White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules
The objective of the White Elephant Gift Exchange is to open, exchange and steal inexpensive, fun gifts, unique gifts, new gifts or old gifts...from your opponents!
To make it even more interesting you can bring a gift you found,a gift you dont want anymore, either because its outdated, or it's the wrong size, you dont like the person that gave it to you, obnoxious, tacky, it's out-of-style, atrocious, or just plain ugly!
Everyone brings a wrapped gift. Nobody should know which gift you brought so don't put your name on it! It is unnecessary (and sometimes important) that the original owner does not identify him/herself. $10 limit (if you spend anything at all!)
Everyone will draw a slip of paper with a number on it.
On the first turn, person #1 chooses a gift, opens it, and it is admired by all...you hope! On the second turn, person #2 gets the choice of "stealing" any unwrapped gift (#1's) or choosing a wrapped one. On the third turn, person #3 gets the choice of "stealing" any unwrapped gift (#1's or #2's) or choosing a wrapped one. Game continues based on the following:
1. - If a gift is stolen from you, you can steal a gift from someone else (see #3 and #4 below), or open a new one.
2. - Turns proceed until everyone has a gift. A turn is ended when a gift is opened.
3. - A gift cannot be stolen more than once in a turn.
4. - The third "owner" of a gift gets to keep it - it is unavailable to be stolen again.
At the end of the last turn, the first person (who had no choice at the beginning) can choose to put back his or her gift and steal any gift that is still available - see #4 above. Then the gift "exchange" is started again (see #3 and #4 above) and ended when someone either chooses or is forced to take the gift given up by person #1.
Some fun tips:
Wrap the gift really pretty and "foo-foo" especially if its a crank gift. It is so funny when everybody fights over a gift that is beautifully wrapped and then they open it and its a bottle of ketchup or something!!!
Also if your gift is small wrap it up in a big box. You can even put one box in another and so on. Then the participant has to open numerous boxes. People love to choose the largest present, but then when they start opening it..they realize its all paper and boxes and a tiny little gift inside!