101 Fun White Elephant Gift Exchange Ideas

White Elephant is a fun way to exchange Christmas gifts with friends, relatives, or colleagues. But if you’re struggling to find the right gift, this White Elephant gift ideas guide is for you!

How does it work?

It’s simple: Each participant gets one gift, wraps it, and brings it to an exchange party where all the gifts are gathered in a large gift pool. 

Players then pick their gifts, unwrap them and swap them around until they are all satisfied with their trophies. 

Check out the official White Elephant rules guide for complete step-by-step instructions.

Now onto the actual gift ideas.

This epic list of 101 White Elephant gift exchange ideas has been divided into various categories based on budget, interests, age, gender, and themes.

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White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $5

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Gifts worth less than $5 are usually pranks or consumables, but they can also be tiny gadgets no one knows they need until they receive them! 

Kikkerland 4-In-1 Pen Tool

A ballpoint pen that also works as a ruler, a screwdriver, and a level?! That’s a gift you would certainly love to receive yourself, right? This handy tool will surely make someone happy before the evening ends. 

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Kikkerland 4-In-1 Pen Tool (4342)
$9.21
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11/14/2023 03:52 am GMT

Nee Doh Color Changing Stress Ball

If you’re having a White Elephant party with your colleagues, a little anti-stress toy will certainly find its happy recipient. Moreover, this funny squishy toy ball for all ages also changes color when you squeeze it really hard.

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Starbucks Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa

When the temperature drops and snowflakes start circling behind the windows, who wouldn’t fancy a cup of delicious Starbucks Double Chocolate hot cocoa? It’s a small yet thoughtful gift that also looks nice and smells lovely. 

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Black Obsidian

Finding a stone in your gift box might not sound appealing, but some stones are more valuable than others. Sure, you can’t get a diamond under $5, but how about the mysterious black obsidian? In ancient times, it served as an amulet protecting its owner from all evil.

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Christmas Holiday Candle

Christmas is about peace, closeness to our loved ones – and pleasant smells. A scented candle is, therefore, always a welcomed gift. This one says “Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal,” so you may not want it to end in your boss’s hands, but still – it smells lovely.

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“Letters To Santa” Wax Melt by Yankee Candle

Wax melt is an excellent alternative to scented candles. This Christmas-themed wax by Yankee Candle will turn its user’s home into Santa’s workshop with the lovely scent of cinnamon, praline, and handwritten letters.

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Gingerbread Boy Ornament

Gingerbread is one of the ultimate Christmas-time delicacies. But don’t let the recipient of this secret gift eat it – it’s a glittery tree ornament that will be a perfect addition to any home or office decoration.

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Old Maid Card Game

Old Maid is one of those card games we all can enjoy equally regardless of age or playing skills. All you need to play is a deck of unique cards – and some knowledge of Old Maid rules, of course.

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Imperial Kids Card Games – Old Maid
$18.60 $14.95
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10/06/2023 09:37 am GMT

Bee & Willow Holiday Guest Hands Towel

If any of your playmates expects guests for the Christmas dinner, they will be grateful for this beautiful set of disposable plaid hand towels. They are a practical and sleek addition to any festive table.

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Maud Borup Hot Cocoa Bombs

The hot cocoa bomb made of delicate milk chocolate is the only bomb you will genuinely enjoy during Christmas. The gift box contains four meltable chocolate balls filled with miniature marshmallows. 

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White Elephant Gift Ideas Between $5 and $15

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This is probably the most widely used price range for the White Elephant gifts: Too little to break the bank but still enough to buy a wide array of funny and practical stuff.

Furry Grinch Christmas Ornament

Tree ornaments are a perfect source of gifts for White Elephant parties. Want to make it enjoyable even for those not-so-thrilled about the traditional cheesy decoration? Go for the Grinch, an ultimate symbol of the hate/love relationship with the merriest holidays of the year!

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Newooh Furry Green Grinch Arm Ornament Holder for The Christmas Tree
$6.79 $0.44
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11/15/2023 08:07 am GMT

The Christmas Tree Bell Charm 

Did you know that Christmas bells scare away evil spirits? These cute little tree bells are made of shiny zinc and decorated with colorful beads. They make for a perfect festive decoration and come with a lovely Christmas poem on the included card. 

