

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    Promising review: "The Nintendo Switch is a great console for busy adults who want to reminisce about the fun they had 10, 20, or even 30 years ago. The Switch doesn't take itself too seriously (which I love) but that means it might not be the right choice for people concerned with the perfect graphic or gameplay experience; there are dedicated consoles that do this much better. What the Switch does is make gaming on the go effortless, fun for the average busy person and something you can really enjoy with your whole family, which I think was Nintendo's real goal here all along." —Sherlockian

    Get it from Amazon for $298.99+ (available in two colors and five styles).

    21. A pair of matching pajamas for the whole family — including the dog — because your Instagram is missing this exact shot (posed in front of the Christmas tree, of course!)

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Had never order from PajamaGram before. I didn't have very high expectations, honestly. I expected thin, cheap flannel that wouldn't fit well before or after they were laundered. Well, I was totally wrong! The fit was perfect on all three of my daughters. The quality of the flannel was really nice, thick. I haven't laundered their PJs yet but I'm hopeful. Pleasantly surprised." —Christa Ferguson

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in adult, infant, youth, and dog sizes).

    22. An adorable and basically tear-resistant stuffed duck to cement your bond with your pupper. This lil' yellow duck doesn't look like it, but it's built to withstand your furry destroyer.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My dog Hazel LOVES this duck! She has had it for nine months now, and it’s still intact! It somehow made it through her teething as a puppy. She rips and tears apart all of her toys, but this one still looks decent!" —Emily A

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90+ (also available in a pack of two).

    23. Codenames, a game that'll test the family's word association skills. Each team has a spymaster who gives one-word clues that relate to multiple words on the board. But you want to give clues that only your team will be able to guess.

    Amazon

    Still confused? The word "animal" could be a great clue if you're the spymaster and you want your team to pick the words "dog" and "cat." However, "animal" would be an awful clue if the other team owns a card that says "lion." In this case, "pet" might be a better clue because it'll help your team cross off lion. Does that make sense? If not, it'll become clear once you own the game. I do and I love it, so I highly recommend taking a chance and adding it to your cart!

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic party game. I have played with as few as two and as many as 10 people and it worked great with any size group. The rules make this game seem very simple but that is where it deceives you. You'll have a blast trying to think of clues to link the words you're given." —Jolene

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    24. A family-friendly mystery subscription kit to excite every member of the family, even Dad whose usual response to just about anything is, "Mhmm. That's nice."

    Cratejoy

    Each month you'll get a box filled with puzzles, mysterious codes, and messages that require deciphering.

    Promising review: "Love the different levels of puzzles that come. Some are pretty quick, some take a little more time, and some are darn tough. I appreciate that I can leave a puzzle and come back to it the next day with a new frame of mind. Very entertaining and informative all rolled into one fun experience." —Clayton M.

    Get a subscription from CrateJoy for $25+/month.

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