I’m a great believer in experiences over stuff when it comes to presents. Practical gifts also trump toys that will be played with for five minutes and then hidden away at the bottom of a cupboard. Even better are gifts for the whole family.
This Christmas why not give your family and friends a present they will truly treasure rather than one that will languish in the back of a cupboard?
Take some inspiration from this 2024 Christmas gift list!
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Present inspiration: whole family gift ideas 2024
If you’re a doting mum, dad, grandparent or even great aunty there’s some inspiration for whole family gift ideas here for all budgets.
I admit that several are at the higher end of the budget scale but when you think you are buying for two or more loved ones then you might actually be surprised at the value for money.
If you live in the South West of England I have a bespoke Devon gift guide to support businesses back in our UK home.
National Trust or English Heritage membership
Our National Trust family membership is my favourite Christmas presents that we receive each year. The senders know we’ll get a huge amount of enjoyment from countless visits to historic houses around the country. It really is a whole family gift.
Annual family membership costs £91.20 for one adult and their children or £146.40 for two adults and their children or grandchildren.
We don’t have so many English Heritage properties close to us in Devon but elsewhere in the UK there are loads that make membership worthwhile.
Annual family membership costs £69 for one adult and up to six children or £120 for two adults and up to 12 children.
A family day out
There’s no getting away from the fact that family days out are expensive. But if you’d be spending money on presents for a whole family then why not look at how that compares to a day out at a family attraction*?
If you’re looking for some Christmas days out inspiration, here’s some great ones happening around the UK, in our home county of Devon and Christmas days out in neighbouring Cornwall. You might also like to visit a Christmas market.
Attraction season tickets
We’ve bought ourselves season tickets to local attractions for the past few years and get tremendous value from them. We always find it impossible to see and do everything at a zoo or theme park in one day.
This is one of those family gifts that keeps on giving all year around; especially if the attraction has different themed events on throughout the year.
A meal out as a family
We love eating out, not just because every member of the family can indulge in their favourite dishes or try something new, but also because there’s no washing up! It doesn’t have to be dinner; we love brunch with the kids and even a picnic.
Pop some money in an envelope with instructions on how to use it or treat your favourite family to a voucher to dine out* at a particular restaurant when the time is right.
Or what about a luxurious afternoon tea?
A trip to the cinema always feels like an special treat. So, why not buy your family or friends tickets for the latest blockbuster.
You could even pack a cinema voucher* or tickets in a box with a few indulgent snacks for them to munch during the screening!
Read our review of the Buyagift Family Fun Experience Box which can be exchanged for family cinema tickets and snacks, or 490 other experiences.
Theatre and concert tickets
Much like a visit to the cinema, the theatre is a great gift for the whole family to enjoy together.
There’s an abundance of UK pantomimes scheduled to take place in 2023 – I’ve also found a few where we live in Devon – so support your local theatre by buying tickets.
And if panto isn’t your thing then look ahead to shows next year.
Here’s where to find tickets to shows and concerts in 2024*.
Butterflies Gold Family Special Edition PACMAT
Here’s a stylish and practical gift for families who love to pack a picnic for their adventures in the great outdoors. PACMATs are compact, durable and machine washable blankets made in Britain from recycled materials and come in all kinds of designs, from maps to bold and fun prints.
The beautiful design on the Butterflies Gold Family Special Edition PACMAT® has been created by illustrator Gabby Malpas.
This particular PACMAT is made from super light water-proof rip stop nylon comes with its own stuff bag and has four embroidered buttonholes in the corners to allow it to be pegged down (pegs not included).
Buy your PACMAT from Rubbastuff.
Custom family pin badges
Sending custom family pin badges as a gift would be a thoughtful way to celebrate family bond and togetherness.
These badges can be personalized to include the family name or a special message that represents their unity, love, and shared experiences.
The pin badges can be attached to clothing, bags, or hats, allowing the family to show off their collective pride wherever they go.
Custom family pin badges are perfect gifts for occasions such as family reunions, holidays, or milestones, and they are sure to create lasting memories for the whole family.
Capture travel memories with a map poster
Does the family you are thinking of have a special place they rave about? Maybe it was the place they met or where they spent their first holiday together?
Mapness can create customised map posters and prints based on a location, locations or coordinates to make your gift super personalised.
Use their website to pin point the relevant place within a country or city and add customised text to make your present unique to your family. You can even choose the fonts, colours and style of the map.
Visit the Mapness website to have a play with the options and order your custom map poster*.
READER BONUS: If you love the idea of sending a map poster as a gift I have a Mapness discount code you can use. Simply add ‘TINBOXTRAVELLER’ to the coupon box at the check out and get £5 off your purchase.
Share special moments in a family photo book
A photo book of adventures is a brilliant keepsake or gift for families. Companies like Neveo make it easy to share what you’ve been getting up to with loved ones who may live far away.
Simply use their app to pick precious moments from your digital photos and drop them into a family album that can be printed and sent to parents, grandparents, aunties or great uncles on a monthly basis.
It’s a gift that gives all year round!
Find out more about Neveo’s monthly family journals.
There’s lots other ways you can give pictures at Christmas. Here’s why we love photo gifts.
A family food hamper
This is a lovely gift that you can make as individual as the recipients. Pack a basket full of their favourite treats or make it a themed basket, reminding them of places they’ve visited in the year or where they are going next.
Our travel-themed hamper basket would be packed full of pasta, cream teas and gelato – yum! You could even make some of the contents yourselves!
Why not make a contribution towards a family adventure?
Vouchers for holidays or contributions towards a hotel stay* may give some much needed incentive to book that trip which has been talked about for ages!
If you’re looking for inspiration then take a look at the family holidays I’ve written about.
Audio book subscription
We love audio books when we are on road trips with the kids.
Buy a audiobook service subscription giving each family member the opportunity to download books to listen to solo or together during long journeys.
Eek! Have you left your Christmas shopping until the last minute? Don’t panic! Check out my last minute Christmas gift ideas that you can deliver in time for the big day.
Practical gifts for individuals
If you are looking for gifts for individuals that you know won’t got to waste then think about buying something that complements their hobbies.
Here’s some posts to give you inspiration:
- Gifts for outdoor mums
- Outdoor gifts for kids
- Gifts for campers
- Books to inspire wanderlust in kids
- Travel gifts for kids who have everything.
You might also be interested in reading my post about how to be more eco friendly on holiday.
I hope you’ve found some gift inspiration here. What took your fancy? Or do you have any other suggestions for me?
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