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Disco Ball Glass Coasters (4 pieces)

Disco Ball is the ultimate party symbol, making it a great gift idea for a White Elephant party, too. Moreover, these disco balls are not just flashy decorations, but they also work as practical glass coasters.

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Holiday Cheer Pop Open Cards

The winter holiday season is magical – but sometimes also pretty exhausting. Just like life itself, right? A set of 30 inspirational quotes on pop-open cards with a lovely gift box design can cheer you up any time of year..

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Original Home Alone 2 Dove Ornaments

Doves symbolize peace, but these doves also remind us of the all-time favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone 2. Artist John Perry created them for the film in 1992. According to the story, you should keep one and give the other to your friend to ensure your friendship lasts forever.

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HOME ALONE 2 DOVES AUTHENTIC & GENUINE made in the USA direct from artist John Perry who made them for the movie
$10.99
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11/15/2023 10:22 am GMT

Stainless Steel Travel Mug With Cocoa 

A double-walled insulated splash-resistant travel mug is one of those practical gifts we all can appreciate. Moreover, this mug comes with a classy Christmas wrapping and a Ghirardelli cocoa drink.

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Gratitude Journal for Thankfulness and Positivity

The start of the new year puts many of us under pressure due to the expectations of ‘great new beginnings’. This mindful journal inspires us to live in the present and appreciate all the good things in our lives. 

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Gratitude Journal: Invest few minutes a day to develop thankfulness, mindfulness and positivity
$6.75
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10/07/2023 12:52 am GMT

Connect Four Family Game

Connect Four is one of those games that can be played with anyone, anywhere, and at any time. It’s basically a Tic-Tac-Toe made of plastic. Read the complete Connect Four rules for more details. 

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“Peach, Please” Tea Blend by Tease

This premium tea blend by Tease helps you stay hydrated, feel fresh, and energized throughout the day. One package contains 20 servings of a 100% natural mixture of tea leaves and other ingredients.

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“Countdown to Christmas” Wheel Calendar

Those who cannot wait until Boxing Day arrives will appreciate this wooden wheel calendar with a Santa Claus design. You can even turn this practical decoration into a cute family tradition.

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White Elephant Gift Ideas Between $15 and $30

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If you’re willing to invest $15 to $30 in your White Elephant gift, you have a decent range of options, from designer decorations to practical accessories to luxurious delights. 

Christmas-themed sweets usually turn out to be a highlight of the entire party. These delicious Sugarfina cookie dough bites are wrapped in dark chocolate and rolled in walnuts. If you’re lucky, a friend who finds them in their gift might share them with the rest of you!

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“Sometimes You Forget You’re Awesome” Mug

A stainless steel mug with a heart-warming appreciative message makes a perfect surprise gift for a friend, a colleague, or a relative. It’s also a practical gift: the mug keeps your beverage cold for up to 9 and hot for up to 3 hours.

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Inspirational Gifts for Men or Women- Stainless Steel Coffee Mug/Tumbler
$22.80 $17.10
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11/15/2023 10:22 am GMT

Holiday Design Foot Pocket Throw

Do you struggle with cold feet in the winter? Well, even if you don’t, there’s a good chance some of your friends would be genuinely grateful for this soft and warm foot pocket throw. It has a trendy Christmas design, too!

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“Get Your Merry On” Christmas Apron

Whether you are baking cookies, roasting turkey, or just stirring mulled wine, a good apron with a Christmas-themed design will undoubtedly come in handy. This one is made of 100% Indian cotton and cheers everyone up with “Get Your Merry On” writing.

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Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle Book

How about treating someone to a murder mystery story they must decipher by completing 500 piece jigsaw puzzle revealing all the hidden clues? This original puzzle book is great fun – especially during those long and dark winter evenings ahead of us.

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Parcheesi Board Game

Parcheesi, an old Indian board game, is an excellent choice for the entire family. It promotes healthy competitiveness, focus, strategic thinking, and even hand-eye coordination for the youngest players. Check out Parcheesi rules for more details. 

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Winning Moves Games Parcheesi Royal Edition, Multicolor (6106)
$20.99
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10/06/2023 02:22 am GMT

10-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set 

Some White Elephant players enjoy prank gifts, but others will much more appreciate a practical present such as this 10-piece bakeware set. It’s made of nonsticking materials and suits even complete beginners.

