If you’re part of a large family or have a wide circle of friends, you’ll know how expensive and time consuming it can be buying Christmas gifts. Your gift budget gets spread thin, your initiative runs dry and everyone gets a mediocre present. Here are two gift-exchange ideas that can be fun and help you save some bacon:
This is an old tradition wherein a group of colleagues, friends or family set a price limit and secretly draw names to see for whom they need to buy a gift. (If you happen to draw your own name, put it back and draw again.) This way you only need to buy one decent present for the group, rather than scores.
Start by setting a price range for gifts that is in everyone’s budget and deciding whether or not you will allow gag gifts to be permitted (funny, ugly or impractical items). In this game each person will end up with one present, but you don’t know who will be receiving what.
These sorts of gift swapping games can save you time and money, while infusing a nostalgic sense of intrigue and mystery. You also improve the quality of gifts being received and create a dynamic gift giving situation that can shape both smiles and memories.