Blogmas: White Elephant vs. Secret Santa (5)

Friday, December 05, 2014


Welcome to Day 5 of Blogmas! If you want to see a running list of my Blogmas posts, you can check them out here. (:

Today I went to a holiday party as a part of an organization I'm involved in at college, and it was pretty awesome. We had awesome food, great company, (I got an award o;), and we also did a White Elephant gift exchange! I got a bucket with a Where's Waldo chocolate bar, a couple pencils, a fox eraser and a Chocolate Notepad.



So, now you might be wondering what exactly the difference is between White Elephant and Secret Santa. Continue reading to find out! (:


White Elephant Gift Exchange 

- Who: At least 6 participants
- What: a Christmas party game; the goal is to entertain rather than to gain
~ FUN FACT: The term "white elephant," according to Wikipedia, is "a gift whose maintenance costs exceed its usefulness."
- How:
  1. Everyone brings a gift to the party, usually something inexpensive, funny, or used from home.
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    Examples include: something your grandma gave you, something from the dollar store, anything random! I took a light up snowball, Care Bare body lotion, Batman Hand Sanitizer, French Fry chapstick, and a candy cane filled with Reese's.
  2. Place the gifts in a central location. Make sure you do it discreetly, unless you want everyone to know which gift is yours.
  3. Draw a number to figure out what order everyone will be choosing their gifts.
  4. Start picking gifts in order, now this is where it starts getting interesting. The first person goes and picks a gift and opens it in front of everyone. 
  5. Then the second person can either steal the first person's gift or pick a new gift. If the second person decides to steal the present, the first person gets to open another present.
  6. This continues until everyone takes a turn. At the end the first person has an opportunity to steal a gift.
There are  A LOT of variations to the game as well. For example, you can set a limit on how many times a gift can be stolen so people don't just go after one gift the entire time. To see a full list of the variations click here.


Secret Santa

- Who: Usually done in a work/school setting but is also done within families or friend groups
- What: gift exchange, usually for cost-saving purposes


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- How:
  1. Get a group of people together who want to participate and give them all a wish list type sheet to fill out.
  2. Put the wishlists in a container of some sort and have people draw one out. This will be the person you'll be buying gifts for.
  3. Set the time limit on how long you give gifts for. We did it for a week, others do it up until Christmas! All up to you.
  4. Every day you put your gift in the designated location and only have the other person's name on it. Some people also like to leave hints so people can guess who their Secret Santa is. Just be careful to not do handwritten notes because they can give you away! Always type!
  5. On the last day, after you open your present you guess who you think your Secret Santa was and everyone does this until there's nobody left!

I prefer Secret Santa because I'm more of a sentimental person so it's easier for me to come up with serious presents that I think people will like. With White Elephant I feel so much pressure to be funny, which means I run the risk of not being funny or people not getting the joke of my present. If you haven't realized, I'm also quite the overthinker so that's another reason I prefer Secret Santa over White Elephant, it's more straight forward for me. This leads me to today's holiday comment challenge:

Holiday Comment Challenge #5: 

Which do you prefer: White Elephant or Secret Santa? Why?


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6 comments

  1. I had no idea it was called White Elephant but that's what we did in my college class and I loved it... it was so much fun! My vote is for White Elephant :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Lol yeah I hadn't even heard of White Elephant until this year. It was an interesting experience, but it wasn't as fun because we didn't really know each other that well. 1 for White Elephant! (:

      Lots of Love,
      Manpreet

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  2. I've never heard of White Elephant but it sounds like so much fun!! I think Secret Santa is slightly better if you want to get people meaningful gifts as apposed to just joking around. Super cool post Manpreet!!

    xo

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    1. Yeah I agree, I hadn't heard of it until this year either. Thanks Danielle, means a lot! (:

      Lots of Love,
      Manpreet

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  3. I love both ideas! The White Elephant gift exchange reminds me of "dirty santa" except the 1st person doesn't get to pick again! I think this game is best for college students and employees, it really brings out the funny side in people haha I love that! Secret Santa is definitely more meaningful I love being able to see the expressions on someones face after getting something anonymously...ahhh priceless!!!

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    1. I totally agree! This was my first time doing a White Elephant gift exchange and I didn't really know everyone very well, so I think that's one reason I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoy Secret Santa. But yeah, that's my favorite part about Secret Santa, the expressions! :D

      Hmm, I've never heard of Dirty Santa but I shall google it!

      Lots of Love,
      Manpreet

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