What is the best way to present a gift of a family vacation?
December 2, 2013 11:48 AM Subscribe
My mother in law is retiring this month and my husband and I want to take the whole family to Cancun for a week to celebrate. How can I present this gift effectively and beautifully?
posted by tealcake to Grab Bag (11 answers total)
MIL's last day of work ever will be December 23, which is the same day that we arrive to visit for Christmas. We'll get in too late to do much celebrating that night, so the current idea is to get up early and make a special breakfast/brunch with champagne/mimosas. We'd give her the package at breakfast and choose a week to go as a family (5 of us total). I like this idea because it gives MIL a little celebration that is just for her and separate from Christmas AND she'll get to show off/make her sisters jealous all day on Christmas, which she'll love.
I'm trying to figure out a fun way to present the gift. A card saying that we're paying for a trip seems lame and not very sweet. I was thinking about glossy photos of the beach and details/photos of activities we could do (Mayan ruins, snorkeling, cenotes, etc). The thing is that I want it to be obvious what the gift is without us having to explain too much. We'll be paying for basically everything except small incidentals like, "I got up early and bought myself a muffin," type things. So flights, accommodations, family activities, most meals, drinks, etc. will be on us. Any ideas?
I've never done a family trip like this before, so any tips on maintaining my sanity would also be welcome.