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Old 12-04-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Need ideas for family gift swap game - $10 limit

Gift canNOT be a gag gift. Has to be no more than $10 and be OK for 25 year old single guy or 80 year old grandma and everyone in between? Help!!! I know I can do a gift card but that seems so boring.

Clarifying - it's a white elephant type thing or swap & steal sort of game. Not sure what it's called, but we were all (the adults) just informed to bring a $10 gift to Christmas dinner to play. But gag gifts will NOT go over well with DH's side of the family and this is at my in-law's house.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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You could give lottery scrathers. Homemade treats. If they have favorite mugs.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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Cookies and a box of hot chocolate.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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How about a big throw? I wonder if Kohl's is going to put their Big One's on sale again......I wish I would have picked more up on Black Friday for $7.99! Or maybe one of those box of cards that have birthday, sympathy, wedding cards in them? Or how about a box of office supplies, paper clips, tape, metal clips, post-its, etc.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:36 PM   #5
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A mug and a small sachet of tea or a honey bear or hot cocoa?

How about one of the more handy-but-people-don't-think-of-them things, like...

A plug-in emergency light? (one of those things you stick in a low outlet and if the power goes out the battery kicks in and it lights up and you can use it as a flashlight if you take it off the wall)

A no-battery shakeable flashlight?

A nice set of kitchen towels?
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:38 PM   #6
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We do a $10 gift game every year. So - I do have some ideas:

The best idea we've come up with, i.e. most sought after gift was "literally" $10 in bunge cords.

Another good idea that hold a lot of general appeal...$10 in ITunes (although the only way to get those now is to buy a 3-pack of $10 cards)

A Maglite flashlight (Amazon has one for $9.85 with free shipping if you have Prime)

$10 Starbucks

And - a variety pack of beer, which many liquor stores sell at this time of year.

$10 in good old office supplies

the bunge cords - really - really was a great one - that gift got stolen more than any other.

this year for our gift exchange game - we picked up "steak thermometers" for $17 at Menards -with a $10 rebates, (net cost $7). If you stroll the aisles of Menards - there is usually "something" that will work for this exchange with a rebate.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:42 PM   #7
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A Christmas platter with chocolates on it. Chocolate dipped strawberries. Warm winter scarf. Chocolate dipped scarf (okay, I made that one up...)
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:54 PM   #8
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my son's Boy Scout troop does a 10.00 exchange each year. What is always 'stolen' is 10.00 cash!! You can do it in quarters - as it weighs lots and is usually fun to open, one dollar bills or a 10.00. Movie tix are great too.

I would stay away from candy/cookies though.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:06 PM   #9
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how about a tervis mug? you can get them at bed bath and beyond with a coupon for $10.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:47 PM   #10
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A good flashlight. A bottle of wine.

One party we went to a set of drinking glasses and a quesadilla maker were the popular gifts.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:48 PM   #11
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Same game and limit. I've narrowed it down to a bottle of sparkling raspberry juice from a local winery (non alcoholic) or a stick of Sommer sausage from a local butcher. DW is bringing a cookbook.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:26 AM   #12
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Some great ideas. Thanks so much. This is a HARD group to buy for. The young, twenty something grandsons are the "we don't want to be here and have to participate" type and Grandma is getting VERY unfiltered in her old age and my MIL is all about appearances and keeping up with the Jones'. I'm betting all her new neighbors (they moved into a 55 & over active adult community last December that is very uppity IMO) think think her family is picture perfect when in actuality it's the most dysfunctional group of people I've ever seen. I've sat quietly observing for over 15 years now and it just gets crazier
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:06 AM   #13
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Some people mentioned a flashlight. We have this one and love it, unfortunately we have gotten a lot of use out of it!

http://www.energizer.com/flashlights...led-light.aspx

Let Weatheready® be the light in your preparedness plan for emergencies. You’ll be ready to light an entire room with area lights and lanterns if the power goes out. And maneuvering through a dark house will be easy with windup LED flashlights and compact lights showing the way.
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You can always buy a movie on DVD (look in the bins that are marked down) and include a pkg of microwave popcorn.

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this year for our gift exchange game - we picked up "steak thermometers" for $17 at Menards -with a $10 rebates, (net cost $7). If you stroll the aisles of Menards - there is usually "something" that will work for this exchange with a rebate.
My husband goes to Menards every Sunday to pick up all the free and cheap rebate stuff. It's his hobby. He does a white elephant swap at work every year, and he'll go rummage through his Menards box for the gift. We have a pretty big supply of tape measures and safety glasses. Those may be the winner this year.
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