It’s here! The most wonderful—and crazy—time of the year. After the gifts are wrapped, receipts filed, and debit card placed safely in the freezer (we all do that, right?), you’re ready for the fun part: the gift exchange. Whether it’s for your family, close friends, or co-workers, there are many ways to keep the proceedings lively. SampleHouse & CandleShop offers everything from candles to clocks and is a one-stop shop for holiday gifts! From the lifestyle gurus at Real Simple come five fun ways to swap those gifts:
We might as well address the, um, elephant in the room first. A white elephant gift exchange is the go-to of choice in offices, large families, and for group functions of all kinds. In case you haven’t played, here are the basics:
Everyone brings a wrapped gift. After bellies are full and wine bottles emptied, everyone draws a number. The person to choose No. 1 picks the first gift. Oohs and aahs ensue and then the second person can either keep the gift they just opened or steal the first partygoer’s prize. If someone’s gift gets stolen, they pick again. Repeat until everyone has chosen a gift and all fightin’ words have been spoken. You might have gathered that the magic number in this exercise is actually the highest one. That lucky dog can see the entire inventory and plot their gift theft before it gets to their turn. Scented candles, holiday ornaments and creative cocktail napkins are perfect picks for this game!
Make it a gag
This one will definitely get the gang laughing. Pick out the most egregious, eccentric item you can possibly find and give it to an unsuspecting member of your family. Hilarious wall signs and tacky trinkets are perfect for this game. Once the misfit gift is in their possession, it becomes their responsibility to gift it next year!
A cobweb surprise
This may sound more like a Halloween game than Christmas activity, but it’s sure to become a holiday favorite regardless. First, designate one room exclusively for gifts. For each participant, have a ball of yarn of a particular color available. Attach that yarn to the each recipient’s gift and unwind it around furniture, under furniture, around chair and table legs, zigzagging throughout the room as much as possible. Once each gift’s associated yarn has been “cobwebbed,” tell people their color and let the madness begin!
Left and right story time
For this kid-friendly game, each guest chooses a holiday story to read. With a gift in their lap, everyone sits in a circle and reads their story. Each time the word “right” is said aloud, the gift is passed to the right. Each time the word “left” is said aloud, the gift is passed to the left. Once everyone has read their story, each person can open up the gift in front of them. SampleHouse offers a variety of holiday storybooks that your family will enjoy with this game!
Jet-setting gift box
This game is perfect for long-distance gift givers. Start with a box of gifts for a group of your close friends. Include personal notes and items from the city in which you live. Mail it to the first recipient and have them remove their gift and add another gift for the remaining people in the rotation. The box will be passed along through the mail until it comes back to you with gifts and notes from your nearest and dearest. It’s an excellent way to send your love to close friends who live too far away to hug.
No matter what holiday gift-giving game you choose, make a stop by SampleHouse to pick up a variety of gifts that are sure to please family and friends!