A Peek at the Fun: Every good holiday party involves a gift swap but you need a creative way to make it fun! This holiday gift exchange game is one they’ve likely never played in this way before. This fun game will get guests laughing and moving and having a great time at your holiday party.
Love them or hate them, gift exchanges have become quite the tradition at holiday parties in recent years and they really can make the party a lot of fun…if you have a great gift exchange game to play while you swap!
We’ve played the classic pass to the left or pass to the right. We’ve played the version where you get to draw a number and pick in that order with stealing in the mix. We’ve played it with dice and we’ve drawn slips of paper that tell us what to do.
But this is a new one that we think you’re going to love! This fun holiday gift exchange game is a twist on an old classic. Have you played the game “Never Have I Ever?” It’s been a favorite of ours for years…and now we are bringing it to you holiday style!
We really think this game is going to make your next Christmas or holiday party a huge hit!
And if you need more fun Christmas game ideas for your party, give these a try:
- Christmas Songs and Movies Emoji Guessing Game
- Free Printable Christmas Bingo Game
- Gift Grab Christmas Game
But for now, let’s take a look at how to play this one!
Never Have I Ever Holiday Gift Exchange Game:
For this game, all you need is a gift for each guest. Typically, you’d invite them each to bring one to the party. It can be funny or thoughtful, whatever they want. It should be wrapped.
Seat your guests in a large circle with enough seats for everyone.
Now there are two slightly different ways you could play this. You decide which you like better.
Set up chairs so that there is 1 less than the number of people you have at the party.
Each person takes a gift (except the person in the middle. Set that gift aside for the end).
Everyone sits in their seat and has their gift at their feet.
One person stands in the middle and makes a statement of something they’ve never done. For example, “never have I ever been outside the country.” At that point, anyone who has been out of the country gets up and swaps seats with others who have also been out of the country. The person in the middle also tries to find a seat. Whoever is left without a seat is now in the middle and makes a “never have I ever…statement of their own.”
Prior to playing, decide on how many rounds of this you want to do and once you have completed that many rounds, each person keeps and opens the gift at their feet (and the person in the middle opens the one set aside).
Set up chairs so that there is 1 less than the number of people you have playing.
Everyone takes 1 gift.
One person stands in the middle and makes a statement of something they’ve never done. For example, “never have I ever been outside the country.” Anyone who HAS done that thing must now stand up and swap their gift with someone else who has also done that thing and then quickly get back to any seat before the person in the middle finds a seat. Whoever is left without a seat at this point is in the middle and makes a “never have I ever…statement of their own.”
Prior to playing, decide on how many rounds of this you want to do and once you have completed that many rounds, each person opens the gift that they are currently holding.
Need some ideas for the never have I evers? Here are a few to get you started:
Never have I ever…
- Been outside the country
- Broken a bone
- Been ziplining
- Kissed a boy
- Eaten crab
- Been fired
- Had a surgery
- Watched Avengers
- Been to Disneyland
- Had my ears pierced
That’s just a few ideas to get you rolling if someone is stuck but hopefully your guests can get creative with fun things to say.
Have FUN playing this gift exchange game at your party!
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