Ugly Christmas sweaters have had their day. (A snow globe sweater, really?) Cookie exchanges are bad for non-bakers. And almost everyone has an ornament or two from past gift exchanges that don’t work on their tree. If you’re looking for funny Christmas gift exchange ideas, why not go low? To the toes, that is! A Christmas sock exchange is fresh and fun.
Socks are great for all ages and genders, and Christmas socks are a blast to wear. A sock exchange is perfect for girlfriends or for a co-ed group. It’s a great party idea for the younger set, too, and kids Christmas socks are the cutest!
A big plus is that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a cool pair. Also, they make natural holders for an assortment of other small gifts.
What is a Christmas Sock Exchange?
Your guests are sure to enjoy this unique and low-stress party option. They’ll just need to purchase a cute pair of socks and add a few inexpensive gifts. They won’t even need to wrap them. The socks can just be stuffed with tissue paper and tied at the top with a perky bow.
A sock swap is a sensible alternative to a white elephant gift exchange, which usually involves gifts that are tacky or outrageous. With a sock exchange, everyone gets something they can use. The exchange can follow white elephant rules since most people are familiar with them.
Christmas Sock Exchange Rules
To avoid misunderstandings, it’s a good idea to include a few basic rules along with the party invitation. Here are some sample rules:
- Each guest brings a pair of Christmas socks stuffed with a few small gifts.
- Guests should spend no more than $__ for socks and gifts combined.
- Socks will be on display for everyone to inspect. But no squeezing!
- The exchange will follow the rules for white elephant gift exchanges (explained below).
- Have fun! No Grinches allowed!
How to Host a Christmas Sock Exchange Party
If you are into themed parties, you can go crazy with a sock/stocking theme. But don’t skip these party-giving basics.
Step 1. Send Invites
E-vites are okay if you’re in a bind for time, but why not send a real invitation? A beautiful holiday greeting card makes a unique invitation. Handwrite the details inside the card, or print out the details and tuck them inside.
Step 2: Get a Head Count
Be sure to request an RSVP so you’ll know how many to plan for. You can also be sure each invitation reached its destination. Once you know how many guests to expect, you can plan the food and arrange seating.
Step 3: Buy Your Socks
Of course, you’ll want to play the game, so don’t wait until the last minute to pick out your own Christmas socks. You can go traditional or edgy, sentimental or quirky.
Step 4: Explain the Rules When Guests Arrive
White elephant gift exchanges can be done in various ways. The classic method is to draw numbers and go in order. Guests can either pick a pair of socks out of the pile or steal someone else’s. Once an item has been stolen three times, it is frozen. The #1 player gets to go again at the end of the game. Whether you decide upon this method or choose a variation, explain the rules before the game begins.
Step 5: Exchange Socks!
Set aside a table for displaying the socks. Then let the games begin! One last item to decide is whether guests may look at the contents of the socks after they pick them, or whether they only get to unpack the socks at the end of the game. If you have a rowdy crowd, the second option may be best! Otherwise, some of the little gifts may go missing.
Additional Sock Exchange Gift Ideas
Here are some ideas for sock-stuffers. The best choices will depend upon the particular mix of genders, ages, and personalities at your party.
- Lip balm. Go for a high-end brand, or simply the weirdest flavor of a standard brand.
- Candy. Choose a classic like candy kisses or opt for something imported or unusual.
- Soap. Pass up those wimpy miniatures and go for a luscious bar of artisanal soap.
- Gel pens. Honestly, doesn’t everyone love gel pens?
- Christmas novelties. Light-up necklaces or bow ties are sure to be a hit.
- Earbuds. Can you have too many?
- Stickers. People of all ages find them simply irresistible.
- Water Bottle. Hydration is essential, and so is a good-looking water bottle.
- Scarf. Everyone’s favorite accessory makes a great sock-stuffer.
- Mug. How about a cool container for a hot drink?
Christmas parties are great fun because most people are already in a festive mood. You don’t need special decorations. Your holiday decor will do just fine. Just have plenty of tasty snacks and beverages. The entertainment is built in. All these features add up to a party that will rock your socks, especially if you wrap them in unexpected ways and attach a card with a holiday-themed joke.
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