Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas

Christmas gift exchanges are a fun activity enjoyed in many workplaces as well as school. Coming up with ideas that suit a variety of people can be difficult. This page contains Christmas gift exchange ideas.

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November 29, 2010 Flag
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The soon-to-be here Christmas holiday often has people wondering how to do a gift exchange. Here's a fun way that's good for parties, group gatherings, teens and adults: Have everyone bring a gift ($10 or less) and sit in a big circle holding their gift. Then, read this story out loud and every time they hear "left" they pass the gift they are holding left. Every time they hear "right" they pass the gift they are holding right. At the end of the story whatever gift they have in their hands is theirs to keep. Here's the story:

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Christmas was almost here, and Mother (RIGHT) was finishing the Christmas baking.

Father (RIGHT), Sue (RIGHT), and Billy (RIGHT) returned from their last-minute Christmas errands.

"There's not much (LEFT) to be done," said Father (RIGHT) as he came into the kitchen.

"Did you leave the basket of food at church?" asked Mother (RIGHT).

"I (LEFT) it (RIGHT) where you told me to," said Father (RIGHT).

"I'm glad my shopping is done," said Billy (RIGHT). "I don't have any money (LEFT)."

The hall telephone rang, and Susan (RIGHT) (LEFT) to answer it.

She rushed back and told the family "Aunt Tillie (RIGHT) (LEFT) a package for us (RIGHT) on Grandma (RIGHT)'s porch.

I'll go over there (RIGHT) now and get it." she said as she (LEFT) in a rush.

Father (RIGHT) (LEFT) the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree.

By the time Susan (RIGHT) returned, Mother (RIGHT), Father (RIGHT), and Billy (RIGHT) had begun trimming the tree.

The entire (RIGHT) family sang carols as they finished the decorating.

Then they (LEFT) all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the (RIGHT) gifts for their family.

Now I hope you have the (RIGHT) present for yourself, because that's all that's (LEFT) of our story.

Except to wish you a Merry Christmas. Isn't that (RIGHT)?

By iluv2craft from Rochester, NY

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June 16, 2016 Flag
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This guide contains white elephant gift ideas. Christmas party fun can include buying a gag gift that you don't know who will end up with it until the end of the exchange.

Two men and two women laughing and shaking presents by a Christmas tree.

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November 3, 2006 Flag

My place of employment is having a Christmas party where you buy or make a gift for about $20. We all pick numbers. We get to pick a present as our number comes up. The person next can take your gift or anyone else's, etc. Any good ideas on a general gift? Last year I did a movie package with Blockbuster rental with popcorn and candy for a movie night. Any ideas of any kind are welcome. We have some pretty crazy people there.

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November 5, 20060 found this helpful

A case of beer...

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November 14, 20060 found this helpful

We have done this at our employee party. Buy the current TV Guide, some microwave popcorn, hot chocolate mix, etc. for one basket. Another popular one was Pamper Yourself: A basket of bath oil, bubble bath, a good CD, some candles, bath sponges, etc. Or dinner for two: Some canned dinners (or frozen or microwavable), deli bread, salad mix, candles, etc. An exercise video with some deluxe sugar free drinks, snacks, etc. Breakfast in bed included pop tarts, juice, granola bars, fancy coffee mix, scone mix, etc. We had fun with all of it!!

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December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Last year I picked up a DVD set of all the Ghostbusters movies. It was under $20 at Wal-Mart and a HUGE hit at the party.

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December 24, 20080 found this helpful

The gift I brought was stolen until frozen (that's how this game was played) it was so popular. 20$ of lotto scratch off tickets. I stole the four $5.gift certs to kfc, jamba, starbucks & in & out till frozen. Another good gift is a money jar that counts your change or $20 gift cert to target or walmart.

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October 8, 2008 Flag
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If you get together with extended family over the holidays, gift giving can get really expensive (especially if you get everyone an individual gift). To cut down on costs we have instituted a "Dirty Santa" or "Yankee Swap" gift exchange for the adults. Each person brings just one useful/practical gift and the price is usually set for around $25 or so. So no matter how many people you have in your family, nobody will spend more than $25 ($50 a couple) on gifts.

By Chris from Blacksburg, VA

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November 8, 2006 Flag
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My brother, sister and I (and families) exchange at Christmas. We set a dollar amount per family. Every year, we know which sibling's family we will have (I have my brother one year, my sister the next and then back to my brother). We have a chart with the years listed and it just rotates so it would work for any number of siblings) and the amount we are allowed to spend, so we are able to purchase gifts anytime of the year. Since you can run across many good sales year long, this is quite helpful.

Now this amount is only for the husband and wife or just for the sibling, if not married or with a partner. We have always kept the children separate but there are only 4 children between us but you could easily use the dollar amount for the whole family. Group gifts such as movie tickets and popcorn packs, board games, overnight stay at a hotel (depending on price ranges), etc.

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By Dona from Watertown, Wl.

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December 19, 2004 Flag
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When I was young, we each had our Christmas at our own home Christmas morning and then rushed to Nanny's house where Great Aunts and Uncles and everyone showed up for a gathering.

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