Maybe you want to add something fun to a Christmas Eve party. Or, add a new game to your small gathering of friends. If you are looking to start a new tradition, here’s an idea for you!
The Basic Idea
There are 3 wrapped gifts for each person who is playing. These are neither serious gifts nor expensive.; they are items you could pick up at your local Dollar store, or even the free items at Harbor Freight. These could include individual festive tissue packets, Q-tips, pencils and erasers (for kids), notepads with the magnet on the back, deodorant, candles, tape measure, extension cord, etc. Collect them throughout the year (or, run out now to get them! Why not? It’s a great idea!)
At Christmas time, get two gift cards and a $50 bill. These three things are hidden (separately) in the gifts before they are wrapped. At the gathering, pass out numbers (if there are 8 adults, 3 gifts each, so numbers 1-24) on little slips of paper. The numbers determine the order of picking and opening the gifts. So, in the appointed order (from 1 to 24), go around the room and people start selecting (shaking) and opening (carefully!) the gifts.
Rules of the Game
Each gift can be stolen 3 times. So, if the person who draws #1 picks up a gift and opens it, and then person who draws #2 wants that gift, he or she can steal it. After the steal, the person who was stolen from goes back to the pile and picks out another gift. Start where you left off in the number order. But after a gift has been stolen 3 times, it’s dead. It can’t be taken again.
You can also have a rule that you have to show people what you open, but you don’t have to take out and show the whole thing. You can be sneaky…. make people think you have something special so they steal it and you get to try again! (But, that can backfire if you have a masterful gift card/cash hider.)
How To Get Ready for the Game
1. Start collecting gifts as far in advance as possible. Anything goes. There’s the free stuff you might pick up at local fairs & festivals, chamber of commerce gatherings, conferences, and dollar store finds. It’s mostly a bunch of practical, everyday-use kinds of items that are inexpensive but useful.
2. Hide the gift cards (restaurants, movie tickets, etc.) in the items. You’ll get more ingenious as you do this! Often, the person who has the gift card or the cash doesn’t even know it!! Tip: Make a tiny slit in the Q-tips container and slide the $50 bill in. No one would see it. No one would find it. Also, make sure you write down where you’ve hidden the goods! With a couple dozen wrapped gifts, it’s easy to forget.
3. Give yourself a good chunk of time to wrap the gifts. It may take 2-3 rolls of wrapping paper for this year’s game (so if you want it all to match (not that it has to), be sure to pick up a few rolls. Find a great audio book or holiday movie and enjoy wrapping!
It’s a fantastic Christmas tradition for older kids, you know, once they’re too big or too cool to sit on Santa’s lap or other younger family traditions. It would also make an awesome Christmas party game for an office or group of friends, or any other group of human beings who love a good time.
It you tried a new tradition last month, starting one this month will add to your joy!
Hope you love it! I’d love to hear how yours turned out!