How to play Secret Santa

Secret SantaTo play Secret Santa is a fun and easy way for a group of friends, family members or co-workers to exchange gifts. It is also known as Kris Kringle and is probably the most popular gift exchange game in the world. This game ensures that everybody in the group has oodles of fun and there is no burden on any one single person or everyone to hand out gifts to everyone else. The basic concept of the Secret Santa game is simple and here’s how to do it for your party.

Step by step helpline

  1. Write the names of all the participants on small pieces of paper, fold them into half and place them into a box. Make sure to mix them up properly.
  2. Ask each person to then choose one name from the box, but not to tell anyone which name they picked.
  3. In this manner let the hat make the round of the room till all names and all participants are exhausted.
  4. The person who picked the name is now responsible for buying a gift for the person whose name they selected.
  5. Put a limit to the amount of money that each person spends in buying the gift.
  6. The purpose is not let the anybody know whose name they picked. This is the main objective of the game.

This game can now also be played virtually on the net. There are popular sites for such gift exchange games.


  • When the giver wraps the gift, he/ she addresses it to recipient but does not write who it is from. The recipient has to make a guess.
  • If the person cannot guess then the giver eventually confesses.


  • Don’t overshoot the price limit. It will not be considered sportsperson like to do so.
  • Whatever you do don’t let the person for whom you are buying the gift know that you are the one. It will defeat the whole purpose of the game.

6 Comments about “How to play Secret Santa”

  1. Vena Aranoff Says:

    Thank you,
    I found this to be very helpful, for we do not have secret santa in my religion and I did not how to play with my stable friends. I didn’t want to ask and embarass my friends for picking this game. thank you sooo much. Now I’m off to shop.

  2. haronld Says:

    This is very helpful because i had to explain to my class about the rules and this helped me very much:)

  3. kayjay Says:

    Thank you! This was very helpful!

  4. CiCi Says:

    tHANK YOU SO MUCH~Im plannng a christas party and I need a game for the christmas party…..people are saying go with the gift exchange thing but its boring :/ lolz so i choose this

  5. KK Says:

    This game was so much fun. We all enjoyed it. Thanks

  6. alice Says:

    omg this is so helpful cuz my mom wanted me to find how to play this game cuz at her work shes gonna play this so she told me to
    find out how to play or else i couldnt watch tv XD

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