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White Elephant Gifts Ideas

Dominate the White Elephant Game with these Unique Gifts

Bring the White Elephant gift everyone wants to steal

As the Christmas season rolls around you might be invited to (or host) a White Elephant gift exchange party. If you’re not familiar with White Elephant, also known as Yankee Swap or Dirty Santa, it’s where friends, family or co-workers get together for a holiday party and exchange (and steal!) fun gifts. 

Everyone will leave with a gift but it is very likely your favorite might get stolen from another participant.  Don’t you want to be the one who brought the most sought after best white elephant gift to the holiday party?

The key here is finding a White Elephant gift with wow factor.  It should have a quirky, unique or funny element to it.  Every time I’ve been at a White Elephant game it has been an absolute hoot, with everyone laughing or scrambling to steal the coolest gift. It’s a perfect ice-breaker if you have people together who don’t know each other well. Our gift guide should help you find that “just right” gift that everyone wants!

BeKind Good Vibes 6 Scented Candles Set

Mood-setting aromatherapy candle unique gift set – You’ll experience fragrances that are uplifting, relaxing, breezy, chill, bold, subtle, wild, and refined. The BeKind candles bulk set of 6 includes The Cherry Blossom, The Mountain Pine Tree, The Tropical Ocean, The Wild Bluebell, Geranium & Basil, and Gentleman. 

(Under $25)

Married Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book

Being married isn’t all wine and roses. Many times it’s dinner at Applebee’s followed by a trip to Home Depot. Your relationship has been through so many battles and come out the other side intact. You deserve a standing ovation or, at the very least, this lovely coloring book. What better way to celebrate than colouring with the love of your life?

(Under $10)

World’s Okayest Employee Coffee Mug

Most everyone at the office party will enjoy this one. Possibly more so if the boss snags it. 

(Under $12)

Golden Girls Shot Glasses

Want to feel like part of the golden girls? Pick your favorite golden girl and play the golden girl drinking game! The front of each of the 4 glasses will feature Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia, while the back provides individual instructions for each golden girl on how to participate in one of the most entertaining drinking games around!

(Under $25)

2020 Dumpster Fire “Everything is Fine” Ceramic Ornament

2020 has been a year to remember (or forget!) Commemorate this dumpster fire of a year with this hilarious ceramic Christmas ornament.

(Under $16)

Poo-Pourri Before-You-go Toilet Spray, Secret Santa Scent

Get a one-way ticket to the nice list by leaving the toilet smelling better than you found it. Smell good for goodness sake with this pure blend of cinnamon, vanilla and citrus natural essential oils that eliminates bathroom odor before it begins by creating a barrier on the water’s surface. It’s a spritzer miracle!

(Under $12)

Friendship Candle 

 “Our friendship is like this candle. If you forget me, I’ll burn your house down”

This 100% natural soy friendship candle will burn 50 hrs (please mind the house!) and has a lovely, relaxing lavender scent. 

(Under $25)

FRIENDS Style 2020 Christmas Ornament

“The One Where we were Quarantined” double sided ornament. 2020 will definitely be a year to remember! Whether you’re celebrating together or staying apart, mark the occasion of this unique Christmas with this special lockdown gift.

(Under $10)

Uncommon Goods

Mercury Retrograde Protection Candle


Burn away any bad Mercury-in-retrograde vibes with this super soothing candle. Laden with stress-relieving flowers like lavender and chamomile, plus crystals like blue kyanite and quartz, perfect for anyone needing a quiet moment to recharge. After 2020, aren’t we all?

(Under $30)

Da Bomb Bath “F” Bomb Bath Fizzer 

Dissolve stress & melt away frustrations. This fragrant fizzer is designed to do just that. So the next time you’re at the end of your rope, drop an “F” bomb – in your bath that is.  Hold it in your hand as it dissolves because there’s a fun little surprise inside.

