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If you live in Utah, it’s likely you have a family or two to give gifts to this holiday season. Giving to families can be overwhelming, with each family member having their own likes and preferences. One way to handle the dilemma is to give gifts everyone can enjoy, preferably together.

Here are 10 gift ideas that will please family members of all ages.

A day at the spa

Granted, it takes a certain type of family to enjoy this particular gift, but few adults wouldn’t enjoy some extra “me” time. If you know a small family, particularly with teens, that needs a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, give a gift certificate to the nearest spa. Whether it’s a mani-pedi session or an hour massage, everyone can benefit from a little rest and relaxation this holiday season.

Zoo and aquarium passes

Children and teenagers often like animals, so this is a gift that will appeal. Utah’s Hogle Zoo has a collection of animal sights, along with eateries and a splash pad to boot. Or if the family you’re playing Santa to prefers indoor fun, consider buying them a pass to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, where there’s much more to see than just fish. Penguins, butterflies, frogs, and sloths abound at this indoor wildlife adventure.

The gift of family connection

Family history and DNA tests have grown in popularity as the world becomes more connected. Interest in one’s past or origins is common, so any family could benefit from the chance to attend 2019’s Roots Tech conference. As a family learns more about how to connect with the past, they will also strengthen their bonds to each other. Register to give a family (including your own) this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A ski trip

Depending on your budget and the ages of the family, you could sponsor part or all of a family ski trip. Lift tickets are a good place to start when it comes to helping your favorite family have fun on the slopes. Helping with ski and snowboard rentals or even paying for a few nights in a canyon getaway will provide a swanky gift that shows how much you care.

Personalized items

Every family can use a little more pride, and giving a personalized gift shows appreciation for their unique attributes. Giving a personalized plaque or a family throw pillow will promote the family unity that makes holidays worthwhile. Personalized mugs are also a treat for families with tweens, teens and adult children.

Indoor play passes

Utah winters can be a tricky time to take out young children, but there are places that will get their wiggles out. If you provide a way for parents to do this, they’ll love you forever. Consider gifting a children’s museum membership to help the family you love get through those long winter (or summer) days. The Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi or Discovery Gateway in Salt Lake City are just two options.

A night out on the town

Families with young kids usually have hectic evenings, without much of a chance for a date night. If your wallet is thin this season, but you want to give something great, consider offering to babysit for a young family and giving them a restaurant gift card to sweeten the pot. Knowing their kids are safe and will have fun with you lets parents enjoy their date night. It may not seem like much, but any young parent will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Game night kit

This provides the perfect ready-made opportunity for some much-needed family bonding. In the age of technology, it’s easy to sit together not talking, but this present changes that. Gather a few board games or a card game or two, some popcorn and treats, and voila. You’ve got an awesome game night kit for the whole family to enjoy.

Movies at the theater

While at-home movie streaming has never been more common, there’s something about seeing a movie on the big screen that makes it special. Most families have a hard time making it to the theater these days, so if you give a monthly MoviePass subscription, they’ll thank you for the chance to see blockbuster hits before anyone else.


Most families enjoy entertainment, so you can’t go wrong on the latest and greatest device or streaming technology. A Roku or Apple TV will go a long way in solving family TV woes, with plenty of space for everyone’s favorite programs. Or, if you want the whole family to get involved in a video game, consider giving a Nintendo Switch, perfect for multiplayer gaming.