Here are my favourite ideas for family gifts – things that you can buy for a whole family that everyone will love. They are all items that are available at time of writing – please note that these items will be updated regularly as well.
Sometimes there are events where you want to buy a whole family a gift, whether it be Christmas, or as a thank you for having you to stay.
The trick is to get something that each member of the family will enjoy or use – and that can be hard to say the least!
As such, I’ve put together my top 9 family gifts that I have used, or am thinking of using, over the years – in the hope that they will inspire you to try something different.
I hope they help!
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN BUYING A GIFT FOR A FAMILY
What are good family gifts anyway? It can be really hard to buy for more than one person, never mind all at the same time with people of different ages AND interests.
The best ideas for family presents are always things that help them all come together and spend quality time with each other.
That’s what families do best, right!
So – let’s get started on the main ‘themes’ I always consider to be good ones to get inspired by!
#1 – A NEW ACTIVITY
Buying a family ticket for an activity of some sort can be the perfect gift.
Things like a concert, a theme park, the cinema etc… all work well – but my personal favourite at the moment is an Escape Room!
My family have all done these before and it’s a fantastic way to spend some family time together.
The basic idea is that you all get locked in a room that has lots of clues and puzzles to solve – and you have a time limit to find the key and get yourselves out.
There are all sorts of different rooms to explore – some are more adult (i.e. harder, and themes like horror) and others are more than suitable for kids (detectives office is one that we did).
Definitely worth buying for a family that loves games – something different!
TIP – A lot of places also do virtual games – which has also been a great idea when family are in different locations, or in crazy times like the recent lockdowns. It’s a way of socialising and doing something different without leaving the house.
#2 – PERSONALISED FAMILY PICTURES
Last year I bought a gorgeous item for my best friend and her family – with wellies as each person – all different colours and ‘personalities’. Their family love being outdoors – so the wellies were perfect!
You can take a look around and find lots of different themes and styles for this – but the general thought of having a personalised picture is a lovely idea that will last for ever.
TOP TIP – If you’re on a budget then this can actually be a very thoughtful but inexpensive present. Simply buy the picture and frame it yourself. I love the Ribba frames from IKEA and as long as you ensure you get the right sized picture, it will work perfectly!.
#3 – A BOARD GAME
What better way to get the family all involved in a present than buying a board game!
There are so many available, but we were given one a couple of years ago and love it because it was easy to get to grips with the rules (important for little ones) and hard enough to keep us all interested!
The lesson here was that you need to pick something that works for the family you are buying for – so that everyone can play and have fun.
TIP – You could also add some things to eat while they play the game – some nice chocolates, sweets for the kids, etc…. would work perfectly!
#4 – FOOD HAMPER
I love creating a little personalisation by myself for presents, and making a food hamper fits the bill perfectly.
It’s not too hard, but shows you’ve really thought about the recipients…
Find out what their favourite foods are (something for everyone), and also avoid any allergies etc… so that everyone can have everything if they want.
Looking for hamper baskets a while ago, I came across hamper making packs – everything you need in one go – just add the contents!. I haven’t tried them as yet, but they look great…
TIP – I LOVE LOVE LOVE creating these in specific themes. Some ideas include – ‘Treats’ (chocolates, wine, etc…), ‘pizza making night’ (the ingredients and maybe a pizza stone), ‘film night’ (popcorn, popcorn machine and maybe a voucher to buy a film etc….) – and this type of present could work year after year with a different theme each time. You can REALLY get creative!
#5 – GO WITH A FAMILY HOBBY
I saw a scratch map at a friends house recently, and thought it was an amazing idea!
The family would scratch off the places they visited – and it looked great on their kitchen wall.
So – if you know a family that travel a lot, to different parts of the world, then this would be ideal. They can hang it on a wall and scratch off the places they’ve been.
What a talking point!
Other things that are similar would be a map of a place they love walking (the Lake District, the Peaks etc…), a book of places to visit, a recipe book if they love cooking together etc….
WANT SOME SPECIFIC FAMILY GIFT IDEAS?
I don’t want to leave you with just ideas – so here are a few of the items I’ve been talking about for inspiration for your present shopping. Hope they help!
You can find out more about any of the items below by simply clicking the picture – where you’ll be taken to the shop it’s sold in. All links are affiliate links – which means that I get a commission if you make a purchase, at no cost to you of course.
I hope you love these family gift ideas, and they’ve given you a little food for thought on what you might buy a family in your life…
I know that my family would (and have) like(d) them all !
Ready for some more ideas? – Why not head over to the gift giving section of the site – lots more gifts for everyone in your life. Enjoy!