Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for Groups, Couples, and Families

by Maxwell Tielman


Group gifts—presents that are, as their name implies, given to not one person, but couples, families, crowds, parties, roommates, and siblings—are wonderful for a number of reasons. For one, shared gifts allow the recipients to bond over shared time together. From Restoration Hardware’s Town Hall Bingo game (above) to a stunning croquet set, games and shared activities are a wonderful way to bring people together. They are also—and this is possibly the most important reason for their existence—a way for you, dear reader, to lighten your gift load a bit. Why go through all of the struggle trying to hunt down many perfect gifts for each person on your list when you can get one perfect gift that knocks it out of the park? BOOM—DONE. Gift-giving mission accomplished! Whether you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift or something to give one of your favorite couples, one of these beautiful items is sure to fit the bill! —Max

Above: Town Hall Bingo ($99)


1. Mountain Boy Sledworks Sled ($126.55) | 2. Teak Croquet Set ($735) | 3. Home Depot Gift Card | 4. Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake Mix ($14.95) | 5. Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Moonshine (available at liquor stores) | 6.  Giant “Score Four” Game ($99.99) | 7. Blue Apron Recipe + Ingredient Subscription


1. Turntable ($144.99) | 2. Pia Wallen Cross Blanket ($99) | 3. Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts For Kids ($17.59) | 4. Essential Pleasures: Poems To Read Aloud ($22.47) | 5. Picnic Basket ($150) | 6. Poler Two-Person Tent ($250) | 7. Daytrader Board Game ($34.99) | 8. Mast Brothers Chocolate Assortment ($40) | 9. Glacier Ball Ice Mold ($12) | 10. Handmade Oak Swing ($295)

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  • That swing looks fantastic – I just wish I had a tree to attach it to!

  • I’ve had that particular moonshine before. Everyone who tried it thought it was terrible and it was never finished – which is rare for alcohol in my experience. FYI.

    *I was born and live in Appalachian Mountains….if that adds to my credibility at all in this matter – specifically in a small town where apples are big business.