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Unwrapping Tradition: The History of Secret Santa & 10 Cost-Effective Kid-Friendly Ways to Play

Updated: Dec 10, 2023









Greetings, game enthusiasts and festive friends! As we carve out room in our hearts for Thanksgiving feasts, it's impossible to ignore the twinkling lights and tinsel that herald the arrival of the holiday season. Today, we embark on a journey through time to unwrap the origins of a beloved tradition – Secret Santa. Plus, buckle up for 10 budget-friendly and kid-approved ways to infuse some extra fun into your gift-giving festivities, courtesy of Project Board Game.


The Magical Evolution of Secret Santa


The tale of Secret Santa weaves through office parties, family gatherings, and friend circles like a ribbon on a beautifully wrapped present. The concept is thought to have originated in Scandinavia, where it was known as "Julklapp." This involved knocking on a friend's door, tossing a gift inside, and scurrying away, all while maintaining anonymity. The idea spread like wildfire, and by the 20th century, Secret Santa became a global phenomenon, celebrated for its ability to spread joy and foster camaraderie.


Now, let's fast forward to today, just four days away from Thanksgiving. Project Board Game is here to sprinkle a bit of pixie dust on your Secret Santa preparations. Let the countdown to a budget-friendly and giggle-filled gift exchange begin!


10 Cost-Effective Kid-Friendly Secret Santa Ideas


1. Crafty Keepsakes


Challenge participants to craft small, personalized keepsakes. Think homemade ornaments, friendship bracelets, or even painted rocks. The emphasis is on heartwarming sentiments without breaking the bank.


2. Thrifty Thrift Store Treasures

Set a spending limit and embark on a thrift store adventure! Participants pick out quirky, fun finds for their Secret Santa recipients. The catch? Items must be under a certain price, adding an element of thriftiness and creativity.


3. DIY Dreamcatchers

Unleash your inner artist! Create DIY dreamcatchers using inexpensive materials like embroidery hoops, yarn, and beads. It's a crafty endeavor that results in a meaningful and visually appealing gift.


4. Sweet Treats in a Jar

Channel your inner baking maestro and whip up batches of cookie or brownie mix. Layer the dry ingredients in a jar, attach a recipe, and voila – a delectable gift that won't dent your pocket.


5. Book Exchange Bonanza

Encourage a love for reading by hosting a book exchange. Participants can swap gently-used books or pick up affordable second-hand ones. It's a budget-friendly way to share literary treasures.


6. Puzzle Power Play

Dive into the puzzle realm! Find budget-friendly puzzles or make your own by cutting up a picture and placing each piece in a separate envelope. The joy of piecing it together will be a memorable experience.


7. Nature-Inspired Tokens

Embrace the beauty of the outdoors with nature-inspired gifts. Collect pinecones, rocks, or leaves and turn them into charming, hand-painted paperweights or decorations.


8. Personalized Poems

Craft heartfelt poems or lighthearted rhymes that celebrate the recipient. This personalized touch adds a sentimental value to the gift without costing a penny.


9. Christmas Coupon Book

Create a coupon book filled with thoughtful gestures and favors. Whether it's a free hug, a chore takeover, or a movie night voucher, these coupons are a delightful way to spread joy.


10. Movie Marathon Madness

Host a movie night! Participants choose a favorite family-friendly film and exchange DVDs or organize a virtual watch party. It's a cost-effective way to share the joy of cinema.


As we gear up for Thanksgiving, let the excitement for Secret Santa build. Project Board Game and these thrifty ideas are here to make your holiday season memorable without breaking the bank. Stay tuned for a season of laughter, love, and a dash of frugal festivity! 🎲🎁🎉





Presented by Project Board Game

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