5 Alternatives to the Cookie Swap

Whether it’s a cookie swap, gingerbread house making party, or any other holiday gathering that centers around food, the nature of these events can make it difficult for those with food allergies to attend. So we invite you to start a new tradition that focuses on other fun aspects of the holidays. Invite your friends, provide some snacks that are safe for you, and ask them to bring the drinks!


  1. Craft club

Pick a simple craft, like making snow globes and ornaments, cross-stitching, or painting a small canvas, and invite your friends over to get creative together!

  1. Wrapping party

Wrapping presents is so much more fun when you can chat and hang out with your friends at the same time. Plus you can trade wrapping paper, and lend each other a hand at tying ribbons!

  1. Holiday movie marathon

Rent your favorite holiday film and invite your friends over to watch. Encourage everyone to wear comfy clothes and provide safe snacks and drinks for the crowd.

  1. Minute to Win It”-styled game party

There are tons of ideas online for simple, holiday-themed games to play with friends. You can ask each person to be responsible for bringing supplies for one game, and then challenge each other to see who comes out on top!

  1. Holiday decoration swap

Do you have old decorations, or ones that you’re tired of using year after year? Ask all of your friends to bring a few items that they would like to swap, and then trade them out for new ones!

Any of these ideas is sure to be a fresh and inclusive experience for everyone attending. Focus on the fun and not the food, and you’re sure to have a great time!

Related: Thinking Outside the Gingerbread House

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