The best holiday gifts are ones that bring you and your family closer together. An experience that you engage in together will bring pleasure for years to come through the shared memories — much more so than another thing that will just add clutter to an already-full house. A great gift idea for the holidays is something that will help your family bond and grow together.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of gift ideas that are ideal family gifts. No matter your budget, these crowd-pleasers will garner praise from kids and adults alike. 

Glamping Experience – We all need something to look forward to this year. Give your family the gift of Glamping, otherwise known as luxury camping. You can spend the first part of 2021 planning the details and savoring the prospect of a one- to three-night camping trip in some of the most beautiful places in the country, like the banks of the Chattooga River and the heights of Olympic National Park. Enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts and amenities you could wish for. Look forward all winter long to fresh outdoor air, gorgeous sunsets, and unforgettable family memories.

Board Games – As winter comes on, we know we’ll be spending more time inside soon. Games are the perfect way for families to enjoy a winter evening together or while away a snow day. (Public Service Announcement: If you think that you’ve got plenty of board games on hand, you might want to inspect your stock. How many houses and hotels are actually left in that aging Monopoly set? Is that deck of cards anywhere close to complete?) These fun and updated options are a great way to get everyone in the family interested and engaged on game night.

    • Clue Luxury Edition – Immerse yourselves in the classic murder mystery game with this three-dimensional set from Hasboro. A glass top lets you peek into every room in the mansion. You can look at the library, patrol the parlor, and ensure no shenanigans are taking place in the dining room. Uh-oh. Is that a knock at the door?
    • Deluxe Scrabble/Monopoly – These classic games are made to last in this elegant set from L.L.Bean. Scrabble and Monopoly have stood the test of time for good reason: everyone loves them. Enjoy hours of fun together for years to come. You can even add an inscription plate with your family’s name! 
    • Air Hockey/Table Tennis table – Okay, so this isn’t technically a board game, but it’s a game you can play at home with your family, and maybe even burn a few calories in the process. Lightweight yet durable, you’ve got everything you need for a rousing game of air hockey or an exciting ping pong match. Set it up in your family room, basement, or even garage and let the fun begin!

Blue Apron Meal Delivery Plan – Going to the grocery store never tops the list of people’s favorite things to do, but it’s especially not fun during a pandemic. (Try opening a produce bag without licking your finger. Frustrating.) Blue Apron gives you a range of healthy, delicious meal plans to choose from, with all the ingredients delivered right to your door. Choose the portion amounts and the frequency of delivery to tailor it just for your family. Fresh ingredients, tantalizing flavors, and easy-to-follow instructions make delicious meals at home a snap. Picky eaters and tired home chefs rejoice! The new year just got a whole lot merrier and bright.

A New Pet – Nothing brings a family together like a living, breathing creature that you can all enjoy. Kids learn responsibility when they’re tasked with providing food and water, and everyone gets more exercise during those daily walks. And while cats may not require walking, just get a laser toy and enjoy hours of entertainment (leave the exercising for the cat). Before you rush to buy a puppy or kitten, check out your local animal shelter and see what animals are in need of a home. Rescuing a shelter pet brings joy all around, both to your family and the creature who needs a forever home.

Escape Together … Literally! If your kids are 13 or older, an Escape Room is a great family activity that you’ll always remember. These challenging, real-life “puzzles” put your problem-solving talents to the test. Bond and work together to solve clues that will lead you out of a locked room and back into freedom. Cloud 9 Living offers fun Escape Room experiences all across the country. Pick one that’s convenient for you, and look forward to an unforgettable family outing!

Family Pictures – The years rush by, especially when you have growing children at home. Take the time to preserve the moment and have family pictures taken this holiday season. Hire a professional photographer and give your loved ones the precious gift of photos that will last forever. Sure, you might get a few complaints about dressing up or combing hair on a non-school day, but the rewards are worth it. When the prints are made, pick out special frames for each family member and wrap what is sure to be a cherished gift.

However you choose to celebrate the holidays this year, we hope these gift ideas are useful. From the Cloud 9 Living family to yours, we hope that you make new memories, grow closer to your loved ones, and stay healthy and safe this holiday season.