I always have a hard time coming up with gift exchange games.
Year #1 that I was with this company, we played a game where I made up riddles (I found it online somewhere, but I had to tweak it for the amount of people we had). Everyone that was participating in the gift exchange was given a number then someone read the clues:
Lucky you, you're # 1
You get to start all the fun.
So grab a gift and grab it quick.
Cause you're the one who gets first pick.
Number 2 you're on the way.
It's time for you to have your say.
Get your gift and when you're done,
Swap it off with number 1.
Number 3 its plain to see.
It's your turn to pick which gift `twill be.
And when your choosing job is through,
Swap with 1 and then with 2.
Number 4 must use your head.
So grab a gift that has some red.
If it doesn't suit you to a `T',
You may swap with 2 or 3.
Jump to it 5, don't drag your feet.
Take your gift back to your seat.
Wonder of wonders, it's yours for a spell.
But what comes next, you can never tell.
I really liked this game and even played it one year with our group of friends.
Year #2, we played the Right and Left Game - you can find it here.
Year #3, it was a simple game of taking a number, waiting for your number to be called and then going up and picking a gift. I believe we had a few steals in there...it was sort of like the Dirty Santa Game.
This year, Year #4, the restaurant was a little further so I prepared something myself that would be quick and easy. We moved to a smaller space last year and our Christmas tree is just too big now, so we got a little tabletop one instead this year. Due to that, our tree looks pretty bare at the moment cuz the ornaments we have at work are just too big for the wee little tree. So I took some Christmasy clipart images, printed them out on cardstock, cut them out and put a number on the back of it. I threaded them with string and hung them on the tree - posing as ornaments and our game. I then used the same images, cut them out and placed them on the gifts as people brought them in. Everyone that was participating was given a piece of paper with a number on it - when I called their number, they come to the tree, find their matching number, look at the image on the back and find the gift that has that image. Simple and quick...the way we wanted it this year!
If you are planning some sort of gift exchange, check out this useful site! We played the dice game last year amongst my group of friends...and this year, we will play a new game!