I'd be totally in for making a game of the mystery gifts, too. You know, a group of 5 people each chip in $10 a month for 5 months, and each month a different person gets the mystery box. Something along those lines.
The original idea is interesting I'll have to think about it. For now I'm going to go away before Janine and Badger make me laugh so much I have an asthma attack.