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Family Gift Ideas

Updated on April 6, 2015

One Present for the Whole Family

Buying a group gift for the whole family saves you time and money.  It also benefits the family.
Buying a group gift for the whole family saves you time and money. It also benefits the family. | Source

Group Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

Instead of searching for the perfect gift to give to each family member, you can save time and money by buying a gift for the whole family. You can buy one big gift that might cost a little more instead of buying lots of cheap things that will look and feel cheap.

As an added bonus, a family gift helps the family too. Buying one gift for the whole family helps encourage bonding since the family can use it together.

Sometimes it seems like it may be more difficult to find a gift that will please all of the family members, but with the gifts on this list, you are sure to find the right gift for your family.

Food Gifts for the Family

People have to eat, so a food gift is very practical. People also enjoy eating, so a tasty treat is something the family will be able to use right away. There are several different ways to gift food.

  • You can cook your favorite recipe for your family. Cookies, gingerbread, fruitcake, and other desserts make nice quick gifts for a large number of people, but food gifts can go beyond sweet treats. Spiced nuts make a great alternative. Main dishes can also be great gifts for people who don't or can't cook. Consider a tray of lasagna, biryani, paella, or a pot roast.
  • A gift certificate to a grocery store will let the family buy special foods that they enjoy.
  • A gift certificate to a restaurant will let them enjoy a meal together as a family, and save time in preparation and cleaning.
  • A cookbook with great recipes will let them create their own tasty treats.
  • You can also gift them a monthly gift, like a coffee of the month, fruit of the month. Did you know that monthly food gifts are also available for bacon, cheese, gelato, chocolate, vegetables, and many other foods?

Classic Gourmet Food and Snack Gift Basket

Classic Gourmet Food and Snack Gift Basket, Small (Chocolate Option)
Classic Gourmet Food and Snack Gift Basket, Small (Chocolate Option)

This gift basket comes in small and medium sizes. It includes cheese, crackers, cocoa, butter cookies, toffee pretzels, smoked almonds, Almond Roca, and chocolate truffles.

  • A gift basket filled with tasty treats would be enjoyed by the whole family. There are a lot of different gift baskets that are available, so you are sure to meet the tastes of your loved ones. You can also make your own gift basket that is specially customized for you and your recipients.

Whenever choosing food as a gift, be sure to take into consideration any special religious or dietary needs. You don't want to give pork sausage to a Muslim family or peanuts when someone in the family is allergic to them.

Movie night packed in a gift basket complete with popcorn, snacks, drinks and a DVD or two is a great family gift idea.
Movie night packed in a gift basket complete with popcorn, snacks, drinks and a DVD or two is a great family gift idea. | Source

Movie Gifts for the Family

Most families enjoy sharing the experience of watching movies together. Movie gifts can also be presented in a variety of ways.

  • Choose a movie you think they will enjoy and buy them a DVD. Add a package of popcorn so they can have a complete experience. When choosing movies, you want to be careful that all the members of the family can watch the movie without getting nightmares or learning anything before they are old enough.

  • A gift certificate to Redbox would allow them to choose their own movies. The gift basket shown on the right includes a gift certificate for five movies, along with tasty snacks.
  • You can make your own movie by putting together family photos and videos and give them a DVD.
  • You can buy gift certificates to a local movie theater. This would work well with a restaurant gift certificate so they can combine the movie with dinner.

Games for the Whole Family

Video games and board games make for a fun way for the family to spend quality time together while learning new skills. Children learn how to take turns and count while the adults can fine tune their strategy. Games like Snakes and Ladders, Pictionary, Uno and Twister all make for great family fun.

Consider buying games that get the family exercise, like badminton or horseshoes. The family will enjoy playing these games when the weather is nicer. Indoor games like Wii Dance can also serve the same purpose.

Books as Family Gifts

Books provide a wonderful learning experience and let the family visit faraway lands that may not even exist.

  • Especially when the children are young, the family can read their favorite stories together. My daughter had a favorite treasury of children's stories, and whenever our relatives visited us, she would choose a story or poem for them to read to her.
  • When they are older, a book that goes with a movie that the whole family enjoyed would appeal to all.
  • A book of Bible stories gives the family the opportunity to discuss religious concepts, morals and values.
  • Cookbooks and other how-to books about crafts or science experiments could give the family a chance to spend time together.
  • Educational books such as biographies, history, or science topics could help the whole family learn. Be careful to make sure that the information is presented in an entertaining way and the subject is one that interests the family.

