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There are various types of gift exchanges, including Secret Santa, White Elephant, or simply exchanging gifts with a random classmate. Choose the one that works best for your classroom and students.
Once you've decided on the type of gift exchange, establish guidelines to ensure the process is fair and appropriate for all students. Consider setting a spending limit, requiring all gifts to be school appropriate, and setting a specific date and time for the exchange.
Not all students may want to participate in a gift exchange, so make sure to offer an alternative activity for those who do not wish to participate. Additionally, consider whether participation will be mandatory or optional.
For Secret Santa or random gift exchanges, use a random pairing system to assign partners. For White Elephant, determine the order of gift selection and opening.
Choose a date and time that works best for your students and schedule the gift exchange during class time.
Decorate the classroom with holiday-themed decorations and prepare a designated area for the gift exchange. Consider providing wrapping paper, tape, and scissors for students who want to wrap their gifts.
On the day of the gift exchange, remind students of the guidelines and have them exchange gifts. Encourage students to be gracious and appreciative of their gifts.
After the gift exchange, celebrate with a class party or holiday-themed activity to continue the festive atmosphere.
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