Family-Themed Gift Ideas for Kids

A common dilemma these days is figuring out what to give that will be useful and meaningful after the Christmas tree is put away.  Most kids today need connections more than things, but thinking of a gift idea to foster family connections can be challenging.  I’d like to share with you some great gift ideas that will do just that.  Let’s start with the kids!

Experiences and Activities

I know many families like to give experiences and activities as gifts–like movie theater tickets or museum passes.  One year we gave our kids their own swimming suits wrapped in gift boxes!  Underneath the swimming suits were notes telling them we were going to spend the next day at Great Wolf Lodge.  (I have to say–  the looks on their faces when opening their own swimming suits was priceless!)

Experiences and activities can certainly vary in price, so picking something both interesting and affordable is a must.  Just be sure whatever you choose is something special (as opposed to something you already normally do) and something you can do together.  Here are a few experiences and activities you can give as gifts to your kids or grandkids:

I suggest you make these experiences extra special by taking photos and then printing them out in an album or book with your memories included.  When kids can look back on memories and connections, it strengthens their sense of belonging.  Giving them a tangible keepsake or “souvenir” of the event can be meaningful for years.

I love this idea by Camille at Chicken Scratch n Sniff to choose 12 activities and make them into a Family Fun Packet you can give for Christmas.  See what I mean at her link here.

To focus outward instead of inward at Christmastime, this 12-Day Nativity book includes activities, crafts, service projects, and recipes as your family talks about the symbolism behind each figure in a nativity set.

Games

Games designed for kids and their families to play together are another fantastic gift.  Here are a few I think look fun:

From the Heart

I think my all-time favorite gift for a kiddo is a personalized book.  I made this “Guess Who Loves Me” book for my nephew.  Each of the pages on the right side of the book had descriptions of the people who love him, and then he could guess who it was.  When he turned over the page, he could see a picture of the person who loves him.  It was especially meaningful because he doesn’t have grandparents or cousins or aunts/uncles who live nearby.

You could create “I’m a VIP” books, “You Are Loved” books, “10 reasons I love you” books, or anything you feel would make the child in your life feel important and loved.

Special Ideas

I hope you’ve found a special idea that will be just right for the kid(s) in your life.  Finding something wonderful takes the stress out of gift-giving.  Kids have an innate desire to connect with those who love them, and showering them with meaningful gifts that give them happy memories as they grow their relationships is a perfect way to do it.

~Jennifer  #familyhistoryfriday

Information on how to create the Family Matching Card Game and the From the Heart books can be found here.


References

  1. Chicken Scratch n Sniff. (2015). Retrieved from https://www.cknscratch.com/family-time/the-gift-your-children-really-want-for-christmas
  2. Mrs. Lady Wordsmith. (2017). Retrieved from https://mrsladywordsmith.com/2017/10/08/family-gift-guide-21-games-that-are-fast-and-easy-to-play/
  3. Raising Memories. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.raisingmemories.com/2013/12/ultimate-list-100-non-toy-gift-ideas.html
  4. The Gifty Girl. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.thegiftygirl.com/family-gift-idea-shadow-puppet-theater/
  5. The GIfty Girl. (2017). Retrieved from http://www.thegiftygirl.com/national-engineering-week-stem-family-challenge-box-revisited/
  6. The Joshua Aaron Blog. (2016). Retrieved from http://thejoshuaaaronblog.com/the-best-christmas-movies-for-families

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Jennifer Wise

I'm Jennifer, and I'm passionate about connections.I enjoy helping people discover the very real benefits of preserving stories, photos, and memories because of the impact they have on children, families, and individuals. I blog weekly at www.lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com sharing tips, ideas, solutions, and inspiration, and I'm over at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise, too. Learn more about me at the "About" tab.

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4 thoughts on “Family-Themed Gift Ideas for Kids

  1. I love these gift ideas that create memories! So often we get wrapped up in the buying of gifts rather than making the memories… Thank you for helping us remember what’s important! Thanks for sharing at Confessions of Parenting #WanderingWednesday!

    • Thanks, Michele. I know–it seems like it’s so easy to just get “things,” but memories and experiences last so much longer. Thanks for reading. Happy to be on your #WanderingWednesday linkup! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Kim. Yes, experiences and interactive activities are important ways to connect and strengthen ties. And the homemade items are always perfect, too. Thanks for reading! Merry Christmas.