Gift Ideas for Families Who Have Everything

Looking for gift ideas for families who have EVERYTHING? We’ve got some genius gifts for the whole family that will help you check several names off of your list, all at once.

You know how it goes- you have a friend that you exchange gifts with regularly. Sometimes you start out when you’re single, then move on to couples’ gifts.  Pretty soon a baby comes, and then another…and another…and another…and another…and soon you are buying for a small tribe.

Before you start tearing your hair out buying little toys for all those little people, might we suggest that you do something a little different this year. There are lots of fun ways to celebrate the whole family- even when you’re looking for gifts for families who have everything already.

So get creative, hit “add to cart” a couple of times, and before you know it you’ll have a great gift idea for the whole family.

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Board Games or Video Games

Our family never gets tired of playing board games (Well, ask me after round six of Candyland, but you know what I mean).  Consider changing it up by buying KinderPerfect for the parents (think Cards Against Humanity for Moms & Dads), and the kid-friendly counterpart, Apples to Apples Jr. for the family to play together.

If you’re looking to make a family gift basket, you can add a little pizazz by throwing in some game-night snacks and a bottle of sparkling cider for the kids (and some champs for the grown ups).

Gift Cards for Family Activities

When in doubt, give families the gift of quality time. Whether it’s movie tickets, games of bowling, or certificates to restaurants (you know we wouldn’t be mad to receive a Chick Fil A gift card. I’m just saying), you’ll be giving families a gift and a memory. And who can beat that?

Five different sets of feet representing a family standing around a bowling ball.

This also makes a great gift for families who don’t live near you. You can make a few phone calls to places in their city and have them mail you a certificate or gift card. Slip it inside your Christmas card, and you’ll be done shopping for the whole family long before the holiday madness gets underway.

Outdoor Equipment

Consider giving families something neat to help them enjoy the great outdoors together. If you know they’re into camping or hiking, gift them with equipment that will make their trips easier or more fun. 

A fire pit lit in a backyard near a couch.

A fire pit paired with S’mores ingredients would be fun for the whole family, and a playhouse can work for lots of different ages. We have a folding one like this that we LOVE. Fun for the kids and it doesn’t take up a ton of space).

A Fully Stocked Busy Bag

We go into all the details in this post, but this gift gives kids some fun and takes some stress off of their parents, too.  Last year, we gave a family a loaded busy bag and included a wrapped Color Wonder set for each child so they would still have something to open when we exchanged gifts.

Fully stocked busy bag.

Movie Baskets

For those on a budget, this gift is a fool-proof way to go.  You can either include a movie of your choice (we’re partial to Elf, of course) or RedBox gift cards, and pair them with candies, popcorn, sodas or hot cocoa, or even cozy blankets for the family to snuggle up under while they watch.

Gift basket for movie night

You can go as big or as small as you’d like with this one, which makes it super flexible and affordable. Don’t have time to put one together yourself, or shipping to someone far away? You can find a premade package with TONS of snacks on Amazon.

Local Passes or Memberships

Consider passes to local attractions so that families can play tourist in their own city. A regional park near us requires paid parking, but you can buy an annual parking pass for a reasonable fee, which would make a great gift. 

Little boy and girl standing in front of aquarium glasss

Kids of all ages love aquariums, zoos, or indoor play spaces, and you can buy either tickets or annual or monthly passes depending on your budget.  Don’t forget to check Groupon to see if you can snag a deal!


A little thinking outside the box can come with a BIG payoff when it comes to gift ideas for families who have everything. There are lots of fun ways to give the family the gift of time this year, and help them to make some beautiful memories in the process.

What’s the best family gift you’ve ever gotten? Tell us in the comments, and you might just see it added to the list!

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