15 Funny and Awesome White Elephant Gift Ideas

Is your office or holiday party doing a white elephant gift exchange? Do you need some good white elephant gift ideas? Here is a whole list of white elephant gift ideas that will bring laughs and sure to please. Some people prefer to give serious white elephant gifts, others want useful white elephants gifts. I think the most important thing though is to give a gift that people will want to steal. Remember, you never want to be the person to bring boring white elephant gifts! Let’s start with some basic rules though. gift ideas

What is a white elephant gift exchange?

Typically a white elephant gift exchange is when an office or holiday party does a gift exchange of impractical gifts. Usually, the goal of a white elephant gift exchange is to entertain party-goers rather than to gain a genuinely great gift or highly sought-after gift items. I however, am of the belief that a white elephant gift can be silly, but still fun. 

White elephant gift exchange Rules:

The rules of a white elephant gift exchange can be tweaked as needed, but here are the basic rules:

  1. Each player brings one wrapped gift to contribute to a common pool.
  2. Players draw numbers to determine what order they will go in.
  3. Players sit in where they can see the pile of gifts.
  4. The first player selects a gift from the pile and opens it.
  5. The following players can choose to either pick an unwrapped gift from the pool or steal a previous player’s gift. Anyone who gets their gift stolen in this way can do the same – choose a new gift or steal from someone else. A present can only be stolen once per turn, which means players who have a gift stolen from them have to wait to get it back. After three swaps, the turn automatically comes to an end (otherwise things could drag on for a long time).
  6. After all players have had a turn, the first player gets a chance to swap the gift he or she is holding for any other opened gift. Anyone whose gift is stolen may steal from someone else (as long as that person hasn’t been stolen from yet). When someone declines to steal a gift, the game comes to an end.

I have found that the best white elephant gift exchanges have a monetary amount set. For example set $25 as the amount. You want all presents to be about equal, otherwise the game won’t be as fun. 

Here are good, awesome, and funny white elephant gift ideas:

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Coloring Book For Adults– Ugly Christmas sweaters. Love them, wear them and color them! This coloring book makes a great gift for someone totally random!

Funny Animal Paw Socks– What could be a better White Elephant gift idea than socks? Maybe only dog feet socks.

Things I Want to Say at Work But Can’t– This blank lined journal gives your recipient a place to write down all those things they just can’t say at work.

Funny White Elephant Gag Gift Exchange Coffee Mug– A coffee mug that tells it like it is? Perfect for a gift exchange!

Talking Toilet Paper Spindle– It just wouldn’t be a White Elephant Gift Exchange without a tacky toilet themed gift in the mix!

Moon Lamp with Stand– If you need a gift that is actually useful, and safe for anyone to get, choose this moon lamp. It is lovely, affordable and perfect for almost anyone!

Beard Beanie– Anyone can have a beard of their very own with these hilarious hats!

The Mini Zen Gardening Kit– The holidays are pretty stressful. Give the gift of calm with this zen garden kit.

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Chia Pet Emoji Poopy – Chia pets are perfect for when you don’t know what to give someone. This Poopy Emoji version will bring laughs and live plants to whomever gets it!

Yodeling Pickle– Nothing says Christmas like a yodeling pickle. This will be a riot at your White Elephant exchange!

Jelly Belly Draft Beer Jelly Beans– Beer flavored jelly beans have just the right vibe for an epic gift exchange!

Adult Achievement Stickers – Give the gift of a reward for adulting. You never know who could use these!

Light Up Gloves – Light up gloves are really fun. Everyone will want to snag this colorful and warm gift!

Bob Ross Bobblehead: With Sound! – This Bob Ross bobblehead even makes sounds! It is perfect for anyone with a sense of art appreciation, or a sense of humor!

The Original Toilet Night Light – This Christmas, give the gift of being able to potty in the dark, without missing. While no one might want to admit it, everyone secretly wants one of these!

TIP: Make sure you follow the rules about any monetary limit set. You don’t want to be the person who was cheap or also broke the rules and spent too much. The monetary amount is set for a reason. I hope you have fun at this years white elephant gift exchange! 

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