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Colorful Christmas String LED Lights

One can never have too many lights when it comes to Christmas decorations. This 7.22 ft long string contains 20 colored LED lights. It’s battery-powered, so that you can place it almost anywhere.

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Multi-Purpose Candle Lighter With Flex Wand 

During the winter holiday, most of us light up more candles than we did throughout the entire year. A set of two flexible lighters designed especially for this unique task will undoubtedly come in handy.

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12-Pack Wine Glass Charms

Who wouldn’t know the issue of unidentifiable half-empty wine glasses on a party table? This stylish set of holiday-themed markers resolves the problem. But can you remember your charm after having a third glass..?

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White Elephant Gift Ideas Between $30 and $50

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If you decide on this rather generous budget, you can gift your playmates with various original DIY kits, functional decorations, or even some small electronic devices.

Hand Casting Kit

Hand-casting is a popular way of creating 100% personalized memorabilia for your loved ones. The results look tremendously professional, yet the process is straightforward. The kit includes everything you need, from plaster to molds – and even a small practice kit.

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Cluebox Escape Room Brainteaser

This interactive game box brainteaser comes with a special surprise for those who successfully solve it. The puzzle is inspired by the famous Schrödinger’s cat experience. It is demanding but not overly complicated. Wrap it in a paper and see who’s up to the challenge!

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iDventure Cluebox Escape Room in a Box – Schrödingers Cat – Escape Game – Smart Wooden Puzzle
$45.00 $39.99
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11/15/2023 08:37 pm GMT

Rechargeable Book Light

Every bookworm will surely appreciate this handy rechargeable book light. It allows you to enjoy your book anywhere and at any time – even in the middle of the night, next to your peacefully sleeping spouse. It holds firmly to your book thanks to its sturdy clip.

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Lock Picking Training Kit

You never know when you’ll need the art of lock picking, even if you don’t plan to do anything illegal. This cool training kit comes with a see-through lock and a set of tools providing practical insight into how locks work – and how you can open them without a key.

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Butterfly Biome

This handmade butterfly house can cater to the needs of these fragile creatures all year long. In spring and summer, fold the door to create a feeding porch with cups for nectar. In winter, butterflies can safely hibernate inside. Butterfly Biome is a thoughtful gift that will certainly be appreciated.

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Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker by JBL

Bring your music along wherever you go with a portable Bluetooth speaker that weighs less than your average lunch. This sphere-shaped JBL speaker can accompany its owner even to shower!

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JBL Clip 3, River Teal – Waterproof, Durable & Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Up to 10 Hours of Play
$54.95 $49.00
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10/06/2023 02:22 am GMT

The World’s Best National Parks in 500 Walks

If any of your friends need inspiration for their New Year’s resolution, this beautifully illustrated guidebook to the world’s best hiking trails will direct them towards amazing adventures that are great for both body and mind.

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Marvel Black Panther 82-Piece Tool Kit

Ever wondered how they’re repairing things in Wakanda? This stylish Black Panther-themed 82-piece tool kit allows you to experience it firsthand. It’s an unbeatable gift for any Marven fan.

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Color-Changing Tree Topper Star

There isn’t any Christmas tree without a tree topper, right? This one is extraordinary. If you put it on an artificial tree with pre-lit lights, it changes color along the tree! But even as a stand-alone – it’s very sleek.

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DIY Vintage Reel Viewer

Whoever receives this unique present can create their super-nostalgic reel viewer. The box contains a code to redeem one reel of seven personal images for free. Additional reels can be purchased separately.

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Storm Cloud for At-Home Weather Forecast 

Who needs the weather forecast on television when you have a magical meteorology cloud at home? This practical decoration contains a special liquid that crystalizes when the air pressure changes.

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White Elephant Gift Ideas Above $50

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If you’re playing White Elephant with your family or closest friends, you may want to invest more in the gifts. Here are a few valuable gifts that suit the game.

DIY Homemade Limoncello Kit

Bring a piece of Italian sunshine into your Christmas gift exchange party with this original Limoncello DIY kit. The lucky recipient of this unique present can make this iconic sweet and sour liquor at home – and maybe even invite you for some tasting.

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100% Merino Lambswool Scarf 

A luxurious lambswool scarf in a lovely unisex design makes a perfect surprise gift. This multicolored plaid scarf by Bronte Moon is made in England. It can keep you warm and perfectly styled all through the winter.

