As our family grows (both our immediate family and our extended family), it becomes more and more expensive and time-consuming to shop for Christmas gifts. Plus, when each child receives multiple gifts from us and from their extended family, the house quickly becomes cluttered with way too much stuff.
We like to do a lot more family presents these days rather than a ton of individual gifts. Not only does it cut down on shopping time, expense, and clutter, but it also helps us to prioritize spending time together.
When we purchase a gift that the whole family can enjoy, we are encouraging quality time together, which is so much more important than just giving and receiving a bunch of stuff.
We've also agreed with our siblings that we will give gifts to each other's entire family rather than purchasing something individually for each niece and nephew (there are a lot and none of us can really afford it.) Giving family gifts provides all of us with the opportunity to express thoughtfulness for each other without breaking the bank.
Here are 10 unique gift ideas for the entire family to enjoy.
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This is the perfect gift for the competitive family who is always playing together. Rather than dropping a nice chunk to go play a game of laser tag, they will be able to play any time they want in their own back yard. ArmoGear Laser Battle comes with vests and guns (you can purchase either a 2 player game or a 4 player game.)
2. Family movie night package
Set up the family with everything they need for a family movie night: a popcorn popper, bowls, a cozy blanket, and an Amazon Prime video subscription.
3. Family game night package
If your budget is tight, family games are always a hit! I've included some of my favorite family game suggestions below.
And favorite games for the little ones:
4. Ice cream night!
This soft serve ice cream maker is a huge hit with families! Pair it with some bowls and ice cream toppings.
5. Indoor snowball fight
Want to bring the most unique gift to the party? How about supplies for an indoor snowball fight?
6. Outdoor activities
The most clutter free gift for families is a gift that stays outside! Treat the kids to hours of outdoor fun with one of these outdoor toys:
7. Camping Gear
For the outdoor loving family, a gift of camping gear makes a unique and thoughtful gift.
8. Game room/Play room gear
Another great family gift is an item for the game room (or play room if the kids are still little.) Some good ideas below:
9. Slam Ball
This game is one that my extended family members love playing together. It is highly competitive, offering loads of fun for the adults and kids alike!
“Mom, this is…amazing.” That's what my oldest son told me about this set of audio dramas. These audio depictions of Biblical events are an investment into the spiritual life of your children, and are so enjoyable for the whole family to listen to together.
Toddy Gear has bundled up a portable charger plus a screen cleaning cloth in this Peppermint Schtick Tech Pack.
The plush microfiber cloth attracts any oils or dust and completely removes them, while the power bank will take care of all your on-the-go charging needs. Pack it all up in the handy drawstring bag.
Okay, so we love giving (and getting!) massages in our house. We seriously bought all 4 of our kids their own massager because they like giving mom and dad massages. (I'd tell you what my secret is, but I honestly don't know!)
HoMEDICS has a great little mini massager that woud be perfect as a stocking stuffer.
The button turns on a gentle vibration, while the comfortable hand grip makes it easy to hold and use. At just $5, it's the perfect price too!
Do you have any health-conscious people in your life?
Is it challenging to figure out what they might like?
I've tried to help you out with some gift ideas for the health conscious.
As someone who is quite health-conscious myself, I enjoy the opportunity to discover new snacks that fit my dietary needs. I don't always have time or energy to make things from scratch, so when I discover a packaged option that tastes great and isn't filled with nasty ingredients, I definitely make a note of it!
I got to try out a FitSnack box recently, and it was so much fun to find (and eat!) all the goodies inside!
While not everything inside was my absolute favorite, I did find a few things that I really liked!
Those Mighty Flakes are gluten free, bean-flour based cereal. I've never had anything bean-based that did not taste…well…beany. The Mighty Flakes were actually delicious! I'm a cereal-lover, but most gluten-free cereals I've tried are corn-based (which irritates my system) or rice-based (which gets over-used already in my house and I really need to diversify my diet much more.) It was nice to find a cereal I can have on occasion that tastes great and offers a little more variety to my diet.
I found several other goodies I really like as well, like those YummySnack bars – kind of tasted like an Almond Joy!
Grab a FitSnack subscription here if you want to try out a new batch of healthy snacks every month!
YOOC Bluetooth Smart Activity Tracker is an easy-to-use wireless fitness monitoring device with an integrated dot matrix display.
All your personal fitness data is viewable right on the device or sync to the YOO App to track your progress and compete against your Old YOO in any of the YOO Challenges. YOOC comes with a magnetic smart clip so you can secure it to your clothing however you'd like.
And with a 6 month+ replaceable battery and a water-resistant design, YOOC will be with you as long and far as you can go.
Balance is dōTERRA’s Grounding Blend, which brings a sense of calm, peace, well-being and promotes whole-body relaxation. It also soothes sore muscles and joints, promotes circulation, supports cellular health and lessens stress to help with anxious feelings and nerves. It’s perfect for a sense of stability, bringing balance to situations of stress. TO USE: This blend works well when 2 drops are applied to the bottom of each foot. You may also put drops on the wrist, over the heart, on the neck, or along the spine. You can diffuse this blend in an essential oil diffuser, or if you don’t have a diffuser, put 6 drops on a cotton ball and attach to the air vents in your home. Do not use internally.
Here's a great idea for a gift for grandparents!
Homedics has a hand-held percussion massager that is amazing! What a great way to pamper those aching muscles of grandma or grandpa's!
Let me tell you – this thing feels AWESOME!
I'm not very old, but I sure do like a good massage; therefore I've tried out a lot of different types of massagers. (Call me weird; I don't care!)
This one is one of the best ones I've used — really!
In our home, we like to get a family gift that we can all use together.
Here are a couple great ideas for gifts for families!
The award winning Brinkman Adventures teach, inspire and entertain while highlighting the importance of missions and fulfilling the Great Commission. Inspired by true stories, these episodes of Christians serving the Lord will strengthen your faith while providing important teachable moments.
It just wouldn't be right for a homeschooling mom not to include some educational gifts in her gift guide, would it?
So here are a couple of the best educational gifts for kids!
I love gifts that keep on coming all year long! Junior Captains will be super educational and super fun!
Capt. Bo & Alli are sailing around the world inspiring, educating, and entertaining the next generation of adventurers! Follow along as they send back videos, postcards, lessons, and stories of the people and places they encounter along the way!
How to gift Junior Captains: Sign up your favorite elementary aged “Junior Captains” today and receive the custom Junior Captains Wall Map in time to wrap for Christmas.
Then in January your child will receive the full Starter Kit, including everything they need to follow along as we send back postcards, videos, and stories about each new landfall!
Do your kids like history? Then they will love the Uncle Rick Audio Club!
Listen to Uncle Rick read historical fiction books from a time when stories were based on historical truth and character was always a part of the message! Children will learn history and have fun at the same time!
There is a lot more than just history too! Uncle Rick audios carries a large library of classic books, Bible stories, and character stories, all in audio format.
When you sign up for the audio club, you'll receive two new audiobooks every month, plus bonus audios and 20% off every day at the Character Concepts store!
Interested? Try a free 2 week trial which includes 2 audios of your choice! If you like it and want to continue, do nothing and you'll receive your first $10 charge in 2 weeks. Otherwise, you can simply cancel your membership and you won't be charged a thing! To sign up for your free trial, go here and use the password AFF to get started!