Christmas…I know, it's super early for that but hear me out

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Could you just do where each person picks a name and you do more of a secret Santa? Then you are only responsible for buying one person a gift at a set price?

Post # 4
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You could draw names and only buy for the that couple. At least then you could buy something a little more specific to their interests.

Post # 5
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

secret santa. each person buysone gift, but it’s not generic

Post # 6
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  Do secret santa and let every one pick a name OR number the gifts and have veryone just pick a number so no one can steal your awesome gift!

Post # 8
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@LadyBlackheart:  We do a gift card exchange for $50 gift cards to restaurants.  Each couple buys a $50 gift card and they all get tossed in a hat.  Each couple who tossed in a gift card gets to take a gift card out of the hat.

Post # 9
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  try


You can enter everyones info and they do a random draw and people can anonymously make a wish list. I did it with some sorority sisters last Christmas and it was great.


Post # 11
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

White elephant party. Pick a random knick knack off your mantle, DONE. 😉

Post # 12
3505 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  We do the same kind of thing as beachbride1216, a gift card exchange. Everyone buys a $25 gc (could be anything, restaurant, store, visa etc) and wraps it in a box with no label. Then we all pick a number and whoever has the #1 picks which one they want first and opens it, then #2 goes and so on. The kicker is people can steal the gc from you. Say person #5 likes the gc #2 got, they can steal it from them. So if you’re the last one to go you have all of them to pick from, #1 kind of gets screwed.. but it’s fun, especially when people start stealing the gc from each other!

Post # 13
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

Draw names! It’s really fun to pick out a present for a different person each year and each person only has to buy 1 gift.

Post # 14
1410 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@LadyBlackheart:  I like the GC idea mentioned by PPs. A guy friend of ours was having a dinner at his house (just a dinner, no celebration of any kind) but his wife wanted the women to buy a $25 gift for the women (GC, perfume, bath stuff, etc.) and each guy had to bring a 6 pack of his favorite beer and then they drew names. It was a cool idea but I thought it was weird since it was just a dinner party but I know she’s a gift gal.

Post # 15
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

What about a favorite thing party? You could limit it to $5 gifts. 

Last year, my girls and I had a favorite thing party. There were 6 of us (we had a $10 limit so we each spent $50). You would buy 5 of your favorite item in that price range and give them to each girl. We had a ticket to the movie theater, some tiny liquor bottles, nail polish, lip gloss, hair product, candy and something else I can’t remember right now. 

Post # 16
6948 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@LadyBlackheart:  Yeah, like others have said- just pull names and shop for that particular person. My family has done it for years. Each adult (generally if you’re out of high school AND have a job, you’re considered an “adult”) puts their name in a hat at Thanksgiving and we pull one name. Sometimes couples go in together. So my BF and I might only buy one gift together, and someone gets us a gift as a couple. (Obviously this only works if you’re an established couple living together.) We do a $35 limit, but you can make it whatever you want. We still buy gifts for the kids.

If your family still wants to do Dirty Santa I can also help. 🙂 My BFF’s family does that without any gender specifications, so they have to be REALLY generic. Some of the better ones I’ve heard there were a few board games tied together, a small aquarium with a beta fish (!), a punch bowl & cup set (Mikasa sale- popular with the older ladies) and “Date Night” with gift certificates to movies & dinner. 

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