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Photo: Oleksandra Naumenko (Shutterstock) Exchanging gifts should be the most enjoyable part of the holidays, but anyone who’s gotten roped into a shitshow of a “Secret Santa” gift exchange knows better. Even a well-intentioned gift swap can easily turn into the kind of stressful, tedious, expensive headache that puts you off the idea for life. The difference between a bad gift exchange and a great one isn’t the gifts or even the people involved, though—it’s the level of organization. Everyone knows that gift swaps need an appropriate budget, but other important details are often left up to chance. If your friend group or workplace wants to exchange gifts this holiday season, here’s how to make sure everyone has a good time. Put someone in charge Gift exchanges do not run on spontaneity alone. Anything that requires coordinated effort from multiple people during a very busy time of year needs ground rules and someone to enforce them, so your very first order of business should be electing (or appointing) a team captain. Everyone is busy all the time; unless the entire group is made up of people with a bottomless appetite for gift-giving, someone is bound to forget. Prevent disaster by giving a responsible party the keys to the Elfster account (or the bowl of names) and putting them in charge of communicating deadlines and expectations. Make it opt-in Mandatory gift swaps are totally against the spirit of gift-giving. Even if they weren’t, the holidays are extremely fraught for a […]