White Elephant vs. Secret Santa

The holidays are a time of giving, but which giving game is the best to play White Elephant or Secret Santa?


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The holiday season is here and it is time to spend time with friends and family. This means dinner, conversations, and possibly games. Two of the most popular holiday games to play that involve gifting presents are Secret Santa and White Elephant.

If you have never heard of either of these games they are both events in which a group of individuals comes together to exchange gifts. The way Secret Santa works is, a random person chooses somebody else’s name out of a hat. In the end everyone ends up with a name and you go out and buy that person a gift.

A White Elephant gift exchange; however involves each person bringing a wrapped gift and placing it into a big group of gifts. Each person chooses a number from a hat and based on the order of the numbers chooses a gift. The catch in White Elephant is that you can steal another person’s gift if your turn follows theirs.

The real question is, which one of these games is better? Or is there really no difference?

Well, a Secret Santa is great because you know the individual you will be giving the gift to and can feel special about getting them something they would like. Secret Santa gifts are also usually more expensive and nicer than White Elephant gifts.

On the other hand White Elephant is simple because you can purchase a very cheap gift that does not need thought put into it. White Elephant also allows you to steal gifts which makes the game more enjoyable.

In the end, both games are fun and are a great way to give gifts during the holiday season. So the choice is up to you, and how you want to spend your time during the holidays.

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