The game can be played with any excuse whenever two requirements occur:
It is frequently played in closed circles in certain regions, and it is frequently the star in meals and Christmas celebrations. The final distribution can be made in a particula address or in a public place: restaurants, bars, etc.
Recently, on difficult times, it is one of the best alterativesto optimize the expanses on presents. The budged can be fixed in advance and the expense does not depend on the number of friends or relatives you have. In this way, each person will get a "decent" present and not several of little value and/or questionable taste.
The best think for this game,is playing it any festivity, like Christmas, when presents are made.
It was necessary that the players had a meeting some weeks before the date when the presents must be made. The organizer used to write down the names of every player in little papers that were introduced in a bag or a box. Later, each one introduced one hand in turns and selected the " secret friend" that should receive a present. The one who got his own name, should put it back in the bag and try again, unless he was the last one to chose, and then the draw had to be done one more time.
Now, on this web we have virtual "papers" and everyone can get them from their own sofa, although the process is essentially the same, with the exception that it is impossible to get your own name on the draw, so that it will never be repeated.
Finally, all the players meet on the agreed date and the presents are laid on the same place. After that, any person (can be started by the organizer) takes a present which is handed over according to its card. The receiver must open it in front of evreryone and proceed in the same way. And so on until all the presents are finished. In the end, anyone can make a speech and a toast.
The possible variants of the invisible friend are left to the initiative of the organizers or participants: