Update: If you’ve tried these holiday gift exchange games in the past and want to do it again this year, I’ve created two BRAND NEW lucky last line poems to use for this year’s parties! You can check them out and print here.
Last weekend for our Christmas party we did your normal holiday gift exchanges…but on top of that I tried out a new idea I saw somewhere on the Internet while looking for adult Christmas games.
We did this with just one gift – instead of raffling off movie tickets – that was wrapped up a number of times, but you could do different variations on this like having everyone bring a gift and just swap based on the notes that you read. Or have everyone wrap their present ten times if you feel like having a wrapping paper clean-up party.
So here’s how it works.
You wrap one present with numerous layers of wrapping paper. In between each layer of paper, you tape a note onto the wrapping paper. You start the gift with one person in the room, that person unwraps a layer and reads their note (you’ll see the notes that I used below) and does what it says. The notes are things like, “Give this gift to the person across the room.” Then the next person unwraps a layers, follows the note, etc. until the last person unwraps the final layer and actually gets to keep the gift.
If you were to do this with everyone bringing a gift, you would have them wrap the gift once and then just pass their gift around based on the notes that you would read out loud to the group. So if you read the first note and it said, “Give this gift to the person across the room,” they would give their gift to the person across the room. The fun part is that you can make the notes as random as you want something like, “Give this gift to someone who is taller than you,” or “Give this gift to the person with the cutest shoes,” and where the gift ends up is completely random.
Here’s the poem of notes that I wrote for our party. This only took about ten minutes, and you could create your own that matches your group just as quick. Click on the pink button to download a printable version of the poem to use. I also created two brand new poems this year that may be a better fit for your group. You can print them out here.
It’s for someone wearing a black shoe.
Give it to the person to the right of you.
Give the gift to someone with a smile on their face.
This gift is for the person closest to the door.
Give the gift to the person who is as quiet as a mouse.
Give this gift to the person with an E in their name.
Give this gift to a person with blond hair.
Whoever you want, you’ve got nothing to lose.
Give this to the person across from you.
Unwrap the last layer, this gift is for you.