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White Elephant Gift Exchange @ Catalina Coffee Company in RB

This will be the 4th year we have done this and everyone has fun!  Back by popular request ...


Bring a new, wrapped gift...something you received that you do not have use for (that you think someone else would appreciate).  If you were lucky enough to not receive any unwanted gifts, then purchase one so you can join in on the fun[:D] 

You are welcome to bring as many gifts for exchange as you like--you leave with as many as you brought. 

No one wants to ends up with a booby prize, so please..... nothing that you received as "free" promos for joining a club, attending a sporting event or other outing, company logoed items, 99 cent store items (unless you are bringing 12!), broken/used items or junky Christmas ornaments (Christmas is over!) and such. 

Have it be something that someone would really want or could really use and that you wouldn't be embarrassed to admit you brought  

Price range minimum $12 (or over)


CATALINA COFFEE COMPANY: Very comfortable environment....

Nice cafe/coffee house that is totally different than the big chains.  Huge comfy chairs and sofas, a fireplace, tons of books and best of all.... your beverage is served in one of those huge ceramic soup type mugs.

Coffee beverages, tea, hot chocolate, sandwiches and pastries.  

We are not paying a space fee, so purchases are encouraged

FREE PARKING... convenient, attached parking lot



We will draw numbers to determine the order of choosing gifts. 1st person picks a wrapped gift.  Each person thereafter has a choice to "steal" a person's gift or choose from the pile of wrapped gifts.  If a gift is stolen, then that person whose gift was stolen can then pick another gift, from another person or a wrapped gift.  A gift that has been stolen cannot be re-stolen by the same person it was just taken from.  A gift can only be taken 3 times, then it is "locked" which means it is protected from further stealing.  The gift remains with the 3rd person who stole it.  Game continues until all people have chosen a gift.  Person number 1 can make one more exchange at the end.

After the game is over, direct exchanges by agreement between two people are encouraged.


Can you bring some goodies?

I have brought homemade brownies and cookies in the past.  Would anyone care to extend the holiday spirit and bring some baked goodies or munchies?  You don't have to bring enough for everyone, just the quantity you feel comfortable with.  Please indicate in your RSVP comments what you will bring.

Also need a volunteer to keep track of gifts and how many times they have been stolen. Contact me direct or put in your RSVP comments.


After Party:

We will go to Kincaid's on the Redondo pier.

They have a late night happy hour starting at 9pm.

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  • Virginia

    Great time. I'm so happy with the White Elephant Gift I ended up with, "The Purse". Despite Dennis trying to offer my purse to the next participant, I appreciate everyone passing me by knowing I didn't want to lose it. I'm thinking, my stink eye may have had something to do with that though. LOL... Now I need a fancy event so I can use it.

    January 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another fun night with everyone. Plus I met new people !

    January 13, 2012

  • Susan

    I had a wonderful time - good people, fun game, lots of laughs. My treats were really delish, too!

    January 12, 2012

  • Maria

    I always enjoy this event which has now become a yearly tradition. Thanks to all who came out. And special thanks to all that brought goodies for everyone to share. What a fun group of people!

    January 12, 2012

  • Neil

    Lots of fun and cool people. I cant wait for our next Meetup

    January 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first event with this group. Everyone was so nice and made me feel welcome. The event was very fun. Thank you for putting this together looking forward to next time :-)

    January 12, 2012

  • Ana E.

    I don't think that Purple tampon bag was $12 or over nor the Chia Pet, ha!

    January 12, 2012

  • Ana E.

    Awesome, awesome time!!!! Saw my good friends and met some great new ones. Thanks and look forward to the next event.

    January 12, 2012

  • CessnaPilot aka G.

    Thanks Maria. With my schedule, I haven't been able to attend an event in quite a while and it's great to see that this group still kicks ass. What a fun party.

    January 12, 2012

  • Kelly

    Had a fun time. Haven't done a white elephant exchange in years & forgot how much fun it can be.

    January 12, 2012

  • Deborah

    I had a great time laughing and exchanging gifts. I'm looking forward to doing this again next year. Kincaid's afterwards was a bonus treat. So much fun!!!!

    January 12, 2012

  • JEFF

    Maria, another great event.

    January 11, 2012

  • Dennis

    Thank you Maria for another fun event, there were lots of laughs, and a good time was had by all.

    January 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute notice, but I'm afraid I can't make it. I just moved to town and my car is being shipped here, arriving tonight. I have to be present to receive it. Nothing I could do about it. I hope to meet you all at the next event.

    January 11, 2012

  • Ana E.

    Thank you Maria, this cleared it up for me. I will be there at 7. Look forward to seeing everyone then.

    January 10, 2012

  • Maria

    Because this is a full event with a waiting list, if your plans have changed, please update your RSVP at this time to allow others to come. Please no "maybes" at this time. Also, while we dont start the actual game at 7pm (about[masked]pm) if you cannot be there by then, please remove yourself from the YES list to accomodate someone else.

    January 9, 2012

  • Susan F.

    I won't get there until after 8pm either.

    January 9, 2012

  • Joy G.

    Working 'till 8... Let me know if you go anywhere after!

    January 2, 2012

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