White Elephant gift exchanges, or as some call them, Yankee Swaps or Greed, are about as popular as ugly Christmas sweater parties. Gifts for these exchanges can be hard to choose because there are often a variety of people participating and you may have to gear the appropriateness around the type of party: office, family, friends, all ages, etc. Some gifts are just recycled over and over, year after year because they are just too wacky to use for anything else, while others are fun and functional. Some of these are great for Secret Santa gifts too
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The Best White Elephant Gifts for all parties
Officially Licensed National Lampoons Christmas Vacation Glass Moose Mug Who wouldn’t want to drink their favorite beverage out of this moose mug from the iconic movie?
Leg Lamp Nightlight It’s fun and fra-gi-lay, and an iconic Christmas memory
Blanket Hoodie Perfect for the person who is always cold and wants to watch hours of Disney+ or Netflix.
Mermaid Pillow These are kind of mesmerizing. It (should) be the most petted thing at the party. Must purchase the pillow insert separately. You can also find these at most dollar stores and big box stores.
Paint Your Own Rubber Duck Include a yummy bottle of bubble bath with this fun gift for all ages. Throw in a bath bomb or two for some extra fun.
Latex Unicorn Head Mask So many uses for this, or hardly any at all.
Nap Sack Sleep Hood This is actually just the empty box for a fake funny product – you can put whatever you want in the box and tell them they can’t open it until the game is over.
Knock Knock Citation Nifty Note Pad These funny notepads cover a variety of topics from apologies, to pep talk notes, to awesome citations.
Inflatable Unicorn Horn Paired with Unicorns Are Jerks: a coloring book exposing the cold, hard, sparkly truth – $7.89. Because, unicorns.
Dashboard Jesus paired with Dancing with Jesus: Featuring a Host of Miraculous Moves. Have the man upstairs watch over the recipient while they drive AND teach them dance moves. (but not dancing while driving)
DIY: Make a white elephant. If you want to be literal, make a elephant from a white towel as your gift. You can always add a bottle of wine or some body wash.
DIY: Christmas-themed tic tacs with an easy printable. Throw in an ornament or seasonally-scented candle to round it out.
White Elephant Gifts For the Office
World’s Okayest Employee Coffee Mug Who doesn’t qualify to use this mug sometimes…like on Mondays or Wednesdays.
Kinetic Sand (various prices in stores). A great stress reliever, even for adults! This would be awesome to have at your desk.
The No Button Says ‘No’ in 10 Different Variations Because sometimes you want to say no when you know you have to say yes.
The Official BS Button Call it like it is – that is, if this would be okay in your workplace.
Knock Knock Citation Nifty Note Pad The office citation pad variety is perfect for passive aggressive note passing. Hopefully none of the notes find their way to your desk!
Novelty Push Pins – Nessie When used in a line, they look like the Loch Ness monster.
Dinosaurs with Jobs: A Coloring Book Throw in some colored pencils and it’s a great gift for break time
Adorable Succulent Vase Flower Pots This is adorable! Check out the other options that show up at the link.
DIY: Bottle of Chill Pills – Use this template for a printable label to create a bottle of chill pills. Fill it with M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces, and hope your dramatic office mate gets the hint.
Fun, but Functional White Elephant Gifts
Microwave S’mores Maker Pair it with some graham crackers, marshmallows, Hershey’s bars, and Reese’s Cups so they can make some right away!
Microwave Bacon Cooker Include a couple of packs of bacon and hope they will cook some up right then!
State-shaped (or USA-shaped) cutting board Wrap it up with some cheese or snacks
Skull Egg Mold Mornings aren’t for everyone.
Giant Candy Bars These 1 lb candy bars come in several varieties and are also available at most stores this time of year. It’s great for a last minute gift that you know people will fight over!
Socks: If you can read this, bring me a (blank) Prop your feet up and hope someone brings you your favorite beverage (beer, wine, vodka, coffee, and pizza are options; may have to scroll down on this page) Check reviews and shipping time before you purchase – there are lots of options.
Sriracha 2 Go Keychain Because sometimes you just need spice.
Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster Easiest way to enjoy some franks
Gift cards: yes, it’s boring. But if you forgot to get anything else, grab a gift card and stick it on a bag of candy or cookies or something else you can find in the grocery store. Here are 69-plus gift card bonus offers.
DIY: Bottle of Bailey’s, a bag of cocoa mix or coffee, and a snuggly throw blanket
Body & Toilet Humor White Elephant Gifts (not for those who are offended easily)
Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray Everybody goes. You don’t have to smell it. This stuff honestly works.
Pooping Dogs Funny Gift Calendar SO awkward.
I Pooped Bathroom Guest Book Sign in before you go…but wash first!
Fanny Bank Funny Farting Coin Drop Bank Funny way to save money.
Toilet Mug Who’s the biggest potty mouth?
Weiner Kleener Soap It’s a solution they didn’t know they needed.
Funny Toilet Paper Pair it with some Poo Spray
Squatty Potty It was on Shark Tank, so you know it’s legit! People swear by it!
DIY: Homemade Poo-free spray. Call it Poo Gone. It’s simple: 1 tsp rubbing alcohol 30-40 drops essential oil(s), and water in a small spray bottle.
Adults only White Elephant Gifts
Bracelet Flask This also falls in the “fun by functional” category!
Coloring for Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book Kids shouldn’t have all the fun.
Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Cooler Keep your beer bottle cold and spill proof with this portable bottle holder.
Road Rage Megaphone Adults Only!!! Who couldn’t use this?!
Accoutrements Emergency Underpants If you’re in a pinch…
Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass “I only had one glass!”
DIY: Ho & Me Mug If you’re crafty.
Party Games Gifts
The Voting Game Adult Card Game Group card game that uncovers the sometimes disturbing, sometime risqué, but always hilarious truths behind your friendships.
Movie Quotes Drinking Game With 54 movies cards with three quotes from each film. Also, contains one piece of dice.
Pop Culture Trivia – A Game About Fashions Fads and Crazes – Features 220 Cards with Over 800 Questions and Answers – (Ages 12+)
Santa VS Jesus The Epic Party Game “Who rules Christmas? Santa or Jesus?” Well, it’s time to decide once and for all in SANTA VS JESUS ® – the hilariously EPIC Christmas party card game! Ages 15+ for 4-16 players.
KinderPerfect – The Hilarious Parents Party Card Game New adult party card game for awesome parents inspired by Cards Against Humanity and too much wine.
I Should Have Known That! Trivia Game An addictively entertaining trivia game with over 400 questions about things that you should know. Ages 14+.
80’s 90’s Trivia Relive the glory days of Michael Jordan, Iron Maiden, Ghetto Blasters, and Nintendo.
What has been your favorite white elephant gift to give or receive?
When all else fails, know your audience. Do the majority of people like beer, wine, or liquor? A gift of (or including) booze will definitely be sought after. Are all ages included? Go for a more appropriate board game like Apples to Apples or Catchphrase, or something funny but appropriate from above. Unsure of the group’s interests or beliefs? Fun food and beverage are a good option, like Ice Cream Sundae basket, Movie snacks basket, or other fun or gourmet food options. TJ Maxx and Marshalls are great places to look for ideas, including gadgets or gourmet food.
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