Gift Exchange parties are engaging social experiences. Most of the fun and conversation is created from the gifts that are opened and shared. We often become anxious and a little stressed over our gift selection. After all, aren’t there lots of choices out there, with tons of possibilities. So, where do you start?
- Ask the host if there is a theme for the party. Themes give you a hint as to what gifts might be appropriate. Your gift selection will be quite different at a baby shower or a bridal shower.
- Ask the host the age range of the guest list. You want to bring age appropriate gifts.
- If there’s no theme, silly or tacky gifts are OK. In fact, the more creative the gift, the more it will add to the fun of the event.
- Don’t bring junk. Assume that all the attendees will be thoughtful and creative. You can really hurt feelings or damage your gift exchange reputation with junk.
- Ask the host if there is a spending limit. If there is stay within the budget. Don’t attempt to impress with your superior spending power.
- Remember to pick something that you wouldn’t mind taking home yourself. Again, what you are going for is a creative conversation starter gift that will add to the fun.
- If you know the group that will be attending, pick the gifts will be appropriate. If you don’t know the attendees, err on the side of caution.
- Be creative! Pick something with a good conversation factor! The objective of the white elephant gift exchange is the fun banter that results from opening and sharing great gifts.
- Use these same steps to select a gift for an online white elephant gift exchange or a traditional yankee swap party.
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