Posts Tagged ‘White Elephant Gift Exchange’

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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 »

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 »

Party Themes – White Elephant Exchange for Kids

Posted by PartyWeDo on Saturday, April 28, 2012

Gift sharing for all ages
The white elephant gift exchange is a social adventure for gift givers of all ages. Even though many of these gift swapping parties are enjoyed with adults, kids have just as much fun sharing white elephant gifts as Mom and Dad do.
White elephant gift party pirateFor kids, adding a theme makes the party even more exciting and allows them to expand their creativity. The party theme provides a framework upon which to build lasting memories and makes them want to stay engaged in the fun. Even gift purchasing is more engaging and creative when they have a theme… Read the rest »

Earth Day Gifts – Exchange, Reuse and Recycle for Fun

Posted by PartyWeDo on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A white elephant gift exchange on Earth Day
Sunday April 22nd will mark the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, and about a billion people will participate.
white elephant gift exchange on Earth DayYou can say you are green or you can really help to change the world and participate in an Earth Day Gift Exchange party!  This event is just like a traditional white elephant gift exchange, except that you only exchange something that could be recycled or reused.
Earth Day Gift Exchange Themes
For this party you could create a planet-friendly theme and then require that only “green” gifts or recyclable gifts be a part… Read the rest »

Howie Mandel’s White Elephant – TV Gift Exchange

Posted by PartyWeDo on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A White Elephant Gift Exchange on NBC
Howie Mandel White elephant gift exchange on NBCPopular TV host Howie Mandel is adapting the popular group gift exchange game into a television game show format. The white elephant gift exchange is popular in family and friend gatherings so it is logical that a TV version would be in demand. NBC has stepped in to purchased 7 episodes of Howie Mandel’s White Elephant.
The early reports suggest that the game-flow will be similar to the traditional white elephant gift exchange rules, with presents opened, gifts revealed and the possibility of stealing between players.
We also understand that the white elephant… Read the rest »

Junk and the Trunk – White Elephant Gifts at Junkyards

Posted by PartyWeDo on Monday, April 16, 2012

White elephant gifts gleaned from the Junkyard…
white elephant gifts from a junkyardWe all understand that the real purpose of a white elephant gift exchange is to gather friends together and have fun sharing unique white elephant gifts and great conversation. We also know that these group activities are more memorable when the host suggests something different.
We suggest that you do something unique this year and host a Junk and the Trunk white elephant party?
The rules are simple – Only gifts from a salvage or junk yard will be allowed.
Given that this weekend will mark another Earth Day, why not share recycled… Read the rest »

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