Every Christmas is the same. People fret about finding the perfect gift, worry if everyone has equal amounts of presents and then find that some gifts are repeats which are often returned. Sometimes the entire gift giving process seems a bit boring and routine. There are several alternatives to traditional gift giving that can make a holiday more interesting.
White Elephant Game
Most people have played this game at Christmas office parties. If you have never played the White Elephant Christmas game a few instructions will clear things up. Purchase one gift only. Generally participants buy a co-gender gift or a gift card. Some people even put money in envelopes, however most enjoy the wrapped gifts. During the game everyone draws a number to determine the order in which to pick a gift. Number one picks a gift and returns to his seat and now the fun begins. Number two can take number one’s gift or go to the tree. If number one’s gift is taken number one gets to pick another gift. And so the game goes till everyone has picked a gift. The beauty of this game is that you never know what gift you will end up with.
Almost everyone has a hobby or craft that they are involved in. If not there are plenty of craft kits that can be purchased and turned into a homemade present. Plan to make a gift for everyone on your Christmas list. This entails starting early and involves a lot of planning. Also consider food gifts but remember to take into account allergies and medical issues such as diabetes .
12 Days of Christmas
I have known people who practiced gift giving the 12 Days of Christmas way and ended up spending more money than they had planned. If you chose to give a gift every day set a limit that is agreed upon by everyone. It is difficult if not impossible to stick with the 12 themes so any gift will work. The fun is having something to open for 12 days. Some people start with the first day as the 14th of December so the last will be on Christmas day. Others start on the first day on Christmas day and end with old Christmas on January 6th. Choose beforehand which 12 days you wish to celebrate.
Buy Nothing Christmas
This isn’t actually a true buy nothing Christmas. The point is to reduce waste and recycle what you already have. The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” fits here. Perhaps you have toy trucks that your child has outgrown but are in search of Lego blocks. You and your friends willing to participate can exchange items which can then be given as a gift. With this idea you have given gifts yet spent nothing on presents.
Make sure that everyone involved in exchanging gifts agree to your creative gift giving ideas. One sour apple could spoil the entire idea. While alternative gift giving does not have to be an every year thing it can be nice to occasionally change up your Christmas gift giving routine and maybe even help others in the process.