Whether your family tree is a small sapling or a mighty oak, it can get spendy to buy an individual Christmas gift for every person on the tree. One way cut costs and at the same time bump up the quality of your gift is to start thinking “whole family gifts”—a single gift that every member of a family will enjoy.
Here are six whole family gift ideas to help you get started early—all the way from high-tech gadgets to low tech tickets:
Kindle Fire is more than an eReader. It’s a tablet computer with a stunning HD display, a screaming fast processor and much longer battery life than earlier Kindles. Get email, watch movies, play games, listen to music and read books on Kindle Fire.
Kindle Fire comes with FreeTime and allows parents to create a profile for each child and choose what books, apps, games and videos—and how long—that child is allowed to view and play. Parents can also use the settings to restrict the time spent playing games and watching videos, while leaving unlimited time for reading.
Universal Remote Control. When it comes to universal remote controls, you have many choices. You want to go with a product that has proven to be of the highest quality and reliability. The Logitech Harmony Smart Control is a quality choice and one the whole family will love and adore. This single remote will control (and replace) up to eight individual remotes including the TV, DVR, DVD player, game consoles like PS3, Wii and Xbox 360.
As a bonus, this remote comes with an app that lets you turn a Smartphone into an additional Harmony remote control. This Logitech universal remote is a solid gift you’ll be proud to give. Under $150.
Digital Photo Frame. Kids love to see their family photos, and that’s what makes this such a great gift idea. Take a look at the NIX 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame. It’s just plain awesome and gets rave consumer reviews. Your recipient family will never have to remember to turn it off and on because it comes with a motion sensor and it is rechargeable.
Using a 4GB USB memory drive (included), this baby holds tons of photos, videos and lets you load your own MP3 music for playback, too. The resolution is beautiful and it’s easy to load and operate. Under $100.
Nintedo Wii U. As a gaming console, the Wii U is way more than just a box that plays games. The ease-of-use and interactivity of the Wii remote and accessories allows for a unique gaming experience for the whole family, regardless of age, The Nintendo Wii U is the quintessential party console, bringing families and friends together to play exciting multiplayer games on a revolutionary system.
You’ll be remembered for years as the relative that gifted the Wii.
Family Membership. A family membership to the zoo, a local museum or amusement part will provide a whole year of free entertainment for a family, and it won’t add clutter to their home. Choose a museum that belongs to the Association of Children’s Museums or the Association of Science and the family will also get free admission to hundreds of other museums across the US and abroad—perfect for when vacation time rolls around. Prices vary.
Movie Tickets. Pick up enough tickets for everyone in the family and your shopping is done. Most theaters discount tickets when you buy them in quantity. Or check out BulkTix. Make movie tickets the gift for everyone on your list this year and you just might save enough to treat yourself to a few movies.
Question: Started your Christmas shopping yet?