Monday, January 20, 2014

White Elephant Game

Have you ever played the White Elephant Game? For Christmas a few weeks ago, my family decided to do a couple new things and one was playing the White Elephant Game. If you haven't played it before, the basics are that you bring one wrapped gift to the party. When someone opens a gift, they can decide to keep it or steal someone else's gift. The gift can only be stolen a couple times and then it remains with that person. Some people bring gifts that are silly or fun or gifts that people will really want to steal. It's fun to see what gets stolen and what people end up with. 

I went to a couple stores and found that it was difficult to find a gift when I didn't know who it was for. My husband went and bought a Chia Pet for his White Elephant gift to give, glad I didn't get that or have to take it home ;-). I ended up coming up with a fun idea instead. Since it was a white elephant game, I decided to make white elephant cookies. It warmed my heart that there was some logic brought to the game as people tried to figure out how many times the cookies would be stolen so that they could make sure to be the one to end up with my cookies! 

I started by making a cookie cutter of a fun elephant with a big bow on her head and room for her trunk. Wouldn't she be fun for a baby shower too! I named her Ellie the Elephant. I have a friend with a daughter named Ellie and she even has pink hair :-) 

Cookie Cutter Available HERE
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Download Free Printable Cookie Bag Topper HERE
 and outlined my design
 Since it was a Christmas game, I made the bows in red and green.
 and then I made a bunch of them.
 Since I knew that I would also want the elephant cookie cutter to use in other events, not just the white elephant game, I also made a couple of grey elephants.
 Then I wrapped up all the elephant cookies and put them in a pretty gift box for the game. I also made some cute cookie tags and I made some for YOU too. You can download the Christmas elephant cookie tags by clicking here.
So tell me have you ever played the White Elephant game? What did you bring home?

Oh and did you make sure to enter the Cristin's Cookies give-away on Facebook? We are celebrating 6,000 fans with a fun give-away of EITHER 2 cookie cutters or a box of cookies. You can see full details and enter the give-away by clicking here.
Thanks for reading everyone!

White Elephant blog background for today. THANK YOU to Amy of Happy Hearts Studios for making this fun paper set for my blog! 


  1. The white elephant game sounds like fun. Glad I was able to purchase this cute cutter yesterday.

    1. Glad you were able to snatch one up Kathy! They sold out pretty quick. I can't wait to see yours! Thanks for your order. It shipped out today. Cristin

  2. Very cute! We play this game at my husband's golf club staff Christmas Party every year (they call it a Chinese Auction) and the same gift can only be stolen three times. The third person to steal gets to keep it.

    1. Thanks Paula! It was SUCH a fun game! I think it's going to be a family tradition for us. We all had such a good time!

  3. I've heard of the game but never actually played it. I hear it's lots of fun though. Love the cute elephant cookies.

    1. Thank you Giselle! It's always nice to hear from you! Yes, the White Elephant Game is super fun!


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