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This Meetup is cancelled

December Meetup & White Elephant Gift Exchange

  • Bryan Street Tavern

    4315 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX (map)

    32.799633 -96.779155

  • We'll be in the room to the left of the entrance.
  • This month's get-together is also a White Elephant Gift Exchange.  All are welcome!

    Come out and meet the folks of NTO as we round out another work week.  Talk about trips you have taken or would like to take. You can also have fun stealing gifts from friends and strangers alike.

    Location: Bryan Street Tavern, in Old East Dallas. We'll be in the room to the left of the main entrance.

    What is a 'White Elephant' party, you ask? Well:

    A White Elephant Gift Exchange - also known as a Yankee Gift Swap, Dirty Santa or Thieves' Christmas - is a chance for you to divest yourself of stuff laying around your house that is unwanted, yet too valuable to throw away.  Simply wrap it up all nice and pretty, whatever it is, and bring it to the party. Some unknowing person will open it and: Voila! It's theirs forever.

    The rules:

    1. Wrap your gift. As a general rule, the nicer the wrapping, the worse the gift.

    2. Do not put your name on any gift. It's kept anonymous for a reason.

    3. Put your gift on the table with the others.

    4. Select a number. That's the order gifts are drawn in.

    5. You're allowed to steal from others, but they can steal gifts from you, too. It's a little crazy but a lot of fun.

    6. The rest of the 'rules' (guidelines, really) will be explained when you get there.

    7. You MUST leave with your parting gift. Sorry.


    We'll see you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    We really wanted to come to this, I hope it gets rescheduled!

    December 5, 2013

  • Joel

    A week from now should be just fine weather-wise if that works out. Hopefully we can re-set it for then.

    December 5, 2013

  • Susan

    Cancellation was a wise decision, Mark. Hope we can reschedule for next week!

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • Kevin

    Bummed I'm not going to be able to make it.

    December 3, 2013

    • Win M.

      Greg, the gift must be unidentifiable as to contents.

      December 4, 2013

    • Kevin

      Greg, yea it is best to wrap them or at least in a gift bag. Part of the fun of the whole White Elephant gift exchange is the unwrapping. I hope someone takes pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.

      December 4, 2013

  • Kevin

    Here is a link to the pictures from the 2011 White Elephant get together Mark hosted:[masked]

    November 26, 2013

    • Susan

      Thanks,Kevin. A picture is worth a thousand words!

      November 26, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Thanks for the photos, Kevin! I'd forgotten about all those... cool gifts. Yes, the fish koozie was a hit, I remember. Ugh. Who does that?

      November 26, 2013

  • Kevin

    I am signing up as a YES but it's much more like a maybe. I have a lot going on that weekend and will consume much of the end of the week. I'm gonna try though.

    November 26, 2013

  • Steve

    Hey Mark- whats the approximate value of the gift we should bring?

    November 21, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Value? No idea. Bring what seems right to you - try to bring something 'pre-owned' if at all possible.

      November 23, 2013

    • Kristin

      $10 limit seems to be the norm

      November 23, 2013


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