If you are going to host a gift exchange, you need to ask a lot of questions about the exchange as you organize it. This will help you determine where to have your gift exchange and what supplies you might need. Asking these questions ahead of time will impress your guests with how well prepared you are for your gift exchange.
Before deciding on the type of gift exchange you are going to host, find out how many people are going to attend. If it's going to be a large group of over 20 people, playing a gift exchange game where gifts can be "stolen" and choices made about which gift to select may be very time-consuming. On the other hand, if your group is small there may not be enough guests to make that time of exchange entertaining.
Types of Gifts
Decide if you are going to set rules regarding the types of gifts in the gift exchange. One type of limitation could be defining a price range so nobody feels slighted. Another option is, instead of setting a price range, choose a theme. Examples could be a "pound party" where guests bring one pound of anything they wish. Keep in mind that, in that type of exchange, some guests might end up receiving something worth much less or much more than the gift they brought. Another type would be a themed exchange such as a holiday ornament exchange.
A gift card at a gift exchange might be viewed as a choice without any thought put into it. Some others might feel that it's just like giving cash and not appropriate for a gift exchange. As the host, you need to determine if they are acceptable in your gift exchange before inviting your guests. Include that information on the invitations.
Method for Selecting Names
Select the way you will choose names for the gift exchange. One way is to select them before the day of the event. Another would be to choose names from a hat when guests arrive, meaning they need to purchase gifts without knowing who will receive them. Yet another method is to place all the wrapped gifts on a table and decide on the order in which guests will make their selection, possibly by having them pick numbers out of a hat when they arrive.
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