Purchasing gifts for your family members over the holiday season creates memorable and meaningful experiences. Thinking about what each person likes and buying individualized presents can be difficult; instead, consider purchasing one large gift that will encompass everyone’s needs. Here are some exciting gift ideas your family is sure to love.
Plan A Trip
If your family members have been fantasizing about going somewhere specific on vacation, make their dreams come true. Maybe your kids have always wanted to go to Disney World, whereas your spouse would love to go on a cruise. Why not do both? Look into boarding cruises from Florida, but before you leave for the cruise or upon returning (or both times), you can take the kids to visit Disney World. This vacation idea could tackle two dreams at one time.
Planning a secret vacation is not easy. After choosing the location based on your family’s interests, you will have to ensure everyone can get the time off. Getting vacation time from your kids’ school is pretty straightforward. Simply talk to the school’s secretary to get the proper paperwork. Making plans for your significant other, however, is a little trickier. Speak to your spouse’s boss about the trip to ensure your spouse will be able to get the time off. If this scenario is not possible, ask your significant other to schedule time off, but keep the vacation location a secret.
When the time arrives to take the vacation, find a creative way to tell everyone where you are going. The way you let the cat out of the bag is up to you. One possibility is to have everyone’s bags packed and loaded in the car when your family arrives home from work or school. Place something in the car to hint at where you’re going. For example, if you’re traveling to Disney World, place Mickey Mouse headbands on the kids’ seats.
Pictures make great gifts because they capture precious moments in time. Consider scheduling a photoshoot for your family. Be creative when planning the shoot. Ask the photographer to take indoor and outdoor pictures, capturing both funny and serious moments.
If you have older pictures that are significant to you, think about turning these images into artwork. Hire someone to create a painting or drawing or send a copy of a photo to a place that designs puzzles. Some other popular custom photo ideas are calendars, mugs and pet pillows.
Take some time to go grocery shopping for supplies to make your family’s favorite holiday food. However, do not make it for them; make it with them. Cooking together is an excellent way to bond, especially if you have kids. You can give each child a cooking task, such as letting one child measure ingredients while another stirs.
While cooking may seem more like work than a present, doing this activity as a family is one way to make memories. Memories are the most treasured gifts you can give. On a holiday morning, wake everyone up and work together to create a delicious breakfast. After cooking, you and your family can enjoy each other’s company while savoring the meal.
Do you love to play games? Share this joy with your family members by purchasing traditional card and board games. Even if your kids have electronic devices that they would much rather receive games for, try to invest in some classic games to encourage your kids to take a break from electronics.
Upon buying games, think about starting a weekly game night. Taking time to focus on family fun will strengthen the relationships your family members have with one another. The ability to continually reinforce your family bond is truly the gift that keeps giving.
The next time you are stumped about what to get your family members for an upcoming holiday, opt to purchase a single gift that will cover everyone’s interests. Family-focused gifts create unforgettable moments and help families grow closer.