(Under $6)

2021 Carpe F*cking Diem Planner: 17-Month Weekly Organizer

Packed with profanity and lots of funny, swearing stickers for adults, this sarcastic and humorous carpe diem swear planner says it like it is while keeping you organized. It’s time to cut the crap with a motivational, badass calendar so you can get sh*t done all year―maybe swearing will help! 

(Under $20)

A F*cking 2021 Calendar: Get Your Sh*t Together This Year – Includes Stickers!

Time to get your sh*t together. It’s a f*cking 2021 calendar!

Packed with profanity and over 200 swearing stickers, this sarcastic and humorous adult wall calendar says it like it is while keeping you organized. Hang it on your own wall or give it as a white elephant or gag gift. It’s time to let it out, cut the crap, and (maybe) swearing will help!

(Under $15)

Funny Memo Pads 

Utterly honest take on adulting life. This notepad has little sayings like, “I’m not even trying anymore,” for the optimist among your friends.  Remind them that everything will be OK regardless of worries with these super honest paper notepads from Guajolote Prints.

(Under $15)

Dear Asshole: 101 Tear-Out Letters to the Morons Who Muck Up Your Life

Ever wish you could leave a nasty note for that jerk in the Hummer who blocked you in, or the idiot who didn’t clean up after his dog? Now you can! Dear Asshole includes 101 letters to all of the assholes you encounter on a daily basis, each letter conveniently perforated so you can tear it out and give it to the desired offender. 

(Under $15)

Drunk Stoned or Stupid [A Party Game]

DRUNK STONED OR STUPID includes 250 cards to decide who in the group is most likely to… “#1 Wake up with half a burrito in bed”, “#27 Have 20-minute conversation with Siri” and “#147 Shame people for going to bed”. Over 1 million copies sold!

(Under $20)

Gourmet Goodies Christmas Basket

This gourmet candy gift basket for Christmas contains chocolates, cookies, candy and waffles. If you are looking to have the most sought after White Elephant Gift then look no further than this delightfully delicious gift basket.

(Under $25)

Sriracha Keychain Gift Pack 

This is the most useful product on this list, guaranteed. I’ll be honest, I bought one for myself! Grab a Sriracha keychain set for your White Elephant gift exchange.  Your co-worker’s flavorless desk lunch will thank you.

(Under $20)

The Chef’s Portable Multi-Tool 

This multi-tool truly has everything but the kitchen sink. Crafted from durable, rust-resistant stainless steel, the design includes ten tools in one: Cheese grater, Zester, Garlic crusher, Peeler, Carving fork, Stirring spoon, Corkscrew, Bottle opener, Channel knife, Serrated knife, Small paring knife and Can opener

(Under $30)

The Good Hurt Fuego: A Hot Sauce Gift Set 

Chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things, this hot sauce is sure to be a crowd favorite. This hot sauce gift set includes 7 different hot sauces inspired by exotic flavors and peppers from around the world, and really fun packaging.

(Under $35)

Hedgehog Cheese Grater 

Adorable hedgehog cheese grater adds form and function to your kitchen. High quality, made in Germany. Perfect gift for the hedgehog lover in your life!

(Under $15)

50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls!

Curious about cock? You’re not the only one. Once revered for his virility and strength, the rooster has taken a back seat to the hen in more recent years. With recipes like Risotto Cock Balls and Cock-o’s, “50 Ways to Eat Cock” is a fun and inventive chicken cookbook that takes a revealing look at the folklore, history, culinary culture and nutritional benefits of this well-endowed ingredient.

(Under $15)

Cactus Coaster Set

Protecting your surfaces has never been so cute. Six piece cactus coaster set can be put together in a variety of ways, and doubles as an artful display piece.

(Under $12)

Nickelodeon Cartoon 1990’s Lunchbox

Brown-bagging it has never been so cool! This reusable, insulated retro 90’s Nickelodeon Cartoon Lunch Bag will keep you and your COOL. Eco-Friendly, and sure to put a smile on their face.  This is a wonderful and unique Nickelodeon gift for anyone who loves 90s cartoons!

