What is a White Elephant gift exchange?
As we quickly approach the Holiday season, you probably have a few, or many, parties scheduled already. Many of these gatherings included a white elephant gift exchange. So if you’ve never participated in a white elephant gift exchange. A White Elephant Gift Exchange is a popular game played during the holidays in which people bring a wrapped gift to add to a pool of presents. Based on the drawing of numbers, players go in order to choose a gift—either from the pool or from a previous player. After everyone has had a turn, the first player can swap his or her gift with any other opened gift. Anyone whose gift was stolen can steal from another player as long as that person hasn’t been stolen from yet. The game ends as soon as someone chooses not to steal a gift. So you might be wondering how can I find the perfect White Elephant gift to take to your next party. Generally a white elephant gift is something that anyone could use. In our family we do a couple white elephant gift exchanges. One with my siblings, and one with my husband’s. We usually separate the exchanges by gender, but that is not necessary. I know some workplaces and family’s that included both men and women. Some family’s included men, women and children. As far as I am concerned, the white elephant gift exchange is essentially the entertainment at a Holiday Party. So choosing the “perfect” gift may not be as important as you might think. A good rule of thumb is the choose something you would want to take home. Some White Elephant gift exchanges have a particular price range attached. While working in nursing many years ago, the staff holiday party included a white elephant gift exchange. At that time our limit was $5. (Although that might not be practical now). The entire staff, and spouses, were involved in the exchange, usually about 60 of us. As you can clearly see, finding the perfect White Elephant gift can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to find Holiday Gifts that are suitable for everyone and at every budget!