When giving a trip as a gift, ticket may not be best option
If you're eager to see your parents or a prodigal son, a flight home for the holidays could be a perfect gift.
It's a great idea, says Jami Counter, senior director of TripAdvisor.com. You just have to be smart going about it.
If you send that to your loved ones, they can buy the ticket themselves, Counter says, noting that they can then make arrangements that best fit their schedule. Do a little bit of research. Make sure it's an airline that serves the airport they'll be flying out of or has a good number of flights to get where they're going.