Best Christmas gifts for the whole family
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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 they’ll assign to the charity shop? Take some inspiration from this Christmas gift list:
Gift inspiration: presents for the whole family
If you’re a doting mum, dad, grandparent or even great aunty there’s some gift inspiration 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.
National Trust Membership
Our National Trust family membership is my favourite Christmas present 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. Annual family membership* is £75 for one adult and up to 10 children or £120 for two adults and up to 10 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 £50 on presents for a whole family then why not look at how that compares to a day out at a local family attraction? A lot of places that appeal to kids like theme parks, zoos and Go Ape sell vouchers. You could also make your gift a Christmas experience. Last year we went on a Santa train ride and pantomime. If you’re looking for some Christmas days out inspiration, here’s some great ones happening around the UK and in our home county of Devon.
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.
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!
A photo book of your adventures is a brilliant keepsake or gift for your family. 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! Prices start at £6.99 a month (plus £3 P&P) for a photo book containing 50 pictures. Find out more about Neveo’s monthly family journals.
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. A season ticket is a gift that just keeps giving; especially if the attraction has different themed events on throughout the year.
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. In 2018 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!
Much like a visit to the cinema, the theatre is a great gift for whole families to enjoy together. And thanks to the network of amazing local theatres across the country you don’t need to travel to London to see the very best West End shows*. However, if you want to throw in the train fare and an overnight stay at the Ritz, no one will complain!
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 up that trip which has been talked about for ages!
Capture adventures with icon art
My Icon Story helps you capture stories of your travels, relationships, life moments, and everything else in between. Whether you fancy some personalised art showing your daily commute on the Transport for London network, recording your first family holiday or helping friends celebrate the birth of a baby, the possibilities are endless. We have an icon story of the destinations we visited on our first cruise. Find out more about My Icon Story’s prints and personalised gifts.
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.
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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