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It used to be that families had no rules about gift buying. Everyone bought for everyone else, and gifts were exchanged when the family all got together somewhere during the Christmas season.

These days, it’s more common for people to draw a name out of a hat or get assigned a person to buy for. Or the family creates a type of “white elephant” exchange instead of having family members buy for individuals in particular. So, what many families need is a fun way to exchange the gifts, whether they be for a specific person or whether they are ‘white elephant” type gifts.

If the family members drew names, there are several fun things you can do. The gifts can be hidden and clues given as to the location of the gifts. So, if you arrive at grandma’s house with your gift for Aunt Martha, you might tuck her gift into a kitchen cabinet. Then you’d create a series of clue as to here it is. You might say, “Cinnamon lurks here” or “it’s the hub of the home, but not always the home of the hub”.

The clues can be silly or deadly serious. They can be designed so someone will know where to find their present in just minutes, or designed so that it takes a series of clues to get someone right to their gift. If the group is small or the house particularly large, and the participants have the time you can always create a hunt where more than one tip is left and one tip leads to another, which leads to another until the gift is finally found.

Why should the kids have all the fun? Create some fun gift exchange ideas for adults. Whether the family is doing a name draw and exchanging regular gifts or not, you can have some good family fun with a white elephant gift exchange.

How about a themed white elephant gift exchange? If the family is into fishing, you could create that as a theme. Everyone must bring a gift related to fishing (this could be anything from sporting goods items, to a singing bass that goes on the wall). It could be a hand held electronic fishing game or a board game with fishing as a theme.

In that same vein, you could create a “cooking” white elephant exchange or a camping themed gift exchange. Again, it’s more about what will please members of the family than anything. Then create some fun games for the exchange itself.

Perhaps everyone draws a number and gets to pick their gifts from the pile in the middle based on their number. Perhaps you begin the game that way, but then also people to ‘steal’ someone else’s gift if they choose.

You can require that the gift recipient shakes a gift, studies a gift and makes a good, educated guess as to its contents before opening it. If they are right, they can “steal” someone else’s gift, but if they are wrong, they keep theirs. Add to the silliness factor by playing a card game and dictating that people can’t get their gift and open it until they win a hand in the card game (ideally something fairly quick like poker or rummy).

The idea behind any family gift exchange should be enjoying each other’s company and enjoying the Christmas spirit. As long as it’s fun and engaging, there’s no reason why the adults in the family can’t have some fun games for exchanging gifts just the kids might.

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Christmas Food Gift Ideas

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These gifts look attractive, presentable, elegant, and undoubtedly perfect. No matter whom you are searching a gift for, any of these gifts can do the trick.

‘Turkey’ Soup in a Jar

Ingredients

  • Onion, minced and dried, 2 tablespoons
  • Chicken bouillon granules, 1½ tablespoons
  • Dill weed, dried, ½ teaspoon
  • Celery seeds, ⅛ teaspoon
  • Garlic powder, ⅛ teaspoon
  • Egg noodles, uncooked, 1 cup
  • Red lentils, ¼ cup
  • Bay leaf, 1

Directions

You will require 1 pint glass jar to combine the ingredients in. Layer in this order – red lentils, minced onion, chicken bouillon, dill weed, celery seeds, garlic powder, bay leaf, and then the egg noodles. Place the cover on the jar and seal it properly. To cook, add the jar contents of the jar in 8 cups water and boil in a pan. After 15 minutes of cooking, remove the bay leaf and add cooked diced turkey meat, about 2 cups. Again cook for 5 minutes and enjoy. Write the directions of this soup recipe on a card and gift it.

Caffeine in a Jar

Ingredients

  • Powdered creamer, non-dairy, 1 cup
  • Powdered chocolate drink mix, 1 cup
  • White sugar, ½ cup
  • Instant coffee granules, ⅔ cup
  • Cinnamon, ground, ¾ teaspoon
  • Nutmeg, ground, ⅜ teaspoon

Directions

You will require two 12 oz. glass jars to place the mixture in. To prepare, blend the instant coffee into a fine powder. In a big bowl, mix chocolate mix, instant coffee, sugar, creamer, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Pour inside the jars and tie a ribbon on top. Write on a note to mix 3 tablespoons of this cappuccino powder in 6 oz. hot water. You can prepare these gifts for your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, or siblings. Trust me, you will never go wrong with this gift.

