A Christmas Challenge: Adults only:
Are you having a family/friends gathering?
Don’t know what to buy for everyone?
Don’t have a lot of money?
Are you all in the same boat?
Here are a few ideas (probably not original) that may help the festive season along with a bit of fun thrown in for tired cash-strapped adults.
- Spend no more than a pound (or dollar) on any adult, and tell them to spend the same on you. The naffest wins a computer printed diploma (host house supplies).
- Have a ‘Lucky Dip’, a set price is agreed, for which you each buy one gift for the sack (remember: if you don’t put one in, you can’t take one out, so couples must take 2).
- Buy a variety of cheap silly items (lollipops, kids shower gels, bottle of bubbles etc), wrap and number them individually and put them in a box. On a sheet of paper, list the numbers with clues (as cryptic or cheeky as possible!) as to what they are. Your guests are allowed to feel, shake gently, and smell the items, but no poking, prodding or bending, before guessing the contents. If they’re right, they get to keep it. NB: Disguising the shape is even better!
- Wrap a variety of items (anything will do) and give one to everybody on arrival with strict instructions that they are not to open them. After your meal, all sit down together with your ‘gift’ (and sherry) and taking turns, decide to “stick” or “change”. Just because you stick doesn’t mean you get to keep the parcel you’re given, as someone else might want to change theirs for yours. If you want to change, you can pick anybody’s. (NB See 3 : best items we wrapped were a toilet roll, carrot, washing up liquid, a bottle of vanilla essence and a bath sponge, but no clues were given obviously!). You can do as many rounds as you wish, but 2-3 is usually good enough depending how many of you there are (and how many sherries you’ve drunk!).
- Pass the parcel, with forfeits and/or novelties per layer (keep forfeits family friendly!).
- Don’t buy gifts at all, but agree to contribute to the day by taking something for the table.
Obviously if there are children involved, this may not work for you. We used to buy for the kids and ‘pound’ the adults. However, we’ve found that the kids can get as much enjoyment out of it as the adults do because no-one feels the need to out-do anyone else. Some of their ‘guesses’ actually gave us ideas for the following year! Besides, you could always do a kiddie version of some of these.
Have fun and enjoy, it’s CHRISTMAS!!