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Thursday, December 2, 2010

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Seems my coworkers want to do a White Elephant Gift Exchange this year! I've never participated in one before, and I'm a bit stumped on what I should get as my gift!

For those of you that don't know, I pulled up an explaination, courtesy of Wikipedia.

"A white elephant gift exchange is a popular holiday party game primarily in North America, with many variations in name and game play. Generally, white elephant parties need a minimum of six participants, although the larger the group, the more entertaining and protracted game play will be. White elephant parties can result in vicious rivalries between players trying to get sought after gifts. The goal of a white elephant party is usually entertainment rather than gain. In the southeastern United States, this game is sometimes called a Yankee Swap.

Gifts are typically inexpensive, humorous items, or used items from home; the term white elephant refers to a gift whose maintenance cost exceeds its usefulness. The most popular version of the White Elephant or Yankee Swap Rules allows any number of people to participate. However, the number of participants should be at least four for the game to be fun. Each participant is asked to bring a gift worth no more than a pre-agreed upon amount.

Participants draw numbers from a hat to determine their gift choice order, starting with one, up to the total number of participants. Each person takes a turn choosing a gift. The first person picks a gift, opens it and shows it to the rest of the company. Then the number two participant picks a gift and chooses to either unwrap it or to exchange it for the previously unwrapped gift. If the gift is exchanged, the person who had their gift taken from them gets to unwrap the chosen gift and then the turn passes. When all the gifts have been opened, the game is over."


For our White Elephant, the gift max amount is 20 bucks. I need to keep it cheap, but I'd love to hear you guys' ideas. =)  (The funnier the better)

17 comments:

  1. sounds interesting.
    i'm suck when it comes to choose a gift, i just give a stuff that i like to others

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  2. Seems like a cool game but i wouldn't gamble my gifts away :)

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  3. this is lunacy!! why must you turn gift giving into a game??

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  4. I have neve heard of this game but it sounds hilarious!

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  5. Oh, we've played this at Christmas before. Things get pretty heated.

    For a limit of $20, I'd go with something simple, but useful. Things that come to mind are a flash drive, a cheaper pair of Sennheiser headphones, or a fleece blanket.

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  6. hai omi! i see you everywhere, figured you could use some love as well.

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  7. Like Seion said - one of those cheesy fleece snuggie things.

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  8. We do this in the family at new years. Some brought fun gifts while others got some pretty nice stuff. I ended up getting Yatzee in my trade. For sure make the item either unisex or at least something non gendered.

    I actually gave away a cheap dining set one year and a frying pan another. Shop at like Ross or TJ Max for some pretty cheap stuff that's quite useful.

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  9. Nice ideas, I definitely want something kind of funny. :3

    Thanks guys! (I'll update my decision after the gift exchange, so any coworkers following me don't get a leg up!)

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  10. I just ask for Gold at Christmas just in case any of you wanted to know.......

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  11. How about a massager? If not try the Chia Pet. And if not that either.. could try the movie Battlefield Earth

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  12. You mght end up with the gift from previous year LOL!

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  13. This sounds really fun! What about...a wrench? XD

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  14. great background you have here!

    followin

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