Exchanging gifts between family units will relieve the stress of finding separate gifts for all of those nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and inlaws.
Family gifts employ economies-of-scale. You'll spend way less shopping and wrapping time on one gift than on several, and less car space or shipping hassle to deliver it. In addition, one substantial gift for the whole family is usually more affordable than several moderately priced individual gifts.
With a son/brother living overseas, our family is rarely all together (a Red Letter Day is one when I hear from all three children). But when we are together, my grown-up kids still enjoy family gifts dating back to their childhood.
Out comes Risk or Shogun or Catan, or out we go to set up the croquet court, and on go our special game-playing hats!
Ask yourself and and ask around - do your recipients love sports, music, pets, cooking, nature, crafts, games, travel, theater? Have they admired one of your family treasures? Would they enjoy one of the hobbies or activities that are a hit at your house?
It's usually wise to talk with the mom or dad before selecting a family gift. To avoid revealing a surprise gift idea, steer the conversation toward the general topic, offer your own thoughts or opinions about a particular type of item or activity, and see how they respond.
Finally, do remember to consider any special needs. A gift basket of yummy-looking gourmet goodies can be dangerous for a curious child with an allergy.
Most parents wish they had more time to spend with their families, and the children love that quality parent-time! So let's focus on gift ideas that appeal to all ages, for a family to use or enjoy together. Our suggestions are arranged in categories - just pick and click!
Outdoor Family Gift Ideas
OK Everybody, Get in the Car!
family fun for them, low stress for you: win-win!
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