With the holidays right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide inspired by my site’s name: Creative Healthy Family. Below, you’ll find gift ideas that inspire creativity, help keep you healthier, and encourage family bonding. Enjoy!
45 Amazing Gift Ideas for Creative Healthy Families
Just a few very quick notes before we dive in. First, as you can see I divided this gift guide into three sections: one for creative presents, one for healthy gifts, and one for presents that help your family spend more time together. I tried to include options for every budget.
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Gifts That Inspire Creativity
Let’s begin with some of my favorite creativity gift ideas! We’ll look at some of the best craft kits and art supplies that allow for open-ended creativity. Then, I’ll share a few kits for kids who need a little more guidance to kick their imaginations into high gear.
1. A huge box of craft supplies for all ages
Every kid needs a really great craft kit filled with everything they need to unleash their creativity. I love that there are no directions to follow, and no specific “final product” that they’re trying to create. They can just grab a handful of supplies and start crafting, see where their imaginations take them.
2. This amazing 6000-piece jewelry-making kit
With an insane 6,000 pieces, kids and adults alike can use this incredible jewelry-making kit to come up with endless creative designs! I love that the beads are made from clay rather than plastic. It’s a super affordable way to explore a new hobby together.
3. Deluxe Art Supplies
Another great idea for kids and adults, this art supplies kit with everything from crayons and markers to paints and pastels. It even includes a sketchbook and coloring book, all in a beautiful wooden box.
4. Norberg & Linden Drawing Set
This set is perfect for anyone who loves to draw, whether they’re novice artists or professionals. It includes 12 premium graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, a pro-quality sketchpad, and other tools that will help bring their drawings to life. The entire thing easily packs away into the beautiful carrying case.
5. Kid Made Modern – Arts & Crafts Supply Library
Another great “all in one” kit, this one comes with over 1,000 pieces designed to keep your kids crafting all day long. I really like that it comes in a handy carrying case with a place for everything. It’s perfect for kids who really aren’t sure what they want to make since it includes a little bit of everything.
6. Klutz Mini Treats Craft Kit
Klutz makes tons of adorable little craft kits. This one is SO cute, isn’t it? It’s perfect for kids (or adults) who love the whole “kawaii” trend. It includes all of the supplies needed to make 18 different adorable felt food plushies.
7. Craftastic “I Love Unicorns” Craft Kit
If you’re shopping for a unicorn fanatic, definitely consider grabbing this fun craft kit! It comes with everything kids need to make 6 unique crafts, including their very own unicorn horn headband and tail (perfect for imaginative dress-up play later), a necklace filled with unicorn magic, and more.
8. Traditional Origami Paper Kit
I love crafts that help us learn more about different cultures. Origami, or the art of paper folding, is a Japanese art form with a rich history that dates back thousands of years. While there are easier sets designed for younger kids, I like this one because it teaches you how to make 30 original designs. Plus, it comes with enough papers for the entire family.
9. Singer Sewing Machine with Accessories
This one is a bit pricier, but it’s something that every creative family should have. While you can definitely find fancier sewing machines, I like Singer’s because it’s beginner-friendly without being too simple. It’s also portable enough to take on the go. For example, to a sewing class.
10. Easy-To-Do Crochet Kit
Crocheting is such a great skill to have but it’s also a bit challenging to learn. This kit makes it super easy, though! It’s designed for kids ages 8 and up, but the needles aren’t sharp, so even younger kids could use it with a little supervision. It comes with everything you need to make three different types of crochet projects.
11. LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box
When it comes to gifts that inspire creativity you really can never go wrong with a free-build LEGO set. Unlike sets where the goal is to build one specific thing, this big box of blocks relies on your kids’ imaginations. If they can dream it, they can build it.
12. DIY Journaling Set
A blank journal on its own is a wonderful gift to inspire creative thinking, but this set really goes above and beyond. Along with a blank journal, it comes with everything your tween or teen needs to really make it their own, like stickers, gems, and frames.
