Finding ways to connect as a family is one of our biggest struggles. We are each in different seasons and enjoy different interests and hobbies. How do you find time and activities that will engage and connect you as a family you truly does value quality time? As the Christmas season approaches, our family is planning to do things differently to achieve our end goal. We are looking to at many whole family gift ideas for Christmas rather than dozens of single gifts that will pull us apart.
Top 5 Whole Family Gift Ideas for Christmas
When I think of quality family time I don’t think of family devotionals, deep conversations, life lessons or anything so serious as that. Those things are valuable, but they have a certain time and place.
Quality Time for me is all about being in the room – mentally present with the people face to face with us – when we are together. When that happens, quality time happens. Can you relate?
As our family grows I find we each prefer different hobbies, but there are certain things we all enjoy together. It is critical for our family to thrive that we still spend time together!
The Montgomery Family loves spending time together. It doesn’t matter if we are watching TV or playing Uno, we laugh and talk and cuddle. That time – no matter what we are doing – becomes quality time because it is building our relationships. That is why we love whole family gift ideas for Christmas!
One thing our Family values is healthy family love.
Healthy family love accepts you as you are and loves you – warts and all. Our end goal is to be together long after the kids leave the house – to still enjoy time together. We are strict about rules and discipline, but we are also intentional about fun and relationship. It takes both to keep a family healthy and loving which is one reason we now love finding whole family gift ideas for Christmas – especially while Christmas shopping on a budget!
I see that example in the way God loves us, disciplines us, yet gives us good things to enjoy in this life.
Hebrews 12:7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
Christmas can be a time to foster the end goal of quality time
Do you have dreams and plans for your life, your spouse and your kids? I do. I dream of publishing my first book, celebrating 75 years of marriage one day and launching two kids with a rock-solid faith that changes the world.
But do you ever feel like – at Christmas – shopping is more about what we each want than what we all need?
Let me clarify – there’s nothing wrong with getting some of the things on our list (if we can afford them and they actually fit in our world).
- My girls will have new dolls and craft books for Christmas – absolutely!
- I am dropping lots of hints to hubby that I need a new Kindle this year and would love that new Illustrating Bible!
- A Bible that has been specifically designed to Bible Journal.
- Are you new to Bible Journaling? Or just interested in getting started cheap? Check out this Post!
- Hubby is drooling over a new 4 man tent and a renewed subscription to Audible.
I love getting good gifts for my family (and making Homemade gifts as a family). But can we find a way to match what we need with what we want in order to achieve our end goals?
Family Gift Ideas for the Whole Family to Grow in Quality Time
What kind of gifts could foster quality time as a family? I have 5 Ideas this year (maybe 6 😉 ) and I hope you enjoy them as well. They are family gift ideas for whole family and I wonder if your family would love them too? You may also enjoy my Family Gift Ideas Pinterest Board to find unique gifts for the family, gift ideas for families who have everything, gift ideas for active families and gift ideas for those on a Christmas budget!
1. Box Sets of Old TV Series
Our family enjoys watching wholesome movies and TV shows together. The problem, of course, is that our idea of wholesome is not the culture’s ideas of wholesome.
We value families that are kind, respectful, and forgive each other. I need the show to have real-world situations but not reward kids who act like brats. A hard bill to fill, right? Not if you go back a few years.
We love These old TV Shows:
- Full House: The Complete Seasons 1-4 (4-Pack)
- Family Matters DVD 4-pack: Seasons 1-4 (Complete First Second Third and Fourth Season)
- The Cosby Show – The Complete Series
- I Love Lucy: The Complete Series
- The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series
- The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
It’s hard to catch those on TV so we buy them in season sets off Amazon and enjoy them as a family whenever we want! I love shopping Cyber Monday and Prime Day because the deals are sweet! Are you a Prime Member? Is there an old TV show from your past that I missed? I’d love to add another to our wish list!
This next two really tie into the TV and Movie time theme:
2. A snuggly blanket to cuddle in while watching
We just got a set of these throw blankets for the couch and it is so fun to cuddle under! When we sit to watch the old TV shows we cuddle and chat about our favorite parts. That is a great way to enjoy quality time as a family!
Cuddly throw blankets are a great addition to our whole family gift ideas list!Cuddly throw blankets are a great addition to our whole family gift ideas list! Click To Tweet
3. Fancy Pop Corn Flavoring & Containers to make it a fun family occasion
We have food allergies but many of these kernel season’s popcorn seasoning packs work for our Family.
Another way we make it an all-out fun time is by using special popcorn containers. I think we found these at the Dollar Store and they are so cute and fun to use!
These home theatre and popcorn items would be great family gift basket ideas. Set the new DVD’s, blanket and popcorn items in a cute basket and plan to enjoy the time that very night!These home theatre and popcorn items would be great family gift basket ideas. Set the new DVD's, blanket and popcorn items in a cute basket and plan to enjoy the time that very night! Click To Tweet
4. New Games that work for all ages
We love to laugh together and nothing does that like playing games together. So games are great Christmas gift ideas!!!!! Last year we got Pie Face and laughed so hard we cried. This year our game hasn’t been picked but I have my eye on are:
- Watch Ya Mouth Family Edition – The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party Card Game
- Stare! Junior Board Game – 2nd Edition
- Classic Operation Skill Game (Amazon Exclusive)
- Mattel Games Uno Attack Game
What are your family’s favorite games? Comment below so we can add them to our whole family gift ideas list this year!What are your family's favorite games? Comment below so we can add them to our whole family gift ideas list this year! Click To Tweet
5. Tickets to Go Out Together
I don’t know where you live in the world, but chances are there are attractions all around you that would be fun to visit. What stops you from going together as a family?
For us most of the time the reason we don’t get out and about is money. Why not buy the tickets at Christmas time, present it as the gift, mark it on the calendar and have a token gift so the kids still enjoy it.
This year we plan on Visiting the Creation Museum from Answers in Genesis. We Visited the Ark Encounter and Loved it – Check out my Review Here to see why!
We’ll buy the tickets, and pick up something from the Fair Trade spot of their online store (that will support a family in a 3rd world country and bless my kids)
A Bonus Whole Family Gift idea: A Bible Journaling Starter Kit
Our family struggles to have family devotionals but we enjoy having fun in and with God’s word. Bible Journaling is a way to study a verse together as a family and then illustrate and create memories with that verse.
Our family has been studying the word Joy and learning how to cling to the joy of the Lord every day!. There are many Bible Verses about Joy*. I’d love to give you a Free 30 day’s of Joy Reading Plan to help you focus on Him this month.
And if you are interested in Illustrated Faith or Bible Journaling, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Joy Bible Journaling Starter Kit as a great addition to your whole family gifts ideas for Christmas!And if you are interested in Illustrated Faith or Bible Journaling, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Joy Bible Journaling Starter Kit as a great addition to your whole family gifts ideas for Christmas! Click To Tweet
Which of these Whole Family Gift Ideas will you try for Christmas?
Creating quality time as a family is important in our busy culture. We have to make it happen or it probably won’t happen. Which of these Christmas gift ideas could your family try?
- Old TV Series
- Ways to snuggle
- Home theatre ideas
- Games for the whole family
- Experiences together
- Bible Journaling
These are just a few of our ideas to make the most of Christmas to grow in quality time as a family. I’d love to hear some of your whole family gift ideas in the comments below!
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