Host An "As Seen On TV" Gift Exchange This Holiday Season

Host An "As Seen On TV" Gift Exchange This Holiday Season

Rebecca Orlov
Dec 9, 2008

If you've ever wondered if The Clapper works as great as the commercial is or if the ShamWow! really can clean up all of that water then consider hosting a White Elephant gift exchange holiday party this year with a fun twist - As Seen On TV products. Check out party details after the jump.


1) Ask your guests to bring a wrapped and unlabeled As Seen on TV gift. You can select a category and a price point - say household products for $30 and under.

2) All participants will draw a number (from a hat, perhaps) to determine their order.

3) The participant with #1 unwraps any gift from the pile and then shows it to everyone. Each successive participant, in the order determined from the drawing, can either 1) "steal" an already opened gift (if there's one they really like) or 2) be adventurous and go for a wrapped gift from the pile. If the participant chooses to steal, the person whose gift is stolen now repeats their turn and either 1) steals another person's gift (they cannot immediately steal back the gift that was just stolen from them) or 2) unwraps a new gift.

4) Since items can be stolen, the item in your possession is not yours until the game is over. However, this is often amended with a rule declaring a gift "dead" or "safe" after it has been stolen a certain number of times (usually two or three). This helps the process go more smoothly (avoiding, for example, the hypothetical scenario of the same gift being stolen by every successive participant) and limits the disadvantage of being among the first to choose gifts.

Here are a few household items that could be fabulous As Seen On TV gifts:

The Clapper $24.95

What As Seen On TV product would you love to unwrap at a holiday gift exhange?

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