Need ideas for Christmas gift exchange

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  1. waterfall

    waterfall Maven

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    My extended family always does the sort of "white elephant" exchange idea except not with bad presents, haha. We each draw numbers and number one picks a present. Number two can steal number one's present or pick a new present from under the tree, etc. In the past we've done this with gift cards. This year they've decided they want to do it with actual gifts instead. I have no idea what I can get that would appeal to anyone. Here are the parameters:

    1. The gift should be around $30.
    2. NO gift cards allowed.
    3. Something men and women would like.

    The age ranges in my family are mid-20's to late 70's. I can't think of a single thing that absolutely everyone would enjoy. My first thought was wine, but several don't drink, and food/treats wouldn't be worth 30 dollars.

    Help! Any ideas?
     
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  3. amakaye

    amakaye Enthusiast

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    Can you do a basket of special treats/snacks that would add up to $30? Maybe centered around a theme, or just fancy, gourmet items people might not generally buy themselves?
     
  4. dgpiaffeteach

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    I make custom wreaths :whistle:

    But in all seriousness, a gift basket would be a GREAT option. I love those wine ones with wine, cheeses, etc...
     
  5. DizneeTeachR

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    The snack basket... Get a fun movie like Despicable Me 2 comes out ( I haven't seen this one but the 1st one was cute) and do movie snacks!!!

    We did a white elephant in our family but had to be something from our house we didn't want or used... hand held back massager... I liked it, but my mom got me a much nicer one that Xmas (had it before the party..so you can imagine her disappointment).
     
  6. DrivingPigeon

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    Wow, that's a tough one! I agree with food...Or what about a board game of some type? 5 Second Rule is a fun one.
     
  7. agdamity

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    I love the movie and snacks idea. My family does something similar but the ages range from late teens to early nineties! We do a $25 limit. Because gifts can be swapped, and there is such a large range of ages, I always shoot for the middle. I also try to take something I like so if I don't like anything else, I can always try to get what I brought!

    Food always goes over well. This year, my husband is bringing a car detail set.
     
  8. DrivingPigeon

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    Ooooo I have a good idea: what about lawn games? Ladder Golf, Corn Hole, and Washer Toss are huge around here.
     
  9. DizneeTeachR

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    Ooh games would be fun...head bandz is fun...They have different ones...
     
  10. Ms. I

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    Yeah, tough for such an age range. You should make it more interesting & throw in an anonymous gag gift!

    Let's see, how about:

    - Do most of your relatives wear some kind of glasses OR sunglasses? I've got one in a similar, abstract pattern. Get a glasses holder that stands on the desk: http://www.artistgifts.com/eyeglass-holders.html

    - Hickory Farms sausage & cheese basket - I know it's food, but those definitely cost $30 & up

    - 2 DVD movies that most people like

    - Nice scarf & mittens in a color that both genders can wear, such as grey

    - 2-pack of movie theater tickets - (either 4-pack or 2-pack along with popcorn gift card at concession stand)

    - A plant - I like snake plants

    - A popcorn popper?

    - Nice set of ceramic or sturdy coasters
     
  11. TeacherNY

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    I vote for a gift basket of some sort. The "movie night" basket is a great idea. Even if a DVD is $20 a lone you can get a bunch of snacks to make up the last $10.
     
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    That is one of my favorites. I got one a few years ago for Christmas and we snacked on it on New Year's Eve! Now I'm craving some summer sausage!
     
  13. Ms. I

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    Yeah, I like their jalapeno turkey sausage. I have one at home right now.
     
  14. MrsC

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    I just picked up a box of Purdy's chocolates for our staff gift exchange/steal.
     
  15. runsw/scissors

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    Does a large portion of your family have a favorite hobby/team/sport in common? Perhaps tickets to a local team, some sort of supplies, a book about local history, or some kind of general décor like a cool lamp. One year I got a basket with a beanie thing that you would zap in the microwave and heat. Put the beanie thing in the bottom of the basket and cover with a towel or napkin and you have a warmer bread basket for the dinner table. How about something like that?
     
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    I would go with a fleece throw, some micro popcorn, and a good old movie-- say, White Christmas or Holiday Inn.
     

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