Christmas Gift Ball: A Fun Family Activity

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:” 1 Peter 4:10

By: Jennifer Mullen and Gretchen Speer

Gretchen introduced me to this game a few years back when I first joined MOPS.  Her family does this game every Christmas.  Since I am in charge of the ice breakers in our MOPS group this year, I decided to team up with Gretchen to do this again.  This game could be used for a family gathering or a small Christmas party with your friends.

What You Will Need:

  • packing tape
  • foil
  • newspaper
  • gifts/treats
  • a pair of dice

Our treats for this occasion was chocolate, Mary Kay items, gift cards, and handmade jewelry.  The sky is the limit for ideas of treats.  You could do coins, hand sanitizer, lotions, small children’s toys..etc.  Also, you can substitute reused wrapping paper for newspaper   I hate just throwing that paper away.

First, wrap the prizes separately in foil.

Then layer the items in folds of newspapers making a ball as you go.  Tape each layer with a good amount of packing tape to hold it in a ball.

Isn’t Gretchen cute!

When you are done, it should look something like this:

At the party, divide into small groups.  A group of 8-12 per ball is perfect.

Then start the game!  The person holding the ball has until the person sitting next to them rolls a double with the dice to unwrap and find the treasures.

It does become competitive so watch out!


4 thoughts on “Christmas Gift Ball: A Fun Family Activity

  1. Veronica Thiele

    What happens if they don’t do it in time? Does it have to wait until their turn again? I want details! 🙂 It’s too late for me this, but I’ll be playing this next yr with my family and friends. Sounds like so much fun!

  2. Deb Buttel Heady

    From Gretchen’s Aunt Deb……we’ve always had so much fun with this – I save used Altoid’s boxes to put cash and smaller items in….other suggestions: hand warmers, bath and body items, gift cards, ornaments, anything relatively small that will bring meaning to your family. Our balls have gotten pretty big at times! Also – it makes it more challenging to put the tape on in small strips instead of one long one….unless you have little ones you are including! If you’re doing this as a family activity and have really young ones, it might be a good idea for them to sit out with one of the adults – it can get pretty wild!


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