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Handcrafted Leather Journal Cover

Coal Creek Leather’s journal cover, made of full-grain leather, sports multiple practical pockets and reliable snap closure. It has plenty of space for a journal, business cards, cell phone, notebook, photos, receipts, or anything else you want to keep safe and in order.

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AeroGarden Starting System

Indoor gardening is getting remarkably popular, which makes this AeroGarden kit a fabulous White Elephant gift. The pack includes everything you need to grow up to 3 herbs, veggies, or flower varieties at once, year-round. Of course, it also comes with detailed instructions.

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Pizza Roulette Cut & Serve Board Game

Statistically, the chances are high that at least one of your White Elephant playmates is a genuine pizza lover. This cutting and serving board enhances their gourmet experience with a game: Pick a slice and reveal the chore you must complete once the feast is over!

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Luxurious Soap Collection Gift Set

A luxurious plant-sourced soap collection by a premium French-based manufacturer is a gift that will probably last its recipients throughout the entire year. The set comes with six premium soap bars and a beautiful gift box.

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La Chatelaine Luxury Soap Collection Gift Set | Oprah’s Favorite Things 2019
$73.00 ($1.74 / Ounce)
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10/06/2023 02:22 am GMT

Christmas-Themed Quilt Set 

Quilts are some of the most popular luxurious Christmas gifts – especially those decorated with tasteful Santa Claus-themed images and designs. They can instantly turn any home into a cozy holiday hideaway.

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Deep Sea Sand Art

Sand art is more than just art made of sand. These kinetic masterpieces can allegedly calm you down, relieve you from stress and anxiety, and help you focus when you’re struggling to concentrate. 

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Fujifilm Instax: Instant Mini Camera

An instant mini camera is a trendy gift for anyone who enjoys old-school printed photographs. It comes with automatic exposure, so you don’t have to be a pro to take great pictures.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera – Lilac Purple
$76.95
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10/05/2023 09:22 pm GMT

Vera Wang Signature 6-piece Bath Towel Set

A set of luxurious bath towels is a universal gift that any of your friends or relatives will appreciate. Just make sure to pack it well – the softness can easily give away what’s hidden in this present.

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White Elephant Gift Ideas for Men

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You have plenty of gift options if you’re playing White Elephant in an all-male collective. You can go for something practical, funny – or, ideally, practical and funny at the same time. 

Shoe Deodorizer Sneaker Balls 

Not that I would imply that every man has smelly shoes (or that women do not), but let’s say that these cute shoe deodorizer balls have a slightly higher chance of finding their grateful recipient in a male collective. Of course, they can also be used in a gym bag, a locker, etc.

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Sof Sole unisex adult Pair shoe fresheners, Happy Feet, One Size US
$7.99
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11/15/2023 08:37 pm GMT

“Rub With Love” Smoky Barbecue Rub

Winter might not be the prime barbecue season in your area, but this “Rub With Love” smoky barbecue rub by legendary Seattle chef Tom Douglas has a shelf life long enough to survive until the nice weather returns. Great gift for any avid grill master.

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Beer Socks in a Can

A pair of socks certainly cannot miss on any White Elephant gifts exchange shopping list. But how about going for the hilarious beer design socks hidden in a realistic beer can? Each pair of these Rainbow socks fits several sizes.

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Boxer Briefs with Festive Design

You can’t go wrong with boxer briefs if you’re looking for a universal gift for a man. For a little Christmas spirit, pick one with a nice festive design like the ones from MeUndies. They are made of soft and smooth MicroModal – a sustainable and ethically sourced natural yarn.

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Pixel Classic Retro Arcade Game

I might have included this in the Gift Ideas for Kids section below, but don’t you know at least one man who would appreciate this cool retro gamepad just as much as any kid? It’s a great source of fun and nostalgia – ideal for traveling or relaxing.

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Cordless Men’s Beard Trimmer Shave Kit

A beard trimmer is a wonderful gift for anyone who sports a beard or mustache. Considering contemporary trends in men’s fashion, there’s a good chance you have at least one beardy buddy among your playmates, too.

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Volcanic Eruption Hot Sauce Collection

Some men like it hot! If you have at least one chili-lover in your group, too, he will undoubtedly appreciate this ultimate collection of six volcanically hot sauces from all over the world.

