Put a spin on traditional gift-giving with this printable Christmas Gift Exchange Game! It’s more fun than simply wrapping up a gift and sticking someone’s name on it. With this game, you won’t know whose gift (or what’s inside it) that you could possibly end up with!
Christmas Gift Exchange Game
This game is fun for giving gifts where the group of people are similar in age. Like with a sports team, boy/girl scouts, or during a classroom party. That way, everyone will be gifting items that all participants can enjoy.
Fun Christmas Gift Fact
Speaking of gift-giving, do you know why we give our family members and friends gifts at Christmas in the first place? According to Why Christmas?, gift-giving has become a holiday tradition because the Wise men brought gifts to Jesus at birth. He received gold, frankincense, and myrrh when He was born.
Though we give and receive very different presents today, it’s all because we want to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season…and that he was given gifts too.
Getting Ready for Christmas Gift Giving
To get started with this Christmas gift exchange game, everyone should agree on a date for the event. Make it a total evening of fun and laughs with finger foods and desserts, or go all out with a potluck dinner. Gifts are best given after a full belly!
You will also need a spending limit on the gifts you plan to exchange. You wouldn’t want to bring a $10 gift and go home with an item valued at $50! Setting a budget makes the game fair for everyone. Most people will probably be okay with a $25 budget.
Items you could give for this Christmas gift exchange include:
- Comfy items (Blanket, slippers, cozy socks)
- A basket full of treats
- Gift cards to specific stores or restaurants
- Cute coffee mug that would be meaningful to anyone playing
Playing the Christmas Gift Exchange Game
When it’s time to exchange your gifts, the real fun begins! Print the cards on cardstock paper so they will withstand the entire game – and for future years of use, if everyone enjoys playing.
Put the cards in a stack on a table and let everyone gather around with their gift in their hands. Take turns drawing cards and following the directions.
Example directions on the printable cards for this game include:
- Swap gifts with the person to your left
- Swap gifts with the tallest person in the room
- Swap gifts with the oldest person playing
- Swap gifts with the person whose birthday is next
- Swap gifts with someone wearing a sweater
The more cards you turn over and follow, the more the gifts will get scrambled up around the room. Once everyone has drawn a card (or 2 cards, 3 cards….however long you want the gift exchange game to last), it’s time to OPEN the gifts!
This game is so fun, it’s easy for it to become one of your yearly Christmas traditions!
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We include a gift exchange dice game in our 19 Christmas Party Games List. This set of Christmas games also comes with Name that Christmas Tune and Christmas Charades Cards.
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