30 White Elephant Gifts Everyone Will Want to Trade For

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November 03, 2021
By: Taylor Murray
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The white elephant gift party is a time-honored holiday tradition that solves the problem of having to think of and buy innumerous gifts for friends, coworkers, or distant relatives. At a white elephant party, everyone brings one gift and goes home with one gift. Wrapped gifts are placed in a central location and everyone takes turns choosing one. After that, gifts can be "stolen" according to rules that vary from party to party.

Historically, the gift is meant to be hilariously extravagant and impractical gift that was difficult to dispose of (rumor has it the King of Siam used to give albino white elephants to supplicants who had displeased him as they would be ruined by the cost of keeping the animal). These days, the true art of the white elephant gift lies in choosing something gimmicky and fun, likely to put smiles on a few faces and appropriate for a wide range of people. We’ve rounded up 30 great gift ideas that anyone would want. Some are hilarious, others are practical. Either way, no matter what your white elephant party’s budget is, there’s sure to be something perfect on this list.

Making donuts at home is usually a pain and a mess. This little donut maker is different- it works just like a waffle iron. Simply mix up some batter using the included recipe, pop it in, and a few minutes later you have seven mini donuts ready to be frosted and topped.

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Dolly Parton might just be America’s sweetheart and this holiday season, she’s sharing her family sugar cookie recipe in a convenient mix so you don’t have to work 9-to-5 for a sweet treat. Fancy!

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$25.99

Gluten-free or not, everyone will get a kick out of this dough-y, pillow-y bundle of joy.

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Chilly mornings can cool down a hot cup of coffee or tea in no time at all. This funky cup warmer plugs into a USB so it’s good for home or the office.

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Few cookware items can function as a useful tool and a piece of art. A tagine isn’t something everyone would buy themselves, but get one as a gift and a whole new world of slow-roasted, flavorful meals opens up.

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$15.00

Luxury foot massagers can cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily, Target has a fluffy, battery-powered foot massager that can go almost anywhere. Whoever is spending all day making Christmas dinner will definitely want this gift.

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Exotic World sources rare and specialty candy and snack foods from all over the world to sell in their online marketplace. Cheeseburger-flavored potato chips, banana Nesquick, and ume plum Oreos are just some of the cool treats that can come in one of the mystery boxes.

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$29.99

If your White Elephant party seems likely to rage into the wee hours, better bring a gift that will keep the good times rolling. This wireless microphone replaces expensive karaoke machines and comes loaded with millions of songs so everyone can have a holly jolly evening.

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A good set of eco-friendly and uber-adorable nesting containers are great for kitchen storage or snacks on the go.

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A couple of tiny silicone massagers on your thumbs can boost an ordinary at-home massage. Even if you’re not much of a masseuse, these look like tiny, hilarious shoes for your thumbs.

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$29.00

Nobody knows they need a cozy electric blanket until they have one. These electric blankets from Target are so soft and warm, you might just end up picking your own gift.

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$32.00

Leave it to Poketo to make a stylish and functional bento box set that is dishwasher and microwave-safe. Its compact size travels well but is still big enough to hold a full meal between the two compartments. An elastic band holds the compartments together for spill-free travel.

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Come new year everyone will need a new calendar. Why not brighten up their walls with a beautiful floral calendar by Rifle Paper Co?

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$12.99

A cute set of glasses can turn an average drink with friends into a swanky cocktail party. This iridescent set of stemless flutes are fancy without breaking the bank.

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Whoever thought a knife set could be something to look at? A few floral printed knives can elevate basic picnics, dull tabletops, and drab kitchens.

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Are these for marking stinky cheeses or stinky party guests? Either way, this cheeky charcuterie board accessory set is both functional and amusing.

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$24.49

How about a gorgeous cookbook that’s full of delicious Mediterranean recipes? Letitia Clark’s book is packed with sumptuous Sardinian recipes like roasted chicken stuffed with ricotta and chard or mascarpone and sour cherry ice cream, sure to transport you half a world away no matter what the season.

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$32.00

Smock-style aprons are easier on the neck and back than traditional loop-neck style and this stylish option from Poketo is made of durable cotton so it’ll endure the test of time.

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$24.99

Rae Dunn is known for adorable home goods and these storage jars are no exception.

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Mugs can often look like a cop-out at the white elephant party. However, if the mug you bring is as cute as this, you get a free pass.

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The best kind of gifts are those with multiple uses. This painted pie dish would look just as good as a catch-all by the front door as it would holding a bubbling blueberry pie.

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A cute little planter can bring warmth to drab desks, cold windowsills and dreary apartments alike. Pair this with a little succulent and you have the perfect gift for just about anyone.

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We’ve all seen the hilarious videos of an oblivious individual trying to conduct a professional Zoom meeting, all while something absurd is happening in the background. Well, those people didn’t have a friend to gift them a handy mirror to watch their back.

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$19.99

Some may say the perfect man can be hard to find. Luckily, the scent of one comes in a candle for just $20.

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Who doesn’t need a couple of new, well-designed dishcloths to keep around? These woven dishcloths can even be folded to double as coasters.

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This fun little gadget can provide hours of fun. Plug it into a phone or computer to change your voice, make fun audio tracks and more.

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This super cute cookie stamp kit comes with one wood-handled stamper and 15 interchangeable silicone stamps. The simple, easy-to-clean design means that even the most baking-averse can make a sweet treat.

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$25.99

A cheeky holiday flask is sure to put a couple smiles on some faces and, depending on the gathering, might just save someone’s sanity. Be a hero this holiday season and give the gift that keeps on giving.

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Trust us, whoever ends up snagging this microwave egg maker will be the lucky one. Desk breakfasts just got a whole lot better.

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This gimmicky egg separator is a TikTok fan favorite. Be prepared for the teens in the room to fight over it.

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