Here's how it's done:
- Gather/purchase a number of "little" inexpensive "gifts" for each player. These could be gag gifts, recycled gifts (things you have or received that you don't use) or things you purchase for a dollar or so. It could be an empty toilet roll or a hat. Think of age-appropriate and gender-appropriate gifts. The more weird and wacky gifts get lots of giggles.
- Wrap these items in newspaper, flyers or other scrap paper (eco-friendly!).
- Bring them to your party. Put all the gifts in a pile. There should be an assortment, because all the other players would have brought a few gifts, too.
- Sit around the gifts in a circle. Get a die. Start the game by rolling the die. The highest number starts.
- The game starts with the first person rolling the die. If he/she rolls a 2, 4 or 6 they can pick a gift and open it. If not, they pass to the left. This person rolls the die, hoping for a 2, 4 or 6.
- When a 2, 4 or 6 is rolled, the person can either "steal" an opened gift or take a new, unopened one from the pile. If a gift is stolen from someone, they have a chance to steal from someone else, or open a new gift from the pile. The game continues in a clockwise fashion until all the gifts are opened.
- The opened gifts can only be stolen three times. The fourth person that has the gift can keep it. It's "Safe".
- It's more fun to be greedy in this game - hence the name Mini Gift War. It makes for more fun. Dramatic responses make it even more exciting!
- If you can think of something really creative to wrap (like your sister-in-law's orange scarf without her seeing), it makes for a really interesting game!
Have fun, and all the best to you in the new year!
~ Angela Gentile