When we exchange gifts, we love to give (and get!) gifts for the whole family, rather than for each individual family member. It’s a great way to keep things simple for the holidays. For more ideas on gifts for the whole family, check out Everything Christmas.
Give them a picnic
I don’t know exactly why, but a picnic makes any meal more exciting. My kids would eat broccoli for breakfast if we took it to the park and called it a picnic.
It’s fun, it gets us outdoors, and it doesn’t have to involve a ton of preparation—there’s no reason a picnic has to be a traditional meal.
Cookies on a blanket? Picnic.
Trail mix in a basket on a nature walk? Picnic.
Soup on a blanket in the living room, when it’s raining outside? Indoor picnic for the win!
Why not give the gift of a picnic?
What to give
Toss in some picnicky food that won’t go bad (cough—Trader Joe’s kettle corn!—cough).
Print out a map of a nature preserve or park or other likely picnic destination, if you think they’d like the suggestion. (We would!)
Picnic gift: accomplished.
What’s your favorite picnic food?
My kids would say: croissants from the bakery, eaten at the neighborhood park. (I know they would say this, because they tell me so all the time. We’ve done that approximately twice. Ever. Hmm.)
For more gift ideas (along with crafts and books and advent and stories and more), see Everything Christmas.