Dirty Santa Game Rules (Dirty doesn’t mean adult toys! The better the gifts, the more fun the game will be)
Bring a wrapped gift valued at $25 or more- the better the gift, the better the game! You want to bring something you think most people would want to fight over!
Before starting, everyone draws a number from a hat. The slips of paper are numbered one through the number of people participating. The person with #1 starts the game.
The game begins once #1 selects a gift from the pile (after much thought and deliberation, of course), opens it, and shows it to everyone.
The person who drew #2 then goes and has the option to steal #1’s gift (aka “Dirty Santa”) or pick a different gift from the pile. This continues with each person having the chance to steal or choose a wrapped gift.
A gift can be stolen no more than three times. Once a gift has been stolen three times, the gift is “dead” and can no longer be stolen.
A gift can also only be stolen once per turn. For example, if person #17’s gift was stolen, and they steal from person #5, then person #5 cannot steal the gift that was taken from #17.
If your gift is stolen, you can’t steal it right back. You can steal another gift or choose from the pile.
When all the gifts have been opened, the person who drew #1 has the option to steal a gift (since they did not have any gifts to steal initially). After they steal a gift (as long as it isn’t “dead”) or decides to keep their gift, the game is over.