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The One True White Elephant Gift Exchange Ruleset

The One True White Elephant Gift Exchange Ruleset

Gifts must:

  • Cost less than the maximum price limit, to be announced beforehand. (Yes, zero is less than the maximum price limit, as is the negative value of a truly awful white elephant.)
  • Be placed in a location where players can see all of them without touching them.
  • Be wrapped for easy extraction. Gift bags are best.
  • Number the exact number of players.

Players must:

  • Choose a number at start.
  • Unwrap a new gift or steal another available unwrapped gift on their turn or when an unwrapped gift is stolen from them.
  • Never be without a gift after their turn is over.
  • Display their gift unless it has been stolen three times.

When all gifts are unwrapped:

The player who went first may keep the gift they currently hold or steal another gift that has been stolen less than three times.

White Elephant is over when:

All gifts have been unwrapped, all players have a gift, and the player who holds the last gift in play decides to keep it.

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