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Spice Up the Office Holiday Gift Exchange


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Gift swaps are a great way to get co-workers together at the holidays without spending a lot of money. But if your annual Secret Santa or white elephant exchange has gotten stale, drum up interest in the activity with a few simple, yet stimulating, twists to the tradition that will keep everyone coming back each year.

The Ground Rules

Email an invitation to your colleagues that spells out the guidelines for the exchange. For example, specify the date and location of the exchange, as well as the spending range. If you aren’t holding the exchange at work, make sure the invitation specifies any additional costs they’ll incur for a restaurant or pot luck gathering.

Piles of Gifts

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Give the potential participants enough notice and have them RSVP in advance so you have an accurate head count. Depending on how you set up the exchange, you may need an even number of gifts. The type of swap you do could also require additional instructions in the invitation, including whether or not the gifts should be wrapped or a theme for the party.

Send out a reminder about the exchange to all those participating as well as those who haven’t RSVP’d, a week before the event date and another one the day before.

Twisted Swap

Keep the white elephant set-up, but add a curve ball. Rather than simply pulling numbers and allowing gifts to be stolen, make the guests answer holiday and/or company trivia questions in order to select or steal a gift. Or, place each answer on a gift and the person who gets it right wins that gift. You can do the same with holiday jokes. The person asking the questions gets final choice of the gifts. Another option is to ask each person to cut a holiday greeting card in half and attach one half to the gift. The other half will be chosen in place of numbers to see what gift is theirs.

Themed Exchange

Whether you’re doing a straight person-to-person exchange or a white elephant swap, provide the participants with a gift theme. Have each person gift their favorite cocktail ingredients for “Spirit of the Holidays.” Give each person a letter of the alphabet that their gift has to start with. This can be as simple as buying flowers at FTD.com for “F” or as complex as finding an old xylophone at an antique store for “X.” Another option is to use the first letter of the recipient’s name if you’re doing a Secret Santa swap.

Post-Holiday Switcheroo

Consider hosting your office exchange after the holidays when things have calmed down for everyone. Require that the gifts be an unwanted present each person received. If you didn’t get anything you want to give up, wrap that DVD you bought years ago and never took out of the plastic. This is a great way to save money and avoid the long return lines at the mall.

Terrance Brown is a blogger and small-business owner from the southwest.

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Sat, December 21 2013 » Uncategorized

One Response

  1. lgnetworksinc.com August 5 2015 @ 10:19 pm

    I am going to save this for next year. I hemmed and hawed over my son's invitations and then never sent them out because I hated them! I over complicated it and this is so simple and perfect – one of the many reasons I love your blog! Thanks for keepin' it simple 🙂

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