On my list I have: mil/fil DH's brother and wife DH's brother 2 and wife
We all exchange gifts, which is $$$ and time-consuming. But mostly $$$, to get everyone a present. Considering that DH's brothers have children, and pil's have the GC at home all the time, I thought that we could get each couple a cool game that they can play with the children (sort of a family gift). Is this a rubbish idea? Do you think people are going to be offended if I don't give a personal pressie to each?
If it's meant to be a gift for the whole family then I think it depends on the age of the children whether it's appropriate or not as a gift. If it's mainly for the adults I think it's probably a good idea. DH and I have received a couple of board games over the years and while they're not played extensively, we do whip them out occasionally and enjoy them. Two faves are Chronology and Charades for adults (think it has a specific name but can't remember what).
Do choose carefully however and don't give what BIL gave us on the first year we were married. It was a board game called Mid-Life Crisis and the blurb was all about demanding children, mortgages, thinning hair etc. At the time DH and I had been married 4 months, were aged 30 and 28 respectively, had no children or any immediate plans to have any, worked abroad, didn't even have a mortgage as we rented a flat, had plenty of hair thank you .... it was so completely wrong and unusable that it is one of the only times in my life that we have returned a gift to someone.