Family Gift Ideas
Video games, scooters, new gadgets and the hottest new
toys -- the holiday shopping list can go on and on and
cost quite a bit of money, and choosing gifts can be
very stressful and time consuming. Why not simplify
your shopping by selecting a single gift that the entire
family can enjoy?
Buying one gift eliminates the anxiety of trying to
find exactly the right toy or the correct size and color
as the perfect gift. When choosing for a group, it works
well to focus on a single theme or activity that the
family enjoys doing together such as camping, cycling,
hiking, or the arts.
Here are some ideas to help you start thinking about
what to get for the families on your holiday list this
* DVD rental membership. A membership to Netflix, the
online DVD rental service, helps bring the joy back
to movie watching and provides a gift the whole family
will enjoy. Gift memberships are available in different
monthly increments providing a family with free, unlimited
access to a wide variety of movies for one month, two
Netflix subscribers can choose from more than 15,000
DVD titles from over 300 genres including children and
family, action and adventure, classics, comedy, documentary,
drama, foreign, horror, independent, music and concert,
romance and sports. Thereís no waiting in line since
movies are delivered to the familyís mailbox, no bickering
and arguing over which movie to watch, and no late fees.
Itís easy to use: families choose the DVDs they want
at www.netflix.com. Their first three selections are
mailed to them first-class and usually arrive within
three days. Since there are no due dates or late fees
with Netflix, families can hold on to their three movies
as long as they want. When they are ready to return
them, new movies are automatically sent to them once
the movies have been received. By having three DVDs
out at one time, mom, dad and the kids will be happy.
* Traditional game sets. Bring back the nostalgia of
family board game tournaments. Old favorites like Monopoly,
checkers, Pictionary, Parcheesi and Trivial Pursuit
board games are an entertaining way for the whole family
to interact together. Or give a twist on a tried and
true standard -- many board games are offered in new
versions, like Monopolyís Disney edition, or the Trivial
Pursuit 20th Anniversary edition.
* Comfort food basket. Make your own gift baskets that
include special foods for a family feast. You may want
to do a breakfast theme with bottles of pure maple syrup,
pancake mix and fruit; or a movie night theme with assorted
popcorn flavors, malted milk balls, jujubes and M&Mís.
Even wow them with your own homemade treats. A simple
selection of holiday treats will be a surefire hit with
the whole family.
* Hire a genealogist or historian to research the familyís
genealogy or write the familyís history. Present it
to them in a special book you design yourself.
* Collect as many favorite recipes as possible from
family members. Format, copy and bind to create a one-of-a-kind
* Need to shop for an active family that enjoys the
outdoors or the arts? Give tickets to a sporting event,
concert or theatrical performance that would interest
the whole family. Shows like Les Miserables, Phantom
of the Opera, and the Lion King often make seasonal
appearances in larger cities around the holidays.
A family gift will not only cut down on your shopping
list, it will also be a great excuse for everyone to
spend time together. And isnít that what the holidays
are all about?
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