Yea, sure, everyone wants a new iPhone for Hanukkah. But what about gifts that are more cozy, more chill, more fun? From items that’ll promote snuggling up on the couch together to fun projects that’ll stretch their brains over break, we’ve rounded up 15 gifts under $50 to win over the whole family.
1. Old Navy Puffer Vest
Fluctuating temps make getting dressed hard—this puffer vest makes it easy again. It's got a smooth nylon exterior with a soft fleece lining and thick fill to keep their core warm without overheating. Better yet, this vest is available for the whole family in multiple prints and colors.
2. ModernSprout Popcorn Seed Kit
Start growing popcorn plants indoors before transferring them to the garden come spring. The vessels are biodegradable, eco-friendly and self-sustaining—perfect for the absent-minded gardener (ahem, middle schooler).
3. 50 Impressive Kids and Their Amazing (and True!) Stories by Sandra Mitchell
This collection of mini biographies tells the stories child prodigies who have beat the odds and achieved greatness—from Emma Watson to Picasso
4. Crystal Growing Hedgehog
A pretty project for the whole crystal/animal/science loving crew.
5. Aquabeads Deluxe Jewel Studio
Spark creativity with a set of jewelry and beads that can be used to create all sorts of fun designs.
6. Old Navy Sherpa ¼ Zip Pullover
Are your kids too cool for games? These plush pullovers will warm their teenage hearts (until they notice you bought one for yourself, too).
7. Snuggie Tails
There’s a tail for every personality in the family. Holiday movie marathon? You’re ready.
Be the first to blurt out any song containing a given word—it’s a game with a little friendly competition and a whole lot of silliness.
9. Emoji Cookie Cutters
These lol-worthy cookie cutters are made from food-safe materials, are dishwasher safe and have tapered edges so that the whole family can create flawless faces—no skill required.
10. Thames & Kosmos Candy Chemistry
Make your own gummy bears, rock candy and chocolates? Sweet.
11. Remo Kids Floor Tom Drum
A perfect excuse to put down the screens and hold an impromptu jam sesh.
12. Guinness Book of World Records 2020
The fully revised and updated 2020 version includes stats on YouTube stars and the world’s largest pizza, obviously.
13. Old Navy Fair Isle Knit
They come in every size (mom, dad, kids) and are made with super soft cotton blend yarn and a comfortable stretch—no itchy collars here.
14. Mudpuppy Little Feminist 500 Piece Puzzle
Gather ‘round the coffee table for a nice of good ‘ol family bonding, and teach your kids about important women in history in the process.
15. Indoor Plush Snowball Fight Game
For when the weather outside is frightful.