As though all the crazies came out of the woodwork, we laughed ‘til we cried as we opened such silly items as a stuffed pink flamingo, a wooden sign that read, “This toilet paper roll is not going to change itself” and a redneck briefcase (actually a pair of tighty-whiteys with a wooden handle attached across the top).
The best part: Not having to make happy faces when receiving yet another sweater we didn’t need in a color we didn’t like. The kids really got into it, too—“stealing” what they considered to be the best gifts.
If you’ve never participated in a White Elephant Gift Exchange, the rules are as follows:
- Set a price limit. Stay within it. (Wow, I’m a poet, and I know it.)
- Wrap gifts to look nice—not giving the slightest hint as to the hideousness that lies beneath.
- Have everyone in the exchange draw numbers—up to the number of people total.
- The person who picks #1 goes first. He or she selects a gift from among all of the white elephants and unwraps it.
- #2 gets to steal #1’s gift or choose a new gift. If #2 steals #1’s gift, #1 gets to select and unwrap another gift.
- The game continues like this until all gifts have been selected.
- Most games limit the number of steals. Once a gift has been stolen twice, it’s “frozen” and belongs to the last person who stole it. (A total of three people have “owned” the gift—however briefly.
- The game ends with #1. Since that person got such a raw deal—having to go first—he or she gets to have the last pick of any unfrozen item.
- No under-the-table trades or deals!
Good luck with #8!
Hint: Shop flea markets and garage sales for great white elephant finds!