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Family Group Gift Ideas

Sometimes it’s easier for people to buy us a family group gift, because we have such a big family.

I mean, coming up with a gift for each of my five kids, as well as my husband and I, can get difficult and expensive (believe me, I know!) A family gift is a great alternative if you have a lot of people to buy for, or you don’t know the individual people well enough to make a good guess on what they’d want. If you are struggling to figure out what to buy for a group gift, we’ve got your back!

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Themed baskets:

Everyone loves a grouping of something instead of just one item. There are several different themes you could go with, depending on the family or group involved.

Movie buffs would enjoy a “Night at the Movies” themed basket. Include a couple of Academy Award winning movies, a few boxes of popcorn and candy, as well as fun popcorn containers. You could even include a gift card for pizza delivery so they can enjoy their movies while they eat dinner!

Another theme, if the family likes being outdoors, especially in the winter, put together an “Outdoor Afternoon” basket. New mittens or scarves for everyone, as well as packets of hot chocolate would fit the bill! Add a new mug for everyone and you’re covered!

Board Games:

Most families love to play board games; my family is no exception. You could do one board game, or several for the family. If you get just one, try to find one that fits all the ages of the family so everyone can be included. Pictionary, Uno, Dutch Blitz, and Headbandz are all fun group games that the whole family can play together. Again, be sure to check the ages on the games.


Subscription Boxes:

Subscription boxes are big this year, and ones for the whole family to enjoy together are no exception. While these few are geared towards children, they do need a parent’s help to be fully enjoyed and appreciated.

  • Space Scouts – This program helps your children learn about the solar system with helpers Roxy and Jett. Space Scouts is good for children ages 6 and up. If your child is younger, they have another program called Animal Tracker for those starting at age 3.
  • Little Passports – This program has several different tracks for different age groups, starting at age 3 and going all the way up to ages 7-12. There are world editions as well as US editions of the program. Your children and family will learn so much about geography and the world around them through this program.
  • Bookroo  – This subscription box is perfect if the family you are buying for loves books and reading. There are two different tracks for Bookroo; the first is for children ages newborn to 2.5. This age range would get two board books in the mail each month. The older track, for children ages 2.5 to 5, get three picture books each month. These can be read over and over by the families and is a great way to help a family set up their home library.


Outdoor Gifts:

My kids love to play outside, and these gifts would be perfect for our family. Bocce ball is a game that we don’t own, but have played many times at my uncle’s house. It’s a game that requires a modicum of skill but is not hard to comprehend. A trampoline is an awesome gift, but I would probably check with the parents before getting this. For one thing, you have to make sure they have the room to put it up! We also do a lot of camping, and would love to have extra camping gear that we don’t own, like a fried pie maker or popcorn basket. We’re all about the snacks!



This is a gift I’ve been trying for YEARS to get my in-laws to buy for us, instead of individual gifts. Memberships to the zoo, aquarium, science center or museum…there are so many ideas! Most of the memberships pay for themselves within a visit or two! We love to do educational things like these. If someone gives you the same membership a couple of years in a row and you’ve seen it all, you could even request that they switch up the location of the membership for the next year’s gift!


Gift Cards:

If you just can’t think of any more group gifts ideas, and none of the above-mentioned ones will work, you could always fall back on the gift card. Instead of getting gift cards to clothing stores, however, go for something a little more fun! The local ice cream shop or movie theater would be a great place to spend some time with the whole family! Just try to make sure you’ve put enough on the gift card for the entire family to go at least once together.



Keep up with us this Blogmas by checking out our other posts! You don’t want to miss anything!

  1. All About Blogmas
  2. Christmas Picture Books (plus two chapter books!)
  3. Ugly Sweaters for Christmas Parties
  4. Gifts for Sports Fans
  5. Christmas Movies
  6. Christmas Tree Display
  7. Gifts for Crafters
  8. When You Just Aren’t Feeling the Christmas Spirit
  9. Christmas Wreaths
  10. Taking a Break from Blogmas!
  11. Taking a Break From Blogmas!
  12. Letters to Santa
  13. Family Group Gifts
  14. Gift Ideas for Grandparents
  15. Christmas Goodies
  16. Surviving a Christmas Road Trip
  17. Taking a Break From Blogmas!
  18. Taking a Break From Blogmas!
  19. Flying over the Holidays
  20. Christmas Quotes, Sayings and Memes
  21. Last Minute Christmas Gifts
  22. Christmas Youtube Videos
  23. Christmas Playlists
  24. Christmas Eve Traditions
  25. Merry Christmas!


  • Abby December 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Love these ideas! Buying gifts for multiple generations is MUCH easier to do if we do it by family 🙂 Definitely trying this out this year.

  • Lori Wildenberg December 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Great ideas!

  • Leighann December 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    This was a great idea for a post! As I’m getting older and more of my friends are starting families, group gifts make it easier to keep myself organized as far as gift giving!

  • Amanda December 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I am so enjoying your blogs. This one has some super ideas. I like the membership idea. Some zoos, museums, etc have reciprocal policies with others, so you can take advantage of your card when you travel. The movie night is cool, too.

    • Rebekah @ My Circus My Monkeys December 16, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Thank you, Amanda, I’m glad you’re enjoying them so much!

  • Laura Hudson March 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Loving these ideas!! The kids in my family get SO MANY presents throughout the year, it makes it hard to buy anything for anyone!! I may gravitate towards family gifts going forward!! Thank you for all the great ideas!!

  • Kristie Chiles August 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Love you website and have ALWAYS love that monkey saying! Found you on Tailwind as a suggested pin…thought you might like to know that TW is working for ya! Kristie


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