I struggle with what to give to the adults that celebrate Christmas morning with us. Adults seem to have everything that they need/want so I always worry that whatever I buy is just going to be wasted. Last year we did a book and wine (coffee or chocolate for non-drinkers) exchange because we knew that both of those items would be well loved. I ended up with a couple of good books and a few bottles of wine. Honestly, it was perfect. Here are the variations that you can use for your Christmas party.
This Book and Wine is for You
This is what we do, it’s pretty traditional, with everyone giving gifts to each other. We let everyone know that we were limiting gifts to just books and wine. I make sure that I know which books everyone wants and if they prefer red or white. I know some people prefer to guess and have Christmas be more of a surprise, and that is fun too. This year I created a flowchart (nerd alert) that I will send to everyone attending, to help me figure out which book to buy them. If you would like a copy of my flowchart, subscribe below and I will send it to you!
Favorite Books and Wine Gift Exchange
This is my favorite idea because all adults would end up with one high quality gift that they actually want. Everyone brings their favorite book or bottle of wine, wrapped or in a gift bag. Follow the rules of the standard White Elephant exchange here. Feel free to brag about the book you brought to encourage readers and non-readers to get excited about new books. Of course, there are a few bottles of wine floating around too, so if a book doesn’t appeal to you, there is a back-up gift option.
I would love to exchange only books and no wine, but I know that not everyone is as much of a bibliophile as I am. Having the second option available takes pressure off of your guests who don’t read as much. It also gives everyone another option, if none of the books sound good to them. Either way everyone gets something they will use and enjoy.
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