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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.

Old Navy

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. 

BUY IT ($40)

One Kings Lane

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).

BUY IT ($7)

Barnes and Noble

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

BUY IT ($9)

Fat Brain Toys

4. Crystal Growing Hedgehog

A pretty project for the whole crystal/animal/science loving crew.

BUY IT ($15)


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.

BUY IT ($25)

Old Navy

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). 

BUY IT ($45)


7. Snuggie Tails

There’s a tail for every personality in the family. Holiday movie marathon? You’re ready. 

BUY NOW ($20)


8. Spontuneous

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.

BUY IT ($30)


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.

BUY IT ($15)


10. Thames & Kosmos Candy Chemistry

Make your own gummy bears, rock candy and chocolates? Sweet.

BUY IT ($37)

West Music

11. Remo Kids Floor Tom Drum

A perfect excuse to put down the screens and hold an impromptu jam sesh.

BUY IT ($39)


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.

BUY IT ($15)

Old Navy

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. 

BUY IT ($40)


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. 

BUY IT ($15)

Oriental Trading

15. Indoor Plush Snowball Fight Game

For when the weather outside is frightful.

BUY IT ($14)

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