White Elephant Gift Ideas
Published on November 5, 2021

White Elephant Gift Ideas for 2021

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We've been putting a lot of thought into what makes for the perfect white elephant gift and we're pretty sure we have it figured out. All of the best white elephant gifts have two things in common. They are (1) quirky or unique, yet (2) practical. And if you think about it, that makes complete sense. No one wants a boring gift. That's not any fun in a white elephant gift exchange. The only thing worse than a boring gift is one that is so impractical that it's completely useless! With these two features in mind, we have crafted the perfect guide to white elephant gifts. The creative gifts you'll find below ride the fine line that makes for the perfect white elephant gift idea.


White Elephant Gift Ideas for $30

$30 White Elephant Gifts

Santa Pigeon Tree TopperFriends Mug SetMiss Minutes ClockHanging Sloth Crossbody Bag
Kraft Foods Variety Game PackChristmas Story Leg Lamp Clapper LightGarbage Pail Kids Nasty Nick Fleece BlanketBob Ross Nutcracker

Many white elephant gift exchanges have a maximum present price so that everyone receives gifts of roughly the same value. As you very well know, the best white elephant gifts aren't always the most expensive ones. Rather, they're often silly yet practical, or sometimes they're completely outrageous in every way. (We're going to give you the best of both worlds here, because who doesn't like a little variety?) Popular licensed gifts from TV, movies, memes and the like are excellent white elephant gift exchange material. Like this Christmas Story leg lamp clapper light. Or perhaps a silly sloth bag! Even ridiculous gifts such as the Santa pigeon on an ostrich tree topper are sure to get some chuckles at your office party or family event.


White Elephant Gifts Under $25

$25 White Elephant Gifts

'53 Chevy and Tapatio Man Figure SetLightsaber Light SetLED Deadpool Beanie HatThe Office Michael Scott Quotes Throw Blanket
Mandalorian This is the Way DoormatNightmare Before Christmas Zero ScarfReAction Ghost Papa Emeritus Nihil Action FigurePizza Planet Insulated Lunch Bag

It's pretty easy to find a nice array of gifts for $25 or less, so this is a popular price limit for white elephant gift exchanges and Yankee swaps. Whether you decide to get something big—such as a goofy doormat or a smaller, quirky action figure—you have plenty of wiggle room. (Of course, don't forget to wrap your gift in a way so that the contents aren't able to be guessed easily! This might already be a clause in your white elephant gift rules.) We hope you take the time to explore all of your $25 gift ideas.


White Elephant Give Ideas for $20

$20 White Elephant Gifts

Jaws Logo DoormatIron Maiden Rubik's CubeGolden Girls Shot Glass SetRubber Chicken Sunshade
Flamingolf SetUnicorn Squirrel FeederChristmas Vacation Glass Moose MugDabbing Squidward Figure

Is it possible to get good white elephant gifts for $20? Of course it is! You can find cool white elephant gifts like a Jaws doormat, or something a bit sillier like a weird car sunshade that makes it look like your vehicle is filled with rubber chickens. Of course, there's always the classic Chia Pet, many of which fall within the range of $20 gifts. Plenty of these unique presents would also be great for Secret Santa gifts too—you could say that they're a brother or cousin to white elephant exchanges!


White Elephant Gift Ideas for $10

$10 White Elephant Gifts

Batman Multi-ToolRick and Morty Car Ride StickerPlush Donut PackageElf Quote Socks
Drinkin' with Lincoln Party GameDashboard JesusGarfield MugFriends Central Perk Trivia Coasters

A little goes a long way when it comes to these tiny but mighty white elephant ideas. $10 gifts can be filled with lots of surprises, from the Batman multi-tool to the dashboard Jesus. Even a snarky Garfield mug is sure to be stolen a few times if you're playing white elephant games! You don't need to break the bank for your white elephant or Secret Santa event, as these cheap gifts will prove.


White Elephant Gift Ideas for $50


Queen Monopoly GameBuddy Christ SweaterLOTR Gandalf vs Balrog Figural LightNarwhal Kigurumi
Lucy's Chocolate Factory Cookie JarDoctor Who Tardis Console LightBuddy the Elf SweaterA Christmas Story Nutcracker

While we previously touted the benefits of inexpensive gifts for white elephant parties, nothing is stopping you from spending a little bit more if you're allowed to buy practically anything. Who wouldn't want a Queen Monopoly game that allows you to buy up all of their best venues? What about a Buddy Christ sweater with Mooby the Golden Calf icons? You can even get Gandalf vs. the Balrog figural light which is bound to be the coolest thing in anyone's room. If you happened to purposely "forget" your budget because you couldn't take your eyes off the perfect white elephant gift, we're not going to tell on you.


White Elephant Gifts Everyone Will Fight For

Best White Elephant Gifts

TMNT Shredder Cheese GraterGolden Girls Car SunshadeDonut Ear MuffsThe Office Dunder Mifflin Paper Ream Planter
Spongebob JammerallsBeer Bottle Opener and CounterBob Ross Rubik's CubeUnicorn Taco Holder

Some of the most fun white elephant gifts are just plain weird, cute, or puns brought to life. (Here's looking at you, Shredder shredder.) Winter essentials such as hats and earmuffs are also great, but when they're adorably made to look like donuts, that makes them even better! The fact that these gag gifts have both form and function will make everyone jealous. Of course, who could forget icons such as Bob Ross or Admiral Ackbar? These funny white elephant gifts most certainly aren't a trap!


Elephant White Elephant Gifts

Funny White Elephant Gifts

Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo Statue2 pc Elephant PlantersDumbo Funko Pop!Dumbo Mug

What kind of a white elephant gift exchange would it be without some elephant gifts—perhaps with an actual white elephant if you're feeling crafty? Other elephant gift ideas include planters, mugs and figurines! You're sure to get a few good belly-laughs by giving actual elephant gifts at your next office Christmas party.


When it comes to white elephant gift exchanges, it really comes down to reading the crowd. Between your knowledge of who you're buying for and our wide variety of unique gifts, we are positive that there is the perfect gift for any gift exchange on FUN.com. Pick the right gift, and you'll be watching people chase it all the way around the room. What do you think? Did you find what you were looking for? If you have any advice for other white elephant shoppers, please post it down below before buying the best gifts. Or if you're looking for our favorite holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, then check out our annual holiday gift guide. Thank you for reading, and happy holidays!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at FUN.com, where she is an assistant editor and writes about Disney, Pokémon, and gift guides.

What’s fun for her? Angela keeps busy playing video games (Fire Emblem, Pokémon, and Skyrim are her favorites), drawing, sewing, and taking silly pictures with her cats. You can follow her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.