Sure, the holidays are great — you get to catch up with family, eat some yummy food, revel in the lights, drink, and (hopefully) get some good gifts along the way — but the festivities can also be a bit…long, right? Also, there’s got to be some way to break the awkward silences that occur when your uncle brings up your single cousin’s lack of a boyfriend, or your “clock ticking,” or someone starts to talk about politics.
Otherwise, things are just going to get ugly.
That’s where games come in. But if you don’t happen to have Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit on hand, you can make a game out of a simple household item that most people have in their kitchen. It’s called the Saran Wrap game, but it’s much more than a game — it’s also a gift-giving extravaganza. All you need is a box of Saran Wrap from the grocery store, prizes (cheap stuff like candy, lottery tickets, fuzzy socks, or you can get crazy and put some gift cards in, too), and a pair of dice.
You take the prizes and wrap them up in the layers of a ball of Saran Wrap with the bigger and better prizes toward the center
While one person begins unwrapping the ball, the next player rolls the dice until they roll doubles. Any and all goodies that you unwrap during your turn are yours to keep, but once the doubles are rolled, the ball is passed to the next player.
Some families make it harder by requiring players to don oven mitts or a blindfold, but as you can see from the video below, it’s fun any way you choose to play it. Plus who doesn’t love extra gifts and a good ten minutes of not having to talk to your family at the end of the day?
No one, that’s who. So grab an extra roll of Saran Wrap during your holiday shopping and bring it to your next Christmas party, just in case.
One family decided to make the game harder by requiring you to wear oven mitts while trying to unwrap the ball!
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We started a new tradition @danielleheitman and I saw floating around FB and highly recommend it! The Saran Wrap ball was filled with things from the travel section AND some cute earrings AND 2 target 🎯 gift cards. My competitive family loved it. Even my grandparents that are in their 80s were getting in to it. So much fun! Kudos to @dlheitman for wrapping them so well! #saranwrapforthewin #familygamenight #saranwrapgame #holidaymemories
Here is a video walkthrough of how to make one:
Here is how you play:
Call everyone to form a circle on the floor (or a circle of chairs):
1. To determine who will hold the saran wrap ball first, the group can choose the youngest or eldest player. He or she will now start to unwrap the ball.
2. While the first player is unwrapping the ball, the player on the left will have to roll 2 dice as fast as possible to get doubles.
3. While the person on the left is rolling the dice, the player holding the ball can rip as many layers as they can until a treat comes out.
4. Once the player on the left rolls doubles, he or she will now be the one to unwrap the ball.
5. Repeat the process until there’s nothing left in the ball.