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Handcrafted Wooden Chess Set

Is one of your mates a chess player? Even if not, I am sure at least one hopes to learn this noble game. A hand-crafted wooden chess board is a great starting point. Our How to Play Chess for Beginners article is an ideal step two.

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Wooden Chess Set
$31.95
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10/05/2023 09:22 pm GMT

100 Movies Scratch Off Poster

We all have our favorite films. But can you tell how good a new movie is if you have not seen all of the classics? This scratch-off poster works like a movie bucket list. It takes away the stress of deciding what to watch next.

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Magnetic Tool Wristband

Whether you’re a professional or just an enthusiastic home improver, you surely know how frustrating it is when you loose a nail or nut. This magical wristband will spare its lucky owner from this misery once and for all. 

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White Elephant Gift Ideas for Women

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Are you throwing a White Elephant party in an all-female collective? You’re lucky because there are thousands of excellent and inexpensive gift ideas for women to choose from.

Sleek Lily England Detangling Brush 

A woman can never have too many hair brushes, so if you wrap a good and nice-looking one in a gift box, it will undoubtedly find its grateful recipient. The detangling brush by Lily England works excellent for thick, thin, straight, curly, long, and short hair. 

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Detangling Brush – Detangler Hairbrush for Curly, Thick, Natural, Straight, Fine, Wet or Dry Hair for Women
$11.99 $9.99
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11/15/2023 09:22 pm GMT

Fluffy Solid Mittens

Fluffy mittens make a perfect addition to any winter apparel collection. These from Cider are one-size-fits-all, which means they work great as a White Elephant surprise gift. They also come in a universal grey color that can be easily combined with almost anything.

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Depuffing & Energizing Hydrogel Under Eye Patches

We all know the mornings when we don’t look our best. Under eye patches with hydrating hyaluronic acid, puffiness-reducing caffeine, and nurturing Vitamin E are little helpers that can take the edge away in just a few minutes. It’s a great gift for women of all ages.

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“My Life Story – So Far” Memory Journal Book

With this original diary, you don’t have to be a great writer to create an immense account of your life story. The sewn, clothbound journal helps you recall the most memorable experiences and moments of your life through numerous chapter forms with lovely graphics.

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12-Hour Refillable Zippo Hand Warmer

Not sure about mittens? A refillable hand warmer is a great alternative that will keep the hands of the fortunate recipient of this gift warm. It comes with a warming bag and a filling cup, and you can also get it in stylish feminine colors, including orange or pink.

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Hidden Pocket Scrunchies

Whether you’re often traveling or clubbing or simply like to keep your valuables perfectly safe at any given time, these scrunchies with secret pockets will surely come in handy. They have just enough room for a key or money.

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Rosewater Scented Rejuvenating Hand Sanitizer

Sanitizers have become an integral part of the equipment of most women’s handbags in recent years. This mist-type sanitizer not only cleans but also rejuvenates the hands. Moreover, it comes with a lovely scent.

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Touchland Glow Mist Rejuvenating Hand Sanitizer | Rosewater scented | 500-Sprays each, 1FL OZ (Set of 1)
$16.00 ($16.00 / Fl Oz)
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10/05/2023 02:07 am GMT

5-Mask Starter Set by Origins

Buying cosmetics as a White Elephant gift is a bit risky – you never know what taste, skin type, or condition the lucky recipient of your present has. But every woman should find at least one of these 5 Origins masks suitable.

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Non-Stick Heart Shaped Pancake Rings

Heart-shaped pancakes are a great example of breakfast served with love. These high-quality non-sticking rings with wooden handles make a remarkable secret gift for any mum, grandma, or even a single food enthusiast.

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For The Girls – The Girls’ Night Party Game

If you’re familiar with What Do You Meme (see our What Do You Meme rules if you’re not), you already know how to play For The Girls, too. This party game comes from the same producer but focuses on girly subjects. 

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White Elephant Gift Ideas for Kids

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White Elephant is an excellent game for children, too. Just beware that the fight for the best gifts can sometimes turn a bit emotional.

Baby Shark Singing Bubble Maker Set

Combine one of the most popular children’s songs with the magic of bubble-making, and you’ll get a perfect gift for younger kids. The toy is designed for safe bath use and has strong suctions. All you need to add is liquid soup and two batteries.

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UNO Triple Play Card Game

Who wouldn’t love UNO? It’s one of the most popular family-friendly card games in the world. Once you get bored with the original game, there are dozens of variations to try. UNO Triple Play enhances the classic gameplay with lights, sound, and action.

