Yankee Swap

Tonight a group of my high school friends and myself are having a get together. Though we're all in college, we've made it a point to maintain the tradition we started freshman year of having a holiday party. Between blasting Christmas music, dancing around, and simply having a jolly old time in our sequins-covered numbers, we have a Yankee Swap. For those of you who don't know what that is, a Yankee Swap is a gift exchange. Everyone brings one gift to the party. To exchange them, everyone draws a number and gets to pick a gift in that order. After opening a gift, that person has the opportunity to swap with someone else who has already opened a gift. So basically drawing number one is the best because you get your pick of every gift! A Yankee Swap is literally luck of the draw. You never know what you're going to get. The fun of it is unboxing a mystery.

Before I head out, I thought I'd unveil the mystery within the box I bring. The theme is a pamper evening. Seeing as we all survived our finals from last week, I wanted to give a sort of reward for that. Like "Congrats! You did it! Now treat yo self."

Non-alcoholic wine
Ideally I'd be able to give a nice White Zinfandel, or some wine to take the edge off, but none of us are 21 yet, so the best I could do was get sparkling juice. It's the thought that counts, right? ;)

Wine glass
Well they need something to drink the juice with...

Three candles
Mood lighting is just as essential to a pamper evening as the beverage. These candles came unscented in a set of three. As a quick festive touch, I added a stripe of glitter to each candle. For this DIY, all that's needed is tape, a brush, mod podge, and glitter. 
1) Wrap the tape around the candle above where you want the glitter.
2) Apply the glue.
3) Roll the candle through the glitter, or sprinkle it on.

Lush goodies
You cannot having a pamper evening without Lush products. Included is Peeping Santa and Butterbear; two of my favorites for this time of year. If you'd like a review of either of these, let me know!

Cost of this gift: $17 (only $2 over budget!)

Have you ever been to a Yankee Swap? Would you be excited to unwrap this gift?



  1. never heard of a yankee swap before but sounds fun! We often do secret santa :) Let us know what you get! xx

  2. Never herd of the Yankee swap but it sounds cool

  3. I've never heard of a Yankee swap but it's such a good idea! x

    Charlotte ~ http://allthingsmakeupbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk/

  4. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing :)

    Merry christmas
    x Isabelle | Outfit Van De Dag

  5. Oh I love the sound of this yankee swap, what a nice idea!

  6. Wow this yankee swap thing sounds like a great idea! I should do this with my friends next year. It sounds like that whole white elephant thing.

    ~Andrea Tiffany~