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Gift Guide: White Elephant Gift Exchange

If you're not familiar with this fun custom, I insist that you try a white-elephant gift exchange in the future! In this gift exchange, guests bring anonymous gifts to a pile, and then determine a random order in which to grab presents from the pile. Guests can then steal other guests' gifts, or take another wrapped gift from the pile.

My friends always have a white-elephant book exchange during the holidays, and other people I know specify dollar amounts for white-elephant presents to make things fair. I've rounded up gifts at low-price points that would appeal to a variety of folks at a white-elephant party. Let the stealing begin!

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citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
I hate playing Dirty Santa, Pirate's Christmas, Yankee Swap, etc. I do not see the fun in it at all.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
Yep, we call this Dirty Santa too. It's so fun, and it makes the gift exchange very interactive!
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
We do this every year. It is so much fun.
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
I participated in one, and gave away a house plant! It was a hit (surprisingly!)
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I'd never heard of this until a couple of years ago!
carak carak 9 years
it was on the Christmas episode of the Office last year! by all 3 names.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
We call this Dirty Santa. It's actually quite fun. Part of the fun is to be the person who brings the gift that everyone wants to steal!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Awww the chickadee...
millarci millarci 9 years
Yea I thought this was called Yankee swap too. They did it on the show, The Office.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
That's so weird - my friend was describing this to me last night. I had never heard of the concept and we had no idea what it was called. I don't like the idea of "stealing" someone's gift - it seems kinda mean :(
emalove emalove 9 years
Isn't that called a Yankee swap? That's what I've always called it...they're really fun! I always get a crappy number though and end up with a bizarre gift!
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