Oprah went thrifty this year with her list of Favorite Things for 2008. If you are looking for some thrifty ideas, like those found on Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2008, check out these swap party themes. Host or attend a swap party and share this wealth of ideas about thrift swap parties for holidays. Following in the thrifty tradition of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2008, enjoy these swap party ideas for homemade breads, crafters, scrapbookers, books and toys, and even a re-gifting swap party (please don’t tell my in-laws).
Oprah’s Favorite Holiday Gifts 2008: Swap Parties
Holiday cookies swap parties are popular in some communities, and give families an easy way to enjoy a variety of holiday treats. Bake up a new tradition and exchange homemade breads. Bake a loaf of your signature bread, using handmade techniques or a breadmaker. Make a second batch of the dry ingredients and package in a jar. Add an unopened package of yeast and a neatly-written or typed copy of the ingredients and baking instructions.
To hose a homemade bread party, have some hummus spread, natural peanut butter, and your favorite ham or chicken spreads available for tasting.
Swap Party for Crafters
Crafters can bring and swap craft items to a theme party. Bring your favorite holiday craft supplies, shiny papers, Christmas stamps and homemade wrapping paper to swap and trade. Paper crafters benefit immensely from having a swap party. Cut up some of your unique crafting papers and place them in a clear envelope. Add cut outs from magazines, pre-cut to shape, as well as cancelled stamps and tickets of any kind.
Swap Party for Scrapbookers
Scrapbookers can also benefit from a theme swap party, when they bring their leftover brads and embellishments. Everyone can add new colors and themes to their scrapbooks, while recycling their leftover materials to friends.
Book and Toy Swap Party for Kids
Host a book and toy swap party for kids. Have kids clean out their toy boxes and book shelves before the holidays to find the items they have outgrown intellectually. Keep their favorites, of course. Clean up the books and the toys and bring them to the swap party for kids. Try to stick to toys without a lot of pieces.
Re-Gift Swap for People With a Sense of Humor
One person’s idea of a bad gift may make another person happy. Host a re-gift swap party with friends to exchange unwanted gifts. Why stuff the gift in the bottom of a closet or wait in a long line to try to return it? A sense of humor is required, since some guests may bring back a gift from another guest. This type of swap party is best for friends to re-gift gifts from families, or for families to re-gift unwanted presents from friends.
Oprah’s Favorite Things, http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahshow/20081118_tows_holiday/5