Saran Wrap Ball Game Gift Ideas

I kept seeing videos of families playing the Saran Wrap ball game a few weeks ago and decided to try it out myself. From what I’ve heard, there are several versions you can play. The gist is that you wrap up small gifts in a Saran Wrap ball and take turns unwrapping it to reveal the prizes inside.

A few nights ago, Aaron and I played this when we had Christmas with some of our good friends. It was a BLAST! It took my friend, Laura, and I over two hours and almost 300 ft of Saran Wrap to prep the ball. To start the game, we rolled a dice and the person with the highest number started it off. While the starter tried to find the edge of the Saran Wrap, the person next in line used two dice and tried to roll doubles. Once they got doubles, the ball passed to them immediately. The person unwrapping the ball before the next player rolled doubles got to keep any of the prizes revealed during that time. If anyone ripped the Wrap (accidental or not) had to pass the ball immediately.

We posted a video of our game and I’ve since had several people ask what kind of gifts to include. I’ve included a list of ideas below. I think some people assume you have to include only flat, flexible items so it does seem limiting. However, after actually doing the wrapping, we figured out that you include all kinds of odd shaped items and it all evens out in the end if you are strategic about how you place them. And if not, is anyone going to really care about a lumpy ball?! 🤣🤷‍♀️

Another tip… it may seem like some of your layers of Saran Wrap aren’t wrapped tightly enough. It’s hard to get some of it to lay flat. However, once you keep layering stuff on top of it, it compresses down and all works out fine. When we played the game, I don’t think there were ever any obvious edges.

Gift Ideas:

  • Cash/coins
  • Candy
  • Stickers
  • Games (fidget spinner, dice, deck of cards, etc…)
  • Chapstick
  • Travel tissues or wet wipes
  • Small toys (yo-yo, slinky, etc…)
  • Gift cards
  • Socks
  • Beef jerky
  • Sleep mask
  • Koozie
  • Candy canes
  • Notepad
  • Lanyard
  • Bubble bath
  • Mini bottles of alcohol
  • Lottery tickets
  • Car air fresheners
  • Hot cocoa packets
  • Flavored water powder
  • Hair ties
  • Jewelry
  • Hand lotion
  • Scarf
  • Popcorn bags
  • Luggage tag
  • Phone charger
  • Beanie
  • Bath bomb
  • Ornament
  • Nail file
  • Small tools
  • Bottle opener
  • Play doh
  • Wine topper
  • Unique ice packs
  • Selfie stick
  • Shower cap
  • Instant coffee packs
  • Stress ball
  • Key chain
  • Lint roller
  • Coasters

Funny Ideas:

  • Make a roll of toilet paper the center gift
  • Throw in something funny like XXL underwear or a diaper in the layers
  • Include layers of Saran Wrap that have nothing in them
  • Hide layers of the ball to keep the inside a mystery! After you’ve wrapped several layers, cover the ball in colored tissue paper, tp, or a large flexible gift like car towels or a scarf. Pictured below is an example of a scarf layer:

There are SO many options. This is definitely going to become an annual game for our friends and family!

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Saran Wrap Ball Game Gift Ideas

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