The Best Serious White Elephant Gift Ideas that Everyone Will Want!


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The Best White Elephant Gifts

Don’t be the person that brings the gift no one wants. We’ve got you covered for all the White Elephant exchanges this holiday season – whether it’s your office colleagues, book club friends or drinking buddies!

Here are the best white elephant gifts that will be subject to multiple steals! As a bonus, most everything listed below, whether funny, useful or serious, is under $30.


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What Are White Elephant Gifts?

Whether you call it – Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa or White Elephant – the general gist is the same. Everyone brings a wrapped gift and draws a number.

The gifts are piled together and each guest chooses a gift in order of their number. The first person chooses from the pile, but each next person can choose to either ‘steal’ an opened gift or choose a new wrapped present. The game keeps going until the last person goes! If your gift is stolen, you can either choose another wrapped gift or steal someone else’s present.

White Elephant parties are fun, but only if you end up with the right mix of gifts – some funny, some cool and some useful. The point is to get some friendly competition going!






Best White Elephant Gifts Under $25

Whether you’re hunting for cool, quirky or cheeky, here are our top picks for white elephant gifts between between $20 – $25.


1. Mixology Dice

mixology dice set

Take your pre games to the next level with these fun Mixology Dice!

Made from great quality birch wood, each of the dice in this mixology set will provide endless inspiration for hand crafted cocktails. The included instruction booklet shows you how to roll the dice for traditional drinks, ingredient ratios and mixing tips.

Have fun! With 8 dice (spirit, sugar, liquor, citrus, fruit, herb , spice and bitters), you can craft over 1.5 million drink combinations!

Shop Mixology Dice Set


2. If You Love Me You’ll Let Me Sleep Pillow Cover

great white elephant gift decorative pillow

Adorable and funny, these pillow covers make a statement! There are 6 designs to choose from but our favorite is the pillow cover that says “If you really love me… you’ll let me sleep!”

Shop Funny Pillow Cover



3. Siracha Keychain

siracha keychain

We all have that one friend who douses their food in siracha and carries their own hot sauce.

Well, now there’s the perfect gift for them! This set of 2 siracha minis are totally portable wherever you go and best of all, they’re refillable.

Shop Siracha Keychain


4. Stumbling Blocks Game

stumbling blocks game white elephant party

This modern twist on the classic Jenga game will have everyone in a good mood for the holidays.

Build up a tower, gather everyone around to grab a block… and hope the structure doesn’t fall! As a plus, there are fun drinking prompts with instructions to dial up the game a notch as well as 4 shot glasses.

Shop Stumbling Blocks Game



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5. Wine Away Stain Remover

This stain remover is pure magic in a bottle.

Not only does it work on both fresh and dried wine stains, it can clear out coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, even pet accidents! The stain remover is tiny enough to stick in a purse and is free from bleach and harsh phosphates.

Shop Wine Away Stain Remover



6. Hidden Bracelet Flask

Why let the guys have all the fun?

This bracelet flask is great for not only the club (post happy hour) but holiday parties you have to attend (but don’t really want to).

Available in a ton of different colors + finishes and comes with a little filter to easily pour in your favorite liquor. Come on, what’s not to love about an enormous bracelet fillled with booze? 

Shop Bangle Flask






Serious White Elephant Gift Ideas

While we always appreciate a funny white elephant gift, sometimes you don’t quite know the humor level of the crowd. Maybe it’s an office party.. maybe it’s family members.. if you don’t know who the recipient will be, sometimes you need a serious white elephant gift that will actually get used or be appreciated.

Here are classy and useful white elephant gifts everyone will fight for! And hey, we won’t judge if you steal your own gift for yourself :)


7. Cocktail Shaker Bar Set 

good white elephant gifts bar cocktail set

We bet people will be stealing this cocktail set left and right.

With a stainless steel shaker, jigger and bar spoon, this cocktail set looks sleek and elegant. It’s perfect for beginner and experienced bartenders and we especially love how the shaker has a built-in strainer, something you usually only find in much more expensive bar sets!

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8. Personalized Visa Gift Card


Gift cards are a universally loved gift. But, avoid the ordinary and opt for a personalized visa gift lets you choose from either a huge spread of pre-designed options or personalized options, where you create a card with your own photo!

Some ideas: a group photo of the whole gang? a photo of the office? or, a photo of you to remind the recipient who the great gift giver was :) The customization goes even further, as you can choose the text you want on the card and include a cute card with the gift.

