30 White Elephant Gifts Everyone Will Want to Trade For

Be the MVP of your gift exchange with these fun, food-themed gifts!

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these affiliate links.
October 26, 2022
By: Taylor Murray

Related To:

Officially, there’s no such thing as a winner at a white elephant gift exchange. Unofficially, however, there’s always one gift that is coveted above all others. While the gift-givers are typically anonymous in this fun holiday tradition, you’ll know in your heart if you brought a winning gift or a total dud. We looked around for this year’s best white elephant gifts at all price points, so you can rule this year’s office Christmas party no matter what the budget.

A well-placed pun never fails to bring some holiday cheer, and all the party-goers will get a kick out of this “bootle” bottle opener.

Buy It

Is it practical? Maybe not. Do we know what Bob Ross has to do with waffles? Not really. But we do know you can make a happy little breakfast with this comical waffle maker.

Buy It

Have you ever wished for more eggplant-scented items? This candle smells as great as it looks and the dish can be reused after the candle is empty.

Buy It

Pastry lovers will get a rise (pun intended) out of this croissant-shaped lamp. This handmade light runs on batteries, so you can take it anywhere your heart desires.

Buy It

Keeping a stick of butter at room temperature on the counter makes life so easy when eating a piece of sourdough or making breakfast. This quirky butter-shaped butter dish is just the container for housing such a kitchen essential.

Buy It

Napkin rings can really make a statement at a dinner party, and there’s no table that isn’t dressed up by this bit of finery. A few fruit-themed napkin rings are great for any occasion.

Buy It

A cozy koozie? These beer (or other canned beverage) koosies are stylish and practical for drinking a cold drink on a chilly winter night without getting your hands cold.

Buy It

Some people take pasta as seriously as life and death. Divine a carb-loaded future with the Pasta Tarot Deck, a 78-card deck with cards like Corta, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Corleone.

Buy It

Wear your heart on your sleeve (or hat) with this cheese dad cap. This small-batch company has hats of all kinds with other delicious foods, like mortadella and lasagna.

Buy It

Some things make good gifts simply because no one would ever buy one for themselves. The Better Breader is a complete breading station kitchen tool that makes breading foods for frying easy and mess-free.

Buy It

Sometimes food can be art. This cute cheese tray brings a festive flair to any charcuterie spread.

Buy It

Why use boring chip bag clips when you could bring a moment of joy with potato chip-shaped clips. These all-purpose clips will fit chip and cracker bags of all kinds and comes in a set of four.

Buy It

Some white elephant gifts are great for being hilariously impractical. What exactly is this brass pomegranate for? We’re not exactly sure, but it's sure to crack a few smiles.

Buy It

Everyone could use a bottle stopper for preserving unfinished bottles of all kinds. This hilarious pickle-shaped option is as effective as it is cheeky.

Buy It

You really can’t go wrong with a meal planner that’s as stylish as it is practical. Recipients of this gift can plan out dishes for every meal of the week, plus a handy grocery list on the side.

Buy It

Fans of The Hills and Laguna Beach will wonder what Kristin Cavallari has been up to recently. Super fans know that she’s been staring out serenely from the cover of her gluten-free, sugar-free cookbook.

Buy It

Everyone knows that your tote bag says everything about you. Stroll the farmer’s market in style with these culinary-themed tote bags designed by Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson.

Buy It

This all-inclusive beer making kit comes with everything you need to brew a delicious batch of homemade beer.

Buy It

As the year ends, people are looking for the calendars that will grace their desks and hallways for the new year to come. This adorable food-truck themed calendar is the perfect choice for foodies of all kinds.

Buy It

Pair this ravioli-shaped spoon rest with a premium bag of pasta or jar of sauce and you’ve got a great little present anyone would like.

Buy It

It’s the perfect time of year to spend long, leisurely days lounging around the house and playing board games with family. Play with this gorgeous cookie puzzle in between batches of holiday treats.

Buy It

It’s slightly grotesque, but, even still, anyone born before 2000 probably remembers these sticker trading cards that poked fun at the Cabbage Patch Kids. The cookbook follows a similarly repellant theme with hilarious recipes like Squirmy Wormy Salsa and Chocolate Spuds and Bugs.

Buy It

This bread-scented candle comes in a reusable ceramic pan so you can keep the house smelling like freshly baked bread long after the wax has run out. It comes in two scents: lemon and strawberry focaccia and toasted baguette and sea salt.

Buy It

People who are more into eating food than cooking it will be fascinated with this brilliantly laid-out guide to foods eaten around the world. The beautiful book can be opened to any page at random or consumed in-depth like a novel.

Buy It

Even culinary novices likely have a few family recipes or old favorites that they keep coming back to time and time again. Gift a blank recipe journal to get the juices flowing on tasty memories.

Buy It

Similar to a teriyaki, Bachan’s comes in four flavors: original, gluten-free, hot and spicy, and yuzu. One of each comes in this pack that anyone would like for jazzing up anything from eggplant to grilled steak.

Buy It

The best gifts usually involve chocolate, and this hot chocolate bomb is the perfect way to gift a cozy night at home filled with a warm, indulgent drink.

Buy It

This cocktail shaker brings the party all on its own with its fun handle and lid. Bonus points if you pair it with a cool mixer like fresh limes or bottle of olives.

Buy It

Mushroom lovers know that cleaning mushrooms can be a tricky task. This cute little brush shaped like a mushroom makes it fun and easy.

Buy It

This adorable sippy cup can hold up to 30 ounces of the beverage of your choice — that's practically an entire bottle of rosé!

Buy It

Related Content:

Next Up

10 Le Creuset Gifts Any Food Lover Will Obsess Over

These swoon-worthy gifts are perfect for cooks of every level.

38 Best Christmas Ornaments for Food Lovers

From craft cocktails to gooey grilled cheese, we've found an ornament for every level of taste.

10 Personalized Gifts for the Kitchen That We Love

It's easier than ever to add a personal touch to your gifts this holiday season.

10 Holiday Cookies You Can Have Shipped to Your Door

Whether you’re not up for making big batches or need a gift to ship, these Christmas cookies are perfect!

77 Gifts for Food Lovers from Food Network Magazine

We've got picks for friends, family, kids, pets and more!

110 Advent Calendars You Can Buy for 2022

Advent calendars are all the rage — and now you can snag your favorite one even earlier!

25 Best Stocking Stuffers You Can Buy For $25 or Less

Practical, petite and price-conscious, these presents will definitely grab a spot on Santa’s nice list.

The Best Wine, Beer and Spirits Advent Calendars of 2022

We've got something for the wine, beer, spirits and hard seltzer lover in your life.

20 Best Gifts for Bakers at Every Level

Whether they specialize in sweet treats or savory breads, we found a gift for the baker in your life!

More from:

Holiday Gift Guide

What's New