Christmas shopping is so much fun, but it can also be incredibly daunting, especially if you don't know what to give! Keith comes from a large family -- 5 siblings total, + a spouse and at least two children per family, which puts us at 21 on his side of the family -- so each year we do a Family Gift Exchange, where we draw family names and each family gives the family they draw a gift instead of buying individual gifts for each person.
We love this idea, because it is so fun trying to find something that everyone will like and have fun with. We usually go with a theme to help center the gift. In recent years we've done movie tickets, and ice cream makers. Here are some other great ideas for families of all ages!
kinect / ladder ball / zoo animal waffle iron / popcorn bowl / foodie dice / ice cream maker / apples to apples jr.MOVIE NIGHT - What family doesn't love cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie together? Some of our personal favorites to give are: the Toy Story trilogy, Home Alone 1 & 2, Elf and now Frozen. Include candy, popcorn, popcorn bowls and a cozy blanket along with the movies.
OUTDOOR FUN - Coped up all winter long, we all dream of warmer days when we can play outside to our heart's content. Games and activities for the outdoors are usually something every member of a family can participate in, like ladder ball, bean bag toss or bowling.
COLD TREATS - Make dessert a family activity with a Zoku Slush & Shake maker, ice cream maker or popsicle mold. You can include an ice cream mix, sprinkles or even some cute bowls to complete the gift.
KINECT - We have had the Kinect for about four years and it is a great activity to play with a group that gets everyone moving, involved and having fun! There are some great games that even younger children can enjoy, like Kinect Party and Kinect Sports.
AN EXPERIENCE - This is our favorite kind of gift to give and receive! A membership to a museum or theme park or one-day admission for the whole family! We've also give tickets to a movie paired with each persons favorite snack or candy, etc.
Tip: If you're local check our Favorite Toddler Outings for ideas for place to go and see.
GAME NIGHT - Many fun games for families to play together. Here are some of my personal favorite that even younger children can participate in: Apples to Apples Jr., Headbanz, Dropping Ball, Story Cubes.
Tip: right now lots of the board games at Target are buy 1 get one for 50% off.
WAFFLE IRONS - Sunday breakfast is something we all look forward to. We use this Mickey Mouse waffle iron at our house, but there are other fun ones that families are sure to enjoy, like hearts and zoo animals. Include some syrup, coffee, your favorite waffle mix and the gift is ready for giving!
MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION - There are so many monthly subscription boxes (a service that sends interesting, new goods to your door each month) out there these days that you could easily find one to fit the liking of the family you're shopping for. We've loved Citrus Lane and Kiwi Crate, but Koala Crate and Tinker Crate sound like a great option for kids too.
Tip: Use PREVIEW60 to save 60% off your first month of any Kiwi Crate! This works on the Koala Crate, Tinker Crate and Doodle Crate too.
Put the gifts in a basket they can use for something else (toys, throw blankets, etc. ) HomeGoods and Ikea are great places to shop for these, or order a personalized tote with the family name on it.
What are your favorite group or family gift ideas?