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10 Great Christmas Gifts for Families

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Coming up with Christmas gift ideas isn't always easy.

Coming up with Christmas gift ideas isn't always easy.

Choosing Christmas Gifts

I have three adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and ten grandchildren. We all love Christmas! Every year, on Christmas Eve, the entire family gathers at my house to eat, laugh, visit, and exchange gifts. I consider myself pretty good at choosing gifts, but sometimes it can be a challenge. One of my favorite things to give is a present for a whole family. It's usually an assortment of items, with something for everyone in the family. I have fun choosing all the items, and these gifts have been big hits with the recipients. Sometimes I present everything in a very large gift bag, but I've also used containers that keep with the particular theme of the gifts. I hope this article gives you some ideas!


Family Movie Night Bundle

All my adult kids schedule a family movie night each week, so I thought this would be a great family gift for each of the three families. I can just picture them snuggled under a blanket and eating popcorn and candy and sipping hot cocoa!


movies

popcorn

carnival-type popcorn bags

theater boxes of candy

gourmet hot cocoa

matching mugs

blanket large enough to cover everyone on the couch

cherry syrup for sodas

nacho cheese

tortilla chips

jar of pickled jalapenos

floor pillows

tumblers with lids and straws


A winter survival kit comes in handy when a family member gets sick.

A winter survival kit comes in handy when a family member gets sick.

Winter Survival Kit

My middle daughter has five kids, and in the winter, it seems that at least one of them has a cold, sore throat, or earache at any given time. Last year, I gave her a winter survival kit, and she loved it! She said it came in handy, as she didn't have to run to the store every time someone got sick.


cough syrup

cough drops

antihistamine

vapor rub

Tylenol

vitamin C drops

books/comic books for kids to read in bed

thermometer

warm slipper socks

humidifier

menthol inhalers

lip moisturizer

lotion

muscle-rub cream

nighttime cold medicine

cans of soup

soup mugs

neti pot

boxes of tissues

earache drops

throat-numbing spray


Travel Essentials

I keep a large travel bag ready to go at all times. When an emergency arises, I don't have to worry about rounding up essentials we'll need for a trip. You can give these in a large tote, a suitcase, or an overnight bag.


hair brush and comb

toothpaste

dental floss

mouthwash

disposable razors

shaving cream

travel pillows

ponytail holders

shampoo

conditioner

deodorant

baby wipes

bar soap

shower gel

powder

hand mirror

tweezers

sewing kit

books

emery boards

nail polish

polish remover

body lotion

washcloths

sleep masks

nonperishable snacks

blanket to keep in car

auto emergency kit: seatbelt cutter, glass-breaking tool, etc.

Floats and water toys are always good ideas for a family that has a pool.

Floats and water toys are always good ideas for a family that has a pool.

Pool Package

If the family owns a pool, why not provide them with more ways to enjoy it? Sure, they might have to wait a few months to take advantage of the gifts, but that'll just give them something to look forward to!


floats

beach towels

flip-flops

masks

goggles

swim fins

bug spray

beach ball

tanning lotion/sunblock

diving toys

ring-toss game

floating drink holders

sunglasses

chlorine tablets

visors

waterproof straw hats

swim vests for small kids

pool noodles

floating pool lights

wax earplugs

swimmer's ear drops

nose clips


My grandsons LOVE getting fishing gear for Christmas gifts!

My grandsons LOVE getting fishing gear for Christmas gifts!

For a Fishing Family

We are a family of anglers, and my oldest grandson is obsessed with fishing. Every Christmas, I give him fishing stuff. This year will be no exception. I'm putting all his gifts in a large cooler – one with wheels and a handle for pulling. I can hardly wait for him to see all the fishing goodies!


insulated bait bucket

aerator

battery-powered lantern

flashlight

fishing line

fillet knife

weights

hooks

bobbers

lighted floats for night fishing

cast net

minnow trap

lures

insect repellent

hand warmers

book on fish species

fish recipes cookbook

fish-cleaning board

scaler

hook remover

hand-cleaning wipes

nylon cord

utility scissors

textured fishing gloves

neck gaiters

antique lure

fish measuring stick

Chapstick


Cornhole games can provide a lot of outdoor family fun.

