One of our family traditions is a gift exchange between all of the adults. It helps us cut down on the Christmas shopping expense and we enjoy the excitement of the unknown gifts. However, two years ago we started our White Elephant mug exchange. This has been so much more fun! We get to find silly, cute, and weird mugs to fill with cool nic-nacs and gifts.
Buy a Unique Mug
Basically, buy a fun mug of any style and fill it with goodies and gag gifts to build excitement. I recently found some cute mugs at Target, all under $10, mostly priced at $5.99 but these are some cute mugs I found on Amazon.com. The general idea is to get a fun mug that doesn’t have to relate to the holiday.
Fill it with small gifts
I try not to get a gender specific gift, so I’ll add a variety of different fillers. Most of the people who participate in our white elephant mug exchange are couples. Therefore, they can give their wife the nail polish or cute necklace.
Get Together to play the White Elephant gift exchange!
Don’t know how to play? Check out some of the general white elephant game rules here. Our family just makes the gift a mug with filler small gifts and tries to keep them as non-gender specific as possible. This way a male participant, like Uncle/Tio Sam – doesn’t get a mug full of lip glass and bracelets. 😆
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