Creative Ideas for Gift Exchanges in 2021

The new year has finally started, which means it’s time to get creative. 2021 will offer plenty of opportunities to do familiar activities in new and exciting ways. Gift exchanges, for example, are ripe for an injection of creativity. There’s no reason birthdays and showers have to revolve around the simple giving of gifts and prompt expressions of gratitude. Here are six great ideas to liven up your gift exchanges in 2021.


Trivia Game


Getting together with friends and family to test each other’s knowledge is always a good time. It’s even better when you combine your game with a gift exchange, doling out prizes to the winners. This makes for a great party event and a wonderful way to liven up a family reunion.


Hidden, Surprise Gifts


Getting a present is always nice, but it’s especially special when it comes as a surprise. Next time a loved one has a birthday, consider pretending that you didn’t have the time or money to get a gift. Then, place your present in some hidden location where you know they’ll find it during the day. Their joy at receiving an unexpected gift will only add to the special occasion.


Secret Santa


Secret Santa is popular during the holidays, but there’s no reason you can’t adopt the general idea at any time of year. The concept is remarkably simple. In the weeks leading up to a party or event, everyone involved writes their name on a piece of paper and tosses it in a hat. Then, everyone draws a name and buys a present for whoever they’ve chosen. When the party comes around, everyone opens their gift and guesses who it was who made the purchase.


Themed Gift Swaps


Choosing the perfect gift is often a difficult proposition. With so many options across so many different categories, it’s hard to know where to even begin in your desire to choose the perfect present. Assigning a general theme to a group gift exchange makes the buying process so much simpler. By decreeing that everyone should buy gifts belonging to a certain category, you remove a lot of the angst involved with choosing a gift. It’s amazing what a simple framework can do for simplifying a potentially complicated process.


Scavenger Hunts


Sure, handing someone a package is a practical and perfectly acceptable way to go about giving a gift. With that being said, there are ways to maximize the fun and increase the sense of excitement. A scavenger hunt is amusing to create, and even more fun to carry out. By leaving a series of clues that your recipient will have to follow in order to claim their prize, you’ll create a feeling of anticipation that will culminate in the satisfying triumph of finding their present.


Yankee Swap


Another holiday favorite, this popular game is known for providing lots of laughs and giving people more say over the gifts they receive. First of all, participants need to go out and buy a gift that falls in the agreed upon price range. Then, at the party or event, each person draws lots to determine the order for choosing and opening gifts. Whoever draws the first slot then picks a gift and opens it. Each subsequent participant must decide if they want to steal a previously-opened gift or open their own.


We all want 2021 to be a great year. One of the best ways to ensure we enjoy the months ahead is by making all our events, including gift exchanges, as much fun as possible.