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Make your white elephant gift exchange more memorable by doing a gift auction! Perfect for all ages, plus the printable cash makes it a super easy Christmas party game.
HOW TO HOST A WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT AUCTION
Alright so you’re looking for a Christmas party game that’s simple, quick to throw together, and fun for all ages? This game is a winner. No pun intended. 🙂
Back in our pre-parenthood days, we had the best group of friends that we would get together once a month for a fun party or outing. Our good friends the Adams hosted a Christmas party and introduced us to the most fun game…
A Christmas Party Gift Auction!
Everyone was asked to bring one good gift (with a dollar limit) and one tacky/white elephant gift wrapped. (See our alterations on this below!)
We were then given Christmas Cash to use to buy our gifts! One of our friends was the “auctioneer” and started auctioning off each gift. Whoever bid the highest won that gift.
THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS GAME
Since each gift was wrapped, we didn’t know what we were going to get! I paid big money for a roll of toilet paper, while others ended up with gift cards and other awesome prizes.
THE MOST FUN CHRISTMAS PARTY GAME!
Since that first gift auction many years ago, my husband and I have continued this game with both sides of the family throughout the years.
We recently held a “Christmas Kick-off Party” over Thanksgiving Break and played this game. And our families keep asking for it year after year.
A PERFECT GAME FOR:
- Family parties
- Ugly sweater parties
- Christmas Cookie Exchange
- “Sockin” Around the Christmas Tree – Tacky Holiday Sock Party
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS GAME:
- All ages can play!
- It’s simple to play, with minimal effort to prepare
- Playing will create a friendly sense of competition
- Laughter is inevitable
- It’s a perfect last-minute game
If you’re looking for a fun, last-minute Christmas Party Game idea, do this!
- Gift bags and wrapping paper- no perfect wrapping required!
- A fun group of party guests
HOW TO DO A CHRISTMAS PARTY GIFT AUCTION:
Tip: Give a dollar amount limit so that all gifts will be fairly equal.
6. For extra fun, the hosts should put together one “Grand Prize” for the end. This grand prize can be awesome or not… the person with the most cash at the end automatically wins the Grand Prize.
I’ve designed 2 versions of Cash: Christmas Cash or Holiday Cash, depending on what you prefer! Use it for this gift auction party or job charts, good behavior rewards, or Christmas stores in your classroom.
For just a few dollars, you’re on your way to a fun and simple Christmas party game!
HILARIOUS GIFT AUCTION GIFT IDEAS?
The whole fun of a white elephant gift auction is that some gifts will be awesome and some will be terrible! Here’s a few of the most popular gifts we’ve seen throughout the years:
- Gift cards (with only a few cents on them!)
- Toilet paper
- Extra “Christmas Cash”
- Christmas food
- Coloring books, stickers, play dough for kids
- Christmas CD
- Dollar store items
- Bar of soap
- Can of food
- Christmas movie
OK, SO TO RECAP:
To do a gift auction, print off the Christmas/Holiday Cash and separate into piles for each person. Have a your party guests bring a few wrapped gifts. And then auction off the gifts!
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