13. 365 Days of Creativity Book
Everyone needs some help getting their creative juices flowing sometimes, right? This book is perfect for that. As the title implies, it includes 365 creative activities- one for each day of the year. All of them are easy enough to complete in minutes but open-ended for people who prefer to spend a little more time on them. Although it’s great for all ages, I particularly like this one for older teens and adults.
14. Boogie Board Writing Tablet
Boogie Boards are the perfect creativity gifts to stash in the car for on-the-go families. Kids can draw cool LCD designs, erase them, and draw again up to 100,000 times before the “tablet” wears out. FYI, they’re also perfect alternatives to dry-erase boards. This one comes with two tablets, so your kids can keep one at home and one in the car. That way, they’ll never be without one when inspiration strikes.
15. National Geographic Herb Growing Kit for Kids
Nat Geo has a ton of fun creativity kits but I really love this one because it teaches younger kids about gardening. It comes with everything they need to decorate three cute planters and grow three different herbs. When it’s time to harvest their bounty, you can all spend time together in the kitchen learning new recipes together.
Healthy Gift Ideas for Everyone On Your List
From kitchen gadgets that make it easier to eat better to gifts that help your loved ones relax, here are some of my favorite health-centric holiday gift ideas.
1. Yonanas Deluxe Healthy Dessert Maker
Make your own healthier ice cream out of bananas and other wholesome ingredients with this upgraded version of the original Yonanas machine. It comes in several different colors and includes 75 different recipes to try. By the way, if you have a dog you can also use it to make pup-safe peanut butter banana ice cream. It’s A LOT cheaper than the Dogsters ice cream they sell in the supermarket.
2. SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Maker
This one is a bit pricey, but it’s perfect for anyone that’s trying to ditch a soda habit. Instead of drinking storebought sodas that are SOOO bad for your health, the SodaStream Fizzi lets them make their own healthy sparkling waters. The bundle comes with two carbonating canisters and 3 1-liter bottles. If it’s a bit too much for your budget you can also save about $80 by just getting the Fizzi on its own. It’ll still come with one CO2 canister and one bottle.
3. Autumn Rain Essential Oil Diffuser Himalayan Salt Lamp
I came across this one when I was looking for a really good essential oil diffuser and I fell in love with it! It’s a 3-in1 lamp that works as an aromatherapy gadget, a humidifier, AND a night light. Himalayan salt is supposed to have really great air purifying properties, too. Plus, it’s super pretty, isn’t it?
4. Vitamix One Blender
This is another one that’s fairly pricey but absolutely worth every penny. I LOVE my Vitamix! It’s perfect for making smoothies, wholesome milkshakes, sauces, and SOOOO much more. The container is BPA-Free and the whole streamlined design makes it easier to store when not in use. There are other fancier Vitamix blenders, but this is the most affordable overall.
5. Mindfulness Cards
These Mindfulness Cards make a fantastic stocking stuffer idea for older kids and adults who need a little extra help finding their Zen. It comes with 50 different guided meditation activities plus a few blank ones for personalization. Cards are made from heavy cardstock paper so they’ll last a long time.
6. ZonLi Cooling Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets have so many benefits, from reducing insomnia to soothing anxiety. Their popularity exploded over the last few years so you can find them in pretty much every size, color, and weight. I really like this one by ZonLi because it has stellar reviews and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Plus it comes in 21 different colors (although options may be limited for some sizes).
7. Fitbit Charge 5 Advanced Health Tracker
Give a gift that encourages fitness and helps a loved one track all of their health at the same time. FitBits have evolved quite a bit since they came out. This version is super sleek and stylish with its colorful screen. Along with tracking heart rate and vitals, it also comes with GPS as well as a 6-month premium subscription to the FitBit app.
8. Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine
Another one that’s definitely a bit tougher on the budget but totally worth every penny, this amazing shiatsu foot massager helps soothe even the achiest feet after a long day of walking or standing. It’s the perfect gift for parents and grandparents, too, since it can help improve circulation.
