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    how to organize guild gift exchange

    Help - please. I am supposed to facilitate a white elephant gift exchange at guild. I don't think it should last more than 30 - 40 minutes (though it doesn't have to take that long) as there are other things on the agenda. I don't mind speaking to the group but I am not a natural / entertaining speaker. I also don't know how many people are participating but there probably will be up to 60 people at the meeting.

    I would appreciate any thoughts and suggestions.

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    Usually, gifts are dropped off before the meeting begins to give the person running the git exchange the time during the general meeting to get all the gifts organized. You will have to speak to your group on how you are going to run this exchange. Good Luck.
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    You could ask that all the gifts be brought in brown paper bags, to eliminate the time it takes to unwrap the gifts (and to save the members the time and expense of wrapping them). You can either give the gifts out randomly (perhaps picking a gift up and then drawing a name or number out of a hat) or you could draw each member's name in turn and let that person select a gift. You also have the option of playing "bad Santa" and let each person "steal" a gift from one of the previous 3 people. When you're playing with white elephants or gifts of limited value this could be hilarious, but some people don't care for it. (You can look up the rules online.)

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    Gifts should be in a bag or wrapped. Each gift has a number. Everyone gets to draw a number and then select the bag with the number.
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    My guild had its Christmas potluck party last Friday and we played a fun game to exchange gifts. We each brought a quilting-related gift that cost $5 or less wrapped or in a gift bag. We stood in a very big circle (there are a lot of us) and a Christmas-y poem was read aloud that was chock-full of the words "left" and "right". Each time "left" or "right" was mentioned, we passed our gifts in that direction and when the poem was finished, we kept the gift we were holding. It was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. It's not a new game and I'm sure it has a name, but I don't know it. Maybe Mr. Google can help with that.

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    katybob, yes we've played that game too. At the time I think it was called Mr. Wright....

    google has this version:
    http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/...mrs-right.html

    Wow, this site has lots of choices for a Xmas one: http://www.juliabettencourt.com/prin...ssinggames.pdf
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    Thanks everyone for the ideas!

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    Our Guild just did this with "sewer's items" of no more than $12 (about 4 FQ price)---we all set gifts on a table and after potluck, one of the ladies got us to all get into a circle around the room and did a version of the Right/Center/Left game but instead of dice, she read the story of Jesus birth and when she said right, all passed gift in hand to right; when she said left, all passed gift in hand to left. Took about 30 minutes and was really fun and very Christmas.

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    Not a quilting guild but another organization where we exchange gifts...those participating bring a wrapped gift. If you bring a gift you get a ticket...we use 50/50 type. At the appropriate time, numbers are drawn and you get whatever gift as long as it was not the one you brought. Easy peasy.

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    Our guild just had everyone who brought one, go up and get one. I didn't participate, so don't know what it was like over at the exchange table. Sure made it fast, if that's what you're looking for.
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    If our guild is doing an exchange (some years we do; some years we don't), we usually use a "Wright Family" story. Everyone stands in a circle with a gift, and the speaker starts reading the story. When the word "right" or "left" is read in any form, everyone passes the gift in that direction. At the end of the story, each person keeps the gift they are holding. There are usually mess ups during the reading where someone has two or more gifts, and those have to be straightened out. It sounds simple, but it is amazing how many grown women mess up. Just google "Wright Family".

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    We each brought a quilting-related gift that cost $5 or less
    It would be difficult to find a quilting item that no one had already for $5. What were some of the gifts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    It would be difficult to find a quilting item that no one had already for $5. What were some of the gifts?
    I made a mug rug and I got a magnet for picking up pins. Last year I gave a needle threader that was less than $5 with a Joanne's coupon and I got a pretty little needle case.

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    Our guild had our Christmas party last week. We played Dirty Santa. It took about 45 minutes and we had a blast. We only had 22 members present. We really shortened our business meeting to give us plenty of time to party. Our gifts are supposed to be quilt/sewing related with a value around $15. They can be purchased or made.
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    As each participant arrives, she places her gift in the collecting area and receives a numbered ticket. A matching numbered ticket goes into a box, bag, or basket.
    1. (easiest) When it is time for the exchange, you draw the tickets one or two at a time and those numbers choose from the display. Or, pick up a gift, draw a ticket, and that is what she gets (fastest).
    2. (wildest) When each ticket is drawn, person may choose either from the table or "steal" from someone earlier. That person then may take a new gift or "steal". Limit the number of times an item may change hands to two or three.
    3. (more work, but makes distribution go faster) Place numbers on all gifts before exchange. No drawing needed, just have small groups of participants come up at a time to find their numbers.
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    We do a "home made" gift exchange. Participants (in October) put a favorite piece of fabric in a brown paper bag that has a number on it. The facilitator, has a list of all of the people who are participating and gives out the bags. (You cannot get your own.) The recipient has to make something using the bagged fabric, but it can be added to, used on the back, etc. Folks have made mug rugs, small wall hangings, ornaments, etc. Finished gifts are then given back to the original participant, at the December meeting. Clear as mud? Maybe I can explain better.

    Mary puts fabric in Bag #1
    Jane puts fabric in Bag #2
    ....and so on....

    Mary gets Bag #2 and has to make a gift for Jane (using the piece of fabric in the bag)
    Jane gets Bag #1 and has to make a gift for Mary (using the piece of fabric in the bag)
    ....and so on....

    Hope this clears things up.
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    the way our guild does it its open to whoever wants to you bring a gift in no more than 10.00 put on table then during break you go get a gift off table but not one you brought. its fun.
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