I know it seems like the Holidays and winter are far away. But in just the blink of an eye, the season of gift giving will be here. And it is a challenge each and every year to think of what to give a family that has the means to get anything they might want for themselves.
It's a kind of awkward thing to buy a gift for someone who knows exactly how much you make (or how much you don't make). But still we want to show our love and appreciation for families who share their youngsters with us.
So here are some ideas that you can start NOW. Or let's be honest, bookmark this and pull it all together at the last minute.
1. Photos. I don't know a parent that doesn't appreciate a photo of their kid. If you think they have enough portrait style then consider taking the kids somewhere and snapping a few. Most parents I know would love a "Day in My Life" type book that you could make with kids. Consider snapping pics that are candid and full of action, photos that highlight personality! A new idea I just ran across that I LOVED was recreating older family photos with the kids. Check it out here.
2. Games. They are not just for kids. Family style board games are a great gift, as they can remind parents to take some time out of the schedule and have fun!! In the past I have made family monopoly (you can find the kits here) but this year I might try our own memory or Guess Who with photos of family members.
3. Kits/Baskets. Putting a bunch of inexpensive items together with a theme shows you are thinking about what the family likes! And as we always tell the kids, it's the thought that counts. We've all seen a movie night basket with candy, popcorn and DVD's. But what about a cupcake baking basket, a day at the beach basket, a grow our own seeds kit, or even a road trip kit.
4. Signage. We love taking photos of kids every year on the first day of school or their birthday. What about a set of appropriate, ready to use and cute signs. You could use chalkboard paint to make it customizable for each year or make a whole set with pre written things on it!!
5. One of my favorite all time make it yourself gifts for families is a box or jar of conversation starters. You can design on popsicle sticks or small notecards. Fill your jar with as many questions as possible and make events out of family meals and other down times!! For a list of questions click here.