For family gifts, I like to the gift basket route.
game night- a game, candy, popcorn, chex mix, etc
movie night- family friendly movie (I'm thinking of Rio off the top of my head right now), popcorn, movie candy
dinner in a basket- spaghetti, sauce, breadsticks or garlic bread (I like using half-baked), and wine, or one of the meat and cheese gift baskets with a batch of beer bread mix or two and a beer for that, maybe packed in a bread loaf pan. You could also have the "basket" be a crockpot or a pasta pot or a serving dish.
breakfast in a basket- pancake or waffle mix, fancy jams and syrups, muffins or scones, etc
For the "common" items that people may have on hand already, I'd go fancy on it.
Cocoas and teas are a good one, too.
If someone wanted to do a "family" gift for us, I'd hope for a pack of movie tickets. A cool way to package this up would be to print out "upcoming features" for family friendly movies that are coming out over the next couple of months. Another good one would be passes to the zoo or a science museum or aquarium, local sports team, etc. We have an NHL farm team in town, an independant baseball league in town, etc.