31 Creative Gift Exchange Games and Ideas for a Fun-Filled Holiday
Holiday gift giving can feel like a never-ending to-do list. So when the moment of unwrapping finally comes, all that cheerful anticipation could easily deflate with a 10-minute, tornado-like flurry of tearing and tossing and not enough thanking. Or you could coordinate a fun (and often funny) Christmas gift game to create some lasting memories. You could also discuss your gifts in advance, agree on a gift theme, or adopt a tradition from another country to make gift-giving more enjoyable.
The entire holiday season is filled with opportunities for creative gift exchanges, from your tried-and-true office Secret Santa to that boozy bash with good friends where no one can remember the White Elephant rules. (Get those White Elephant gift ideas ready now.)
With the following gift exchange ideas and tips, gift giving will feel joyful again. Let our team of elves—including holiday party planners, etiquette experts, and Real Simple readers—enlighten you with innovative strategies to make any party or early-morning frenzy more memorable.
Gift Exchange Games
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For Work Colleagues
Themed Gift Exchanges
Gift Giving Ideas and Tips
International Christmas Gift Traditions
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