Family Gift Exchange Ideas

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What are some good gift exchange ideas? This holiday season will be different from others, gifts could be hard to find, and you might want to get a head start now. Instead of the traditional gift guides, I’m going to share our family’s wish lists for our family gift exchange ideas.

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Before we start, please remember that these are a wish list. We have a budget and we don’t get crazy or go over what we spend on the holidays, birthdays, etc. Sometimes we get together with another family member and pool money together to buy one item they want instead of a bunch of smaller items.

Gift Ideas for Him (my husband/dad)

Gifts for the College Student (our daughter)

Gifts for Teen Boy (our son)

Gifts for her (me/mom/wife)

What’s on your wish list this season? Drop it in the comments below

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  1. Chas, I love all your gift ideas! That cutting board with a family recipe is such a wonderful one! Thanks for sharing….especially the teenager ones.

    1. Thank you so much Mary, I’m thrilled you like the ideas too. Can’t wait to see your post, coming over now ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Bill has that Yeti cup and he loves it. I wonder if the Hallmark book has the bingo cards? Great lists! Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much Jeri! It did say it had things like games, recipes, and more & that’s why it’s on my list. I love having fun with those Hallmark movies! Thanks for the input on the cup!

  3. I’m cracking up at your boy list. Exact copy for my son. These are some great ideas. I LOVE the 5 minute journal for myself! These are some great suggestions. Buy now! I hear Fedex and UPS are not going to be able deliver everything.

    1. Thank you so much Andrea, and I’m thrilled you found that journal helpful for you. Love that your son wants the same things. Maybe we should introduce them ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. SO many wonderful ideas Chas! You are so great at featuring things I would never think of but totally want! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m starting my list now!

    1. You are so very sweet friend, thank you so much. I would love to know which one’s peaked your interest. Sending hugs and early happy holidays to you.

  5. Thank you so much for all of the fantastic ideas. Thinking of ideas is the most difficult part of gift giving, I think.

    1. Thank you so much Amy! I’m thrilled you like them.

  6. Hi, great ideas there …
    Gaming stuffs are going to cost … and you probably want to find something “gaming” but without the word “gaming” in it … lol
    might cost a little lesser … :p just my 2 cents

    1. Yes, my son has high tastes. He knows he won’t get it all and usually has to save some of his own money to get some of these items as we have our limit. Thanks for sharing.

  7. There are some GREAT ideas here, thanks! I have started my gift exchange list and have added several of these to it. I’m glad you shared it us!

    1. Thank you Pam, I’m thrilled you like it and there were some ideas that were useful for you too.

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