This year for for my family's Christmas party the elders decided that exchanging names and giving gifts was no longer the way we were doing things. Instead, we would be giving a $10 ornament and playing an exchange game.
While I'm not a fan of this kind of thing, because it takes away the idea of picking something specifically for someone. At the same time if means that I don't have to struggle to figure out something and then worry if the person I was matched up with would like it or not.
That said, as soon as I heard it was a ornament exchange, I knew what I had to do.