Gifts for the whole family help encourage bonding and allow Mom, Dad, grandparents and kids to enjoy time together.
Gifts for the whole family help encourage bonding and allow Mom, Dad, grandparents and kids to enjoy time together. | Source

Entertainment Passes

There are many ways you can give the gift of entertainment. Besides movies, you can give passes or memberships to museums, zoos, plays, concerts and other area attractions.

With these passes, the family gets to do something fun and create happy memories, sometimes many times throughout the year, without having new clutter in the house that needs to be cleaned or maintained.

Other Family Presents

You can help your family get organized with a clock or a family calendar. Many photo printing companies will put your photographs together in a calendar format. The family will be able to stay organized, and will never forget your birthday this year.

Help document the family tree with a book. Instead of keeping your data in pieces of paper in a file cabinet, create a book and share it with the family. It will be a priceless heirloom, and will give you a backup in case something happens to your research.

If you have photographs of the family members, you can give them framed family photographs they can display.

Create a scrapbook of special times you have shared together. Most photo shops now offer a way to put photos in a book. Even if you don't feel very crafty or don't have a lot of time, you can create a nice professional-looking photo book pretty quickly.

Budget-friendly gifts for the whole family


Parents are often busy with work, taking care of the house, running errands, helping out others, and sometimes need a break. Gifting your time is a great way to save money while really helping the family where they need it the most. Your time helps the entire family since they can spend time with you or each other without having to worry about the chores.

Here are some simple ideas of how you can help the family.

  • cutting the grass, once or on a schedule
  • fixing something that is broken
  • shoveling snow
  • babysitting
  • cooking and deliver food to them.
  • running errands
  • helping with homework or tutoring

What's the best family gift you have ever received or given?

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Family Gift Ideas

Gifts you can give the whole family helps them create more bonding opportunities, and could possibly save you time and money since you only have to choose one gift. Suggestions include:

  • books
  • movies
  • games
  • passes to entertainment or educational venues
  • family organizational items such as clocks and calendars
  • food
  • items to help document the family tree such as frames and heritage books

What was your favorite family gift?

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    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Celeste. DVDs and magazine subscriptions make great gifts since they provide entertainment for the whole family. You can watch the DVDs more than once, and the magazines keep on coming throughout the year.

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      Celeste Wilson 5 years ago

      I love these ideas. We often give my son DVD's for a gift and the whole family will sit down to enjoy it with him. I love extended gifts too like magazine subscriptions. That way the recipient is reminded of you every time they receive a new issue.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you vespawoolf, food and games are my favorite gifts as well, and the bonus is that I can enjoy them too while they do.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are great ideas--gifts for the entire family. I especially like the idea of games or food since I enjoy playing and eating with my family. Thanks for this carefully thought out hub!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks midget38 - food and movies are popular go to gift choices.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful tips! With food and movies, it's really hard to go wrong. And it's better to give a gift certificate that allows the person to choose, because we never know what people really want and need at the time. Thanks for sharing!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Mary. Board games are something you can enjoy year round and help the family learn skills and bond with each other. A board game is under the tree this year.

      Thanks Paula, there are a lot of gift baskets available. I enjoy making my own so I can customize it specially for the recipient, and find the best sales for each item!

      Thanks Aurelio, it is a special treat to go to the zoo and the conservatory whenever we wanted with our membership.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Rebecca, movies and popcorn goes so well together. I am sure the kids will really enjoy their treat.

      Thanks GTF, board games are a hit in our family since we enjoy playing them together at every reunion. A board game is under the tree this year!

      Thanks lovedoctor. I have a few gifts left to get as well. There are still a few more days left before Christmas.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Mike, I am sure your family will love the items you choose.

      Thanks CrisSp. Gift baskets and grocery gift cards are both great gifts. I am giving a grocery gift basket this year full of tasty goodies.

      Thanks midget. Gifts for the whole family can cut down on some fights since no one thinks they got a better present than the other.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Dianna, books and movies are my favorite gifts to give and receive!

      Thanks Kat for the suggestion. Gift certificates for necessities are a great idea, so people have money to splurge on whatever it is that they want for themselves.

      Thanks Ishwaryaa22! When you are buying one gift for the whole family, you can afford to spend a little more on it and still wind up spending less than you would have if you had bought each family member a gift. Happy holidays to you as well.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Lousa, Mary and Jen. I hope your family really enjoys their collective family gifts this year. Happy Holidays!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Kathy, family gifts work especially well when there is an uneven number of people in each family. It doesn't seem fair to give each person in a large family a gift since it seems like they get more every year than the smaller families. And the gifts seem to be cheap gifts if you try to even it by cost. Giving the whole family a gift makes the distribution more equitable.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks JayeWisdom. Storybooks are so much fun, aren't they. I hope you record some of these stories. That is a great idea to use online sites that offer those types of guidelines. Couple gifts work great as well - the family can be any size.

