Christmas Gift Exchange Game

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Ready for a little twist on the old Christmas gift exchange game? Good! I’ve got one for you!




    Hello, my friends, I’m coming to you today with a fun idea. We love a good Holiday party and this Christmas gift exchange game will be perfect to get the competition going!  This post is a part of a month-long event call “Festive Christmas Ideas” Tour.  “

Welcome back to year 6 of our Festive Christmas Event where we team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season.

We will be baking some cookie recipes for you, sharing some party games, making some handmade gifts, doing some ornament crafting, and sharing our Christmas movies family fun. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.

New this year is Gift Guides. We are right there with you shopping from home due to Covid 19 and we understand how hard that can be so we have been busy little Elves doing tons of research to create fabulous Gift Guides to help you with your holiday shopping.

You will find new ideas every Monday and Wednesday between Oct. 19th through Nov. 18th. Scroll all the way down to find all the ideas linked at the end.


Christmas Gift Exchange Game


Exchange #1 – Host/Hostess -As each guest arrives, trade gifts with them. Host/Hostess will exchange the guest gift with a small wrapped box. This small wrapped box contains a number inside. Create as many small boxes as you have guests.  Host/Hostess – Add a number to the guests’ gifts.  Place Guests’ gifts under the tree.  


Exchange #2- Host/Hostess gather the group and create a circle. Hold a jar or bowl filled with “directions”. As you call out the different directions, guests will move their small box around the circle. Example: Host/hostess calls out “left” -all guest hand their small box to the person on their left.

  Exchange #3 –  Host/Hostess adds a specially wrapped small box into the mix, this box contains the host/hostess gift number for their gift contribution for the game.  Host/Hostess plays a favorite Christmas song and institutes the rules of “Hot Potato”. Once the song stops at the discretion of the host/hostess, the person with the specially wrapped gift has a choice to make. To keep the specially wrapped gift or the small original gift. Once a choice is made, take the box not chosen out of the mix.   


Exchange #4 – Host/Hostess last call. Allow guests to exchange amongst themselves for 1 minute or hold onto their small box. The specially wrapped gift may be included in this round. After the minute is over – everyone keeps their small box.   


The Reveal! – Allow guest to open their small box to reveal the gift number. Guests may now grab the coordinating gift to open. 

Continue the game – if you the group desires, the rules of “Dirty Santa” can be instituted once all gifts have been revealed.   


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  1. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve only played the white elephant game once in my 60+ years. I definitely want to change that this holiday season, where it’s even more important to laugh and have fun. I’m going to arrange for my family to play this after Christmas dinner. Can’t wait!

  2. I never would have thought about the variations in the gift exchange game that you have. Thanks so much for the ideas. Sounds so fun.

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