Gag gift exchange can bring holiday cheer to work

This is the time of year when many of us are trudging through stores and searching online for the perfect holiday presents for the folks on our gift lists. Despite the best intentions of getting an early start on buying jewelry for that special lady or the year’s hottest toy for little Johnny, holiday shopping can turn into a frantic, stress-filled race to get it done in time.

One of the season’s fun gift traditions, however, is a White Elephant gift exchange at work. White Elephant gift exchanges, sometimes known as Yankee Swaps, involve bringing an inexpensive, wrapped present that often is a gag gift or something used.

Based on a numbering system, the first participant opens his or her gift and shows it to the group. A second player gets an unopened gift and chooses to either unwrap it or swap it for the first person’s present. The exchange follows that pattern until all the gifts are opened. The game can have some variations but the idea is the same; lots of laughs and enjoying the company of co-workers in a fun environment.

Do you exchange White Elephant gifts at your workplace? Did you enjoy the experience? What’s the weirdest White Elephant gift you ever received? What’s the best one you ever got?

- By John Brieske, Blog Break

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