34 Best White Elephant Gift Ideas

Best White Elephant Gift Ideas

Find the best white elephant gifts everyone will fight for. 

Wondering what to get for a white elephant gift exchange? Or perhaps even wondering what a white elephant gift is or means? Well, take a look at this gift guide filled with great white elephant gift ideas that are either funny, useful or something everyone will want to steal to get an idea of what to get. So, scroll down and see which of these white elephant gifts under $30, $50, or $100 you like best and suit your budget.

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1. A Crepe Maker

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Who doesn’t love a good crepe that’s perfect for wintertime and really any occasion? With this crepe maker, it becomes a lot easier to make these European-style pancakes that are a lot thinner and bigger than the ones you’re used to. I comes in a couple of different versions and is one of those kitchen gadgets that most people don’t own but would love to have. And don’t worry, this is one of the many white elephant gifts under $30 that’s perfect for foodies but won’t break the bank.

2. Famous Art Socks

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Now, this is one of the most affordable Christmas presents on this white elephant gift guide and is perfect for anyone who can appreciate a good classic piece of art (or someone who likes fun socks). These socks come in a bunch of different combinations of different paintings. So, if you’re looking for a particular one, then you’ll probably be able to find it. My personal favorite is Van Gogh’s starry night as it just looks great on a sock apparently.

3. An Ember Smart Mug

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If you have an office white elephant party, then something that’s perfect to use at work is of course an obvious option. And this Ember smart mug is one of those gifts. It’s basically a charge-up mug that keeps your coffee or tea hot a lot longer. You can even sync it up with an app on your phone to set the perfect temperature for your drink. It comes in a couple of different colors and sizes, so take a look around. And be sure to check if it’s within your budget as it is one of the more pricey choices on this list.

4. A Fun Puzzle for Adults

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A puzzle is a great gift that most people won’t hate to get. And this one comes in a bunch of fun designs to make it even better. This is a really affordable white elephant idea as a puzzle is always pretty cheap and you get a fun activity and piece of art out of it if you end up framing the result. So, if you want something neutral that most people will appreciate getting, then this is a great option. If there will be a lot of book lovers there, then this one is especially perfect.

5. An Actual Tamagotchi

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This gift idea is perfect for anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s as everyone wanted to have one of these. Or maybe, they actually had one. I know my mom never let us have one. You can get it in a bunch of different colors and they’re all under $30, so a really great price as well. So, if you’re looking for something small, fun, and retro, then this is the perfect thing to get. And you can bet that people will try to steal this fun little gift.

6. Freeze Beer Glasses

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A great beer-themed gift that’s perfect for keeping your beer chilled and fresh is this pair of freeze beer glasses. You basically store the glasses themselves in your freezer so you don’t have to store your beer in the fridge or even put it in the fridge before drinking it. It comes with a handy rubber grip in the middle to make sure that you don’t freezer-burn your hand, as that wouldn’t be too pleasant. Just make sure that there are several people who can use these before getting it, as not everyone drinks beer.

7. Cards Against Humanity

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Another great all-rounder on this white elephant list of gifts is this cards game that you might have heard of before. It’s basically perfect for adults to come up with the most horrible situations using the cards and prompts provided in the deck. It even has a bunch of different expansion sets to make the game even more amazing. This is a great smaller gift idea that you can actually play at the party itself. There’s no limit to the number of people you can actually play the game with.

8. A Bluetooth Banana Phone

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If you’re looking for funny white elephant gift ideas, then this banana phone that you can hook up to your phone is a great option. It’s a fun play on the traditional phone and perfect for someone who spends a lot of time on the phone. It’s maybe not the most practical, but it will definitely put a smile on your phone every time you use it. So, if you’re looking for something under $50, then be sure to find out more about this fun idea.

9. A Hot Sauce White Elephant Gift Set

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A great gift idea for foodies is some new foods or condiments to try out and this gift set of hot sauces is a great example of that. It actually comes in a couple of different versions and packaging, so take a look to see which one you like best. Overall, this is one of those gifts you can’t really go wrong with as there’s always someone who enjoys hot sauce a bit too much. Another option is to get something similar but with barbeque sauces instead.

10. An It’s Raining Men Umbrella

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One of my favorite funny gift ideas on this white elephant gift guide is this umbrella that makes it look as if it’s raining men. It’s perfect for an all-girls white elephant party as any girl would love to have this for the rainy days. And you can know the song in many different ways. So, whether it’s the Bridget Jones Diary movies, Geri Halliwell, or The Weather Girls that you know it from, pretty much everyone can sing along to the song and will get the reference on this umbrella straight away.

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11. A Classic Stanley Flask

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A fun boozy gift exchange gift idea that doesn’t actually involve getting any liquor is a handy flask like this one. It comes in a couple of fun colors and the slimmer design makes it a lot easier to carry with you in your backpack or jacket pocket. Its wider opening makes it a lot easier to use than most flasks out there. So, whether you’re going on a hike or heading to a festival, this is a great gadget to have. Just make sure to rinse it out before using it to make sure that nothing messes with your drink.

