Made in the USA - This would be fun for a proud, patriotic family. You'll have to do your research to stay within budget and know where to look to find items Made in the USA.
Game Exchange- New and classic board games and card games can be exchanged.
Dollar Gift Exchange- Whatever you can find that would be useful or funny for a dollar. Shopping could be from second hand stores or dollar stores.
Has to be Handmade by You- You need to encourage other to think outside of the box. Crafty folks will love this idea and others will absolutely cringe. Remind them handmade can include photos, poems, songs, baked goods, home-canned items, and the list goes on and on!
Alcohol Exchange- Everyone brings their favorite drink to exchange. You should end up with a good mix of beer, wine, liquor and even drink mixes and of course this one will not work with all groups.
Support local businesses exchange- The rules should be you can't buy anything you could buy from a big retailer. Don't forget to check with local artists to see what they are selling.
Re-Gift Exchange- Did you plan to get together with a group and ran out of time before the holidays? After the holidays is a great time to do a re-gift exchange.
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