(Under $20)

Gameboy Heat Changing Coffee Mug

Enjoy retro refreshment while gaming with this Nintendo Game Boy heat change mug. Simply add a hot drink to see the screen of the classic handheld console load up with a game.

(Under $15)

Cards Against Humanity: 90s Nostalgia Pack 

The scummiest card game around got an expansion pack designed for anyone who can’t let the ’90s go. Long live Rachel hair and JNCO jeans.

(Under $6)

Bob Ross game

‘Bob Ross: the Art of Chill’ Board Game 

“Just gonna paint a happy little tree right here…and he’s gonna need a lil firend.” A hero among us, Bob Ross inspired generations of amateur painters and partakers. This game encapsulates all that chill-ness.

(Under $15)

Tortilla Blanket

Once that cold weather hits, everyone in our house basically turns into a blanket-wrapped burrito, so you might as well look the part! This round tortilla blanket — available in 4 sizes— soft and cozy, as well as hilarious, making it the perfect white elephant gift! 

(Under $25)

LED Smart Light Bulb with Bluetooth Speaker and APP Control 

This lightbulb doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, turning any lamp or light fixture into a music machine. Let your contribution be the sleeper agent of the gift exchange by putting the bulb in different packaging and waiting to explain what makes it special, then watch the audiophiles scramble to take it home.

(Under $20)

Tiny Lampshade Nightlight for Smartphone

This tiny lampshade will turn any smartphone into a fun and stylish night light. Just cling it onto your phone, launch your flashlight app, and let there be light!

(Under $15)

Cannabis Odor Eliminating Candle + Spray 

Because you know somebody’s home is in desperate need of this candle and room spray bundle. Clean-burning smoke odor candle removes unwanted smoke smells, reliably and naturally; smoke spray acts instantly to deodorize fabric, surfaces, and the air.

(Under $20)

Liquid Courage Glass Spirits Decanter

Lift spirits with a distinctly different decanter the reads, Liquid Courage: A Good Idea at the Time. Beautiful decanter is crafted from hand blown Laboratory glass with mirror finish gold lettering. Packaged in a colorful gift box, this makes the perfect white elephant gift that someone will truly enjoy.

(Under $20)

Happy Hour in The Shower – Shower Beer Holder

A white elephant gift for whoever has their priorities in order: not beer before shower, but beer during shower. This beer holder ticks to any shiny surface without a suction cup, keepin’ it classy.

(Under $15)

Sipski Wine Suction Holder 

Have a glass of wine handy, anywhere you want it: Marble Grey platform designed for use near jacuzzis, saunas, office bathrooms, lumber yards, church pews, Chamber of Commerce meetings, or snowmobile windshields.

(Under $15)

Tipsy Tubes – Secret Flasks

Looking for that Perfect Party Gift? Secret Santa or White Elephant? Tipsy Tubes Guarantees that your Gift Gives that Special Smile.

  • Three 8 oz. incognito flasks. Realistic looking Sunscreen, bronze & hair gel. Great for the Pool, Theater, Festivals, Golf Course, Beach, Sporting Events, Concerts and Cruises.
  • 24 total ounces or 16 shots! Flasks are Designed to hold enough for you and your friends in one backpack.

(Under $12)

Margarita FREEZE Insulated Gel Chiller Glasses Set

On Taco Tuesdays and beyond, they can stick these two margarita glasses in the freezer to ensure that their margarita, daiquiri, or other boozy blend stays frozen from start to finish. The proprietary cooling gel freezes solid inside the double-walled chamber, providing thermal insulation that keeps your drinks cold for longer.

(Under $25)

Wine Condom

Sure to put a smile, or awkward expression on even the most uptight wine snobs face, wine condoms are about being functional and fun. Set the mood with a bottle of wine and this silly yet practical beverage storage solution.

