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Occasion: Usually done for office or club parties. However, the family can use these ideas for a gift exchange. Sometimes it gets too expensive to buy a bunch of inexpensive gifts when the recipients would probably enjoy a quality gift instead.
Types of exchanges
White elephant: Used, but useful
Favorite book: write in front what it meant to you
Cookies: Bring 1/2 dozen and a recipe for each person
Ornaments: Unique and under $10
Picture frames: Unique and under $10
Secret Santa: Draw names at the beginning of December. Set a limit on how much can be spent in total. The person giving the gifts selects a few small gifts to gift their recipient during December without revealing himself. On a set day everyone reveals whose Secret Santa they were.
Yankee Gift Exchange: Set a dollar amount for the gifts. On the gift exchange day, the gifts are randomly numbered. Then the participants draw a number from one to the number of people participating in the exchange. The participants receive the gift matching their number. Whoever draws the number one opens their gift. The person with number two can either exchange their unopen gift for the already open gift or keep their gift and open it. If the gift is exchanged, the person getting the unopened gift opens it. The next person can choose from the first two open gifts or keep and open his and so on. You can set a limit on how many times a certain gift may be exchanged such as twice or three times. The game continues until all the gifts are opened. At this time whoever opened their gift first can exchange whatever gift they currently have with another gift as long as it has not reached the exchange limit.
Bingo: Participants set a dollar amount for each person wanting to play. One or two people collect money and buy a gift equal to the dollar amount times how many people are playing. They wrap and number the gifts. On the day of the gift exchange, the participants play Bingo and win one of the prizes. The game is played until everyone has a gift. At that time the gifts are opened.
Gifts under $5
Pre-paid phone card
See stocking stuffers
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