Ornament Exchange Party and Funny Gifts Under $20

Pottery Barn has lots of ornaments on sale right now.  The one above is similar to the one I took as a gift to a fun ornament exchange party this week.

 I brought these White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies.
The easy recipe is from my friend, Brandi's blog.  You use packaged cookie mix but the secret ingredient is browned melted butter and added chocolate and cranraisins.

 They were all gone at the party!  But I have half the batter frozen for this weekend when Tommy comes home (Thanks for the tip, Brandi).

Look at the spread Debbie had for us at the ornament exchange party!!  That salad is arugula with creamy burrata cheese.

It's like a white elephant party only with ornaments priced under $15.

I like to give our son Tommy a gag gift from Santa (he appreciates that sort of thing).  Usually, it's "coal" made out of candy.

He may like this Paper Weight.

I already gave Tommy this as a housewarming present at school.
At $26, the Door Mat is a little over the $20 budget.

After two glasses of wine...someone needs to pass me one of these..
Stop Talking Business Cards
Wouldn't it be nice to have one of these in a tedious meeting?

This is a really fun $9 party game (and I hope I get it for Christmas--hint).  You can play for pocket change.   One of my kids said it's also a drinking game.  :/

It is pouring in San Francisco.  We lost electricity for a few hours yesterday so I cancelled my appointments and Chief and I stayed curled up here...

Hope YOU are staying warm and dry!


  1. Hi Mary Ann, I love ornament and fun gift exchanges like this. So fun! Pottery Barn always has cool ornaments!

    Have a great weekend!
    The Arts by Karena

  2. What a fun idea..... next year I want to do a ladies night for something along that line, such a fun reason to get together, the cookies look SO GOOD!

  3. Mary Ann, I am so glad you had such a fun time with your girlfriends. I would love to get my friends together for an ornament exchange party too, hopefully next year! So happy you enjoyed the cookie recipe. Browning the butter makes such a difference, right! Happy Holidays to you and your family. Your gag gift ideas are a lot of fun!!!

  4. Those cookies sound so good...but I dod not need anymore sweets right now! Maybe I will make some for my open house next Sunday....then they will be gone.....

  5. Cute ideas. I love Pottery Barn's ornaments too. Your fire looks so inviting!


  6. I know. Crazy weather isn't it? It was howling winds and pouring rain all morning here in Huntington Beach too. I was thinking about you wondering if it's as bad in SF as they say. BTW--Love the door mat--too funny--and perfect for a college dude like my son.
    have fun cuddling with Chief

  7. looks like a fun party and really fun gifts. I like to get things like that my grown-up kids stockings, Yes, I still do stockings for the grown ups too, they love their stockings more than their gifts. Cookies sound wonderful. Yes, we are staying dry and cozy inside the last few days. You got it much worse in the city than we did out in the burbs. Take care and enjoy that cozy fire.

  8. I love the ornament exchange idea Mary Ann and your suggestions seem all fun!

  9. That food your friend made looks amazing! Yumm!

  10. Fun gift ideas Mary Ann! I will have to look into that game, hopefully my 16 year old does not know it's a drinking game, it looks like a fun one for Christmas night when everyone is sitting around the table. I think snuggling up in front of the fire on a rainy day sounds perfect and hope you enjoyed a lot of that this weekend!

  11. I love ornament swaps! The food looks fabulous, and the gifts are fabulous! I love the Stop Talking cards!
    Happy Sunday.

  12. Great ideas! I know some little boys that might get that "coal" in their stockings! We love LCR… such a fun game! Have a wonderful Christmas.

  13. What a really fun idea, Mary Ann, and can't wait to try those cookies - they sound delicious!!


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