The Secret Santa tradition is undoubtedly a great one. It's a fun way for everyone to get involved without overwhelming the budget or a busy family member who doesn't have a spare minute to shop for everyone.
However, if you and your family are looking for a change to this popular tradition, take a look at these great ideas to switch things up with your gift giving this Christmas.
Bid for gifts
Instead of everyone purchasing a gift with a particular family member in mind, have them purchase a gift or two with no one in particular in mind. Items such as books, luxury food items, and experiences make for great presents that anyone would want.
Give each family member an allotted number of ‘bidding chips’ (you could use anything from candy canes to Christmas ornaments) and run each gift like an auction. With an equal number of bidding chips, everyone will ‘win’ something that they really want, and have a great time doing it!
One of the hardest parts of gift giving is when you don’t really know what to get that person. One way to make this easier is to set strict boundaries for each family member. You could do this ‘Secret Santa’ style where each person only buys for another, or you could each give gifts to everyone – so long as they fit the theme.
For example, it could be a cookbook theme, a movie theme, or even something silly like a sock theme. Just make sure that there is plenty of variety within the theme you pick.
The gift of time
As kids grow up and move away from home, having everyone together at once becomes more and more rare, which is exactly why you and your family might prefer to simply spend time together rather than giving gifts.
This doesn’t mean just sitting around at home – this means going and investing the money you might have spent on gifts on a fun thing to do together. If you’re an adventurous bunch, a tree-tops course might be ideal, or even a day at the go-kart track. You might like to take a cooking class together, or even a wine tasting evening. This can be a truly fun gift to give to yourselves as a family – and makes for a wonderful annual tradition.