How Can You Run a Secret Santa Gift Swap?


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According to SecretSanta.com, to run a Secret Santa swap, first publish rules for the swap. Then, make a list of people who want exchange gifts. Each participant draws a name, which remains a secret. Each Secret Santa is responsible for buying a gift, which is wrapped and labeled with only the recipient’s name. At the Secret Santa party, all participants find their gift and guess who their Secret Santa is.

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The key to a happy Secret Santa swap is organization, which makes everyone feel included in the gift exchange. Organize a team of people to help keep the Secret Santa swap on track with announcements, posters, emails, party planning and a secured place to hold gifts. Make the rules simple and deadlines reasonable. Be mindful of people’s budgets and set a reasonable limit, typically $10 to $20, for the costs of gifts. Having a theme can also help Secret Santas with ideas for gifts.

Organizers have to be ready to do conflict resolution as well. They may have to rearrange Secret Santas in case a participant draws the name of someone he or she doesn’t like. They also must make sure that each participant has a gift for the swap and perhaps buy gifts in the event that a Secret Santa welches.

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