Get Back to the Christmas Spirit With These Unique Gifts

By: Robin Rowley

Christmas should be about quality time with friends and family, doing things for everyone to enjoy, and making memories to last a lifetime. These Christmas gifts are designed to do just that.

Donations are a way for the group to bond over a common goal - helping those in need. Depending on individual interests, there are plenty of different kinds of gift donations. A particularly powerful gift could be the family's international 'adoption' of an impoverished child. With a monthly gift of around $30, your family will take on the responsibility of a child and help him or her attain life's necessities, like food, shelter, and education. You will receive photos of the child, as well as letters from them once or twice a year. Children will make a new friend and receive a valuable lesson in Christmas selflessness.

When you buy gift certificates for shared activities to enjoy over the year, you share the fun and joy of Christmas year-round. Treat your mom to season's tickets at a local playhouse and set up a monthly 'date'. Buy a pair of season's tickets, and give a ticket to your brother or dad - you two are sure to bond over shared wins and losses. There are plenty of great activities you and loved ones can partake in, and you're sure to find some common ground.

Vacations are, of course, a favourite way to bond over the holiday season. There's nothing better than getting outside the ordinary with Christmas vacation packages to exotic locales around the world. A crowd-pleasing family favourite is sure to be anywhere snowy - and where better to celebrate winter than the Canadian Rockies?

Blanketed with snow and full of fun family activities, they're the perfect destination for a vacation away. With new Fresh Tracks train vacations you can hop on board the Rocky Mountaineer in Calgary or Vancouver, speed away through snowy valleys past mountain peaks and stop in iconic Canadian mountain towns.

These 7-to-10 day train vacations feature two sightseeing days onboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer, including festive on-board activities to keep everybody entertained, before days off the train in Banff, Jasper, or Lake Louise. Each of these beautiful towns has great mountain atmosphere and plenty of activities - dogsledding, sleigh riding, skiing, and more. Special Christmas departures include Christmas feasts, presents, and visits from Santa.

However you choose to celebrate this giving season, make sure to make time for the friends and family who make the holiday what it is. Merry Christmas!

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