Post # 1
So my sister-in-law just sent out a mass email regarding Christmas at her house. She always does this 6 months in advance, it’s her thing. Anyway.
Seeing the email reminded me of something. For the past few years, we have done the Dirty Santa game. It’s been better for me financially as well as other family members because you only have to buy one male gift and one female gift. I spend $25 on the female gift and Boyfriend or Best Friend spends $25 on the male gift, so it works out.
However, this game also sort of sucks because you run the risk of winding up with a truly awful gift lol. And it’s HARD to think of a good, generic gift for men and women because after a few years, you start to run out of ideas.
So today after receiving the email, I asked my aunt if we had to do the Dirty Santa game this year. I asked if we could do something else.
She responded with “Do you have any suggestions?”
Then I was stumped. I really don’t know what else to do. The only other way to do gifts is to buy a gift for each couple. But there will be 5 couples, including me and Boyfriend or Best Friend. So I would have to buy 4 gifts total and each gift would be limited to $25 only. But still. That means I would have to spend a maximum of $100 just for this get-together alone!
And I am so NOT good at the DIY stuff, so that’s not an option for me.
So does anyone have any fairly cheap suggestions when it comes to alternatives to the Dirty Santa game?
Post # 3
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
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
secret santa. each person buysone gift, but it’s not generic
Post # 6
@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 # 7
I like the secret santa idea! But is there a good way to draw names? Because it’s hard to get all of us together to choose them and we probably won’t be together until Christmas.
So how do you choose names out of a virtual hat online? Any ideas?
Post # 8
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@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
@LadyBlackheart: try http://www.elfster.com/
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 # 10
@lina010: Omg, you’re the best, thank you! This is perfect! 🙂
Thanks ladies, for all of your suggestions! Now I just have to run the secret santa idea past my family and hope they go for it, which they probably will. Thanks again! 🙂
Post # 11
White elephant party. Pick a random knick knack off your mantle, DONE. 😉
Post # 12
@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
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
@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
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
@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 Boyfriend or Best Friend 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.