12. From Crook to Cook Cookbook

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Now, this gift idea combines both hilarity and usefulness. It’s basically a cookbook by Snoop Dogg, which sounds crazy, but it’s actually a pretty great cookbook. Just read one of the many great recipes to find that this book is not just filled with recipes on space cake or cookies to munch on. Instead, you get a great cookbook with a fun twist and an original delivery. So, if you want something funny that’s not a waste of money, this is a great option.

13. A Brontosaurus Paper Towel Holder

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This gift idea is great as you never know whether people will fight for it or will actually not want it at all. It’s basically a dinosaur-inspired paper towel holder that you can use for both paper towels or to store your backup toilet rolls on in the bathroom. It’s a truly unique gift that will bring some humor and fun to anyone’s home design, whether they want it or not. It’s one of the funny white elephant gifts under $30 on this list that everyone will fight for.

14. Magnetic Poetry

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Another fun addition that you can’t really go wrong with is this magnetic poetry kit that’s perfect for your fridge. It’s filled with magnet words that you can scramble together to create your own poems right there on your fridge. This is one of those all-rounder presents that are great for white elephant parties as pretty much everyone would love to have this. Whether they’re male, female, old, or young, this is just fun to have.

15. A Griddle Panini Press

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If you’re looking for white elephant gifts under $100, then a panini press is probably one of the best things you can get. Because, who doesn’t like a good grilled sandwich or panini and would love to have a griddle to make it at home. This one can also flip open to be used as a grill plate so it’s really a great kitchen gadget to own and will last for years to come. So, if you want something that’s a bit more expensive, this is the thing to get. But don’t worry, there are also some more affordable versions out there as well.

16. A Paint By Numbers Canvas for Adults

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An original gift idea to give an adult is something to do instead of something to put somewhere in their home or office. This paint-by-numbers canvas kit is a great example of that. We all know how they work and they’re great for everyone who might enjoy painting and creative crafts but isn’t any good at it. You will find that the brand offers a bunch of different sets, so take a look around to see which design you like best and will be great for most people at the party.

17. Shower Wine Glass Holder

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This is one of the more funny and ridiculous items on this gift guide a gift exchange party. It’s a handy shower accessory that allows you to have a glass of wine in the shower or tub. Of course, you can also use it for a bunch of different things such as holding a bottle of shampoo upside down to get the last bit out of the bottle. So, if you’re looking for a fun gadget that isn’t a complete waste of money, then this is a great option. Especially if there will be a lot of wine and bath lovers at the party.

18. A Kitchen Multitool for Cooks

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A traditional multitool is a very stereotypical gift that you’ll find on most gift guide for men. However, this one is a fun play on exactly this idea. It’s basically a swiss knife slash multitool that has everything you need to prep and eat your food. It’s great for camping trips or to take with you on a hike to quickly cook something up on the go. It’s also just a funny gift idea as it’s probably something most people have never heard of before. So, if you’re looking for good white elephant gifts, something like this that combines uniqueness with practicality is a great option.

19. A ‘Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings’ Day-to-Day Calendar

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If you’re having a Christmas or white elephant party at the office, then getting something work-related is a great neutral option that you can’t really go wrong with. This one is especially great if your office has a lot of meetings. It’s a traditional day-to-day calendar that you rip off each day. With it, you get a new piece of advice on how to appear smarter in meetings. It’s mostly funny and ridiculous, so everyone in the office will love this one.

20. A Bicycle Pizza Cutter

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Another great funny white elephant gift idea under $10 is this pizza cutter that looks like a bike and can cut your pizza for you. It even comes with a little stand to prop it up on the table. This is great for anyone who loves pizza or is really into cycling. You can choose from a couple of different colors and it’s small and cheap enough that it won’t be a waste of money. This would be great to pair with a box of pizza socks that you can find at number twenty-eight.

21. A Retro Mini Fridge

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This is another addition to the white elephant ideas under $100 and it’s a great one. It’s basically a mini-fridge that you can use wherever you want in your home and you can even hook it up to your car to use it on the go. It comes in a couple of different colors and would be great for a dorm room, a bathroom for skincare, or as your little bar fridge in your living room if you pick the more neutral black option. All in all, a great addition to this gift guide.

22. Cat Butt Magnets: funny white elephant gift ideas

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A set of magnets is one of those great universal gift ideas and if they’re also funny and a bit cheeky (literally), then that’s even better. These cat butts magnets actually come in a couple of other versions, including one for dogs. So, depending on which you like best be sure to get that set. It’s really affordable and sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. These would also be great for any teachers or people who have a whiteboard in their office.

23. Gone with the Gin

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This book is filled with fun and original cocktails inspired by Hollywood classics. So, if you’re looking for something boozy and unique, then this is a great option. There’s also one called ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ if you want something with the same principle, but inspired by famous pieces of literature instead. This is great to pair with some basic liquors to actually make some of the cocktails with if you have any budget left over.

