It’s white elephant gift season. Some are funny, some are original, and some are just practical. But what to choose? Ultimately, you ideally want the gift you are contributing to be one that others covet and exchange. And, at least you don’t want it to be the dud the recipient leaves behind when they get home.
The problem is, you probably don’t know everyone involved in the gift exchange, which can make choosing the right gift especially difficult. And with all the pressure you go under choosing gifts for your family and friends, the white elephant gift can be an afterthought.
Don’t Miss These Top Rated White Elephant Gifts
The generosity of holiday gifts makes it difficult to choose a white elephant gift. You don’t want to blow your budget, but you want the gift to be appreciated by party-goers. We are here to help you. Below we’ve listed the 15 best white elephant gifts we’ve found. As always, the prices shown may fluctuate over time.
1. Tyrone Hazen Cold Beer Coats
Tyrone Hazen Cold Beer Coats are great for those who enjoy brewing, but they are also suitable for cans filled with sodas and other beverages. Choose navy / yellow, olive / orange, black / beige and red / beige. Each is made of nylon, cotton, and aluminized paper and measures 3.25 inches by 6.5 inches. Don’t worry if a drink spills on it; you can just wipe it with a damp cloth to keep it clean.
Buy from Uncommon Goods for $ 13.
2. The Negg hard-boiled egg peeler
Okay, we’ll call this an original gift, but it’s also practical. The Negg hard-boiled egg peeler is also fun. All you do is fill the cylinder with a quarter cup of water, place the egg inside, snap on the top, and shake. Four to 12 shakes later, and the shell comes off easily. Each egg peeler measures 3.75 inches by 2.88 inches. Choose from seven colors. You can buy a single peeler or a set.
Buy from The Grommet starting at $ 14.95.
3. Dakota Fields Elephant Figure
What if you gave a white elephant as a white elephant gift? The Dakota Fields Elephant Figure is a brilliant baby elephant that is sure to be a laughing stock and then become a much sought-after gift. This ceramic elephant has a patchwork pattern and a curved trunk for good luck. Choose the size 7 inches by 7.25 inches by 3.5 inches or 9 inches by 10 inches by 4.75 inches.
Buy from Wayfair starting at $ 25.74.
4. Sharper image rock glass
Anyone who loves spirits (but, really, any other cold drink) will find the Sharper Image Rock Glass. The “rock formation” at the bottom of the 8-ounce glass not only keeps the drink cold, but also increases the flavor of the drink. The glass comes with a silicone freezer mold that creates a long lasting scoop of ice cream that cools your drink evenly without diluting it. Cheers!
Buy from Sharper Image for $ 29.99.
5. Burt’s Bees Box
We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love the Burt’s Bees Gift Set. Items include travel size containers of Chamomile Bark Soap Deep Cleansing Cream, Hand Balm, Honey Milk Body Lotion, Walnut Foot Cream coconut and beeswax lip balm. Burt’s Bees are known to be premium moisturizers for dry, cracked and rough skin.
Buy from Amazon for $ 9.57.
6. ICUP National Lampoon Christmas Holiday Moose Mug
You don’t even have to be a fan of the 1989 film to laugh at the National Lampoon Christmas Holiday Christmas Mug. The brightly colored box with a photo of the film’s main star, Chevy Chase, is enough to make almost anyone smile. The mug is glass, holds 8 ounces of drink, and is fun in a mug.
Buy from Kohl’s for $ 18 with code SHOP25.
7. Craft owl store World’s Most Correct Employee Mug
The Artisan Owl Store Okayest Employee Mug is meant to be a lot of laughs, whether the White Elephant Swap is at work or elsewhere. This white and black mug measures 5 inches by 3.25 inches by 4.6 inches and holds 15 ounces of liquid. It has an easy to grip handle and the slogan is printed on both sides of the mug. This way it is ideal for left or right handed users.
Buy from Amazon for $ 15.95.
8. The Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Professional Color-Coded Knife Set
The Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Professional Color-Coded Knife Set is a welcome addition to any kitchen. They each have a non-stick color coating designed to make slicing easier and help prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen. The set includes six knives and six colored blade guards.
Buy from WalMart for $ 19.04.
9. Gotcha Covered Forgetful People Notebook
The 8.5 inch by 11 inch Gotcha Covered Forgetful People Notepad contains 120 sheets of paper, perfect for taking lots of notes on the go. Both the soft and hard cover versions are thick and durable. The 9/16 inch metal spiral binding keeps the notebook flat. Choose from four different notebook styles, 10 different design options, and seven different spiral colors. Note taking has never been so colorful.
Buy on Zazzle for $ 16.07.
10. Porter Glass
Anyone who enjoys sipping iced coffee, chilled wine, lemonade or other drinks, so everyone, will appreciate the Porter Glass. Each borosilicate glass has a plastic lid and is dishwasher and microwave safe. The 4.3-inch by 3.6-inch by 3.6-inch glass holds 15 ounces and is available in your choice of nine colors. If you know the recipient, have that personalized as well.
Buy from W&P starting at $ 20.
11. The jute bag holiday candle
The burlap sack holiday candle that declares the Christmas sweater sticky soy candle looks like it was made for a white elephant party. The 9 oz candle has a gingerbread cookie scent. It burns for 70 hours, so it will last throughout the vacation. Despite the funny saying, this candle is stylish and is hand cast to ensure quality.
Buy from Macy’s for $ 14 with code AMI.
12. Harry & David Tinsel Townhouse Box
We bet this Harry & David Tinsel townhouse box will get people coming in and claiming it at the White Elephant gift exchange – or wherever else it’s offered. The packaging shows a home party scene and contains three types of delicious popcorn: 1.6 ounces of cheesy popcorn, 6 ounces of caramel popcorn, and 4 ounces of sugared popcorn. cinnamon. Makes a good taste of a gift.
Buy from Harry & David for $ 19.99.
13. FlipTop Infusion Savvy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
You’ve probably seen the popular Savvy Infusion FlipTop Fruit Infuser Water Bottle in homes and workplaces. This bottle is made of shatterproof Tritan plastic, sized to fit cup holders. Of course, the real excitement of this bottle is that you can fill it with still or sparkling water and add fruit to the central cylinder. The fruit will naturally scent the water. Also use it with lemon water and tea. It is even dishwasher safe. Choose from four colors. We bet this 24 oz bottle will be the hit of your party.
Buy from Amazon from $ 17.45.
14. LL Bean Wicked Plush Throw
It doesn’t matter whether the recipient of your gift lives in Maine or Florida; we bet they’ll love the warm and cuddly LL Bean Wicked plush throw. It is made from 100% polyester with plush on each side for added comfort. It is available in Large (50 inches by 60 inches) and Extra Large (60 inches by 80 inches). Choose from eight colors. You can bet this gift will make you have a warm holiday.
Buy from LL Bean starting at $ 29.95.
15. Nostalgia egg cooker
The Nostalgia Moderate Egg Cooker makes it easy to prepare poached, hard-boiled and scrambled eggs in no time. Just follow the step by step instructions for making steamed eggs or vegetables or other foods. The cooker automatically heats the eggs for the perfect amount of time. The box includes egg piercing tip, egg tray and egg separator. It measures only 7.17 inches by 6.34 inches by 6.34 inches and is available in various colors.
Buy from Walmart starting at $ 8.95.
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