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Best Christmas gifts for the whole family 2020

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 2020 Christmas gift list:

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Present inspiration: whole family gift ideas 2020

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 like us I have a bespoke Devon gift guide.

Buying for someone who loves camping? Check out the best gifts for campers. Or what about that kid who has everything?

National Trust 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 is £78 for one adult and up to 10 children or £126 for two adults and up to 10 children.

Tin Box family walking towards entrance of Hardwick Hall National Trust Derbyshire

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 family attraction*?

A lot of places that appeal to kids like family theme parks*, zoos* and Go Ape* sell vouchers.

You can also theme your family gift depending on your family’s interests. It’s possible buy vouchers for Harry Potter days out*, steam railways*, and gardens around the country*.

You could also make your gift a Christmas experience. In previous years we have been on a Santa train ride and pantomime and to a theme park’s Christmas Spectacular.

This year a virtual Christmas grotto might work better.

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.

Christmas pantomime characters - gifts for the whole family

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.

Cinema tickets

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!

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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.

Never photo book - gifts for the whole family

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.

Baby driving car at The Crealy Christmas Spectacular - Devon's best Christmas day out

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!

Christmas cupcakes - gifts for the whole family

Theatre tickets

Much like a visit to the cinema, the theatre is a great gift for the whole family to enjoy together. And in 2020 theatres need our support.

There are lots of UK pantomimes still scheduled to take place in 2020 and 2021 – 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 in 2021. Plenty have been rescheduled.

The Apollo Theatre - London shows for kids at Kids Week

Holiday vouchers

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. Some of out favourites have included a mobile home holiday in Italy, a cottage break in Cornwall, a log cabin stay in the Peak District, and glamping in Dorset.

Yurts - Caalm Camp review: luxury glamping in Dorset

Capture adventures with icon art

My Icon Story helps you capture stories of your travels, relationships, life moments, and everything else in between. It’s a wonderful reminder of past adventures and a gift the whole family will enjoy.

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.

My Icon Story cruise icons - gifts for the whole family

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.

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:

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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