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PutYourBracesTogether Wed 18-Oct-17 13:35:30

Things are tight financially this year, so instead of buying individual presents, I'm thinking of a gift per household.
This to be shared between parents and children.
I've come up with board games..... Any other ideas?

Spam88 Wed 18-Oct-17 13:42:48

Board games is a good one, and some travel games can easily pass for proper games (5 Second Rule springs to mind). Only other thing I can think of is edible stuff. Or maybe a little film night hamper? DVD, popcorn and some of those popcorn boxes (sometimes have them in the pound shop).

Jaffacakesinmypocket Wed 18-Oct-17 14:45:21

Film night hamper is a good idea.

What about festive baking set like a mason jar with dry ingredients in and a little card with instructions tied with ribbon, you might be able to find festive cupcake papers or baking trays to complete. Could be done quite cheaply I think.

PutYourBracesTogether Wed 18-Oct-17 15:32:29

Great ideas so far..... thank you.

secondhoneymoon Wed 18-Oct-17 20:17:19

What is your budget per an what are the ages of the children (by family if more than one family)

Taffeta Wed 18-Oct-17 20:26:18

Along the same lines, as a family we love the card game Happy Families and Jenga.


Normalserviceissuspended Wed 18-Oct-17 20:38:40

I don't think many people have a dvd player anymore- we don't.

I would approach the families and ask not to do gifts anymore. Buying stuff just for the sake of it is a waste.

Avebury Wed 18-Oct-17 21:15:06

Beat the Parents is a good game for families with primary aged children

PutYourBracesTogether Wed 18-Oct-17 21:35:26

Thanks everyone.
DC ages range from 6-16.
I don't think the teenagers will be interested in board games.

Normalservice I think you're right.
Christmas does feel like this endless exchange of stuff

NapQueen Wed 18-Oct-17 21:37:01

Cinema vouchers

KC225 Fri 20-Oct-17 12:39:06

Everyone I know still has a DVD. I love the film night idea. Perhaps add a film quiz too or a list of trivia in with the pack.

Board game is also a good idea. Friend bought us exploding kittens last year and the kids are 10 so it appealed to their still juvenile sense of humour.

WaxOnFeckOff Fri 20-Oct-17 14:15:31

I don't think the teenagers will be interested in board games.

Mine still are smile and they are 17 and 16.

This has been a surprise hit:

You can play dvds/blurays through most games consoles and most families have one of them it seems.

Vouchers for something - some kind of activity or pizza express or nandos or something?

jo10000 Fri 20-Oct-17 18:14:27

I was in B and M today and they had 'movie hampers' (popcorn and sweets in a large box) for less than £5. Add a dvd ti it and you're done.

Geepee71 Sat 21-Oct-17 19:46:40

I'd go for the hamper idea too, you can add stuff that's relevant.
Last year I purchased initial mugs from M&S for everyone, added some small chocolate items, either choc sprouts, or small hotel chocolate chocolates and that seemed well rceived.

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