A diplomatic way to avoid a budget blowout this Christmas is to get a gift for each family, rather than individual presents. With this SheKnows guide to holiday gifts the whole family will love, you’ll become a hit rather than become known as the family tight wad.
A highly entertaining and fast two-player bat and tethered ball game the whole family can play anywhere. Easy to assemble and take anywhere — like the beach, camping or even just in the backyard. Who will become the ultimate family Orbit Tennis champion this Christmas? Glow Tennis also available.
Every family enjoys a good old-fashioned movie night. Choose a couple of family movies from the Disney range of DVDs and add microwave popcorn, chocolate and chips . Not sure what movie titles to choose? How about the all-new Christmas classic Santa Paws or the soon-to-be-released to DVD Santa Paws 2? It’s a heart-warming magical tale the whole family will enjoy.
Hours of fun for the whole family and there are hundreds of board games to choose from.
You’ll be in stitches when your dad is making a hat out of anything he can find in the kitchen, your sister is sitting underneath the table and your mum has her head wrapped in toilet paper and is talking like Dracula while demonstrating how to belly dance. (Fishpond.com.au, $55)
Trivial Pursuit: Disney for all
Put your knowledge of High School Musical, Pixar films and everything Disney to the test with a unique Disney twist on trivia. (gamesparadise.com.au, $53)
You think you need brains to dabble in finances? All you need is the ability to be able to shout louder than the rest of the members of your family. An easy-to-learn, rowdy game which will have you laughing until you split your sides.
A family pet
Get your own puppy just like the stars in Disney’s Santa Paws. The whole family can fall in love and will enjoy having a new addition to your family. Just a few things to remember:
- It’s important to remember a puppy is a lifetime commitment.
- Don’t purchase a puppy if you’re planning on going away over the summer holidays.
- Don’t gift puppies to other relatives or friends. A puppy is the type of holiday gift you should buy for your own family and make sure everyone understands the obligations involved in having a pet.
Holiday of a lifetime
Perhaps this year you want to give your immediate family an extra special treat and whisk them away for an unforgettable trip. I’m sure the kids will be happy to forgo individual Christmas presents for a chance to explore the magical world of Disneyland. From thrill rides for the adrenalin junkies to a chance to meet all your favourite Disney characters, this is a holiday gift they’ll remember forever.
And if you can’t afford the holiday, the next best thing is Xbox + Kinect with the Disneyland Adventures. It brings the magic of Disneyland into your lounge room. Dance at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, ski alongside Goofy and see the Disney street parade.
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