Gifts For the Whole Family To Enjoy

Gifts For the Whole Family To Enjoy

Carrie McBride
Dec 18, 2013
(Image credit: Chris Perez)

I don't even have a particularly large family and yet I have SO MANY presents to buy for the holidays. One way to approach this overload is to buy a single gift for a family. It's not just a way to simplify things on your end, but the gift can (and should) bring the family together for fun and memory making. Of course, consider the ages of the children and particular likes/dislikes family members may have, but here are a ton of suggestions to consider, some very affordable, some more of a splurge.

An experience:

  • a day at the amusement park
  • tickets to the movies
  • tickets to a play or performance
  • tickets to a sporting event
  • tickets to an ice skating rink
  • pass to a state park or camping grounds
  • gift certificate to a bowling alley
  • rolls of quarters for an afternoon at the arcade


  • zoo
  • aquarium
  • museum

Indoor Fun:

Outdoor Fun:

  • lawn games like lawn darts, croquet, badminton, etc.
  • a sled
  • a trampoline
  • snow man making supplies
  • a tent
  • a geo caching device


Fun kitchen items:

Your time:

  • babysitting (parents get to go out, you make it a fun pizza night for the kids)
  • a "date" afternoon with each child
  • make a meal or baked good once a month and deliver it


  • gift certificate for photo printing (prints,
  • a portrait session with a photographer
  • a portrait session with you (borrow the best camera you can and do your best; the important thing is that the whole family gets in the picture)


  • make a family-friendly "mix tape"/playlist from your collection or iTunes/Amazon
  • dvds or cds (go for classics like The Muppets or The Beatles)
  • restaurant gift certificate
  • commission a custom family portrait (great examples from Etsy here)
  • a puppy (just kidding. that's a terrible idea)

More Awesome Ideas:

  • leave yours in the comments!
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