For our white elephant exchange, we chose this festive ornament design and wrote “Enjoy, It’s On Me!” Whoever winds up with this gift is guaranteed to use it, since who doesn’t want money??

Shop Personalized Visa Gift Card





9. Stainless Steel Straws

stainless steel straws

We’re obsessed with stainless steel straws lately. Not only are they better for the environment than plastic straws, they instantly class up a mason jar drink!

This drinking straw set makes the perfect white elephant gift – it’s useful, comes with both straight and curved straws and inexpensive!

We also like this 8 piece reusable utensil set that comes with its own case!

Shop Stainless Steel Straws


10. Personalized Water Bottle


Another useful white elephant gift idea: an insulated mug.

Tervis makes completely customize-able cups, making it a great gift for office colleagues, sports team buddies or people whose tastes you don’t know all that well.

Upload a cute group photo (maybe one taken at the last group activity?) and create a personalized tumbler, coffee mug, water bottle – or even wine glass and beer mug!

Best of all, Tervis cups are insulated, so they keep hot drinks hot for 8 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. And let’s face it, hydration tastes better when its a thoughtful creation.

Shop Insulated Personalized Water Bottle





11. Large Ice Cube Trays

This jumbo square molds create 2 inch giant ice cubes – perfect for fancy cocktails and iced coffee! You can even infuse mint or fruit to make flavored ice cube treats for your drinks. 

Guaranteed to be a hit at the white elephant party.

Shop Large Ice Cube Tray


12. Aromatic Shower Tables

Essentially a bath bomb for the shower! These fizzy tablets turn a regular shower into euphoria with aromatic scents. The best white elephant gift to give to someone who deserves an everyday treat.

Shop Aromatic Shower Tables





13. Disposable Camera

white elephant gift disposable camera

Why not get a fun, useful gift that can be used during the holiday party?

Vintage fuji film cameras are easy to use, fun for the entire group and work perfectly indoors and outdoors.

Shop Disposable Camera


14. Airpod Silicone Case

Colorful airpod cases in every color to protect your airpods from bumps, scratches and spills!

Shop Airpod Cover





15. Skincare Gift Set

A pampering skin care set everyone at the white elephant party will fight over!

Shop Burts Bees Classic Gift Set


16. Resuable Organic Bags

This eco friendly gift idea is perfect for your friends who already are earth conscious… or those who need a little helping hand.

Not only are these cotton bags chic, fashionable and resuable but they can hold up to 40 pounds – so they’ll support more than a normal grocery bag!

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Funny White Elephant Gifts

If you want to get a laugh, here are some hilarious white elephant gifts the whole group will die for:


17. Fortune Baking Cups

The perfect white elephant gift for the group foodie or enthusiastic chef. The set of 12 baking cups comes with different fortunes stamped at the bottom. Fun, yet functional!

Shop Fortune Baking Cups


18. Desktop Cornhole

A hilarious gag gift for work white elephant party. This mini cornhole kit has everything you need to play the iconic lawn game right at your desk.

Shop Desktop Cornhole





19. Llama Tea Diffuser

A fun yet functional gift, this playful silicone llama is a great tea infuser. Just place loose leaf tea inside, dunk him in a cup and the recipient will enjoy perfectly brewed tea!

Shop Tea Infuser


20. Dinosaur Desk Phone Stand

This colorful dinosaur looks cute… and is also functional!

Although it looks tiny, it’s stable enough to hold any smart phone or table. Great to use at your office desk, on the kitchen counter while cooking or anywhere you need a tech stand!

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21. How to Poo at Work

how to poo at work

This is a hilarious gift idea for your work holiday party.

This essential How to Poo at Work guide will help you navigate potentially awkward situations like…

  • the boss in the next stall
  • clogging the toilet
  • no toilet paper
  • a colleague following you into the bathroom

Even better? it’s “flush” with useful diagrams to prevent your career from “going down the toilet”!

Shop How to Poo at Work


22. Swear Word Coloring Book

best white elephant gift under 20

Adult coloring books are somehow all the rage these days.

Grab this unique white elephant gift idea to help your friends blow off some steam. This swear word coloring book for adults comes complete with high quality paper stock, imaginative designs and glitter pens to help you relax after a long, hard day.

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23. Bathroom Guest Book

best funny white elephant gifts

Want a quirky white elephant gift idea? Well this Bathroom Guestbook is guaranteed to get a laugh.

It turns a routine bathroom break into a chance to unleash their deepest thoughts – whether they want to journal, doodle or comment on the bathroom decor!

