Why Not… Host a Gift Exchange

The December holidays will be here before you know it, so why not get ahead of the game while you can? Since the holidays tend to be a time when wallets are stretched to the max, a simple way to cut down on costs is by limiting the sheer volume of gifts you need to purchase. Enter: The Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Instead of buying each of your friends a gift, host a gift exchange where each person gives only one gift within a given price range.

Here’s how a Secret Santa Gift Exchange works:

  1. Confirm who will be involved in the gift exchange.
  2. Then randomly assign each person to whom they must anonymously give a gift. (This is easiest if you have everyone draw names from a hat.)
  3. Decide on a price range.
  4. Plan a get together where each person shows up with his or her assigned gift.
  5. Exchange gifts, eat, drink and be merry!

Aside from the fact that this is a great budget-conscious option to consider for the holidays, it’s also just plain fun. It’s a great reason to get together with friends over the holidays and you avoid the awkward question of who you should give gifts to.

For more tips and insights, check out my Holiday Gift Giving Etiquette blog.

Have you hosted a gift exchange? Or participated in one before? If you have any helpful tips, share them below!

Also, be sure to check out our holiday wish list too!

XO Lauren