24. A Tortilla Blanket

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This is probably one of my personal favorite white elephant gift exchange ideas as it’s both cozy and perfect for Christmas while also being a lot of fun. You can actually pick from a couple of different round foods, including a pizza, waffle, and apple pie. So, take your look and pick the design you like best. The packaging isn’t super fun, so if you have the time to DIY a bit, then you can roll it up like a burrito and wrap it in some aluminum foil to really finish it off.

25. Bear Paw Oven Mitts

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Another fun gift idea is this set of oven mitts that turns your hands into bear paws. It comes in a brown bear and in a polar bear version, so you can even pick which one you like best. But these are really great for anyone who recently moved house or really anyone that uses their oven. This is why it’s so great for a gift exchange or even a secret Santa if you don’t know the person that well, as anyone would love to have these, especially if they have kids.

26. An Over-the-Top Cheese Board

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Everyone loves a good cheese or charcuterie platter, but this is an upgrade to most. It has two retractable trays on the sides and even a built-in cheese knife set with name platters and forks included. This is one of the gift ideas under $100, though there should be some budget left over to maybe fill it up with some actual snacks to dig into straight away. So, this is something you can have a lot of fun with. Maybe add a really smelly cheese to this and a good brie.

27. A Cute Power Bank

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A power bank would already be a pretty great gift exchange idea, though why not make it cute and adorable? That’s what this little one does and it comes in two different colors, though this is my favorite. And let’s be honest, there’s always someone who can use it or doesn’t have one yet. So, whether you go with a more neutral and standard power bank or one that’s a bit more fun, you’re sure to have a successful gift idea that people will want to steal.

28. A Box of Pizza Socks

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This is one of those ready gifts that will make everyone laugh. The packaging just really finishes it off, as this box of pizza is filled with pizza socks instead of actual pizza. They actually also offer a bunch of other gift sets of socks like this, such as a hamburger and a sushi set. It’s a fun and original way to get someone socks without it being a boring gift. If you don’t know if a man or woman will end up with them, then I suggest getting them in the smallest men’s size as that will fit most people.

29. Death Wish Coffee

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Are there a bunch of coffee lovers going to the Christmas party with the gift exchange planned? Then this ‘death wish’ coffee might just be a great funny gift idea. It claims to be the strongest coffee in the world and even has a dark roast option as well. So, if you think they might enjoy trying this out, then be sure to find out more on the product page. Just make sure there are a bunch of coffee drinkers there, otherwise, this might not be as successful.

30. A Pet Rock

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Now, this gift idea can be a free option if you’re willing to spend some time crafting its box and packaging. Just find a great rock and supply it with a little care book and box to keep it in. Of course, if you don’t feel like getting crafty, you can also just buy this set that already has everything inside. So, if you’re looking for something ridiculous and over-the-top weird, then this is probably the best thing to get for the party.

31. A Hot Air Popcorn Popper

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Who doesn’t love a good bowl of fresh popcorn when watching a movie at home and with this popcorn maker, you can actually make popcorn really easily and quickly. You just fill it up with corn, plug it in and put a bowl underneath that will fill up with popcorn as it starts popping. This one comes in a couple of different colors and is great for anyone who enjoys making popcorn but doesn’t like how you can easily burn it.

32. A Carter Everywhere Travel Mug

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This is probably one of the best white elephant gifts under $30 because everyone can use a good insulated mug that you can also use as a normal mug. On top of that, this is also a travel mug and comes in a bunch of fun colors. The design makes it so much sleeker than most travel mugs and is perfect for at work. This is just one of the colors and it also comes in some lighter and softer colors as well as a neutral black that’s perfect for men.

33. Friends Peephole Picture Frame

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During lockdown, a lot of people returned to an old favorite and started watching Friends again. If they have, then this picture frame that you probably recognize from Monica’s apartment door is a great little fun gift to get. You can stick it to your own door if it has a peephole. If you don’t have one, it even comes with a little sticker that makes it look as if you do. So, if there will be a lot of people that grew up on Friends, then check out this gift idea.

34. A Cocktail Travel Kit

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This final addition to this white elephant gift guide is a fun travel kit that has everything you need to make a quick cocktail on the go. It comes in a couple of different versions, including a martini, margarita, gin and tonic, and so on. You can also get two different ones to get a slightly more expensive bundle. All in all, these are great smaller gift ideas that you can’t really go wrong with and would also be great stocking stuffers for someone you don’t know very well.

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I hope now have some ideas in mind on what to get for a gift exchange or white elephant party. If you want to play it super safe, then you can also get a simple gift card or some cash and pair it up with something you make yourself. If you like this idea better, then check out these DIY white elephant gifts you can make from scratch. You can also just make it really difficult to unwrap your gift in the first place to add some fun to an otherwise great gift idea. 

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