I think that one of the best gifts for the Holidays is a dog! If your family is ready for it that is.. and just watch out, it may just turn into YOUR responsibility, no matter WHAT the good intentions are... But I have to say a dog is really always your best friend (just make sure you get a smart one!). They will get you outside exercising just about every day! They are always there for you (as long as you are there for HIM or HER). They are just filled with LOVE!