This Christmas Gift Exchange Dice Game is SO fun for your holiday gatherings! The simple instructions and our free printable make it easy to use this activity for any size group! I’ve played this with my daughter’s classroom and all of the students enjoyed it! The way we play it, this game can last for as long or as short of time as you like! It’s a great time-filler at the end of class parties. Even though this an easy game, I have a couple tips to make it go extra smoothly!
How to Play the Christmas Gift Exchange Dice Game
First, you’ll need just a few supplies:
- Gift Exchange Free Printable
- 1 Dice
- Gifts for each person playing to have one
- Small, clear plastic container with lid (optional)
First, place your dice in a clear plastic container with a lid. This is completely optional, of course! However, I have found that when playing this game with children, enclosing the dice helps keep the game going and eliminates the dice being dropped or rolled too far! Ha!
Next, print out the free printable (link above in the supply section). You only need to print out one of these. Choose one person to be the game host; they’ll hold the free printable. After that, let each person choose a wrapped gift.
Then, hand the dice to one person. They need to call out whatever number they roll and the game host (with the free printable) will give the instructions for the number rolled.
For example, if someone rolls out a one, the game host will call out “Everyone pass your gifts one space to the right!”
You can keep going around the circle until everyone has had a chance to roll the dice. I like playing this way because then all kids get equal time to play the game.
Whenever everyone has rolled the dice (or whenever your allotted game time is up), the game host can announce that everyone may open their gift!
Tips for Christmas Gift Exchange Dice Game
- Be sure the party host asks if anyone has the gift they brought (if applicable) before everyone opens the gift they’re holding. Of course, if this is a classroom activity and all gifts were provided, this doesn’t apply.
- When the party host asks everyone to pass their gift two spaces, it’s best to tell all party guests to pass their gift only one space first. Then, when all the gifts have been passed one space, have them pass another space. (Instead of two spaces at one time!) This way, the gifts stay in the same order, because inevitably, some people pass theirs quicker than others and it gets confusing. (Speaking from experience here!)
I can’t wait for you to try this fun and easy way to exchange gifts! I like that there is no stealing gifts in this game. Sometimes with the younger ones, it’s best that way!! Let me know if you try this gift exchange game and have a Merry Christmas!
More Christmas Game Ideas
- Minute to Win It Christmas Games
- Left Right Christmas Game – Another gift exchange game idea!!
- A HUGE List of Fun Christmas Party Games