9. Gua Sha Jade Stone Facial Tool
This facial tool is a great stocking-stuffer idea under $10. It’s made with 100% natural premium jade stone, which is supposed to help improve “microcirculation” and increase your blood flow. While there’s no scientific evidence that it does those things it’s still really soothing on your skin. Plus, using one is like giving your face a massage, which is definitely relaxing.
10. Circadian Optics Light Therapy Lamp
The shorter winter days can really mess with our heads and our sleep cycle. A circadian therapy lamp is a great way to combat seasonal affective disorder and help regulate sleep cycles again. This one is very budget-friendly and it’s made without UV light, so it’s safer than some of the pricier alternatives.
11. ZOKU Original Slush and Shake Maker
If you’re looking for a super affordable and fun healthy kitchen gadget to give, the ZOKU may be the perfect option. It lets you make healthier slushies and shakes in just minutes, but it only takes up as much counter space as an 8-ounce cup. You can even use it to make smoothies!
12.GreenPan Reserve Hard Anodized Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Cookware
Homemade cooking is always easier when you have a great cookware set! Like all GreenPans, these pots and pans are eco-friendly and free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium. So you don’t have to worry about releasing harmful chemicals as you cook. It’s expensive, but it comes in several beautiful colors and includes 6 different pots and pans (plus four lids).
13. Popco Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper
This one proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to give a great healthy gift! These silicone microwave poppers are so neat! They take up a lot less space than an air popper (and cost a ton less, too), and the popcorn comes out perfect every time. Toss in a bag of organic non-GMO popcorn kernels to round it out.
14. Mindsight ‘Breathing Buddha’ for Guided Visual Meditation
Back to the affordable side of healthy gifts, this adorable Breathing Buddha helps your loved one unwind and relax through guided meditation. It cycles through several calming colors and can easily be charged through a USB port on your PC or laptop. It also makes a great nightlight for kids.
15. Zero Gravity Massage Chair
I won’t lie, this thing costs more than my first car did. It’s definitely a MAJOR splurge gift. Something you’d buy for your spouse (knowing full well that you’ll use it just as much), or as a group gift with your siblings for your parents. It has an adjustable width and 3 different zero-gravity levels, along with head-to-toe massagers built into it.
Gift Ideas for Family Bonding
Last, but definitely not least, I have some really wonderful gift ideas to help your whole family spend more quality time together. With a few exceptions, most of these are incredibly budget-friendly, too.
1. 1000-piece Personalized Photo Puzzle
Turn your favorite family photo into a 1,000-piece puzzle that you can all work on together. When you’re done, grab some puzzle glue to preserve it and hang it in your family room as a reminder of the happy memories you made working on it.
2. What Next? Cooperative Pick Your Path Adventure Board Game
Cooperative games are wonderful because they pit your entire family against the game itself rather than against each other. There are tons of options out there but I really love this one. It has HUGE replay value because it’s different every single time you play. Work together to choose the ultimate adventure, face up to 60 different challenges, and explore hundreds of routes.
3. Echo Show 10 (for keeping in touch)
The Echo Show is perfect for helping your family stay in touch no matter how far apart you live, thanks to the video call feature. When you’re not using it to chat with grandma, it’s also handy for reading recipes while cooking and controlling your smart home gadgets. You can also use it as a digital picture frame. It’s a great all-in-one techie gift for families.
4. Mini Projector to Create Your Own Home Theater
Turn pretty much any flat white surface (like a garage, a sheet, or your living room wall) into a giant movie screen with 1080HD quality with this mini projector. Just connect it to your phone, laptop, PC, or anything else that you use to stream movies (but not Netflix or Hulu, apparently they block mirrored projectors for copyright reasons, go figure).