Cornhole games can provide a lot of outdoor family fun.

Family Fun Gift

This is a great gift for families who enjoy spending time together – indoors and outdoors. If you know of something they particularly enjoy together, you can add related items. For example, for bird watchers, you might include a set of binoculars or a field guide to bird species. For shell-seekers, you could include a shell ID book and some mesh bags for holding their treasures.


badminton set

cornhole game

croquet set

lawn darts set

dartboard and darts

tether ball set

roller blades

family board games

decks of cards

Uno card set

amusement park gift certificates

zoo/aquarium passes

cinema tickets

Twister game

Chinese checkers set

picnic basket with blanket, plates, and utensils

outdoor fire ring

A family of food-lovers will really enjoy receiving homemade goodies!

A family of food-lovers will really enjoy receiving homemade goodies!

Foodie Family

Yes, we are a foodie family. We love to cook, and we love to eat. I can assure you that we would appreciate all the items listed below!


cookbooks

kids' cookbook

pizza stone

apron

unique kitchen gadgets

gourmet sauces

spices/herbs

gift cards for pizza/burgers/wings

candy-making kit

unique cake pans

exotic flavorings

good cutting board

knife set

window herb-growing kit

spices and herbs chart

small Christmas tree made of herbs

restaurant gift certificates

cooking videos

homemade goodies

gourmet jams and jellies

subscription to cooking magazine

cheese and sausage gift set



Get the dog lovers t-shirts with an actual photo of their dog.

Get the dog lovers t-shirts with an actual photo of their dog.

Dog Lovers

Hubby and I love our dogs! Since our daughters are grown and have families of their own, our canines have become more like our kids than like dogs. We really enjoy receiving doggie gifts!


coffee mugs with breed

fancy collar and matching leash

leash hanger/holder

book about the breed owned

dog clippers/grooming supplies

dog bed

ball thrower and balls

chew sticks

framed photo of dog(s)

painting or sketch of dog(s)

dog sweater

t-shirt for owner with photo of dog

book of dog stories/poems

dog breed tree ornaments

blanket with dog's photo

personalized welcome mat with dog's photo or breed

first aid book for dogs

Artsy-Crafty Family

My husband and I, along with our five granddaughters, are very into arts and crafts. I enjoy nurturing their talent and their creativity, so I often give them gifts related to arts and crafts. Sometimes we all paint and draw together, which is a real hoot!


acrylic paints

watercolors

pastels

colored pencils

tempera paints

drawing paper

different sizes of canvases

variety of brushes

palette knife

craft kits for kids

art instruction books

paint pens in different colors

glitter pens

t-shirts to paint/decorate

plain visors to decorate

rhinestones

E-6000 glue

construction paper

watercolor paper

stencils

tabletop easel

safety scissors for kids

books displaying famous works of art

paint-by-numbers kit for kids



I got my husband this autographed GA Dawgs helmet for Christmas. He's going to love it!

I got my husband this autographed GA Dawgs helmet for Christmas. He's going to love it!

Family of Fans

We are big University of Georgia football fans. Go Dawgs! I think we have everything on this list, except for the mini helmet, but it's on the way. I can't wait for hubby to see his helmet, signed by Rodrigo Blankenship, “Hot Rod.” Shhhh...it's a secret!


blanket/throw with team logo

stadium chairs

thermoses

hot cocoa mix

matching tees/sweatshirts with team logo

caps/visors with team logo

mini helmet with team logo (an autographed one would be even better)

tickets to a game

tailgating items

team flags for vehicle

team car tag

hand warmers

insulated socks

yard flag with team logo


Put in Some Thought

One of the best things about giving these sorts of gifts is that you don't have to buy everything at one time. I keep a running list, and when I think of an appropriate item, I add it to the list. When I'm out shopping and run across something that would be a good addition, I buy it. In my opinion, this type of gift assortment shows the recipient that you really put a lot of thought into the gift. If you know the giftee well, your selections are sure to be a big hit!

© 2021 Holle Abee

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