Do you have a single parent on your shopping list this year? If so, you might find it challenging to find gift ideas that a single mom or dad could use along with his or her child. Below, we present some creative ideas that any single parent on your gift list, and his or her child, would love to receive this holiday season.
A great idea for single moms is a gift card. Consider options such as a gift certificate to a kid-friendly restaurant, ensuring a fun experience for kids and a night off from cooking for mom. Since single parents often need a little extra help, consider a gift card to a department store, such as Kohl’s, Target, Dillard’s, Macy’s, or JCPenny. This gives single parents the opportunity to buy something they need or something for their family. Another good idea is a gift card to a favorite supermarket. With grocery prices on the rise, this can be an extremely thoughtful gift idea.
Consider the gift of movie tickets that the single parent on your gift list can use for a family night of fun. Add enough to the gift card for popcorn and drinks, and you can be sure that this gift will be appreciated.
Selfie sticks can make it much easier to take pictures with the entire family, including parents. A common challenge for many parents is trying to actually get snaps of the kids in which they are also included. This gift will be greatly appreciated in a few years when parents can look back on candid shots with everyone.
Always on, this handy gadget operates hands-free with seven microphones. Capable of hearing you from across the room, Echo accepts commands to add items to the grocery list, get traffic and news reports, and provide weather forecasts. This is the closest you can get to having a personal assistant, something every single parent can certainly use and enjoy.
Check around your area for museums that have annual memberships. Many such museums offer discounts and even have kid programs. Buying a museum membership is a great way to give the gift of culture and family time together for single parents and their kids.
Science Center Memberships
Many cities have science centers and museums with annual pass options. This is a great place for families to go on rainy days while providing a fun and interactive learning experience for kids.
Orchestra Season Tickets
Why not give the gift of music with tickets to your local orchestra? You might be surprised to find that season tickets can be far more affordable than you might think, making this a fun family activity for single parents and their kiddos to enjoy.
Community Theater Tickets
If there is a local theater in your community, tickets can be a good gift idea. Most such theaters offer grown-up performances as well as shows that kids are sure to enjoy.
Tent and/or Camping Gear
Getting away can often be difficult for many single parents, not only because of little free time but also due to budget constraints. Giving a tent or camping gear can provide single parents and their kids with the chance to spend some quality time together while enjoying the great outdoors.
Sporting Events Tickets
Does the single parent on your gift list enjoy sports? If so, then tickets to a local sporting event might prove to be a great gift idea that everyone will enjoy.
Nature Center Tickets
Check to see if there are any nature centers in your area and if they offer an annual or family pass. This can be an opportunity for family fun as well as a learning experience.
Are there any local attractions in your area, such as waterparks or amusement parks? An annual pass to such attractions could be a very welcome gift for a single parent and his or her kids.
Puzzles and Board Games
Puzzles and family-friendly board games can foster a lot of family time together. In an age in which kids are often consumed with video games, this gift idea can be a good way for families to take a break from digital devices and have a lot of laughs.
Ice Cream Sundae Kit
The best gifts for single parents and their kids are those gifts that they can enjoy together. Get a little crafty and creative to give that family on your list an ice cream sundae kit. Choose a cute box and pack it with everything needed for an ice cream sundae party, such as fun bowls and spoons, hot fudge sauce, sprinkles, maraschino cherries, caramel sauce, chopped nuts, etc. Let your imagination run wild!
Help that single parent on your gift list build memories for years by putting together a banking kit. Include such items a brownie or cookie mix, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, a mixing bowl and spoon, cookie sheets, an apron, oven mitts, or anything else you can think of that might make a day of baking a fun experience.
At-Home Movie Night
Put together a basket with video rental coupons or family-friendly DVDs, an oversized popcorn bowl, microwave popcorn, an assortment of movie-size candy, soda, and maybe even a comfy throw everyone can snuggle under while spending a night at home watching movies.
What about some outdoor games that will get everyone outdoors and spending quality time together? Great options include a croquet set, volleyball set, bocce ball set, or something similar. This is a great choice for families with kids of all ages, even teens that can sometimes be a bit picky.
As challenging as it might seem to come up with a gift idea for single parents that they can use with their kids, there are actually many great options. Get a little creative, and you can come up with a gift that is certain to be appreciated.