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Ugly Ornament Exchange Party


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An Ugly ornament exchange is a fun game to play at your next Christmas party. From invitations to rules for playing the game; here is everything you’ll need to play.

Ugly Christmas ornament idea of a brightly colored bird Christmas Ornament

If you’re looking for a fun girls’ night IN this winter season, you definitely need to host an ugly ornament exchange! Any reason to get together for a kid-free night with food and friends is fantastic, but a gift exchange like this is guaranteed to add even more laughter and creativity to your gathering.

Ornament Exchange Invitation

First, make and send out the invitations to your ugly ornament exchange party. Feel free to use the one we made:

ugly ornament gift exchange party invitation that has an ugly bird Christmas ornament with details of the party below
Right click on the image above to save it to your computer and print as needed. Personal use only, please.

Ornament Exchange Game Idea

To exchange the gifts, have your guests write a hidden talent or little-known secret on a piece of paper. Collect all the secrets in a bowl and get ready for some fun!

The host will go first and read 1 secret from the bowl. Let everyone try to guess who’s secret it is and when the right person “comes clean”, they get to pick the first gift and read the next secret. If gifts are wrapped, they open it in front of everyone- get ready for even more laughter!

Once the next secret is read and that person “comes clean”, they can either steal the first ornament, or pick another one from the pile. Continue in this fashion until everyone’s secret has been read and everyone has a gift.

You can also decide how many times an ornament can be “stolen”- we usually let it go to 3 different people before it is “frozen” and stays with the 3rd person who claims it, but that is entirely up to you!

There are a bazillion ugly ornaments out there, just browse the Christmas decor aisles in most stores and you’ll find something! Here are a couple ugly ornament “jewels” I found on Amazon:

ugly ornament ideas with a tacky christmas ornament of a unicorn in pick short overalls on a human body

Lederhosen Unicorn Ornament


Desserts To Make For Your Ornament Exchange Party

You can’t host a party without making some fun and festive holiday desserts. Here are a few of our favorites.

ugly Christmas ornament idea of a green and red jelly fish that can be used for your ornament exchange partyGlow in the Dark Jellyfish Ornament

More Party Games To Play

Playing games at a party are always so much fun. If you have time, here are a few other game ideas to try.

Have a happy holiday!!!

ugly ornament gift exchange 3

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in January 2012

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