Adopting a Family for Christmas Suggestions

posted 2 years ago in Holidays
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Coats might be good if it gets cold where they are. And something nice for mom and dad that would be a fun “treat” for them that they could use daily. 

Also, giftcards for food places/grocery stores, I know that really helps out a lot of families.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

maybe an experience.  not sure your budget.  but if there is a children’s museum in the area that would be good for all the kids. or other activity they can do as a family. 

i know our local science center is on groupon right now for a year membership.  it is half the price of buying it normally.  they put it up there every holiday season.

our zoo membership is pretty inexpensive as well.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

litttlemisslamb :  

-Warm clothing (coat/hat/scarf/gloves)

-Shoes/boots for the children

-Gift card for the local store so they can purchase food

-Food items/hamper (possibly with a couple of more ‘luxurious’ items thrown in eg a bottle of wine/nice cookies/chocolate)

-Toys (obviously they will get one per child but I can’t see them being upset to receive more)

-Voucher for a day out for all of them

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

A gift card to Walmart?  (Or similar store that carries a bit of everything – clothes, food, household supplies, etc)

A gift card to a local restaurant so they can enjoy a family dinner out?  Or a local pizza delivery place, so they can catch a break on some tougher weeks?

A seasonal produce delivery subscription?

You’d have to do some research on the family but if they are wild super fans for some local sports team or another, a family day at the ball park sort of thing seems like it would be really nice.  Likewise with an arcade or theme park, zoo, etc.  

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

litttlemisslamb :  if you can afford it, getting the kids the “in” present might be really memorable for them. I know fingerlings are all of the rage for little ones right now, not sure for older kids. 

A turkey to cook for a nice Christmas dinner might be appreciated- depends on their personal tastes. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

I think it would be great to do something for a day out for the family to use together like a set of movie tickets.

I think a gift card would make a great idea as well to Target or somewhere they could get whatever they need like food, clothes, or household items.

If you want there to be something for each kid to open, and you don’t know what to buy them, I think a gift card to Toys R Us or whatever is local to them given to the parents with a note to get what they know their kids want would be great.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

litttlemisslamb :  We do this every year either personally, or through work, and usually the family gives a mix of both practical things and fun things that they would like. I’ve done everything from pots and pans and snowblowers, underwear, socks, and clothing, to school supplies and toys. It’s really better if you can get suggestions from them so you’re getting things that are really useful and will fit them right as well. If you can talk to them, you can try to have each family member fill out a little card and have them put useful stuff, fun stuff, and give their sizes if needed. That’s how we’ve always done it. It really is a wonderful thing to do for the holidays and even the biggest grinches at my office found it rewarding. I think this is such a great thing to do with your kids!

P.S. A family if 8 is a big task for one family to adopt. You might want to talk to friends and family about joining you!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

litttlemisslamb :  Is there a CSA in their area?  That would be a better gift certificate than McDonald’s I think.  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Oh wow, I didn’t realize it was a family of 8.  Forget my ball park/theme park suggestion, that would be too much money for a family of that size, my apology for missing that.  

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

litttlemisslamb :  given your updates, I think PPs suggestion of the latest ‘in’ toy is a good one, and maybe also get something luxurious for the parents (like a nice box of chocolates, or some alcohol; even something like dried fruits or nuts, or nice cheese with a selection of crackers and chutneys), as I imagine they spend their food stamps on essentials and aren’t able to afford luxury items.

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