Gift Exchange

Consider having a gift exchange. It can be done in many different ways!

Types of exchanges:

My personal favorite is the white elephant gift exchange. Gifts are typically inexpensive, humorous items; the term white elephant refers to a gift whose cost exceeds its usefulness. This might be appropriate for an adult-only party.. and believe me, it can be loads of fun!

However, there are other options if you’d like your guests going home with something they might actually use!

You could draw names beforehand if the identity and number of guests has already been set in stone.

If the party will be comprised of couples, you could have each couple bring a gift for another couple.

If there will be equal amounts of men and women, to add a little humor and challenge, you could have the men bring gifts for the ladies and the women bring gifts for the men (or vice-versa, if you want to play it safe).


Ways to do the actual exchange:

Assign each gift a number when it arrives. Put those numbers in a bowl and have each guest draw one out. The number he or she chooses will then correspond to a specific gift.

Put all the gifts in one big pile and have your guests draw a number to determine their order. The guest with #1 will be the first to choose a gift, then #2, and so on. The catch is that no one is able to open their gift until everyone has gone!

This game can also be played in a different way, with a twist.  Instead of waiting until everyone has a gift to unwrap, the guest with #1 unwraps his or her gift immediately and shows it to everyone. Each guest will then go in his or turn, in numerical order. However, there is a catch to this way. The guest can either 1) "steal" an already opened gift (if there's one they really like) or 2) be adventurous and go for a wrapped gift from the pile. If the participant chooses to steal, the person whose gift is stolen now repeats their turn and either 1) steals another person's gift (they cannot immediately steal back the gift that was just stolen from them) or 2) unwraps a new gift.