30 White Elephant Gifts Everyone Will Want to Trade For
Be the MVP of your gift exchange with these fun, food-themed gifts!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes food can be art. This cute cheese tray brings a festive flair to any charcuterie spread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This all-inclusive beer making kit comes with everything you need to brew a delicious batch of homemade beer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mushroom lovers know that cleaning mushrooms can be a tricky task. This cute little brush shaped like a mushroom makes it fun and easy.
This adorable sippy cup can hold up to 30 ounces of the beverage of your choice — that's practically an entire bottle of rosé!