      Thanks lakishafranks - this does save a lot of money, but it helps you do it without looking cheap.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Jeannieinabottle. Gift giving can be difficult especially when you are trying to find presents the whole family will enjoy. I am glad these suggestions are useful to you.

      Thanks KDeus. The family research book sounds fabulous. So much better than leaving stacks of research lay in a dusty shelf. I think they would love an updated version.

      Thanks Bill. Did I forget to include your book? Folks, buy Bill's book in addition to the stuff listed here!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      My favorite in your list are the memberships to museums and other educational institutions. Not only do they last an entire year, they're educational and fun. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      MT.....I really like the "Gift Basket" for just about anyone. I know how much I enjoy receiving one and feel that most people do. There are so many companies on line now that offer these Gourmet baskets. It's amazing what variety there is to choose from. All your gift ideas are superb!......UP+++

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Great ideas here. I often add a family gift at of our favorites is board games...makes you actually spend time together ;)

      I like this idea Millionairetips...well done and definitely something to think about.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      These are great suggestions. I still need to buy a few gifts.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Love the board game suggestion. We always get one board game a year from Santa and love to play on Christmas day. Great hub!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are thoughtful (and money saving) family gift idea. I love the movie and popcorn idea the best. Thanks. I may do this for the kids.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Great food and family suggestions, Sasha. I love the ideas as everyone can enjoy them. Thanks for sharing!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great tips! I'm opting for gift baskets and grocery gift cards this year. I think it is the best and I agree with you, people need to eat. However, I will keep in mind the dietary and religious considerations.

      Thanks. This is very useful. Up and sharing.

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      Mike Robbers 5 years ago from London

      Thank you Millionaire ,, Saw a couple of items that I am definitely thinking about getting..

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A timely & wonderful hub! One gift for the whole family is indeed an economical idea! Your list of suggestions are interesting and would come in handy for many! Happy holidays! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & shared both on HubPages & Facebook

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      Katherine Sanger 5 years ago from Texas

      I've found that especially older adults in my family like to get gift cards to the grocery store or pharmacy. That way, they feel like they can spend their own money for "goodies" - my father likes to go on cruises, and he's able to feel that he's savings up for his cruses while not spending the money on daily necessities.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Your list is helping me to check off the names! Great advice. I find most of my adult recipients love movies since they are a little expensive when they first come out. Books are another great gift idea -- story books, Bible, autobiographies, etc. all good!

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great ideas! I will be using these this holiday season.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I love the idea of a family gift. You have so many useful ideas here. Great Hub. I voted it UP and will share and Tweet.

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      Louisa Rogers 5 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      I like the idea of a collective gift that brings people of all ages together. Voted up & useful.


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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is great! You've included a lot of useful ideas for giving gifts that the whole family can enjoy together. I really like the idea of a family gift, and your gift suggestions.

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      Lakisha Franks 5 years ago from Memphis, TN

      Inexpensive and creative! What a great way to include the whole family in one gift!

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      My great-grandchildren (thankfully) love to read or, in the case of the smaller ones, love to have storybooks read to them. They know that "G.G." (that's shorthand for "Great-Grandmother") will give them each a book when gift-giving is in order, and they look forward to them. I buy from online sites that offer guidelines for age appropriateness and reading ability, plus provide a lengthy blurb for me to decide if the child will find that book interesting. It's a plus for me that these sites each offer discounted prices and free shipping!

      Since my gift-buying dollars are limited these days, I chose "couple" gifts for the married or engaged couples in my immediate family this year...something they can enjoy together. That old saying, "It's the thought that counts" is more important to me than ever, and I hope they share that sentiment!

      Great hub. Voted Up++ and shared.


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really love the premise behind this gift to promote family bonds....what a great idea. My only problem is that you didn't suggest that they buy my book. LOL

      Really a great hub my friend.

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      Keely Deuschle 5 years ago from Florida

      So many great ideas! One of the most treasured gifts I've given to my family members was a book of all the family research I had done to date. They have shared it with their family and as a result, they've become more interested in our family history. In fact, it's been a few years since I've done that and I have a lot more information since the last time. I think next year's gift will be an updated version!

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are all really great ideas. Sometimes it can be tough to find a present the entire family will enjoy. This will be very useful for people Christmas shopping right now. Voted up!