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Christmas Gift Exchange Games

Make getting a Christmas gift that much more fun: add in an exchange game and build the anticipation. Here are some great Christmas gift exchange ideas you'll want to try!

Christmas Gift Exchange GamesSecret Stocking Christmas Gift Exchange Game

The Secret Stocking Christmas Gift exchange game is a unique idea that we cooked up right here at Themed-Party-Ideas.com Since we love Christmas party games, and have played so many at our own parties, we occasionally have like to mix it up from time to time so that we’re not always playing the same game.

Here’s one more great Christmas party game that you’ll love!

Each guest fills a sock (or stocking) with generic, fun, un-wrapped gift and brings it to the party.  Place all the stockings in a central location, if you can hang them from cup hooks, even better!

It’s important that the gift remains unwrapped and inside the sock or stocking in order to play a novel and interesting Christmas party game. 

Begin by having guests draw numbers. In order of the number they drew, each guest selects a stocking.

The object of this Christmas gift exchange game is for guests to guess the contents of the stocking only by feeling the outside of the stocking.

During a turn, each guest announces his best guess out loud. He then looks in the stocking, if he guessed correctly he could choose to keep the stocking, or put it back and try his luck at guessing the contents of another stocking.

However, if the guest guesses the contents incorrectly, he MUST keep the stocking and its contents. Players guess the stocking contents until they either find a gift they like by guessing correctly or are forced to keep the gift because they guessed incorrectly.

After a player keeps his stocking, he must place the gift back in the stocking so that no one can see it (this comes into play at the end of the game).

Of course, if a guest guesses the contents of a stocking correctly and decides to put it back in order to get a better present, everyone at the party will know the contents of that stocking. That’s OK!

1. It’s hard to keep up with all those stockings and…

 2. You never know what someone will try to win during this funny Christmas party game.

After the first person has gone, the person who drew number 2 may have a turn and the same rules apply.

By the time you get to the last player, it’s likely that he may know the contents of the stockings, or he will guess incorrectly and be forced to keep the contents.

To keep it fun for the last player (only the last player), if he guesses the contents of the final stocking correctly, he may keep it or exchange that stocking with any other player, so long as he remembers the contents of the other player’s stocking. If he guesses the contents of another player’s stocking incorrectly, he must keep the final stocking.

Wrapple Christmas Gift Exchange Game

Wrapple Christmas Gift Exchange

Appropriate for Adult or Office Parties

$6.99

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Naughty and Nice Christmas Game Party Kit

Naughty and Nice Christmas Game Party Kit

Adult Christmas Party Game

$9.99

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White Elephant Game

White Elephant Party Kit

Suitable for Adult Christmas Parties

$9.99

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Christmas Party Games: Naughty Nice Left Right Gift Exchange

Christmas Party Games: Naughty Nice Left Right Gift Exchange

Suitable for Adult Christmas Parties

$6.99

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Secret Santa Gift Exchange Game

secret Santa Ideas

The Secret Santa gift exchange game is perfect for large family gatherings or office Christmas parties, where you don't want for everyone to have to give a gift to everyone else.

It can be simple or involved, often depending on the budget you want to set. For the simple version, just have everyone place their name in a jar for a drawing (or if people can't meet, then you'll need one person to draw for everyone else).

Each name can be accompanied by a checklist that tells the giver if this person has any special requests, dislikes, allergies, etc. (See an example checklist on our Secret Santa Poems page.

Then everyone gets a gift for the person whose name they drew. The fun is not only in receiving the gift, but in guessing the giver's identity. The the gift receiver gets a poetic clue about the giver's identity: "Who's Secret Santa? Here's a clue. She likes to ____ and likes you too!"

For a more involved version of Secret Santa, give gifts for a few days or a week. In an office situation, the gifts could all be placed in one location.

The gift giver will write a clue for each gift. So that yours will be the best, visit this page for some ideas!

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White Elephant Gift Exchange

White Elephant Gift Exchange

The white elephant gift exchange is one of the most loved Christmas gift exchange games. Gift giving rivals gift stealing as part of the fun! Any gift is game, a regift, funny gag gift, and of course, a white elephant!
Dirty Bingo

Dirty Bingo Guest Party Theme

Dirty Bingo is not what you might think! It's a sneaky version of bingo with a gift exchange added in. "Dirty Bingo" is great for both kids and adult Christmas parties. Find out more about fantastic game and why it's one visitor's Christmas tradition.
Left Right Game

Left Right Game

This one's excellent for bridal shower and Christmas party gift exchange games. Gifts travel from left to right based on a narrative you create. Get some examples of the narrative you'll write and see how much fun this gift exchange game can be!
Mystery Gift Exchange Game

Mystery Gift Exchange Game

In the Mystery Gift Exchange Game guests unwrap layered gifts. This game is almost as much fun to set up as it is to play. You include dares, activities and gifts in each layer of the gift.
Christmas Bingo Gift Exchange Game

Christmas Bingo Gift Exchange Game

This alternative Christmas gift exchange game will be a fantastic hit at your Christmas party. This game can be played with players of all ages.
 

These games are really fun when the host creates a little friendly competition. Ask guests to bring a gag gift or something they may already have lying around their house that they can re-gift. Make sure to set a price limit of $10 or so and encourage creativity.

Then you, the host, contribute a few nice gifts that everyone will want to "steal". A good bottle of wine or a gift certificate to a nice restaurant are sure to cause a gift exchange frenzy!

Every year, my friends ask, "Are you doing the white elephant gift exchange again for this year's Christmas party? It's my favorite part of the party!" Since everyone loves these games so much I even found a way to create a gift exchange out of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey for my husband's 40th birthday! It was a big hit, proving that any party is a great time for gift exchange games.

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Naughty or Nice Left-Right Game

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