‘Tis the season…to exchange!
Are you hosting or attending a holiday party this year? Every great holiday party needs a great gift-exchange, and here are some of our favorites to make every holiday gift-exchange party a big success!
Our favorite gift giving game is the white elephant exchange. This can work amazingly with a group or even a smaller party. It’s easy to use at an office, home, or almost anywhere else.
How it works is simple. All guests bring a wrapped gift along. Those gifts are all placed in one area together. When it’s time for the actual opening, the first person chooses the gift they would most like. However, the next person can either choose a gift from the table or steal the gift from the individual before. This continues down the line until everyone ends up with a present. Those who were stolen from go back to pick up a new gift, which can’t be taken.
What makes this party game unique is the aspect of taking a gift, as well as the idea behind the gifts. While you can bring anything you like, provided it is wrapped, most people bring silly, unique gifts that you may see nowhere else. It amps up the fun factor and can make a usually stuffy situation incredibly entertaining!
Who doesn’t love a traditional Secret Santa? This is a name drawing game that occurs in the days or weeks leading up to the celebration. Once names are all collected, the host allows each person to pull a name from the hat.
It’s the responsibility of the individual who gets a name to get that person a gift. Sometimes this may be small gifts over a period of time, this is especially useful in an office situation. Other times you may just get one larger gift for the person you chose out of the hat. On the day of the actual party, each person brings a gift labeled for the person to receive it. Each participant takes their present and then after, they try to guess who bought it for them. This part can be the most fun of the whole game!
The Numbers Game
As guests arrive to your party, you will take their gifts and mark a number on them. You will then hand them a paper with the same number on it. Ask them to write down an unusual fact about themselves. That paper goes into a hat, and the presents are all collected for later.
Once the time comes for gifting, the host will pull a piece of paper from the hat and read out the fact, but not the number. People can then guess who the fact is about. The first person to get it right gets that present and are out of the game for the rest of the time. The game continues until everyone has a shiny new gift. This one is a lot of fun, and you can get people participating pretty quickly. There’s something about fighting for a gift that gets people all riled up.
And if you not hosting, but rather are shopping for the perfect gift for the gift-exchange, we’ve got you covered with our favorite, under $25, gift ideas for your gift-exchange this year…
9oz Swig (available in tons of great colors!) – $20.95
12 Days of Christmas in Virginia Towel (also available in The South, The Midwest, New England, North Carolina & South Carolina) – $10.35
Pom-Pom Hat – $22.50
Scout Packin’ Heat (our favorite cosmetic!) – $19.50
Plaid Infinity Scarf – $15.00
20 oz Yeti Tumbler – $29.99 (a little over $25, but worth it!)
Frasier Fir Votive – $13.50 (the best Christmas scent.Ever!)
Lilly Journal – $16.00
A Gift Card – Any amount…the gift of guilt-free shopping!
Beaded Tassel Necklace – $23.00