Holiday Gift Guide: Families

by Mrs. Moneysaver on December 3, 2009

This is the fifth installment in a series of gift guides, where I’m sharing some creative gift ideas for a wide range recipients.  Nearly all the ideas are under $50, and I’m hoping this will give you a hand in shopping for those people on your guest list that are just so hard to shop for!

Sometimes, rather than buying individual gifts for members of one family, we buy a gift for a whole family to enjoy together instead.  Here are some fun family gift ideas!


1.  Auntie Anne’s Make-Your-Own-Pretzel Kit Have a family on your gift list that loves Auntie Anne’s pretzels?  (I know my kids and I do!)  Then this pretzel making kit might be a neat gift idea that encourages family fun.  Each kit, priced at $12.95, comes with all the dry ingredients and directions needed to make 10 homemade Original or Cinnamon Sugar pretzels. Yum!  The recipient of the kit just needs to provide the vegetable oil, butter, and cooking spray.  What a fun project for a family to do together!  You can pick up the Make-Your-Own-Pretzel Kit at participating Auntie Anne’s location or on the company website.

2.  Corel Digital Studio 2010 Okay, this gift idea is a bit above the $50 budget most of the other gift guide ideas are sticking to, priced at around $100.  (Make sure you don’t miss the $50 Amazon deal at the end of this paragraph though!)  But depending on your spending budget, this could be a great gift that keeps giving for a family on your list.  (Or even a gift for your own family that allows you to make future gifts for others right from home.)  Corel 2010 is photo software that allows you to edit your pictures and make them into home videos as well as gifts such as calendars.  You can even design and print your own photo greeting cards with this software right from your own printer.  So whether for a family on your gift list or as investment in your own future gift-giving, Corel is a gift that can help families get creative- and save money- in the months and years to come.  You can buy Corel Digital Studio 2010 here, or from major retailers like Best Buy for about $100.  But right now, Amazon has it priced for 50% off at $49.99!  Woohoo!

Family Talk

3.  Around The Table The Around The Table games- all priced at less than $10- are conversation card games meant to get families and friends talking.  Each set has 50 to 100 questions listed on cards, gathered with a carabiner clip, that encourage fun conversation.  And since the conversation cards are all clipped together, it’s perfect for around the dinner table, car trips, and sleepovers.  Around The Table makes several different editions, such as Family Talk, Grandparent Talk, Teen Talk, and Buddy Talk, each with questions specific for those relationships.  I’ve seen so many families struggle with conversation past the typical “How was your day?” and “Fine”, so I think Around The Table cards are a fun idea!  While my kids are a bit too young for these right now, I can’t wait to use them as a family when they get older.  (For now, we’ll ask the questions of our church youth group kids!)  You can purchase Around The Table cards here, or look for a retailer near you that carries the games.

The products shared above were provided to me by the companies.  The opinions shared are mine and were not provided by the company.

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