Archive for May, 2012

Cooking White Elephant – Unique Kitchen Gadgets

Posted by PartyWeDo on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kitchen gadgets – White elephant gift treat
You can never go wrong purchasing kitchen products to share in a white elephant gift exchange. This is particularly true if your guest list has a number of people who enjoy time in the kitchen. White elephant gift party with kitchen gadgets
Some savvy white elephant party hosts even create a cooking theme for their gift exchange event. We like to call these culinary focused gift parties “Cooking a White Elephant” exchange. In these parties the white elephant gifts all have a cooking theme and the party includes swapping homemade treats and sharing favorite recipes.
Most use the white elephant… Read the rest »

10 Wacky White Elephant Gifts – Maybe Useless

Posted by PartyWeDo on Saturday, May 12, 2012

Some Very Useless White Elephant Gifts
Wacky white elephant gift - nordic beard hatSometimes it just makes perfect sense to do something truly wacky. And what could be more fun than to gather your family or friends together for a white elephant gift exchange with totally useless stuff?
Some people believe that white elephant gifts are supposed to be gag gifts or other less practical items, others use the event to share valuable items.  White elephant gifts can be useless or practical, it is completely up to you.
Of course, we always promote giving gifts that will get the conversation going within the game.  Most of the… Read the rest »

Gamification of Gift Giving – White Elephant Exchange

Posted by PartyWeDo on Friday, May 11, 2012

White elephant and Yankee Swap demonstrate gift giving gamification.
Yankee Swap or white elephant gift exchange on TVThe act of giving a gift to an office mate is not unique, and nether is the office holiday gift party. What is unique is the way game play enters the equation.  The white elephant gift exchange and the Yankee Swap combine gift giving and a game play into an example of gamification in action.
We found the following information from Office Angels to be a good resource for the understanding of game dynamics within the workplace. We trust that you will find this information helpful.
Workplace Fun
Games and work… Read the rest »

The Art of Gift Giving and the Gift Exchange

Posted by PartyWeDo on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gift exchange research is informative
Our passion is finding ways to share gifts with family and friends in white elephant gift exchanges. Most of our efforts focus on white elephant gift ideas and the party games used to pass out the presents. Our recreation specialists use the science of game-play as a way to engage groups in a social gift giving event.
Gift exchange ideasToday we would like to share some research from major universities to better understand the practice of gift giving. We thank Emma Waight for this information.
The Art of Gift Giving
Gift giving is something of a ritual.… Read the rest »

Cinco de Mayo White Elephant Gift Exchange

Posted by PartyWeDo on Friday, May 4, 2012

White elephant gifts for the Cinco de Mayo party
Cinco de Mayo white elephant partyTomorrow is the Cinco de Mayo party day – millions will spend the day in celebration and sharing gifts among themselves. And though there are no white elephants in Mexico, there is a great opportunity to use a white elephant gift exchange to make the party more engaging.
A Cinco de Mayo white elephant gift party would be a perfect way to share the day with a group of friends or family.
Mexican Theme
You can decorate with a Mexican theme, prepare food and refreshments that are fitting for the day,… Read the rest »

Random Selection – White Elephant Name Draws

Posted by PartyWeDo on Friday, May 4, 2012

Selecting Players for White Elephant Gift Parties
white elephant gift exchange name drawing systemThrowing a bunch of paper-strips into a hat is so “old-school”…
White elephant gift exchanges are the most engaging party that you can host for your family and friends – so why be old-hat with your name drawing system?
We have nothing against Hats, but through the marvels of technology you could be using a virtual hat to pick the next player in your game. All you need is your computer, tablet or smartphone to really impress your guests with your hosting chops.
There are several online name drawing sites that will help… Read the rest »

Vintage White Elephant – Party Retro

Posted by PartyWeDo on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

White elephant gift giving retro style
The tradition of giving a white elephant gift dates back centuries in the Far-east. Vintage white elephant giving was a royal event and is much different than how we view the process today.
white elephant gifts at a vintage partyThe white elephant exchange is the perfect venue for sharing gifts in a social activity and is why it so popular. The smartest hosts know that memorable parties use great themes that give guests something unique to remember.
There is a huge craze for all things vintage at the moment. Vintage shops are popping up left, right and center and vintage… Read the rest »