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5 Holiday Office Party Activity Ideas

5 Holiday Office Party Activity Ideas

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If you are hosting a holiday party you’ll want to  include some fun and memorable  activities.

Guess the Gifts!

How to Play: The host will bring in 5 gifts to give away. Make sure they’re wrapped in a box that is easily opened.  Line up the presents on a table and choose two volunteers. One person will describe what’s in the box to the second person while the other one guesses the item. Set up a timer for 60 seconds. Whatever the team guesses in 60 seconds they get to keep. You can watch the game here.

Pin the Nose on Rudolph

How to Play: Gather your craftiest people to create a large poster with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sans a nose. Create many noses for people to stick onto the poster, and bring along a blindfold.  You know the rest.

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Secret Santa

How to Play: Start by setting a gift price limit for the gift. Invite people to join, and have them fill out a Secret Santa questionnaire. Then fold up each questionnaire and have the group pick one out of a small box. Make sure to set the date for your event so the group knows when to have their presents ready. You may also do this through Elfster.  

Things to ask on the questionnaire:

  •      Name
  •      Favorite Color
  •      Favorite Animal
  •      Favorite Snacks/Candy
  •      Favorite Cocktail
  •      Favorite Music/Band
  •      Hobbies
  •      Favorite TV Show

Reindeer Toss

How to Play: Have the team get together in groups of two; one person will wear the antlers and the other will toss the rings. Have 3-5 teams playing at a time (up to 10 people). Whichever team tosses all 4 rings on the reindeer first wins a prize.

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White Elephant Gift Exchange

How to Play: This popular gift exchange invites everyone to walk away with the best present.

  1. Have everyone bring one wrapped gift to contribute to the game
  2. Players draw numbers to determine what order they will open presents in
  3. To start off the game the first player selects a gift from the pool and opens it. Make sure everyone can see the gift!
  4. The following players can choose to steal that gift or open a new one.

Anyone who gets their gift stolen in this way can do the same – choose a new gift or steal from someone else. To keep things moving along, there are a couple of limits on gift swapping:

  • A present can only be stolen once per turn, which means players who have a gift stolen from them have to wait to get it back.
  • After three swaps, the turn automatically comes to an end (otherwise things could drag on for a long time).
  1. After all players have had a turn, the first player gets a chance to swap the gift he/she is holding for any other opened gift. Anyone who’s gift is stolen may steal from someone else (as long as that person hasn’t been stolen from yet). When someone declines to steal a gift, the game comes to an end.

Note that for this last “extra” turn, the three-swap rule doesn’t apply. Players can keep swapping until someone decides to stand pat, or there are no other eligible people to steal from.

Pro Tip: The perfect office party games should always start with an icebreaker!

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