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Gifts for the Whole Family
As our family moved all over North America with the Navy, we were blessed to make good friends who felt like family — so much so, we like to exchange gifts with them for the holidays. But as the group grew, it became difficult and expensive to find a special gift for each individual.
So several years ago, we decided to cut back on the clutter and expense — instead of getting a gift for each member of every family, we'd give one gift for the whole family.
Since we all enjoy family game nights, board games seemed like a natural choice. One board game from us to them, and one from them to us. Each year, we put a lot of thought into which game to buy, and this year, we even joined our families for a game night together.
Last Christmas, I extended this whole-family gift idea. We gave my sister's family a pizza-party-in-a-box — pizza stone, rotary cutter, pizza recipe book, and board game. I wrapped them all together in one big box, hoping it would be a gift that would keep on giving by helping them spend time together as a family throughout the year.
Here are some other ideas for themed gifts for the whole family to enjoy:
Murder Mystery Party
Family Movie Night Basket
Family Game Night Candyland Basket
Saturday Afternoon Football Game
A Trip Down Memory Lane (Scrapbook Starter Kit)
What I like about these kinds of gifts is that, in a way, we're giving the busy families we love the gift of spending time with each other.