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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2004 01:15:26 PM »

This book is also pretty funny:

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2004 02:49:48 PM »

Years ago I purchased an "Operation" tin that was filled with candy as well as the "Operation" game pen.  The gals at my office went nuts over it.  What can I say, I'm a kid at heart! Smiley
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2004 03:15:07 PM »

Food stuff usually goes over well.  (spiced or candied nuts, cocoa  etc)
A disposable cam & a photo album. SPencers & Archi McPhee cary a cam that takes pics in diff colors or with diff backgrounds tht could be fun.
A small water fountain, esp this time of year when everything is so dry.
A variety of candles (votives or tea lights) & one or two nice holders
A holididay centerpiece. This year I am doing a large glass bowl filled with red apples, pomaganites & clove spiked limes. (red & green) with a single pillar candle in the middle.  (use that weird gummy poster tacek to secure candle to bottom of bowl.
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2004 06:46:02 PM »

I guess it really depends on what kind of gift you want to go for.  You could get a useful gift that people will like (but they're harder to find) or you could get the joke gift (there has to be one in every game!).

Anyway, I've been to quite a few Yankee Swaps... The gifts that seem to go over well are gender neutral, and are usually gift certificates, cute houshold decorations, useful household appliances that everyone wants but don't want to buy for themselves...(The smoothie maker was a big hit...) This year the one everyone wanted was the portable chair massage.

As for the joke gift, those can be really fun, if you want to go down that road.  It really depends on how good the sense of humor is of the people you'll be swapping with.  My parents got stuck with $20 worth of canned chili one year.  Grin

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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2004 08:37:39 AM »

My parents got stuck with $20 worth of canned chili one year. Grin


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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2004 08:56:11 AM »

I'm going to one of these tonight. I'll post about it tomorrow. If it's anything like last year, it will be very fun. (Crazy theatre people!)

The people my dad work with do one of these every year also, with a dice game that shuffles things around a bit. Some of the popular gifts have been small tool sets or nice flashlights. Edible gifts were also popular. 

Personally, I like the funny gifts. It keeps things interesting.
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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2005 11:22:15 PM »

So this year I bought a board game (that I wanted for myself!) and got a Clay Aiken cd that someone bought as a joke

Wow they sound like so much fun!!
I would have loved the Clay CD....although I already have two......you can neverr have too many.

The Chilli thing is so funny  Cheesy


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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2005 03:00:59 PM »

The best gift that I ever took and everyone loved was a throw away camera.  Good for either sex

« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2012 02:20:51 PM »

I know this thread is really old, but just thought i'd reply anyway.....

My family do one of these this every christmas, and candy cane vodka was a huge hit! Grin
Easy and cheap to make, and very christmassy! (and is great on icecream) Tongue

If somebody offers you a lifetime supply of candy and there is only one piece; dont eat it, its probably poisoned.

I like to name my ipod "titanic" so when it says "syncing titanic" i click cancel, and it makes me feel like a hero:)
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