Dirty Santa (also known by many other names) has helped us to solve that problem.We have been playing the Dirty Santa game at our annual Christmas parties for over 5 years.HOW A GIFT BECOMES "RETIRED" Sooner or later someone else takes your "mp3 player" away from you again.

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When it is your turn, you take a new unopened gift from the table or you take someone else's opened gift.

When someone takes your gift (let's say an "mp3 player") from you, you cannot immediately turn around and take the "mp3 player" back from the same person who just took it from you.

Now this is the third time you have owned the "mp3 player" and this time it is yours to keep.

The "mp3 player" is retired and you are now out of the game.

The gist of it is having each participant throw a dollar into a "cash pot" at the beginning of the game.

The person with the gift that gets retired first wins the cash pot. Someone writes the numbers 1 through 10 on ten little pieces of paper, places the 10 little pieces of paper into a bowl, and everyone draws a number.

Player #10 has the same two choices that everyone else did (except for player #1).

Player #10 can take the last unopened gift on the table, show it around, model it, read it or demo it etc.

Obviously it would be expensive for everyone to buy everyone else at these parties a present, but there are other options.

One would be to do the Secret Santa exchanges where people draw names out of a hat, but what if you draw someone's name and have no idea what types of things they like for gifts?

If no gift is retired, each participant takes back their dollar at the end of the game. Before the game begins, if you and another player agree, you may exchange numbers if you wish.