When it comes to family, gifts have to be personal. You can’t really go for the default types of gift for those closest to you. Being thoughtful is the essence of the thing, so you have to put a little thought into them.
A top idea here might be to go for the sentimental choice. You could convert film reels to digital, meaning that your old family memories become accessible again. You could even watch them together on a new-fangled computer for a treat!
What families share is genetics and memories. Of those two facts, the memories are more amenable to gift-giving, and so it’s a lovely place to start thinking. Sometimes a special memory can be associated with an object, which is a good way in.
For example, if you and a family member have a particular shared memory, you could highlight this. Perhaps a quick rummage in the basement can unearth treasures! Making old films and photos come to life again works very well and touches people.
Secrets Between Folks
Let’s say you and a close relative shared a secret years ago. Finding a gift that hints at this would genuinely amuse that person and come across as thoughtful. It could be almost anything since that’s the nature of secrets themselves.
It’s all about association. If something confidential happened in a library, a particular book might trigger the memory. Similarly, a potted orchid may recall an event in an atrium from many seasons back.
The particular object is not the most relevant part of this. It’s the memory awakening that makes it special. Naturally, it would have to be a positive or funny memory you’re recalling, rather than something better left forgotten.
The Practical Side
People are split on practical gifts. Some folks think of gift-giving as essentially impractical, while others appreciate them. Knowing the recipient personally will guide you in this decision so that you don’t disappoint.
Gardeners are a strong case in point here. If you have a gardening family member, you’ll know that they only want all kinds of new plants and gardening equipment. A car fanatic will only want a specific wrench, or maybe pliers.
That’s the point. It’s about demonstrating that you know the person and are thoughtful enough to be specific about their tastes. The more specific you can be, the more well-received the gift is likely to be.
The Impractical Side
Every family has a livewire joker. Why not tailor your gift-giving along those lines? It actually makes things relatively easy when you have someone who is likely to laugh at stuff. It also ties in quite well with certain family secrets if there’s an in-joke involved.
Having a surreptitious giggle between yourself and another person can be rewarding. These are the sorts of jokes that roll along over the months and even years, bringing a covert kind of pleasure.
Again, it’s the knowing that counts. It’s all about having a level of intimacy that only family members have and using that fact to advantage. The other members may be aware that something’s going on, but they won’t know exactly what it is, which is even funnier.
Some Last Thoughts
Family is the basis of civilization and predates it by a very long way. There’s nothing to compare it to when you think about it. Giving gifts among family members is thus a very important thing, as well as an opportunity.
Whatever the particular object or gesture, it’s got to be all about tailoring to the individual. Your gift has to demonstrate an affinity which is not required when giving gifts more generally. It’s got to be more than a box-ticking endeavor.