Dirty Santa Christmas Party

If you have been invited to a Dirty Santa party, you might be wondering if it’s the same thing as a simple Christmas party. Do you need to bring a present? You see, if you have been invited to a Dirty Santa event, the best thing to do is to clarify the rules, the theme of gifts that everyone will bring as well as maximum spending amount. If the Organizer has not mentioned anything and you are going, then it’s safe to assume that it’s a standard Dirty Santa, which means you are expected to bring a funny gift not exceeding 20 dollars in price.

Dirty Santa gift exchange can take place during the Christmas party, but the difference is that the Dirty Santa game will be played. So the term “Dirty Santa Party” is not interchangeably used with “Christmas Party” while they might be both happening at the same time.

Are You The Organizer?

If you have been entrusted with organizing the Dirty Santa event, you will want to keep a few things in mind. Set and announce the date. Try to pick the day when most of the people can attend. You can find out what day would work the best by asking your group for input.

Set the rules and include it in the invitation. It’s important for the guests to know the rules in advance in order to avoid any misunderstanding. This will ensure that your event runs smoothly.


While it’s fun to have adult themed gifts at the party as well as alcohol to unwind, keep in mind that you will need to decide if the party is kids friendly or not. If alcohol is served and the GAG gifts have adult theme, it’s best to restrict the party to adults only, otherwise announce that children are welcome, but set the theme for gifts to be family friendly and inform the guests that there will not be any alcohol served.

Above all, make sure everyone is having a great time and enjoy the Dirty Santa party!

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What is the most important Dirty Santa rule?

If someone steals a gift from you, you can not immediately steal the same one back. Otherwise you'd get stuck in a never ending stealing loop.

Can only 3 players play?

Yes, 3 players could play it but it works better in larger groups, more the merrier.

What Is Dirty Santa?

Dirty Santa is a Christmas gift exchange game where guest swap and steal random gifts.

What's a good date to hold a party?

It's recommended to run a Dirty Santa in mid December, but the best date is the one majority can attend.