The white elephant gift exchange, where the expectations of what you get are low, but hopes for having fun are high. Your friends have decided to have one this year and you are having a little trouble finding a gift. You want to get something entertaining. But at the same time, you don’t want it to be just another piece of useless junk that ends up in the garbage. Well, you have come to the right place. Here is a list of 15 hilarious and creative white elephant gift ideas guaranteed to be a hit at this year’s holiday party.
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Animals engaged in human-like behavior never gets old. And you can’t help but laugh a little at this pillow of a giraffe wearing glasses and blowing an impressive bubblegum bubble. Fun and whimsical, it will make a wonderful decorative accent to any home.
Available at Target.com for $49.99.
Even those who don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen will love this tea towel. It’s funny and takes the guilt out of those evenings when opening a bottle of wine wins over making an actual dinner. Another plus, the text is hand screen printed using eco, water-based inks.
Available at Aspen Lane Colorado for $12.
Inspired by the miniature toy figures, this dinosaur planter appeals to the kid in all of us! The dinosaur comes in an array of vibrant colors. The plant is included so there will be no questions like “What the heck is this?!” after the wrapping paper comes off.
Available at Plaid Pigeon for $20.
Kitchen magnets that are not only hilarious, but also functional! Imagine coming home from a hard day at work and seeing these just before opening the refrigerator door. They won’t fix all your problems, but are sure to provide a moment of comic relief.
Available at Amazon.com for $14.70.
You are probably thinking, “Not another coffee mug….” But with no bull messages like “You are not perky, you are obnoxious,” these mugs are sure to please at this year’s holiday party.
Available at Fish's Eddy for $13.50.
Take the party’s theme literally with these white elephant bookends. A unique way to organize the library collection, they’ll inject a have a chic, modern vibe in the home.
Available at Zgallerie.com for $29.99.
Salt and peppershakers are one of those kitchen items that you need, but can still have a little fun with. This black cat/white cat themed set strikes the perfect balance of quirky and cool.
Available at Target.com for $13.
Have you ever noticed that as the temps decrease, the amount of facial hair around increases? Even if the person who picks this gift doesn’t have a beard, chances are another players does and will be eager to get their hands on it.
Available at Target.com for $19.99.
For these purposes, we are interested in coffee table books about subjects that some may consider strange and curious. Some suggestions: Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans ($14.83 at Barnesandnoble.com); Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker ($25 at Barnesandnoble.com); Pictorial Webster’s: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities ($31.02 at Amazon.com).
Ask any hot sauce enthusiast and they will tell you that it’s worth all the pain, sweat, and tears as long as they can get their mouth-blazing fix. With names like the Antidote, these award winning Louisiana style sauces won’t disappoint.
Available at Amazon.com for $27.53.
Just because we are adults doesn’t mean we don’t love a good party game. Dubbed as “a party game for horrible people,” Cards Against Humanity will have players laughing, blushing, and cringing all at the same time. There’s a good chance your friends will want to start playing once the wrapping paper comes off.
Available at Amazon.com for $25.
You are not alone if you rate your days by how much wine is needed after walking in the door. Whether the day was good or bad, this glass is a fun way to unwind.
Available at Amazon.com for $14.99.
Pulling the wine cork is never a chore with this fun pirate bottle opener. The pirate, however, did work hard and gets rewarded with a new peg leg thanks to clever product design.
Available at Amazon.com for $10.45.
The days of storing loose change in an old jar are over. Spending habits get loose during the holidays. This “It’s A Rainy Day” Piggy Bank will come in handy after the New Year when the mindset “every penny counts” starts to set in.
Available at Wayfair for $13.48.
Finally, a journal that tells you like it is! Let’s be honest – buried between all the entries describing dreams, aspirations, and love are thoughts about stuff that is not so nice.
Available at Zazzle.com for $10.50.
The holidays are a time of warmth and cheer. But there are also those moments of stress. That’s what makes a white elephant gift exchange so great. It’s the one occasion when you can loosen up about finding the “perfect” gift, let go of expectations, and just have fun.