Christmas gifts for the family

Some Christmas gifts are more appropriate for a whole family than for an individual.

For me, the intensive research required to select unique Christmas gifts for everyone I know is all part of the Game of Christmas. But I realize not everyone has the zeal or time required to hunt up special presents for all the people on their lists. So if you can afford them, how about giving a few “whole family” gifts?

Now, I’m not talking about memberships in the Jam and Jelly of the Month Club here. Though come to think of it, that’s not so bad an option if you combine it with Peanut Butter of the Month and Bread of the Month memberships…

A Wide Range of Options

Your family gifts don’t have to cost a huge amount of money, though expect them to cost more than a single-person gift typically does. Then again, as with everything else, you can spend a great deal on the proposition. The biggest problem is finding something that everyone in the family will appreciate.

Your best bets are entertainment options. If your giftees like movies, for example, get them a big handful of movie passes, gift certificates, or a gift card they can use whenever they choose. If they’re live theater buffs, shell out for some play tickets. A season pass to a local sports team may work better for game fans.

As you can see, these options can vary in price from a hundred bucks or so to thousands, if the season tickets are for a pro team.

The Seven Seas, and Such

How about a family cruise? Even if one of the family’s prone to seasickness, we’re talking about floating hotels that are about as stable as the Rock of Gibraltar. Take it from me: even a no-frills cruise is an experience they’ll remember for a lifetime.

On a more modest scale, consider purchasing a family membership to a museum, zoo, or arboretum. Even if they only use the membership a few times, it’ll be worth the price. Or how about a year’s supply of pizza and ice cream, your treat?

Put On Your Thinking Cap

My point is that, like so many things in life, ideas for Christmas presents suitable for the whole family are limited only by your imagination and pocketbook. So give it some thought; you might just come up with something so unexpected that no one will see it coming.

All this requires is a good knowledge of your recipients (that Peanut Butter of the Month Club won’t work if Little Johnny has a peanut allergy, for example) and some creativity. Let loose. Be wild. Inventing ideas for Christmas gifts shouldn’t be difficult — it should be a fun task you always look forward to!