What Are the Best Presents For Your Relatives?
Buying presents at Christmas can be tough, especially if you are worried about finding the right gift for all of your relatives! The good news is that as they are often the people you know the best, finding the right gift shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve. Take a look at our great gift ideas for your relatives, and then start planning your festive fun!
Presents for Your Parents
Buying for your parents is often the most difficult part of Christmas, especially when you want to show them how much you appreciate everything they have done for you. Rather than setting yourself up with an unachievable goal, take the time to pick the presents they are really going to love. You can either try and come up with a present idea on your own or talk to your parents to get some ideas of what to buy so that your money is spent on something they will love.
Some great gift ideas include pictures of you as a family over the years that will look great in a digital photo frame, or you could treat them to a meal at your favourite family restaurant. If your parents are not together, then cater for their individual likes to show that you care, such as a gift voucher for their favourite shop or tickets to see a movie or play they are interested in. The great thing about gifting for your parents is that you can be pretty confident that they will appreciate any effort you make!
Presents for Your Children
If you have your own family to buy for, then balancing treating your children with not spoiling them can be a tough dilemma! Rather than spending ridiculous amounts of money or going into debt, try giving them one main gift along with some smaller, thoughtful gifts instead.
One of the things that kids will always love is hot chocolate, so treat them to a hot chocolate set that they can enjoy over the holidays. You could even arrange a Christmas movie night with popcorn, sweets and hot chocolate, as spending time with them will always be the best gift you can give.
It’s also a great idea to find some thoughtful stocking gifts for your kids too, giving them some lovely things to open when they wake up on Christmas morning. Avoid buying throw-away gifts that they will get bored of quickly, and swap them out for more personal items that they will love to use.
Presents for Your Siblings
Brothers and sisters are often the people that we grow closest to as we get older, especially because they are the people that know all your childhood secrets! Buying gifts for your siblings doesn’t need to be difficult as they will probably be more than happy to share what they want with you if you ask, and if not, you’ll know them so well that you’ll be able to ace the gift giving.
If you want to opt for a surprise present, then why not buy them a memory-making gift that they can enjoy with their partner? If they have kids, then you can even add in your babysitting skills to the mix, giving them a well-deserved night off! If you have agreed on no expensive presents or just small present rules then why not opt for something funny that they can enjoy on the day or something sweet for their home to remind them of you when you aren’t together.
Presents for Your Grandparents
Grandparents are incredibly special and are often the people that spoil us the most as we grow up, so buying them something thoughtful is a great way to show them how much you care. Start by finding out what they are interested in to get some inspiration, or ask your parents for ideas if you are stuck. You may also find that your grandparents have Christmas traditions that have gone by the wayside, so you could use these to either reinvent the tradition itself or get inspiration for a special present they will love.
If your grandparents often tell you stories from their youth, you could look for a retro or vintage gift that will take them back to those happy times. It could be a specific food or drink that they loved or a film, book or music that they miss. By taking the time to source such a thoughtful gift, they will be in no doubt over how much you love them this Christmas, as well as be hugely impressed that you listened when they told you all about the things they used to enjoy.
Presents for Aunts, Uncles & Cousins
If your aunts and uncles have been a big part of your life, then treating them to a lovely Christmas gift is a great way to remind them you appreciate them. However, if you have a big family, then buying Christmas gifts for everyone can get expensive very quickly, leaving you needing to decide on a budget and learn how to stick to it!
Some great budget gifts include recent framed photos of you and your family, quality bottles of wine and chocolate, as well as fun board games. If you would prefer to do something big, then why not arrange a family meeting and agree on a holiday together where everyone pays to go, and you can then treat all the family to a lovely meal or experience as part of the holiday, making memories that your whole family will cherish forever.
Enjoy a Family Focused Christmas
Family comes in all shapes and sizes, with many people turning to those they are closest to fill in for family when they are no longer there. Whoever you class as your family, take the time this Christmas to show them you care and appreciate them by buying thoughtful gifts that will leave them feeling seriously special. Have a wonderful, family-filled Christmas this year!
Katie writes for F and B Recipes. She lives in New York with her dog Coco. When not writing, she can be found baking (and eating) chocolate chip cookies.