Establish a price such
as $10.00 or less for the Christmas present. Call or
mail Christmas Bunco invitations to all players and
include information about the Gift Exchange. The gift
should be wrapped and can be anonymous.
When guests arrive,
direct them to an area to set aside their
Play two sets of Bunco
instead the usual four so there is enough time for the
gift exchange and for food.
It takes only minutes
for a group of bunco players to ready a room for the
Players sit in a circle
and all gifts are placed in the middle of
There are many ways to
decide who should be the first to pick a gift, drawing
names or numbers or using a deck of cards will
Our group averages
around twenty four people for Christmas Bunco. We use
two suits from a deck of cards. Decide which suit will
be used first, then everyone draw a card. The lowest
number from the chosen suit picks a gift first but does
not open it.
The next numbered person
can either take a gift from the middle or take the
first player's gift. If she takes the players gift, the
first player draws a new gift from the pile. The swap
continues until all have a gift to keep.
Even though players do
not know what the gifts are, there is a frenzy of
swapping and taking a timer may be used for the last
five minutes of everybody choosing their
A shorter Bunco playing
time ensures enough time for food and gift
Many guests may offer to
contribute food or drink to the party and that helps to
keep costs down.
I often host Christmas
Bunco. Generally more people attend Christmas Bunco
than regular Bunco. I take a group picture and include
it in invitations to be made for next years