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Lifestyle

Gift Guide: The White Elephant Gift Exchange

Sheena Virmani

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Every year my family plays The White Elephant Game during the holiday season, it is a really fun holiday tradition at our house. 

The reason why I love this game so much is because it makes our holiday shopping relatively simple. Each person is only responsible for one generic gift, it makes things around the holidays a lot less stressful in terms of gift buying. It also allows our family to focus on what is really important - quality family time instead of worrying about what to buy one another. We have found over the years that everyone has everything they want, and gifting can be challenging. This game really isn't about the gift itself, the goal is to entertain rather than gain, and to just have fun with it. 

Here is a little description of how the game works:

"Each participant supplies one wrapped gift within a certain predetermined price range. The gifts are placed in a central location, and participants determine in which order they will take turns selecting them. The first person opens a wrapped gift, and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person can open a new present or gets the choice to "steal" another person's gift. One gift can only be stolen two times, after it is stolen for the second time the gift is "dead", meaning no one else can steal that gift. When a person's gift is stolen, that person can either choose another wrapped gift to open or can steal from another player. The game is over when the last person goes. Generally, it is recommended to have at least six participants for the gift exchange party. With a larger group, game play may be more protracted."

Our family changes the price limit for the gifts every year to change-up the game, it's usually somewhere between ten to fifty dollars. This year we are on the higher end of the scale at forty dollars. I decided to throw together a gift guide if you play this game too. I always find it tricky to come up with unique, useful, but generic gifts that anybody would like. 

Happy gifting! 

- S