It’s always nice to give family orientated presents from you and the children to grandparents, aunties and uncles but in an era filled with expensive, impersonal gifts and flashy gadgets it can be difficult to find a gift for a family member that really means something.
For a merry Christmas, we’ve found a variety of fun personal gifts that the whole family can enjoy.
If you’re on a low budget, let the children get stuck in with making gifts. Handmade presents really show you care and can mean a lot more than vouchers or gift sets. Get the children to make personalised Christmas cards for all the family and help them make biscuits, sweets or chutneys to give as gifts. Alternatively, put together a bespoke hamper of each family member’s favourite food and treats for a thoughtful and delicious gift. All you need is some pretty ribbon and bags, jars or baskets to turn your handmade creations into beautiful, thoughtful Christmas presents.
Christmas is all about spending time with the family, so make the day last longer by pre-booking a trip out with the grandparents and other family members. Tickets to football matches or the theatre can make for a great day out for the family, or package trips can be easily booked online. If you’re on a bigger budget, get the grandparents a year’s family membership to the National Trust or English Heritage for fun, cheap days out as a family for the rest of the year. If you’re really looking to splash out, book a few days away for the whole family to a secluded cabin or lodge for some precious family bonding time. Don’t forget to take your camera to make those memories last.
Nothing says a family gift like photos. Instead of the standard school photo, order a canvas print of a special family occasion or an action shot of the children, which family members can display proudly on their walls. Alternatively, design your own personalised calendar or diary with a different family photo every month and smaller photos throughout the calendar on special occasion days to turn your family’s year into a useful gift. Personalised photo albums are also a great gift for families to keep forever and look back on in generations to come.
Whatever gift you have in mind, personalise it with a family member’s name or a special message. Anything from mugs and tankards, jewellery, photo frames and even iPods can be personalised with a message of your choice, creating a gift that’s unique to them and is a lasting memory of your Christmas together. If you’re looking to buy a gift for a whole family try personalised cushions, cookie jars or wall art to add a unique touch to their home that they’re sure to love.