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Dec 02 2015
2 years ago
6:25 PM MDT

White Elephant Gift Exchange: Tips AND Free Printables (Invitations & Rules)

Dec 02, 2015 @ 6:25 PM MDT
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If you’re hosting or attending a white elephant gift exchange this month, here are some tips and free printables to help with this fun Christmas tradition! A white elephant gift exchange is a popular game where each member of a group brings a funny/interesting wrapped present of a certain dollar amount – entertainment then ensues as people exchange and steal gifts. And everyone ends up a winner with a gift!

How do I get started?

  • The game usually works best with at least 4-6 people and even more fun with larger groups.
  • Decide on a dollar amount for gifts AHEAD of time so it’s pretty even and communicate this information on your invitation. Click HERE to print a free invitation!
  • Also decide if you want a specific themed gift such as exchanging only holiday ornaments, kid’s toys, or books! Some people even choose to do re-gifts or small items they may not use at home any longer which involves no spending at all.

Click HERE: FREE PRINTABLE White Elephant Gift Exchange Invitations

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What are the rules?

  • Click HERE for some basic white elephant gift exchange rules that you can print out and display at your event!
  • Place limits on exchanging or stealing gifts so the game will have an ending point. Visit for more detailed directions.
  • If you are thinking of planning this activity for very young children, first read the rules and then decide if your kids can handle it. (Side Note: I made this mistake once and there were tears because some kids were too young to understand the concept of picking a present and then having it taken away 😦 ).

Click HERE: FREE PRINTABLE White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules

White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules

What do I bring?

In general, most white elephant gifts are under $20. You could go with a funny gift like a clever coffee mug, book, or Christmas ornament. Functional yet creative gifts are also popular. An example would be a fun kitchen gadget like this pineapple core remover, a hot sauce keychain, or a set of holiday cookie cutters. The more interesting the gift is, the more fun the game will be 🙂

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Have you ever been to or hosted a white elephant gift exchange? If so, what did you bring? Any other tips you can offer?

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