Do you hate holiday gift exchanges among people you don’t know? The Christmas work party and extended relatives ones are the worst. What do you get someone you don’t know? So some of these holiday parties are pretty lame, but you can plan festive holiday gift exchanges with these easy tips and fun Christmas gift swap party games.
First set a low ball value on Christmas presents for gift exchanges. Ask that people spend no more than $15. $5 to $10 is better. Times are tight and exchanging holiday gifts with higher dollar values leaves more room for drama. People get upset because they spent more and got cheaper gifts. They don’t like what they got and complain about it (getting louder the more they drink). Names are called, lamps are broken. The best way to kill the fun is by exchanging expensive gifts.
Insist people stick to the monetary amount. So you drew the name of the office hottie and you want to impress her with a Gucci purse. Don’t, repeat don’t, do it. You’ll overspend and skew the other gifts. She will be embarrassed. You will end up looking like a fool. She will go home with the office hunk anyway. Worst of all, next year, they might bump value even higher and you’ll have to get the office dork his $100 collector Star Wars coffee mugs.
Cheat if necessary when drawing names for the gift swap. Don’t let the divorced couple end up with each other. Don’t let the weird stalker get the one of the young girls. Diffuse any negative situations before they happen. Make sure people get names they are comfortable buying for. Offer to trade if necessary. Try to prevent hurt feelings but do expect people to act like adults if they participate in holiday gift exchanges.
Ask people to fill out wish list questionnaire. Have them list things they don’t want and can’t have, too. Suggest people avoid giving alcohol or candy.
Play Christmas gift swap party games. Ask people to bring generic $3-$5 unwrapped gifts. Give each person one gift. Read off directions like:
–Pass gifts 2 people to the left.
–Trade with a person of your choice.
–Give your gift to the person with the ugliest holiday sweater.
Play holiday trivia party games and let people take gifts from each other for correct answers. You can play with wrapped gifts, too. Do Secret Santa party games instead of gift exchanges. Play charades party games and give gift swap presents as prizes. Play bingo party games using Christmas presents as prizes. Do kind deeds or leave little tokens for the person. Set a total dollar amount. The object is to figure out who has you without your Secret Santa finding you out. Unmask at the end. Suggest adopting a charity instead doing a gift swap. But stay politically and religiously neutral. Heifer International and animal rescue groups are pretty safe.