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Online shopping is the new “Cool”

Posted by PartyWeDo on Saturday, November 28, 2009

Black Friday is behind us and we are awaiting the numbers from the retailers. One thing that is certain, the online gift purchase is the “New Cool” in many households, and I think that I know why… jim and sherlene at computer
Sarah and I braved the crowds in one retailer yesterday for just two items. It was an experience that I can add to my been-there-done-that list! After a 3am start with the lines at the store and in the parking lot… I want to be one of the cool-kids who shop online.
That experience is why I agree with the Marketing Charts blog… Read the rest »

Bloggers, Football, Politics, Predictions and the White Elephant Exchange

Posted by PartyWeDo on Friday, November 27, 2009

football barHere are the details, as advertised in a blog titled, Real Debate Wisconsin: “Our Cheddarsphere Christmas this year party will be on Sunday, January the 3rd, from 2pm until whenever at Papa’s Social Club”
So it seems a group of bloggers gather in a bar to socialize and share in a white elephant gift exchange. And they organize and promote the party online. This is a trend that we see developing as a result of great web communication tools.
This group also gathers to make predictions for the future, while watching a football game and discussing politics. It seems like… Read the rest »

Soup Exchange – Warm Tummy White Elephant Party

Posted by Princess Phant on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

soupThe Christmas season is perfect for a hot cup of soup on a chilly evening. What would warm the spirit even more would be sharing soup and conversation with family and friends.
Caroline, the author of Whipped, hosts a soup swap every year and,  in her own words describes: “…an event that embodied all of my favorite things: gathering with friends, eating together, talking about food and sharing food.”
This got us to thinking about how soup could be used as a part of a white elephant or Yankee Swap party. Here is an idea that we came up with…… Read the rest »

Exchanging Trendy for Traditional Gift Exchanges

Posted by PartyWeDo on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One of the results of a changing economy is what the new austerity has wrought upon the American public. It seems that the trendy “go-go-consumption” trends have turned on a dime and now traditional priorities are winning the day. This is especially true when we discuss the holiday season this year.Jim telling a story
A recently released study by Sears, and reported in Marketing Daily suggests that; “Some 90% of those it surveyed say that because of the challenging economy, they are more focused on celebrating family traditions.”

Other studies are suggesting that more than 75% of Americans are realizing that connecting with… Read the rest »

Exchange High Cost for High Fun

Posted by PartyWeDo on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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A Christmas Party Doesn’t Have to be Expensive
By: Candace Martin
In these stretched economic times even festive celebrations are falling onto hard times. The past couple of Christmases have seen a bit of a downturn in the level that folks were willing to pay for gifts along with the celebration itself, and the upcoming season looks to be about the same. If you are affected by budget issues but need to prepare for a holiday celebration, you do not have to let those things impact the quality of the merrymaking. There are lots of ways to throw a… Read the rest »

Full of hot air! Or just great Dirty Santa gifts…

Posted by PartyWeDo on Monday, November 23, 2009

Gift exchange parties are full of hot air…Huffing and puffing ad
Especially parties that carry the Dirty Santa or Dirty Thieving Santa moniker.
You see, these are the gag-gift cousins of the tamer and more common White Elephant Exchange or Yankee Swap.
The “dirty” implication is associated with the “stealing” portion of these gift exchange events. Gifts are opened by random players and then subsequent players can swap or “steal” from those who have gone before.
The gifts that create the most banter are usually the weird gifts that can be associated with something funny. Gifts that can prompt a conversation will make… Read the rest »

Proof that Elephants can hide with Strawberries!

Posted by PartyWeDo on Thursday, November 19, 2009

HOW DO YOU HIDE AN ELEPHANT?
We can thank the artist who are members of Worth1000 for this great piece of creativity…
Our online white elephant gift party is grateful to pochiex2 for allowing us to include this great image!

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PartyWeDoThe AlbinoPhant Creators
Your Party 2.0 Specialists… Read the rest »

Oregon Family of Thieves – Online Yankee Swap

Posted by PartyWeDo on Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Christensen’s of McMinnville are not going to get arrested for helping friends and neighbors steal gifts from each other this year. Their family has been stealing from each other in an online white elephant gift party for the last 3-years. Now they are sharing the fun on Facebook, so everyone can start gift swapping this season.
You have probably played one of the White Elephant Gift Exchange, or Yankee Swap games during the holidays in the past. It is the gift party where everyone brings a fun wrapped gift, they put the gifts in a pile and then they… Read the rest »

Thou Shall Now Steal Thy Neighbor’s Gift… The Guilt-Free Gift Party

Posted by PartyWeDo on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

revealing a giftIt’s that time of year when friends and family gather to shamelessly steal gifts from one another in church buildings and living rooms everywhere. The traditional white elephant gift exchange, Yankee swap or Rob your Neighbor party turns thievery into fun; and even the Bishop, Father, Reverend and Pastor can enjoy these events.
Gift exchange parties are social events that focus on sharing gifts with family and friends and then “stealing” them from one another, while enjoying friendly banter in an organized party game.
This year you can take the friendly thievery online with a new Facebook application called AlbinoPhant,… Read the rest »

Online White Elephant Fun Party Messages

Posted by King Thibaw on Monday, November 16, 2009

With the launch of AlbinoPhant only days away, we are starting to get in the artwork for the white elephant gift exchange on Facebook.
This application is a bit more complex than most of the simple social games that are found in Facebook. AlbinoPhant parties involve the sharing of real gifts in a long-term party and therefore integrate eCommerce shopping and secure payment systems into the process.
armed elephantWe want players to realize that after they purchase a gift in one of the AlbinoPhant markets, they wait while others do the same thing. So we felt that a cute and artistic… Read the rest »

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