’Tis the season for holiday gift giving. And what’s the best kind of holiday gift giving? White Elephant, of course! (Don’t @ us.) Here, everything you need to know about this fun gift swap concept.
39 White Elephant Gifts for Just About Everyone, from a Boozy Card Game to a Mini Pool Table
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What Is a White Elephant Gift?
In case you’re not familiar with the concept, allow us to give you the gist. Each participant brings a wrapped present and anonymously puts it into a pile, so no one knows who brought what. Everyone draws a number to determine when each partygoer gets to pick a present. The first person chooses a gift, opens it and shows it off for everyone to see. The next person has a choice: They can steal that gift or pick a new one to open. The higher the number you pick, the more gift options you have to snatch away.
Whether you call it a White Elephant, Yankee Swap or Dirty Santa, the objective is the same: to take home the best gift. And with a generally small budget (between $25 and $50 is the sweet spot), that’s not always the easiest feat. This year, be the clear winner by bringing the gift that everyone fights to get their hands on. And if you take home your own present at the end? Well, then you played it right.
Any self-respecting white elephant aficionado knows that the more obscure the gifts, the more fun the game. So with that in mind, behold our good-time-guaranteed picks for your holiday party needs.
A thick, cozy set of socks is a great gift in general, but these have a low price point that make them a perfect white elephant gift. They have an oversized, slouchy fit, too.
This dainty heart-shaped leaf cutting will be the star of the show among all the plant lovers at your White Elephant exchange.
Stick this sample-sized set of some of Drunk Elephant's best-sellers in your friend's white elephant pool and you’ll definitely make her holiday a little brighter.
There’s no kernel left behind with this personal popper.
Lather up and shampoo with this massager, or just use it to relax after pulling out your ponytail.
A cute wine bottle opener is always a safe bet for a gift.
Tiger King fans are going to go wild over this saucy Joe Exotic puzzle.
Because there’s always at least one guest who can’t keep a houseplant alive no matter how hard she tries.
A heart-shaped waffle is bound to make breakfast taste even better.
Regular ice cube trays don’t suffice when it comes to an aesthetically pleasing glass of whiskey.
We can all relate to the mood of this cute coffee mug, right?
This stand allows you to charge multiple gadgets without the dreaded cord tangle.
Turn their home into a spa with these relaxing essential oil steamers.
Play alone or with your work BFF if you’re back in the office.
A fun, boozy card game for nights in with friends.
For the Friends fanatic who loves an iconic Monica reference.
You can never have too many blankets, and this one comes in 26 colors.
Get ready for a fun New Year’s Eve party.
Pen turned putter? Talk about a fun work distraction.
You can be sure the lucky recipient will break it in before you break down the party.
Word on the street is, if your shot looks cuter it will go down more smoothly (that’s what we hope anyway).
Reading your horoscope is so much more fun when you actually understand your signs.
Bring this one to a family party to get a read on who thinks what through all of the generations.
Because everyone’s shower singing sounds better when it isn’t done a cappella.
All night runners and dog walkers alike should have one of these arm bands.
Your bananas look adorable while staying fresh a few days longer.
29. Plush Uterus
Come on, this little plushie is crazy cute.
Keep refrigerated and lay these on your peepers in the mornings to reduce puffiness and bring relief to sore, tired eyes.
Throw the Insta-obsessed friend in your life for a loop with this little vintage number.
Because regular knives can’t get every drop of peanut butter.
These dice make deciding what to watch on date night a whole lot easier.
Upgrade your boring slippers with a pair that looks like you’re walking around in loaves of bread.
We’re nuts for these can parkas. Now our hands can stay warm while our White Claws keep cool.
This clever gadget will continuously stir the sauce while the chef stands back and sips on wine…how cool is that?
Relieve some stress by coloring intricate patterns to create a beautiful image. Yes, it really does feel relaxing.
Here, a whimsical home for holiday candy that’s sure to sweeten any office space long after the festivities come to an end.
When the weather outside is frightful…(you get the idea).