We wanted to play a different game - no, we didn't throw out Dirty Santa. We played this one in addition to it. We always like to warm people up with a few fast games, before Dirty Santa comes into play and some people turn crazy!
I found this game on Pinterest and we just added to it. I supplied 20 dollar store-type gifts, wrapped. (With the first party we actually only played this game with $5 generic gifts they brought) With the Roll the Dice game, after playing it with two groups of 20 people, we found both times as we went round the circle taking turns rolling the dice to see whether you would pass the gift right or left, or open, etc. there seemed to be one number you either got stuck on, or hardly ever rolled. So after two rounds, we would declare the next person to roll a ________, whatever had not been rolled much, would be the end of the game.
The TWIST we added after the end and let everyone open, if it wasn't already, was this: We gave the "Christmas is about giving" speech. We told everyone they just thought the gift they just opened was theirs. Now, we will go around the circle and give your gift to someone you think would like it. We went one at a time, so everyone could see what the mysterious gifts were they had been feeling as they went around the circle. It was fun and added another dimension to the game. Some men who got kitchen-y gifts were giving theirs to the ladies and the ladies who ended up with a beef jerky stick gladly gave to a man. :) There were a few toys in there for the one pre-teen and he raked in several gifts as a result. The few who didn't get one were okay with it, you see, they didn't have their gift very long anyway. For the first party where they supplied the $5 gifts, we did say to look around the circle to see who didn't have a gift yet so everyone did take a gift home.
Hope I explained it well! It was kind of hard to take pictures while keeping the game going!
HAVE FUN PLAYING YOUR CHRISTMAS GAMES!