Christmas Gift Exchange Game

"What's It Worth?"

Christmas Gift Exchange Game ("What's It Worth?") is one of three entertaining and fun gift giving games for your next Christmas party. You could also try "Parcel Frenzy" and "Left Right Christmas Game".

Age: All ages

No. of Players: small or large group

Equipment: Each guest brings two gifts (one valuable and one useless) wrapped neatly; two standard decks of cards

Time: 10+ minutes

Aim: To have fun distributing gifts at a Christmas party.

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1. Each person should bring two gifts. One gift should be to an agreed value (for example, $10) while the other should be worthless (like an old shoe or a used train ticket). The valuable gift should be suitable for males or females of any age, if possible. Both gifts should be wrapped neatly and in a way that disguises them, so no one can tell the difference between a valuable gift and a useless gift.

2. All gifts are placed together in one pile.

3. Each person chooses two playing cards from a deck of cards. (If there are more than 26 people, each person receives only one card but there are two rounds in the game.)

4. The master of ceremonies (MC) shuffles the second deck of cards and picks a card. If someone has the matching card they can choose and immediately open one gift from the pile, but not the one they brought. The MC continues to pick cards one at a time until every player has chosen two gifts.

Note: There is always the chance that a player will choose two worthless prizes or two valuable gifts. After the game is finished, players may like to swap gifts to make it fair for all players.

Try these other Christmas gift exchange games: "Parcel Frenzy" and "Left Right Christmas Game".


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