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White Elephant is a super fun and easy way to get your friends a gift without breaking the bank. Other regions may recognize it as “Yankee Swap” or “Dirty Santa”.
Generally, how the game works is each person chooses one wrapped present and unwraps it to reveal to the group. Then the next person either chooses a new present or they can decide to steal their gift from the gift pile. This continues until all gifts are unwrapped and claimed. All gifts are available for stealing but if yours gets stolen, you have the chance to pick a new gift from the pile.
The rules are simple but the most important thing to remember is to have fun and cherish the time together. Everyone leaves with a present but no one is having to buy gifts for every participant which is nice because that can get extremely costly. This is a great option for families on a budget, college students, and those who just want to have some fun with their group of friends. Lots of fun and laughs will be sure to take place!
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