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As my siblings and I have gotten older, we have gone to having a family Christmas party a week or two before Christmas. Most of us have our own families and traditions we are starting, or we are spliting time between our family and our in-laws, so getting everyone together on Christmas Eve or Christmas day was getting to hard. The party prior to Christmas has been a great solution. This year I was in charge of our family Christmas Party. We had 26 people in attendance. Each year we do a white elephant type gift exchange. We have done several different versions, but this year I wanted to do something new. So today I am sharing with you a Free Gift Exchange Game Printable of the game we did for our party.
In years past we have done a traditional exchange (steal a present or pick a new one, etc), one that involved dice and if you rolled doubles you could steal, and even the ones where you tell a story and you pass the presents left and right and open them at the end. This year we decided we wanted something different. I made this printable for us to use as our gift exchange game.
I came up with a bunch of different terms for switching gifts with someone, such as “swap presents with the oldest player” or “the player with the shortest hair” and even some that said something like “Lucky you, you get to keep your present or swap it with any player.” I cut them out and folded them then put them in a Christmas themed canister. At the party we then handed out random presents to every person from the gift pile. We had everyone open the present so they knew what they had.
Then I chose a random way to pick who would go first. For me it was whoever had the next birthday, but you could choose the tallest player, or the youngest, or anything you want. That person then drew a slip of paper and followed the instructions. Then the player they swapped with would draw a piece of paper. This did make it so some people (myself included) never got a chance to swap so you can do it this way, or go around the circle and make everybody choose a piece if you want to make sure everyone gets a chance to draw.
This gift exchange game is not only great for family gatherings but also for work, church, or anywhere else with large groups. It kind of has a “getting to know you” feel to it as well.
I am happy to share this free gift exchange game printable with you today, but before I do, a few guidelines you should be aware of:
- Printables are for personal use only. Do not sell them or claim them as your own.
- If you want to share this printable- AWESOME! Just please do so by directing people to this post.
- To download, Click on the link, then when the preview comes up, click the download button. You may then choose to “open with Adobe (or your PDF viewer of choice) and then print. If you simply hit print from the preview, the sizing will be way off!
You may download the printable by CLICKING HERE.
If you want some great party favor ideas, check out these simple, but cute, ornaments I made for our family Christmas party! Also great for teacher gifts.