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LED Lighted Stocking with Penguin

A stocking is a Christmas must-have, and one is often not enough. This LED-lighted stocking with a lovely animal design will look great on any fireplace and has just enough room for plenty of sweets and funny stocking fillers.

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Glitter Hearts Toilet Bombs 

Bath bombs became a standard part of everyday hygiene for many kids. Toilet bombs, on the other hand, can certainly still surprise them! These glittery hearts should be dropped in the loo before you do your thing. It comes with a lovely fragrance.

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Poop Bingo

Kids may have different tastes in food or toys, but there’s one thing that will (almost) certainly make all of them giggle – a mention of poop. Poop Bingo is a classic bingo game with a funny twist: Players must match different animal species with their “things.”

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Painting Sponges with Patterns

If you provide kids with the right tools, they can be very creative. Also, when they create, they tend to be relatively quiet. These sponge-tipped painting brushes are a win-win for the entire family. 

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DIY Build Your Robots Kit

Robots are great – but they are even better when you build them yourself! First, the kids assemble three types of robots following the step-by-step instructions. Then they can unleash their creativity and build their own!

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The Original Floor is Lava Game

Run for your lives – the floor is lava! This classic easy game for all ages will help the youngest White Elephant participants burn off some energy. Check our Floor is Lava rules for all the details. 

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Colorful Modeling Air-Dry Clay

Modeling clay is a universal gift for both girls and boys of various ages, making it a perfect White Elephant present. This air-dry clay is simple to use, non-sticky, and – most importantly – safe and non-toxic.

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HEY CLAY Animals – Colorful Kids Modeling Air-Dry Clay, 18 Cans with Fun Interactive App
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10/02/2023 12:22 pm GMT

Foods Science Frozen Treats Kit

Almost every child at some point goes through a period when they’re fascinated by the kitchen and the magic of food preparation. With this science-cooking set, they can make their own ice treats!

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White Elephant Gift Ideas for Seniors

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Finding the right gifts for older folks is sometimes surprisingly difficult. But if they’re part of your White Elephant crew, here are a few universal ideas that should work neatly.

Moccasin Style Scuff Slippers

For some reason, warm and comfortable feet become much more important when we grow older. A good-quality, fluffy, and super-cozy slippers will certainly be a huge hit at every senior-inclusive White Elephant party.

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Set of Wooden Picture Frames

While most of us store our photo memories in our smartphones, external hard drives, or cloud storage, seniors often hold on to physically printed photographs they can touch with their hands. A set of picture frames certainly won’t go in vain.

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Hamilton Beach Electric Can Opener

The kitchen chores are much more enjoyable with handy innovative helpers such as the electric can opener. It will be particularly appreciated by anyone suffering from joint pain or hand weakness.

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One a Day Multivitamin Supplements (65+)

A gift of vitality can easily overshadow hundreds of other presents – especially if you’re playing White Elephant with senior people. Go for a 5-month package of all-in-one multivitamin/multimineral supplements.

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Seniors & Beginners Coloring Mandalas

Coloring books are very relaxing – almost meditative. This book contains 25 easy to moderately-difficult coloring illustrations that are particularly suitable for seniors, considering a few common handicaps like shaky hands or weaker sight.

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Seniors & Beginners: Easy to Moderately-Difficult Illustrations (Coloring Books for Seniors)
$6.95
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09/30/2023 11:22 pm GMT

Vintage-Style Scrapbooking Kit

Scrapbooking is a creative method of materializing memories into artistic collages of photographs, stickers, textile scraps, and handwritten notes. For many seniors, it’s a fun way to store the finest moments from their youth or with their loved ones.

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Vintage Scrapbooking Supplies Kit, 351pcs Bullet Junk Journal Kit with Journaling Supplies
$14.99 $13.49
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09/30/2023 07:52 am GMT

Owl Eyeglasses Holder

A lovely wooden night owl never sleeps, guarding its owner’s eyeglasses right in your reach where you need them. This functional decoration was handcrafted in India from a piece of super-durable Sheesham wood.

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Jumbo Index Playing Cards

Seniors and card games are a perfect match. But as our sight weakens with age, it gets difficult to distinguish cards from each other. Jumbo index cards are a great solution. They work for all games, including the timeless Solitaire (see Solitaire rules).