‘Chocolate Chip’ Cookies in a Jar

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, 1¾ cups
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup
  • Pecans, chopped, ½ cup
  • White sugar, ½ cup
  • Cocoa powder, ¼ cup
  • Dark brown sugar, ¾ cup
  • Baking soda, 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, ¼ teaspoon

Directions

You will need 1 quart wide-mouthed glass jar to put all the ingredients in. Take a bowl to mix flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Layer in this order – flour mixture, dark brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa, pecans, and in the end chocolate chips. Although your mom may not require a recipe card, but to complete this unique homemade gift look, we’ll require a card. At the time of preparation, add ¾ cup butter, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with the jar mixture. Make small walnut-size balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes in a 350ºF oven. Once the cookies are ready, enjoy them as a family with cool milk.

Brownie in a Jar

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, 2 cups
  • Brown sugar, 2 cups
  • Coconut flakes, ½ cup
  • Pecans, chopped, ¾ cup
  • Baking powder, 1½ tablespoons
  • Salt, ¼ teaspoon

Directions

You will require 1 liter glass jar to place the mixture in. Take a bowl to mix flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Layer in this manner – flour mixture, coconut, pecans, and then brown sugar. Close the jar and seal it properly. On the note, write how to prepare this brownie recipe. Mix ¾ cup butter, 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extra with the brownie mix. Once the batter is ready, you need to spread it over a greased baking pan and bake in a 375ºF oven for 25 minutes. Once the brownies are ready, let them cool a bit, cut them in pieces, and enjoy with a glass of cold milk.

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Affordable Christmas Gifts

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Have you been searching for some good, affordable Christmas gifts for your family members and friends for a long time now? You are really tensed, since Christmas is soon to come and you are absolutely empty-handed without a single gift at your end. Then what? To worsen, you don’t have much of cash to spend this time around as you had the previous year. So, the bottom line is, you are in a big fix. Do not worry, the article given below will help you go about it in an easy manner and help choose the right kind of gift as well. Make your choice from the list of inexpensive ideas given below.

Chocolate Gift Baskets

Well, this is the best family idea for this occasion. What you could do is make homemade chocolates, wrap them with different-colored aluminum foils, and place them in cute baskets. You can buy the gift baskets from nearby stores. They aren’t expensive. For making chocolates, you would need dry fruits, and ready-made cocoa powder, that’s it! Chocolates would be loved by kids and adults alike, so go ahead with this idea. Alternatively, you could make some delicious Christmas cookies or cupcakes to replace the chocolates.

Christmas Cards

Another idea is to make Christmas cards at home itself. Now, for this, you would need to buy the decorative material and paper from the stores along with color chalks and sketch pens. If you are artistic and love drawing or painting, then explore your skills and go ahead with this. Along with the greeting, you could write a letter for the person you are making the card for, and this is sure to make their day special.

Memory Albums

What better could it be, than to pile up some best captured moments all together in an album! For this, buy a journal or a big notebook album, choose some best photographs, say with family or friends or a special someone, and stick them up in the album as per your wish. You could also write some quotes or experiences, which you remember very evidently. Alternatively, you could also make an album of the fun times during the previous Christmas years in a year wise format. This is, in my opinion, the best creative present you could gift anyone.

Winter Clothing

If you know how to knit or sew, then you could make a muffler, a cape, or a scarf for your siblings, friends, or your parents. However, remember, you would need to start off pretty early so that you complete it on time. Instead of buying expensive winter coats, hand-stitched thermals would be appreciated more, and would prove to be useful, and certainly the best gifts for men and women alike.

Instead of shelling out too much of cash, it would be better to make use these homemade ideas and surprise one and all. Along with this, plan a nice cozy dinner with your family and friends by making some unique Christmas recipes. Merry Christmas!

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