Gift exchange parties are full of hot air…
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 the party more lively and will pull more guest into the fun.
Many Dirty Santa, Yankee Swap and White Elephant parties are hosted with a theme of some sort. This way, the conversation can share a common subject line and sets the scene for creative conversation.
Lets assume that you have a fun group of friends and it is time to share gifts among them; It could be Christmas, Valentines Day or St. Patty’s day… Just pick an unusual theme and then let them shop creatively for gifts that would releate.
For example: Choose the theme “HOT AIR” and send out the party invitations…
We entered the AlbinoPhant Markets and found a few items that could be associated with HOT AIR…
As you can see, the shopping could be as fun as the actual game, with players planning their explanations as to how the gift relates to HOT AIR. Then, these explanations, during the game, will build the banter and the fun conversation into the party.
It is the conversation, that is built around creative shopping, that makes the Dirty Santa and the White Elephant exchange social explosions.
Now, be creative and bold… Host a gift exchange party with a unique theme and watch what Hot Air blows your way!