“Dirty Santa” is an entertaining Christmas gift exchange game that is frequently played at office, church, sorority and other social group Christmas parties. It is sometimes referred to as “White Elephant” or “Chinese Christmas.” (“White Elephant” usually refers more to gag gifts, gifts that you just take from home.)
If you are needed some tasteful gift ideas for a Christmas gift exchange, here are a few ideas to choose from. These are within the $25-$30 price range.
Dirty Santa Christmas Gift Exchange Idea #1: Money Ball Ornament
Everyone loves money, and this gift is a creative way to give it. Visit http://www.makingfriends.com/gifts/dollar_ornament.htm for directions on how to make one. It’s a cute idea, and will be a fantastic gift for someone. For an added twist, see if you can get some $2.00 bills from you bank and decorate it with two-dollar bills.
Dirty Santa Christmas Gift Exchange Idea #2: Christmas Decoration Basket
Purchase a nice basket and fill it with a variety of Christmas decorations. Include a few nice ornaments, tinsel, a Gingerbread scented candle, miseltoe, a Christmas themed frame and other holiday themed trinkets. I personally would love to get a gift like this at a Dirty Santa gift exhange party.
Dirty Santa Christmas Gift Exchange Idea #3: Cookie Mix, New Cookie Sheet and Fire Extinguisher
Hey, if the fire extinguisher prevents someone’s house from burning down, they’ll be very grateful for your thoughtful gift. Cookie Sheets also make great gifts because they usually start looking very worn out after awhile and everywhere will eventually need a new one. Choose a delicious cookie mix to go along with the
Dirty Santa Christmas Gift Exchange Idea #4: Collection of $5.00 Gift Cards
Instead of just buying one big gift card, be a little different and buy several! If the suggested price is $30, buy six $5.00 gift cards. Try to buy them at places where $5.00 is good for something. For example, buy one at Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Sonic, Wal-Mart, Burger King, and Subway. It might be the one everyone steals over!
Dirty Santa Christmas Gift Exchange Idea #5: A Nice Frame or Photo Album
This “Dirty Santa” gift is very practical. Purchase a nice, decorative frame or photo album. It could come in handy for someone who really needs it.
Dirty Santa Gift Exchange Idea #6: Gift Certificate for a Massage
Find a very reputable and well-known massage therapist. I would recommend a woman, as some of the female guests may feel uncomfortable going to a male massage therapist. I’m sure if they don’t sell gift cards they’d be happy to have you as their first gift certificate customer. Alternately you can look on iwantamassage.com. Its a fabulous gift!
Dirty Santa Gift Exchange Idea #7: Restaurant Gift Card
You can never go wrong with a restaurant gift card. It will be stolen at least once for sure! If everyone else brings a ridiculous gift it will definitely be the one that everyone fights over!
Dirty Santa Gift Exchange Idea #8: A Good-Quality Candle
Another fantastic Dirty Santa gift idea is a nice candle. I recommend purchasing something that is excellent quality, such as a Yankee candle. Try to get a scent that will be pleasing for everyone – avoid a scent such as “Mango Peach Salsa” or “Greenhouse.” I would buy “Vanilla Cupcake” or “Cinnamon Stick.”
Dirty Santa Gift Exchange Idea #8: An Electric Toothbrush
I am listing this one because I went to a Dirty Santa / White Elephant Gift Exchange where this gift was the one that everyone fought over. If you can afford it, this unique gift might be the one to bring!
The “Dirty Santa” or White Elephant Gift Exchange can be alot of fun and create lots of memories! If you are searching for a gag or silly gift instead, be sure to read 15 Dirty Santa Gifts , this article with alot of ideas and this one too.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!