On Christmas Eve, Sean, Aiden, and I went over to Sean’s Aunt’s house. Besides the usual gift giving, all the cousins participate in the “gift grab dice game.” This is always everyone’s favorite part of the night, and a game we play for New Year’s Eve, wedding showers, and baby showers, too! We love it so much; I had to share it with you, dear readers!
The Gift Grab Dice Game
– everyone brings one wrapped present of a certain dollar amount (we do $15, but I’m sure there are some gifts that are more or less than that)
– two dice (can use four or more, if playing with a large group)
– a baking tin (can use two or more, if playing with a large group)
– a timer (the one on your phone will do)
1. Everyone sits in a circle, and places the wrapped presents in the middle of the circle.
2. Place two dice into the baking tin (feel free to use multiple tins – we had twelve people, and used two tins, each with two dice).
3. The first round is not timed. Everyone gets a chance to roll the dice (the tins are handy because they make it easier to pass the dice quickly, and provide flat surface to roll them on), with the goal being to get doubles (both dice showing the same number).
4. If you roll doubles, hand the tin to the person on your left, and pick a present from the pile in the middle.
5. If you do not roll doubles, hand the tin to the person on your left. You do not get to pick a present.
6. Keep passing the tins and the dice around the circle until all the presents are gone from the middle. This is the end of the first round. It is OK for people to have multiple presents, and some people to not have any presents at all – it happens!
7. After the first round, everyone opens their presents. No hiding the good ones – you must show everyone what your present, and say what it is out loud!
8. The second round is even more fun than the first, and this round is timed. We decided to do 3 minutes, but the time is up to you.
9. In the second round, the same rules apply: everyone rolls the dice, hoping to get doubles. But now when you roll doubles, you get to steal a prize from someone else, and you know exactly what it is!
10. When the timer goes off, the game is over, and all prizes are final. Of course, there’s bound to be plenty of bartering, trading, and occasionally giving to those that didn’t get any presents at all.
The dice game is always fun; it’s a game of chance, but still full of [usually] friendly competition! We ended up cleaning up, and came home with movie tickets, a four-pack of unlimited passes to Nickelodeon Universe, a $15 iTunes gift card, a $15 Caribou Coffee gift card, a George Foreman grill, delicious homemade caramels, and an Angry Birds toy for Aiden (we brought that one – and wrapped it in Angry Birds wrapping paper so he would pick it 😉 ). Try out the dice game at your next party or get together, and let us know how it goes!