Christmas is a joyous festival for most Singaporeans. Apart from taking a break from the hectic work schedule, friends and families often take this chance to celebrate and catch up with one another.

Gift exchange is customary in most Christmas celebrations, where participants usually exchange presents that are prepared beforehand. The element of surprise and the exciting process of preparation are few reasons why Christmas is so enjoyable. Gifts that you receive may be far beyond your expectations!

Three fun themes for Christmas Gift Exchange

Instead of the more conventional way of drawing lots to decide for whom you are preparing the gift for, this year why not try the following simple but entertaining suggestions as follow to enhance your gift exchange experience.

  1. Establish a theme for your gift exchange, especially for friends and families who are celebrating in larger groups. In general,
    • Participants will have to follow the theme: rainbow.
    • The base colour of their gifts can be of any of the seven colours of the rainbow.
    • Set a forfeit for those who give and receive the same coloured gift.
  2. Alternatively, for friends who are less inclined to the idea of doing a forfeit, a gift exchange based on a colour theme is good too.
    • Standardize a colour for their gifts (bright colours are recommended to spice up the festive season!)
    • Participants can dress according to the colour theme.
    • This would be perfect for the photo taking at the end of the day.
  3. Another interesting way to conduct the gift exchange may be through the names of the participants.
    • The first letter of your gift has to correspond with the first letter of your own name. For example, if Daniel is one of the participants, then he has to prepare a gift that starts with the letter “D”.
      OR
    • reparation of gifts using alliteration instead. For example, a participant named Colin would have to purchase a gift that produces the same sound as the beginning of his name: “Co”.

At the end of the day, we should always bear in mind that the true purpose of a gift exchange during Christmas is how it presents us with an opportunity to show our love and care to friends and families. Pindar, an ancient Greek poet once said, “Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection”. Let us enjoy our time with our loved ones and take this chance to show them our appreciation.

With that, I wish everyone a Happy Merry Christmas!