Friday, December 17, 2010

Gift Exchange Ideas

Most of  us are involved in at least one gift exchange at Christmas.  They can be so much fun and if your gift exchange is not fun, try to make it that way!  There are many ways to do a gift exchange, my favorite is Dirty Santa style.  This is called many things but starts with everyone drawing a number and opening presents in that order.  There are rules about stealing gifts that make it fun.  One of the most important things to do in a gift exchange is to set a price minimum or maximum or both.  Once you know how you will exchange, here are some neat ideas to get you out of your traditional gift rut.

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.

Share your own ideas!

1 comment:

  1. My favorite thing was always White Elephant parties. We did these with my work department and they were so funny - loved seeing what people brought for gifts - I remember VHS tapes on how to side a house, a Hulk xmas tree, slippers made from various household products, etc. And the best thing was it was free!! You definitely have to have people with a great sense of humor for this game. Love all the ideas!! And I used your wrapping paper idea as my table runner for Chrimstas and it was BEAUTIFUL!!