Simple Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas for One and All

Are you scratching your head for Christmas gift exchange ideas?

There is going to be a gift exchange. We all know what that means, because after all, who hasn't ended up with the make-up bag with absolutely nothing in it or the little plaque, 3x3, that says 'Whatever', and you wonder: It will go where?

Okay, so it is the thought that counts, but a batch of cookies would sometimes be more of a thought!

A holiday like Christmas offers a lot of interesting ideas for a gift exchange - this is true for large families, co-workers in an office building, with people you do know, and with those you do not.

When it comes to Christmas gift exchange ideas, cookie exchanges are about the most common - and they are really nice in a box with a pretty bow and a card with a recipe on it saying: "from my kitchen to yours", but they are just a small part in the spirit of giving.

Women's clubs can exchange gardening books with one another, various craft items, baked goods, ornament creations, or little booklets put together sharing memories of the club's past years. Get together and exchange romantic books or movies, and then set up an afternoon to pop some popcorn, drink soda (or tea) and indulge in a good romantic comedy.

How about Christmas gift exchange ideas for young adults? For this group, a good theme for a gift exchange would just be the money limit and anything to do with movies, music and current books. If funds are limited, tell them they need to shop discount stores, used book stores or reputable pawn shops. They'll have fun and everybody will get a good deal as well as something they may actually like.

If you are really short on cash, tell everyone they can only shop at the dollar store, and the gift can be funny as well as useful or practical but limited to just five dollars or under.

For young children, Christmas gift exchange ideas can include themes such as animals, classic toys or licensed characters - and can span categories such as action figures, books, games and jewelry for children. Another really great idea for a gift exchange for kids would be arts and craft projects, learning tools that incorporate coloring, drawing and using scissors and glue.

How about Christmas gift exchange ideas for families? Families do not usually pick a theme, nor do a lot of organizations, but rather they rely on the allotted amount to spend and the good judgment of people. That does not mean you will not have people who just spent five dollars when the limit was fifteen, but here again it may have been what they could afford, so do not let it dampen the spirit.

If you get your dad's name and he loves to grill out but really can't cook, get him a cook book that you have gone through and highlighted some good possibilities for the upcoming summer cook-out menus. Include a new pair of tongs and some gourmet sauces as well. Also popular are salt blends and pepper mills with every type of pepper you can imagine. If you get great aunt Penelope whose feet are always cold, try a set of fuzzy socks with a fleece lap throw to match.

When it comes to Christmas gift exchange ideas, do not be afraid to let your imagination run wild and your creativity flow.

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