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Orthopedic Memory Foam Pillow

An ergonomic pillow can bring instant relief from chronic neck pain – a familiar condition to many seniors. This MARNUR pillow is made of certified memory foam and suits all the different sleeping positions.

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Grandchildren Keepsake Ornament Kit 

Are there any fresh grandparents among your co-players? This DIY kit is an excellent gift for them, providing a simple way to create a precious baby handprint/footprint ornament keepsake.

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Baby Handprint Footprint Keepsake Ornament Kit (Makes 2)
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09/28/2023 07:52 am GMT

White Elephant Gift Ideas for Adults Only

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Adult-only White Elephant gifts are great fun – but make sure that every involved player is ok with them and won’t be offended or embarrassed by them.

Spin The Bottle Game for Adult Couples

Spin the Bottle is a classic “truth or dare” game for couples that can bring partners closer (abstractly and literally). The game has straightforward rules, so it’s perfect for beginners. Some included challenges are intimate, whereas others are just wildly funny.

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Spin! – A Spin The Bottle Game for Adult Couples with Bottle Included
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11/15/2023 09:22 pm GMT

All Shapes of Beauty” Tea Towel

The original “All Shapes of Beauty” tea towel celebrates the natural variations of female breasts through a vivid print by Liz Korsedal and Hannamari Virtanen. If any of your playmates needed a new source of enthusiasm for their kitchen chores, this might be it.

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Sweet & Sexy Chocolate Tabs

Dark chocolate is considered one of the natural aphrodisiacs. This particular chocolate allegedly boosts the effect by adding more active ingredients like maca root and an epimedium herb. It’s for all genders and ages, and even though I cannot confirm whether it works as intended, it certainly tastes great.

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Cards Against Humanity Game

Cards Against Humanity is one of the most popular adults-only games. Unlike Spin the Bottle, though, it’s not intended for a romantic date. Instead, it’s a party game for those that do not shy away from dirty language or dark humor. Check our Cards Against Humanity rules guide for more details.

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Bedtime Book for Frustrated Parents 

If some of your White Elephant playmates recently became parents, there’s a good chance this is the gift they will fight for. Go The F**k To Sleep is Adam Mansbach’s hilarious bedtime book for frustrated parents with colorful illustrations and a powerful message: You are not alone in this misery!

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Intimacy Card Deck

This deck is designed for couples past that ‘head over heels’ beginning of their relationship that needs a little help re-sparkling the flame. Cards contain 150 intimate questions for worthwhile date night discussions.

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Dangerous Games to Play In The Dark

Only the bravest will face the challenges from this playbook of spooky games inspired by dark and scary urban legends. Whoever gets this present has a unique chance to turn every day of the year into Halloween.

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Date Night Bucket List Kit

With this date night ideas kit, there’s no more asking, “what should we do tonight?” The ideas range from sleepovers under starry skies to cultural experiences. They are printed on eco-friendly wooden sticks.

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Shower Margarita Machine

A warm shower after a demanding day is certainly relaxing – especially if your shower serves you, Margarita. The box contains an automatic drink mixer, a dispenser, and a flexible serving hose

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Prank Gift Box "Shower Margarita Machine" - Perfect Gag Gift and Funny White Elephant Idea
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09/23/2023 05:37 am GMT

Spark Passion: 50 Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life Book

The stylish little book looks like a matchbox, but instead of sparking a real flame, it should help you warm up your romantic relationship with fifty imaginative ideas for intimate couples’ activities.

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White Elephant Gift Ideas Frequently Asked Questions

How much should a White Elephant gift cost?

A perfect White Elephant gift does not need to be expensive. In fact, it’s often the cheapest stuff in the pile that gets the most attention. 

The best policy is to set out a price range all the participants should obey when buying their gifts. This can be as little or as much as you all agree on.

Are you supposed to put your name on a White Elephant gift?

No! Secrecy is one of the critical aspects of this game. It’s ideal if no one knows which gift comes from which participants, as this alone can give them some clue regarding its content.

What to do with a White Elephant gift if you don’t like it?

Though all the participants of this game aim to capture the presents they like the most through stealing and swapping, sometimes you end up stuck with the stuff you don’t like. 

You can still do many things with an unwanted White Elephant gift, though. Consider giving it to a friend or donating it to a charity. You can also reuse it in the game next year!

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