With Christmas just around the corner and many people struggling to get ahead in today’s economy, it makes sense to cut down the list of people we have to buy for. Instead of worrying about what to buy for 25 people and how many bills will be late because of the money being spent this holiday, go the route of having a Christmas gift exchange. Not only will you be less stressed buy having a gift exchange but it can also be extremely exciting. There are several different ways you can have a gift exchange.
Instead of buying gifts this year, encourage your friends and family to each make up a gift basket with items suitable for anyone. A good idea, for example, would be a basket with a money or lottery tree in it. At the party, everyone will get 10 tickets to put in for a basket of their choice. At the end of the Christmas party, start drawing tickets. Set some ground rules, as well. For example, each person can only win once. If a person has their ticket drawn for more than one basket, then they have the opportunity to switch out one basket for another. Using a raffle type Christmas gift exchange theme will not only eliminate the spending this holiday season, but also will prove to be fun and eventful.
Another great way to have a Christmas Gift Exchange is to write three things on a piece of paper that you would like to receive as a gift. Set a price limit on the gift exchange in the beginning. Before Christmas, everyone can pick a name from the poll of people in the Christmas gift exchange. Once the names are chosen, you will receive a list from the person you picked. It is a guarantee that the person you are buying for will get something they actually want and it is also a guarantee that you won’t watch your wallet thin out this holiday season. You can also go as far as agreeing to pick more than one name, that way each person will get more than one gift.
Usually you see Chinese auctions at fundraisers or other major events. This year have one at your holiday get together. Inform everyone that they should make up a basket of goodies, similar to the raffle idea listed above. Everyone who wants to participate would have to bid actual money on the basket of their choice. Not only will some people receive great gifts, but they can also experience the gift of giving. In other words, the money everyone pitches in to win the auctioned baskets can be used to donate to a charity of the family’s choice. You can also use the money to buy up toys and gifts for those who are less fortunate at women and homeless shelters, this holiday.
If family or friends are not in agreement about having a Christmas gift exchange, you can always try to pitch the idea of limiting the spending or amount of gifts. I am sure many will agree that it would be a huge load off of everyone’s shoulders to eliminate spending this Christmas, however, many people do not want to be the one who actually presents the idea of a Christmas gift exchange or ways to help cut spending. If this is the case, type out anonymous notes to everyone in your Christmas circle. It would not only be mysterious, making this holiday more exciting, but it can also save other family members or friends the embarrassment of having to ask people to limit their spending or gift lists.