We have a relatively new tradition in our family. The grown ups don’t buy gifts for each other, we just buy for the kids. But Gigi still wanted the grown ups to be able to unwrap some presents so she decided we’d start playing Dirty Santa. She collects all the gifts for us and draws up the numbered slips. Here are her rules (they vary slightly from traditional Dirty Santa/White Elephant rules).
Everyone who plays draws a number. If there are 10 people you have numbers 1-10 on slips.
Player 1 chooses a gift.
Player 2 can choose to steal Player 1’s gift or choose a gift from the pile.
Player 3 can choose to steal Player 1 or Player 2’s gift or choose a gift from the pile (and so on down the line).
If you draw a present that has a name on it you have to give that gift to the named person and choose another gift.
If you draw a child’s gift you have to gift that gift to a child then draw another gift.
There are 2 rounds.
If you drew #1 you get to choose 3 times.
If there are leftover presents in the dining room that Gigi didn’t see during the Dirty Santa game then there will be a competitive round of Dominos or Cranium, etc to determine the winner of the leftover gift.
Once the game is over you may trade your present with other players if they are willing to trade.
Everyone goes home with fun stocking stuffer type presents!