Gag gift games are a fun activity to play with family and friends, at the office party with coworkers, or with a class of students. It's a fun way to get a large group involved with Christmas gift-giving without big expenses or pretensions.
The fun Christmas gift exchange games keep the mood light and put everyone in fits of giggles. Just set out a few guidelines to keep gifts appropriate (especially when playing with kids or at the office) and within a price range suitable for everyone. People can search for the perfect give on Amazon or at a dollar store or get creative and make DIY gifts for the holiday party.
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Here are some Christmas gift exchange ideas to get every last person participating in the event.
Gag gift grab
This is a popular game during the holiday season and is also sometimes called a white elephant gift exchange. Start the game by placing all of the wrapped gifts (one per person) into a pile. Next, players draw numbers written on a piece of paper from a hat.
The player who draws No. 1 starts the game and is the first person to choose and unwrap a present. The player who draws No. 2 can do the same, or he can choose to steal the gift from the first player. As the game progresses, there are more chances to steal unwrapped gifts. The white elephant game ends when the last gift has been unwrapped.
Dirty dice game
For the dirty dice holiday gift exchange, each participant in the group of people brings a gift so that there is a gift for everyone. Pass a pair of dice around the circle, allowing each person to roll the dice when it is their turn. Each player who rolls a double during her turn gets to choose a gift but cannot open it.
Once everyone has one gift, the game gets dirty. A timer is set for 15 minutes, and the dice continue to be passed around. This time, every person who rolls a double gets to steal another player's gift. The dirty dice gift exchange game ends when the 15 minutes run out.
For a variation in which each player is left with a gift, everyone opens his gift before the 15-minute timer starts. Once the countdown begins, players swap gifts instead of stealing them, cleaning up the dirty dice game.
Trivia gift game
The trivia gift game is a fun Christmas party game idea that lets participants be competitive and show off their knowledge. Gather the gag gifts on a table. There should be one gift per player.
Instead of drawing numbers to see who gets to pick a gift, the host or person playing Santa Claus asks a series of Christmas-related trivia. You can make a printable list of questions and answers for the host to use as a reference.
Players should have a way to ring or buzz in their answer; raising hands works, too. Each player who gets a question right can choose a new gift or steal one from another player. If a player has a gift stolen from her, she has to get another trivia question right to earn a new gift.
Pass the gag gift
In this game, players pass their gifts to other players until the game is over. Everyone brings a gag gift to the game and holds on to it as they join in a circle with the other players.
Select a story that the host will read. This person does not participate in the gift exchange. Choose two recurring words from the story. You can brainstorm fun ideas for stories and words to use in the game. Every time the first word comes up during the reading, everyone passes their gift to the right. Every time the second word comes up, everyone passes their gift to the left.
The game can get pretty exciting, confusing and silly if the two words are common throughout the story. Each player should have one gift to open at the end of the story.