Tips for a snag-free gift exchange

Are you in charge of organizing the an- nual gift exchange this year? Here are a few tips to ensure everything goes smoothly! Ideally, you’ll want to start planning the gift exchange at least one month in ad- vance to give everybody enough time to shop. You’ll also want to determine a price range (between $15 and $20, for example) to avoid any awkward situations the day of. Once done, decide on a format. Consider how you want to exchange gifts. Will you pick names or distribute the goodies at random? Are kids and adults included in the same exchange? Additionally, decide whether you want the gifts to relate to a specific theme (like something red or unu- sual, for example). Come up with a few ideas and discuss them with everyone in- volved. If picking names Determine whether or not each partici- pant should make a few suggestions. You can ask everyone to make a list of five gift ideas or outline things they like (sports, books, movies, etc.). Suggestions can be useful when people don’t know each other well; however, they do take away from the element of surprise. Next, jot down every- body’s name on a piece of paper, and pick away! If you can’t find a convenient time for everybody to meet, there are websites that allow you to pick names virtually.

If exchanging freely To avoid conflicts, make sure to clearly explain how the gift exchange will work be- fore the big event. For example, will you choose to steal gifts before or after they’ve been unwrapped? (Note: stealing might not be the best way to play if kids are invol- ved.) You can also get creative and organize a treasure hunt or have people complete a challenge to earn their gift.

And there you have it! Now all that’s left is to find the perfect gift.

Good luck!

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