Other Alternatives to a Secret Santa

Last week I posted about a Date with a Book as an alternative to a Secret Santa exchange.  Here are some other ideas from the same Facebook thread:

  1. If allergies are not a problem then a traditional cookie exchange can be fun.  Have each girl bring in a couple dozen cookies and then they get to make up a plate with some of what everyone brought in so they can take home an assortment.
  2. Sock exchange:  Everyone buys one pair of socks to exchange with another girl.  This can be turned into a small service project but asking girls to bring in a second pair of adult socks for a homeless program.
  3. Crafts: You can make a holiday craft but tell the girls in advance they are making their craft for their secret friend.
  4. Holiday cards: Again these can be made in the meeting
  5. Poems: Have each girl write a short poem with positive statements about her secret friend.
  6. Book Exchange: I imagine this would run similar to the ones from Words in Action.  Have each girl bring in two books they are finished with.  They pick out one they haven’t read to take home and the rest are donated.
  7. Stuff Exchange: similar to the book exchange but for DVDs, toys etc.

Blind Date with a Book

There was recently a great discussion on Facebook about alternatives to Secret Santa at the holiday times.  This can be especially important if you have girls in your unit who don’t celebrate Christmas or who come from economically disadvantaged families.  Even if this is not the case, one friend of mine’s daughter was in 5 or 6 Secret Santas between school and club etc.

Blind Date with a Book

Each girl picks out a book they have read but are now done with.   They wrap it in plan paper or newsprint.  On the outside they write a short summery.  Ideally they do this in a way that says something about the book without giving away what the book is.  Girls can pick a book they like the looks of based on the description on the outside.  Hopefully everyone leaves with a book they haven’t read yet.

This could also make a great Valentine’s Day meeting

Be Together

These videos are all part of Android’s Be Together. Not the Same campaign.  They would make a great jumping off point for a discussion of social exclusion and/or bullying.

This one looks at unlikely friendships in the animal world

In this video they ask the question, what would music sound like if all 88 keys on the piano were the same.

In this video they examine a friendship between scissors, paper and rock.  It is my personal favourite.

Finally, this video shows a whole lot of fingerprints expressing their individuality and then heading to the same party.

Cybercitizen Challenge

The Cybercitizen challenge is a smaller challenge that could easily be completed in one meeting or it could be done as part of the Computer Skills badge.  If you don’t have any Internet access at your meeting place you might be more limited as to which parts of the challenge your unit completes so an off-site meeting might also be a consideration.