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Most people love attending a Christmas party or two over the Christmas season. Most people also feel financial strain during the holidays more than any other time of year. So this year why not host a Christmas party that will save you and your friends money? This list of Christmas themed swap-it parties will help you do just that.
7 Christmas Themed Swap-It Parties That Will Save You Money
1. Christmas Attire Swap
Your son needs a white dress shirt and a red tie for the school holiday performance. You know he won’t wear either again so shelling out cash for them is hard on your thrifty nature.
Your office is holding yet another ugly Christmas sweater party and you have already worn yours to the party three years in a row. You tried Goodwill already, but it seems like everyone in town must have had the same idea because there was not a single ugly Christmas sweater on their racks.
You are not the only one with one-time only Christmas attire needs–your friends have them too. Invite them all to your home and tell them to bring their last year’s barely worn Christmas attire as well as a snack or drink to share.
Spend the evening swapping Christmas stories and clothes.
2. Christmas Puzzle, Book & Movie
Christmas traditions can include completing a family Christmas puzzle, reading Christmas books aloud as a family or holding a special family Christmas movie night.
Instead of buying new ones each year form a puzzle, book and movie swap with friends who share these same traditions.
3. Christmas Cookie Swap
Confession, I am not a fan of Christmas cookie swaps. My family knows what Christmas cookies they like and they won’t stray from those few.
However, if you don’t have a cookie snob family then Christmas cookie swaps can be amazing time and money savers. We all know baking more than one batch of something saves time. It also saves money as special ingredients only have to be bought for one type of cookie.
4. Christmas Decor Swap
You just can’t stand looking at that Christmas town scene one more time. It is still in great shape but you are so bored with it.
Perhaps you moved and the Christmas decor from your last house just doesn’t look right in the new house?
Solution–invite your friends over for a Christmas decor swap party.
5. Craft Supply Swap
There is a rare person out there who doesn’t have a craft supply stash that hasn’t seen the light of day in a long while. The rest of us need to go into that dark place and bring those supplies out into the light.
Those supplies that are still in like new shape can be used in a craft supply swap party so that your friends can make Christmas gifts out of the craft supplies that no longer bring you inspiration and you can make Christmas gifts out of theirs.
A variation of this party is to simply have all your friends bring the craft supplies they are willing to share to your home and then that night you all make crafts out of your pooled supplies. Make sure to tell your friends to bring crafting basics like scissors, glue gun, etc if you decided to do this variation of the crafting supply swap party.
6. DIY Gift Swap
If those craft supplies still do inspire you to craft then go ahead and use them. Perhaps you have enough supplies to make half a dozen or more of one type of craft. If so, you are in good shape to hold a DIY gift swap with your friends.
Have six friends bring half a dozen homemade craft items to swap. Each of you will go home with six unique Christmas gifts to give.
7. Christmas Mug Swap
Bored with your current selection of Christmas mugs? Turn your desire for new ones into a fun night with friends. Tell each friend to bring along a Christmas mug they are willing to part with plus a cocoa mix, a cocoa topping or stir-in like marshmallows or peppermint extract, and cookies or another snack to share. Swap mugs and then enjoy an evening of sweet fellowship over hot cocoa and cookies.
- For a simple and inexpensive cocoa recipe check out my 3 ingredient Hot Chocolate. The recipe is for one cup, but it can be easily enlarged to make a batch large enough for a crowd.
This post is part of the How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget Series
How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget: The Series
Week Eleven: 7 Christmas Themed Swap-It Parties That Will Save You Money (you are here)
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