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Office party suggestions for 2012′s White elephant Gift Exchange
The mere thought of the annual office white elephant gift party can stir up dread in the best of us, but unfortunately it’s an occasion we all have to grin and bear. Most remember the tensions demonstrated on The Office TV episode that aired of their Yankee Swap.
No matter how well you get on with your colleagues, spending social time out with the office can be a bit much and can have some catastrophic consequences. If you don’t want to be the talk of the office, there are some tips… Read the rest »
Some Very Useless White Elephant Gifts
Sometimes 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 »
White elephant and Yankee Swap demonstrate gift giving gamification.
The 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.
Games and work… Read the rest »
Caroling white elephant gift exchange rules
This is an opportunity to add a little musical fun to your regular white elephant gift party. You will need a CD player with a pause button and some Christmas Carol CD’s (make sure they have words and not instrumentals).
Place the CD player where the host or an appointed “carol-leader” can have access.
#1 Start the white elephant gift exchange as usual, with the presents in the middle of the group and with every player’s name in a hat for drawing.
#2 Draw the first name and start the first musical carol on… Read the rest »
The Yankee Swap rules build group fun
The white elephant gift exchange is also known as the Yankee Swap in some areas of the country. Both are very engaging social party activities that allow fun gift sharing among friends and family.
Yankee Swap Video
Watch this time elapse video of a group gift exchange party. Thisvideo demonstrates the white elephant gift sharing action that takes place within the party game.
We counted about 25 people in this gift exchange video, that looks like it was hosted in a typical living room. The Yankee Swap rules are the same as the… Read the rest »
White elephant gift swap history and future
If you are a regular visitor to our site, you know the real story of white elephant gifts begins with the Asian kings of Burma and Siam. White elephants were extremely important and valuable creatures in these Asian countries, so receiving a white elephant from the king would be a huge honor and make the receiver the envy of all the land.
Somehow the tradition of valuable gift sharing morphed into a gift exchange game and the result is the now the traditional white elephant gift exchange.
Here is how the game got… Read the rest »
The top White Elephant Gift Exchange game names…
There is a debate as to what is the most popular multi-player holiday game. Many suggest that the White Elephant gift exchange is the title of the most popular game. Others say that it is the Secret Santa gift exchange. Then there are the many other gift parties that do variations of the gift swap activity and they each have a name and a following of loyal players.
Because we sponsor an online version of the traditional white elephant gift party, we have decided to do some research and get to the… Read the rest »
You have been invited to attend an online gift party like no other.
Your host has used a special offer code (1234) to begin a “test-drive” party that allows you to experience a gift exchange without spending any money…
Like a real test drive!
Here are the step by step instructions on how to get the invitation, RSVP, find a gift (virtually), get it wrapped and then join the party.
It is really easy, once you have done it one time!
Step #1 (these screen shots seem to display better in Firefox than on Explorer browsers, sorry)
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Today marks the start of Hanukkah, a symbolic religious tradition for Jewish families around the world. A candle is lit each night for eight days; A present is shared every day, and they play traditional games.
Other faiths are preparing for the tradition of sharing gifts on each of the 12 days leading up to December. 25th.
Still more are shopping and wrapping presents in preparation for one of the largest single gift opening days of the year; Christmas day.
Gift giving in the holiday season has become a tradition for those with or without religious connection. It seems that… Read the rest »
Bruce and Sarah Christensen are new Facebook developers, and they have delivered an online version of the white elephant gift exchange or Yankee Swap for families and friends this holiday season.
The white elephant party is called AlbinoPhant, and the Christensen’s have been testing this online game with their grown children for the past 3-years.
“When our youngest got married and left the nest, we started sharing our gifts through playing this game, and we loved the party atmosphere and fun conversations this allowed us” stated Sarah, the mother of five and grand mother of seven.
The AlbinoPhant party is… Read the rest »