4-6 — (3-4 with the Merry Little Christmas rule variant)
Have the most cards in your Present Pile at the end of the game or discover the True Spirit of Giving.
These rules are perfect for a more intimate group of 3-4 friends. Draw cards according to the following table when setting up the game:
In this mode, players are allowed to give two presents to each other player, so make sure to keep track of those Gift Tags! You cannot wrap another Present for a player if you already have a wrapped Present to them under the Tree. Players who are Frenemies become friends again after unwrapping Presents from each other.
Score the end of the game following the base rules. However, players must have given every other player 2 Presents and still have an empty Present Pile to discover the True Spirit of Giving.
Feel like making The Spirit of Giving an integral part of your next holiday party? Try playing a game over the course of a whole evening!
Set up the game as usual, but set a timer to half an hour and leave the table at the start of the Discussion phase. (Make sure to remember where you were sitting!) Carry your hand with you as you mingle — you'll need to reference it as you conspire and carouse with your fellow players. Feel free talk to other players in private, but remember that you still cannot show them your hand. In All Through the Night, you are not allowed to play Naughty cards during the Discussion phase.
Once the timer rings, return to your seats and play through the Goodwill, Wrapping, and Unwrapping phases as normal. After completing the round, reset the timer and go back to mingling for another Discussion phase. Play in this way until the game ends.
If you want to really raise the stakes, try offering some actual presents as prizes for the victors!