Holiday parties are a lot of fun. You play a lot of games, exchange gifts, have great food and dance the whole night away. When the party involves a few members of the family and handful of friends, it is easy for the guests to bring gifts for each other. However, if the number of guests is quite large; it is very difficult for them to bring a present for everyone else. Still, a holiday party that does not include exchanging gifts does not sound too exciting. This is where gift exchange games come in. They require each of the guests to bring only one gift. As the game is played, each guest gives up his gift, which is then mixed with other gifts. At the end of the game, each of the guests ends up with a gift, from the pile made earlier. This way, the guests have to bring one gift only and everyone gets to go home with a gift. In such a case, it is better to keep a price range within which the gifts should be bought. Read on to find some gift exchange games for your holiday party.
Holiday Gift Exchange Game Ideas
Ho Ho Game
For this game, you will first have to decide on a story, to be recited in the party. Pick out some keywords from the story, as many as the number of guests, and write them on separate pieces of paper, making chits. At the start of the game, place all the gifts under the Christmas tree. Now, put all chits in a bowl and let each guest take one chit. After each person has got his chit and read the words in it, start reciting the story. As soon as the words in a chit matches the ones spoken by you, the person with the chit will say 'Ho Ho Ho', just like a Santa Claus, and pick one of the gifts. The story will continue till all the words in the chits have been covered and everyone has a gift.
For this game, you will have to make up a Christmas Story that has the words 'right' and 'left' in it, repeated quite some number of times. As the game starts, all the guests will stand in a circle, holding the gift that they have brought. Now, you will start reciting the story. Each time you say 'left' or 'right', the gift will be passed in that particular direction. For example, if you right, all the guests will pass on the gift in their hand to the person on their right. At the end of the story, each of the participants will get to keep the gift that is in his possession.
Guess the Gift Game
A day before the party, ring up your guests and ask them the gift that they are going to bring and number each one of them. Ask your guests to write the same number on their gift as well. At the beginning of the game, ask each of the guests to put their gifts together, the number on each being intact. Take gift number one out of the pile and give some hints as to what it is. The person who guesses the gift correctly will become its recipient. The game will go on till each guest has a gift in his hand.