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White elephant game rules
. Each person must bring one wrapped present to the Christmas party. Once everyone is assembled, have each person draw a number. The person with number one chooses a present to unwrap. The person with number two has a choice: They may choose a new, wrapped present, or they may take the unwrapped present from the first person. If they take the present from the first person, that person chooses another present to unwrap. The person with the number th
How many people do you need
. At least four people should play, but White Elephant works best with a minimum of six people. The more people that play, the longer the game will take so if youre hosting a party of 20 or more people, this game might not be the best to play.
Does the game have any limits
. White elephant can go on and on, so its best to institute some sort of limits a present can only be stolen three times, for example, or a person can only have something stolen from them a maximum of three times. You also can limit how many times people can steal from one another during one turn. Some variations also allow the person who drew number one to be the final person to choose a present after everyone else is finished. The rules and limit
How does someone win
. White elephant is a game where everyone wins because each person ends up with a present and the party itself is a gift of fun.
Try these fun white elephant game variations
. Put a specific dollar limit on gifts and make it tricky. For example, each guest has to spend $10.51 exactly.Have each person find something from their house or closet to give no spending any money at all. Give every party attendee the same off beat place that they need to buy gifts, such as a convenience or thrift store. Have each person bring a gift card in the same amount but the store can be of their choosing. Set a theme for gifts,
Best white elephant gift
. There are lots of different approaches to buying a White Elephant Gift. As long as youre following the price suggestion (typically around $20) and any special instructions by the organizer, you cant really go wrong. That said, here are some characteristics to look for when looking for a gift to bring to your White Elephant Gift Exchange party:
. In its most basic form, the game is as follows each participant supplies one wrapped gift. The gifts are placed in a central location, and participants determine in what order they will take turns selecting them. The first person opens a wrapped gift and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person can open a new present or gets the choice to steal another persons unwrapped gift. When a persons gift is stolen, that person chooses another wrapp
. Every year our group of friends and their children get together for a holiday party. Obviously it would be expensive for everyone to buy everyone else at these parties a present, but there are other options. One would be to do the Secret Santa exchanges where people draw names out of a hat, but what if you draw someones name and have no idea what types of things they like for gifts? Dirty Santa (also known by many other names) has helped us to so
The general idea
. Feel free to participate individually, as a couple, or as an observer.The game consists of everyone bringing a gift valued between $20 and $25 (or any other value the host sets). At the end of the night, each participant ends up taking a gift home.ift wrapping should be first class as it helps folks decide which gift to select. If it is a gift best for a man or woman it can be labeled as such, but it is not necessary to label the gifts.What kind
How a gift becomes retired
. Sooner or later someone else takes your mp3 player away from you again. This time you take someone elses gift, a bottle of rare Scotch. Then yet another person takes your bottle of rare Scotch from you and now you can go back and get your Mp3 player again. By this time, since the mp3 player was taken from you last, it might have been owned by several other players and in some cases more than once. Now this is the third time you have owned the mp3
How the game ends
. So when does the game end? Using the 10 player game in our example, when it gets down to player 10 there will be one wrapped gift left in the center of the room or on the table. Player #10 has the same two choices that everyone else did (except for player #1). Player #10 can take the last unopened gift on the table, show it around, model it, read it or demo it etc. Or, player 10 can take another participants unwrapped gift (except retired gifts).
Common sense rules
. If the gift is a food or drink, it absolutely should not be unpackaged until the game is over and it has been exchanged for the last time.All gifts must stay in the room and all gifts must remain in sight for all players to view until the game ends in order to help each participant determine how they will play their turn out. It goes without saying that retired gifts are the exception to this rule.Each participant needs to keep it uppermost in th
One last thought
. I have heard from other people who host Dirty Santa parties that some folks complain about the first player only having one choice. If the gift that the first player opens is a dud (meaning nobody else wants it), the first player is out of the game before the fun really gets started. But what folks dont seem to realize is that this can happen to any player who opens a wrapped gift and finds that it is a dud. That player is also out of the game as
A great time to play is
. when the Christmas chaos is too much and you both need some serenity. Chill out, think hard.A little like Hive, Tantrix is a strategy game that uses painted bakelite hexagon pieces. Unlike Hive, there are no bugs just a never ending, loop de looping roller coaster of coloured lines that YOU yes, YOU must use to make the longest line of your chosen colour! Its easy, you think. I played 30 minutes of RollerCoaster Tycoon on the computer once.
. To recover the most presents from the Grinch.
. 20 Presents Game Board Spinner with Spinner Arrow 4 playing pieces and matching stands
. Before playing for the first time, fold the flat presents into three dimenional boxes. Squeeze the sides of the presents gently to make them stand up, then tuck both flaps into the ends. Punch out the spinner card. From the back side of the spinner card (the side with the picture of the Grinch), push the circular base through the hole. From the front of the spinner card, snap the arrow into the base. For safety, make sure that an adult assembl
Playing the Game
. The youngest Player goes first. Players take turns spinning the spinner and moving the number of spaces shown. Players move in a clockwise direction along the track on the game board. Players may not reverse direction and move back along the path. When a player reaches a junction on the board, he chooses which path to take. When a players turn is over, the player on her left goes next.There are three types of spaces on the board: Letter Spac
Landing on a letter space
. When a player ends her move on a Letter Space, she picks up a present from the center of the board and looks at the toy on the bottom. If the letter on the space that he occupies appears in the toys name, she keeps that present. If the letter does not appear, she announces the name of the toy, shows it to the other players and, and returns it to the board (with the bow facing up).
Landing on a grinch space
. When a player ends her move on a Grinch Space, she must return a toy to the board. The player announces the name of the toy, shows it to the other players, and returns it to the board (with the bow facing up).
Landing on a cindy lou who space
. When a player ends her move on a Cindy Lou Who Space, she may take any present from the board and keep it.
Winning the game
. When the first player reaches Finish, the game is over. Players count the number of presents theyve collected; the player with the most presents wins.
Stopping the grinch
. If the players, as a group, have collected 10 or more presents when the first player reaches Finish, theyve stopped the Grinch and helped the Whos have an even merrier Christmas (remember, Christmas doesnt come from a store in the true spirit of Christmas, the Whos will have a day of song and rejoicing, with or without presents!) All players should stand up, hold hands and sing a rousing chorus of Welcome Christmas, Ba hoo Bo ray.
A special present
. While inventing and developing this game, we came up with two different ways to play the game. As a special present, weve included the rules for the second version below. To play this version, replace Object and Winning the Game with the following:
Returning Presents to the Whos
. Once a player has recovered three presents from the Grinch, he can return presents to the Whos. On the turn that he collects his third present, a player turns his presents so that the toys are facing up (this will help the players remember whether they are collecting presents from the Grinch or returning them to the Whos.) Once a player turns his toys face up, he may no longer collect presents from the Grinch when he lands on a Letter Space.