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Ideas for Exchanging Christmas Gifts
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You could just hand over a gift, but why not present
your presents in a more creative way?
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the prospect of
purchasing--- or making---holiday gifts. But don't
let that suck the joy out of the actual act of giving
itself. A gift exchange should be fun; with the
right approach, it can also be imaginative and
rewarding. Here are some strategies for making a
gift exchange more memorable:
Make Gift-Giving More Surprising
For Friends and Family:
Introduce a gag gift. Wrap
up your most hideous or
present from last year (sad-
eyed ceramic cat, anyone?)
for an unsuspecting family
member. It becomes that
person's responsibility to
pass it along, like a hot
potato, the next year.
Do a kids' "musical chairs"
gift exchange. Play a version
of musical chairs by having
the kids sit in a circle and
passing around wrapped
gifts while Christmas music
plays. The children get
to keep whatever they're
holding when the music
stops---more exciting than just picking a gift out of a bag.
Do a Yankee Swap/White Elephant. "Stealing" from other
participants gives this gift exchange game an element of
unpredictability. Invite everyone to contribute a wrapped gift
(a new item if you're following Yankee Swap rules; a used one
if you're doing White Elephant). Draw numbers out of a hat to
see who gets to pick from the pile first. Player No. 1 chooses
and unwraps a gift, then shows it to everyone else. Player
No. 2 then either "steals" that present or picks and unwraps
another one from the pile. Player No. 3 can then steal either
gift, or choose and unwrap another, and so on. Any player
whose gift is stolen gets to pick again. The game continues
until everyone has a gift.
Play holiday trivia. Can you name all nine of Santa's reindeer?
If so, you get first pick of the presents in the pile. Players use
clickers or simply raise their hands to answer, and once they
get a present, they're out of the competition. At the end, the
moderator gets to either choose the last gift remaining or
steal a gift from somebody else ---a one-time-only privilege
for all of his or her hard work.
Make Gift-Giving Simpler
Go in on a gift with (and for) your family. In lieu of presents,
try renting a ski cabin for the weekend after Christmas or
going on a beach escape together.
Eliminate the guesswork. Ask gift recipients to send you a
wish list to buy from. It saves time, effort, and returns, yet still
preser ves an element of surprise.
With friends and colleagues, tell them early, and be direct.
Say, "I'm paring down this year---why don't we just exchange
cards or go out to lunch?" You may find that they're actually
Make Gift-Giving a Charitable
Adopt another family for the holidays. Instead of buying gifts
for one another, sponsor a needy family. If you have kids,
talk to them about the difference the gesture can make to
the other family and make sure they're okay with giving up
presents (you can always get them something little).
Put a charitable spin on secret Santa. Instead of buying
material gifts, make a $20 donation to a charity your recipient
would support. For instance, is he or she an animal lover?
Donate to the SPCA. It makes a more meaningful gift than
another stocking stuffer.
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