Friday, December 17, 2010

Yankee Swap

I had no idea what a Yankee Swap was until my husband came home from work and told me he needed a $10 gift for one at work...each year for the last 5 years I've made something for him to take to work.

In Yankee Swap each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and is given a numbers as they arrive. The person who receives the number 1 will pick a gift and open it for all to see. The person who receives number 2 then chooses a gift and opens it, and then must decide whether to keep it or swap it for the first player’s gift. Opening of gifts and swapping takes place until all the presents have been chosen. Finally, the person who picked first gets to choose from all the gifts or keep what he/she has already received. In the end, the gift you are holding is the gift you take home.

This is what I made for him to take to work's a large Lindt chocolate bar which is about 12" x 3 1/2". I made the wrapper for it with a little pocket on the front for a $5 gift card for Dunkin Donuts.

Stamps - Big on Christmas by SU
PTI white cardstock
SU coloured cardstock
Brilliance ink
SU scallop border punch
SU markers
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
SU ribbon


  1. Never heard of a Yankee swap. Love your idea. Really nice presentation. It would be my first choice.

  2. We call this white elephant! Cute gift idea! love the colors. And yes I will send you my recipe! Do you need it soon?

    Warm Wishes

  3. Never heard it called the Yankee swap - we call it Chinese Christmas!
    That is one BIG chocolate bar for sure! And decorated so cute.

  4. This sounds like a fun gift exchange game! Your contribution is fantastic1