How to Play Secret Santa


Secret Santa is a fun party game that involves buying gifts for a person without revealing your identity.

  • Materials required: A wrapped gift purchased by each player.
  • Number of People Recommended: At least 8 people.
  • Time Required: A few weeks to allow people to purchase gifts.

How Do You Play the Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Everyone needs to get assigned their Secret Santa!  A facilitator gathers all players’ names and puts them onto a list.  He or she then randomly assigns a name for each person.  Then tell each player who their Secret Santa is, along with a price limit (something like $10 is probably a good amount).

Give each person 2 or 3 weeks to purchase a gift up to the price limit.  Deliver the gift in secret, or give gifts to other friends to deliver to their secret santa!

Have fun!