5. Digital Picture Frame
Can’t decide which family photos to show off on your mantle? Now you don’t have to! Just load them all into this digital picture frame and you’ll constantly rotate through all of your favorites. Family and friends can even email pictures to the frame. It takes just a minute to set up, even if you’re not tech-savvy, making it a great grandparents’ gift idea, too.
6. “Our Adventures” Family Scrapbook
Putting together a family scrapbook is a great way to capture your favorite memories to pass down to future generations. I love this one because it not only gives you a beautiful place to collect those memories but also encourages you to go on fun family adventures. The book gets stored away in a beautiful box for added protection throughout the years, too.
7. Waterproof Time Capsule
I love the idea of making a time capsule with my family and digging it up years from now, but I live in a very wet and rainy state. I worry that burying, say, a wooden box or something would just end up in ruins. This time capsule is designed to hold up over many years in even the worst weather, though.
8. An Oral History Book to Preserve Your Family Story
Chronicle your family’s history for your kids, grandkids, and so on with this beautiful book. It includes pages for your genealogy tree and a ton of questions that you can answer to help future generations learn more about you and your life. There are even pages to talk about any genetic health conditions that run in your family. I wish my grandparents thought to do something like this!
9. Celestron Telescope for Beginners
Stargazing is such a fun family activity, and it’s even better when you can actually see the stars (and other celestial objects) up close. Really powerful telescopes can be a little on the expensive side, though. This one may not let you see all the way to Neptune or anything, but thousands of positive reviews say that it will let you see a good portion of the night’s sky up-close and personal. It’s great for beginners, too.
10. Hasbro Speak Out Kids vs. Parents Game
Want to know how to get your kids to get along? Give them a common opponent…you! Speak Out is a hilarious game that pits kids against parents to see who can guess the most phrases. Since it does involve mouthpieces, though, I HIGHLY recommend grabbing some plastic baggies and labeling them so everyone always uses their own. Otherwise, it’s kind of a gross game!
11. Karaoke Machine
The family that sings together stays together, right? Is that not a thing? Oh well, it should be. Karaoke is SO much fun, and this little machine makes it easy to throw your own singing karaoke night right in your own home at any time. It comes with two mics for duets and connects with either Bluetooth or auxiliary cables. It’s small enough that you can carry it over your shoulder with the included strap, too.
12. A Trampoline for Backyard Fun
Trampolines aren’t exactly cheap family gifts, but they’re definitely a great investment. Pretty much every kid loves jumping! This one is sturdy enough for adults, too, and it includes a safety net. It’s not huge, either, so it won’t take up your entire backyard. Everything you need to put it together comes in the package, too.
13. Family Recipe Book
A family recipe book is a great gift for two reasons. First, the obvious, it lets you record all of your family’s favorite recipes and pass them down through the generations. Second, though, it’s great for togetherness now because you can all work on filling it up together. Pick a day each week to test out new recipes, then vote on which ones get included. You’ll spend time together AND teach your kids valuable cooking skills that they can use in the future.
14. Indoor Folding Tennis Table
If you have a spare room, a garage, or even just a really big living room, this table tennis set is a great way to stay active and play together any time of the year. When you’re done playing it folds up to about the size of a card table, so you can easily store it away. It comes with two paddles and four table tennis balls, too.
15. The Adventure Challenge Family Edition
The Adventure Challenge Family Edition book is loaded with 50 fun scratch-off adventures that you can all do together. Each activity page includes space to write about all of the fun you had doing the challenge, plus a peel-off sticky spot for a photo. All of the adventures give you some hints – such as cost, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor activity, and so on- to help you decide if it’s something you can feasibly do at any given time. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that most adventures require at least four people.
I hope you enjoyed my gift ideas for creative healthy families! There are so many wonderful ideas here that you should have no trouble finding something for everyone on your list. Remember, though, that the best gift is one that comes from your heart. So whether you’re giving a present that inspires creativity, helps improve health, or encourages family bonding, include a bit of yourself in the package. Time with you is the best present of all, especially for your kids.
Last update on 2021-05-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API