Are you looking for the BEST holiday gift ever? It’s getting close to that time of year again – the holiday gift-giving season.
Instead of sharing a list of gift ideas like I do most years, this year I want to share with you my all-time favorite family holiday gift. It’s perfect for your own family, or you could do a smaller version of it for someone else. I’ve done this a few times through the years and it’s always a hit.
Ready to give the most memorable gift ever?
A year of fun
Instead of heading to your local mall, I encourage you to create a year of fun. It’s a little bit of work, but the results are well worth it! And, you can tailor it for whomever you are creating this for. It can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you’d like it to be.
Start with 12 envelopes (I like these as they don’t take up too much room but hold everything I need) and a box to put the envelopes in.
Write one month of the year on each envelope (January, February, etc.).
Now for the fun part …
For each envelope, you are going to come up with a fun activity to do for that month. I’ll share examples below, but you can switch them up for your area of the country, audience, budget, etc.
Gather everything you need
Now that you have your list of ideas, start gathering everything you’ll need for each activity. For example, I have Ice Skating in January, so I’ll purchase a gift card (or Groupon) for the local ice skating rink, and perhaps a few packets of hot chocolate to enjoy afterward.
This is what is a bit time-consuming as you may have to do a little research and purchase a few gift cards, but it’s what makes the present so special.
Fill each envelope with the necessary items for that month, along with a short note explaining what you’ll be doing, and then seal the envelope. Make sure you write the month on the outside.
Place all your envelopes in a pretty box or basket and wrap them up!
You’ve just created a year of guaranteed fun for your family!
Ideas for each month
Need a little help to get you started?
January: Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate – include a gift certificate for ice skating and a few packages of hot chocolate.
February: Enjoy a winter hike – include a map to a local park with a hiking trail marked and a $20 gift card to Starbucks to warm up on the way home.
March: Movie night – include either a gift card to a local theatre, a new DVD, or a gift card to Redbox. Add in a package or two of popcorn and a $5 gift card to the grocery or drugstore for movie candy.
April: Visit a museum. Find a nearby museum that your family either loves or has never visited and include $$ or admission tickets.
May: Mini-golf or driving range – include appropriate gift cards or a brochure and $$ for the place you plan on visiting.
July: Visit the pool – find a local pool or small waterpark and include a brochure or printout of the location along with $$ for admission. Package this one with a fun float!
August: Visit the zoo! Include gift cards or $$ for zoo tickets along with a brochure for the zoo.
September: Breakfast at the park. Include a gift card for your local bagel or donut shop and a map of a nearby park. Set out one morning and enjoy breakfast at the park!
October: Dollar store fun. Include $5 for each person in your family to go wild at the dollar store. See what kind of fun things you can find, or challenge each person to find something for another family member.
November: Thanksgiving craft. Look up a fun Thanksgiving craft on Pinterest and include $$ for the needed materials. Include the necessary instructions in the envelope.
December: Family game night. Include a list of potential games and/or $$ to purchase a new one.
Make it your own
Hopefully, you get the idea! You can make each month as elaborate or as simple as you’d like. Tailor the activities to your family.
If a year feels like too much of a commitment, just do 3 months, or one activity every quarter.
This could be a lot of fun to give to someone else too – your theme could be fun date nights, or day trips. Go wild with your creativity.