Shop Bathroom Guest Book


24. Funny Reminder Door Mat

funny white elephant gift door mat

For that forgetful friend of yours who’s always late, this funny door mat makes the perfect holiday gift! It’s hilarious and we bet after laying this down, they’ll never leave without their keys, wallet or phone!

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25. Poo Pourri Potty Potion

potty potion funny white elephant gift idea

Ok, we couldn’t resist one last potty joke gift idea.

We’ve received this as a gag gift before and can personally say that it’s not only funny but essential. Bring a Poo Pourri bottle to your next White Elephant party so that your friends and family can become a master of doo disguise.

As they say – smelling is believing!

Shop Poo Pourri Potty Potion


26. World’s Smallest Vacuum

This miniature vacuum can suck up even the tiniest set of dust. A great white elephant gift for coworkers to clean their keyboards!

Shop Tiny Vacuum





27. Shot Glass Roulette Drinking Game

A fun twist on the classic game of roulette! This adult white elephant gift idea has 16 shot glasses, two metal balls and a spinning roulette wheel.

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28. Gracula Garlic Twist Crusher

Dracula cuts, dices and minces whole cloves of garlic – so you can keep your hands odor free!

Shop Garlic Crusher





29. The Voting Game

How well do you really know your friends and family? Get to know everyone at your holiday party with this hilarious adult party game!

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30. Sushi Pushpins

Serve up some *raw* amusement with these fun push pins!

The set includes a “sushi holder” and 50 orange “roe” tacks, making it a fun white elephant gift for sushi lovers, students, a friend with a new job!

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Useful White Elephant Gifts

Don’t waste money on a gift people will throw away – get them something affordable and useful that they’ll love! Here are our suggestions for practical, great white elephant gifts.


31. Portable Speaker

useful white elephant gift bluetooth portable speaker

It’s surprisingly harder than you’d think to find a great bluetooth speaker that doesn’t break the bank.

This portable speaker makes the perfect white elephant gift. Smooth, intuitive to touch and amazing sound quality, it’s a miracle that it’s under $30!

Shop Portable Bluetooth Speaker


32. Ice Roller

ice roller

Now this ice roller is the gift no one knew they needed. But, they’ll thank you once they’ve tried it!

Ice rollers are the hottest beauty gadgets of 2019. Not only do they massage your face to shrink pores, calm skin and relieve fatigue, they can also alleviate facial redness and prevent wrinkles! All the women in your white elephant gift exchange will be fighting each other to grab this gift.

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33. Fancy Candle

white elephant gift idea candle

Every White Elephant gift exchange has at least one nice, expensive gift and this Diptyque candle is totally it.

It smells like a classic Christmas tree, from the warmth of the bark to the freshness of the leaves! If you want a classic, good White Elephant gift, a candle is it!

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34. Microwave Popcorn Popper

useful-white elephant gift idea microwave popcorn popper

Foodies will love this air popper.

In just 2 and a half minutes, this fun red popcorn maker will turn regular kernels into fluffy, light, delicious movie quality popcorn… at home! It’s extremely easy to use: just add popcorn, oil, salt and your favorite seasonings and stick it in the microwave!

Best of all, you can eat directly out of the cute red popper – no need to wash extra popcorn bowls!

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35. Whiskey Stones

Know someone who loves a stiff drink?

These reusable whiskey cubes are a great white elephant gift for men. The kit includes 8 stainless steel ice cubes, a freezer tray, 2 classy coasters and barman togs.

Or, if they’re more of a beer drinker, get these foaming stones which give bottled and canned brews a fresh bubbly boost!

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36. Bulletproof Glass

This 11 oz whiskey glass is handmade by a family team of artisan glass makers. It even includes a real bullet!

Shop Benshot Bullet Glass





37. Novelty Bottle Stopper

Don’t let your drinks lose their fizz after the party!

These reusable silicone stoppers look like cute knit hats and are the perfect cork replacement. Dishwasher safe too!

Shop Beanie Silicone Bottle Stopper


Let us know the best gift you’ve snagged from a White Elephant party in the comments! 


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  1. Mary
    November 17, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    The bangle bracelet flask was a really great gift last year at Christmas.

    • Sher
      November 18, 2019 / 10:47 am

      ooh thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Gb
    December 16, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    The only website that actually had gifts that I think people would not only like but actually use! Thank you, buying two of your ideas

  3. Barbra Williams
    October 8, 2020 / 7:30 am

    great list and thanks for many options to choose from. It was worth reading

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