“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”
– Harlan Miller
One way to buy less stuff (and often, spend less) is to buy family holiday gifts, that is, one gift per family, that all ages can enjoy. Ideas include:
- Colored pencils with an assortment of coloring books for the appropriate age groups – in case you don’t know, adult coloring books are a thing.
- A board game (a couple of our favorites are Catan – add an expansion pack for larger families – and Apples To Apples.
- Movie tickets.
- Season pass to sporting events, ski lift, etc.
- Video game console.
- Tickets to a local event like Cirque du Soleil or Disney on Ice.
- Movie night basket: a DVD, microwave popcorn and some candy.
- Family membership to a museum, aquarium, zoo, pool, etc.
- An outdoor game like badminton or bocce ball.
- Tickets for a day at an amusement park, water park, zoo, aquarium, museum, etc.
- A coffee, tea and hot cocoa basket.
- Camping supplies.
- BBQ grill.
- Special edibles, like homemade cookies.
- Restaurant gift certificate.
- Basket of foods from around the world.
- Subscription to Amazon Prime.
- A charitable donation the kids will appreciate too. Organizations that help children or animals tend to be popular with kids.
- A cookie-baking kit (it’s easy to make one yourself).