(Under $15)

Stainless Steel Beverage Coasters with Built-In Bottle Openers

This set of beer themed coasters pull double-duty with handy built-in bottle openers. The coasters are made of durable stainless steel and designed to last a lifetime. Each coaster features a bottle opener with a whimsical graphic on the front, and a rubber base that protects all surfaces from moisture.

(Under $20)

Vintage Wall Mounted Wooden Bottle Opener with Cap Catcher

This rustic looking wall bottle opener is a perfect addition for anyone who loves a beer. High-quality rust proof bottle opener with wooden base and cap collector. Perfect for any man cave, bar, pub, kitchen, patio, cabin and so on. 

(Under $15)

THE Moose Mug

You too can now enjoy your eggnog in a Moose Mug just like Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation. These replica Christmas Vacation Moose Mugs are officially licensed by Warner Bros. Studios. Each high quality, yet affordably priced mug is individually made from hand molded glass. 


(Under $20)

‘A Christmas Story’ Leg Lamp Nightlight 

“It says Fragi-LAY, must be Italian!” People are sure to get a kick out of this leg lamp plug-in. Pun intended. A Christmas Story Leg Lamp night light has an on/off switch and plugs into standard outlet; bulb included. Leg lamp night light measures 8″ tall and comes in a decorative box ready for gift-giving.

(Under $20)

Crap Taxidermy

A humorous book about what happens when taxidermy goes terribly wrong. A relaxed toad enjoying a smoke and a brew. A cat with eerily flexible front legs. A smiling lion with receding gums. Whether you choose to laugh or cringe at these spectacularly bad attempts at taxidermy, you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the curiosities inside.

(Under $12)

In My Humble Opinion Journal

In a handy pocket-sized format, this candid and curmudgeonly titled journal provides the perfect place to record your profound (and correct!) musings wherever you go. Includes over 70 thought-provoking quotes of psychological realism. This journal is a great gift for highly opinionated people including yourself.

(Under $20)

Oak Cheese Board Set with 4 Knives and Slide Out Drawer

Having a luxurious wine and cheese party doesn’t have to expensive. 2020 has been the year for small get togethers, and this oak cheese tray is the perfect addition. Made from high-quality oak and durable stainless steel blades, this white elephant gift is sure to be sought after!

(Under $25)

Reese’s White Chocolate Peanut Butter White Elephant

Finally, a White Elephant gift that everyone will vie for! The classic peanut butter filling you love, wrapped in white crème and molded into an unmistakable shape this Reese’s White Elephant is perfect for any holiday party!

(Under $15)

White Elephant Mug with Tea Bag Holder

For those who like to be a little on the nose (or trunk) a true “white elephant” gift. This adorable 15 oz. ceramic white elephant mug will even hold your tea bag for you!

(Under $12)

Elephant White Ceramic Succulent Planter

Last, but not least, this  literal white elephant. Perfect for planting succulents, herbs & small plants in your home or office, and it will win you the prize for most groan-inducing white elephant gift of the year.

(Under $10)

Happy White Elephant gift-giving (and stealing!)

Don’t forget the wrapping! How you wrap the gift is half the fun, and where the mind games come in to play. People usually won’t “steal” a plain looking gift, but everyone want the big glittery box with a bow! 

The first White Elephant exchange I went to had a gorgeously ornate box, velvet ribbon, sparkly poinsettia on top, the whole nine yards. Everyone wanted that gift! It was stolen over and over again. Meanwhile there was a plain brown box that got passed up until the end. The ornate box contained a roll of toilet paper, and the plain box had a really nice bottle of bubbly in it. I’ll never forget that trick, really added to the laughter and excitement of the game.

Which is a good reminder; there are several variations of rules for both White Elephant and Yankee Swap, we suggest you pick the guidelines you like, then print and cover the rules with the group before starting to prevent confusion. (I’ve literally had co-workers arguing over the rules before!) Here’s the “official rules” according to elephantrules.com, with variations. Happy holidays! 

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