White Elephant Gift Ideas
Published on December 4, 2023

White Elephant Gift Ideas for 2023

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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

TMNT Leonardo Tubbz DuckCowboy Boots Light SetTurkey with Fez MugMinnie Mouse Waffle Maker
Minecraft Fox LightLoZ Miniature Triforce TreeNBC Mayor NutcrackerPlanet Plates

Many white elephant gift exchanges have a maximum present price so that everyone receives gifts of roughly the same value. As you 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'll 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 Friends turkey mug. Or perhaps a silly string light set! Even ridiculous gifts, such as the TMNT rubber ducky, are sure to get some chuckles at your office party or family event.


White Elephant Gifts Under $25

$25 White Elephant Gifts

Adult Nerf SlippersNBC Zero ScarfLoZ Master Sword UmbrellaRed Dragon Slippers
It Tapestry ThrowKool-Aid Jenga GamePotato Head SlippersSuper Mario Star Tree Topper

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 can't 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

Princess Bride Sword Fight SlippersYi-Gi-Oh! Pom BeanieStar Trek Transporter MugRepeat Back Christmas Duck
Bob Ross Self-Painting MugWeird Al Chia PetStar Wars Salt and Pepper Shaker SetSchitt's Creek Party Game

Is it possible to get good white elephant gifts for $20? Of course it is! You can find cool white elephant gifts like a heat-change mug, 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

Zombie PillowChristmas Vacation Glamour Shot SocksBuddy the Elf Playing CardsA Christmas Story Puzzle
A Christmas Story Playing CardsPumpkin and Unicorn PuzzleBatman Multi-ToolElvis Presley Vinyl Figure

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 goofy puzzles. Even a silly pair of socks will surely be stolen a few times if you play white elephant games! As these cheap gifts will prove, you don't need to break the bank for your white elephant or Secret Santa event.


White Elephant Gift Ideas for $50

$50 White Elephant Gifts

LOTR You Shall Not Pass SweaterMinecraft Creeper LampBritney Spears MonopolyBumblebee Union Suit
Scooby-Doo Clue GameSnowman Balls Ugly SweaterHalo Energy Sword LampSuperman 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 Scooby-Doo Clue game where they solve mysteries? What about a Superman nutcracker that cracks open walnuts with his abs of steel? You can even get a Halo energy sword desk lamp 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

Snorlax SlippersMr. Rogers DoormatWampa RugUnicorn Taco Holder
28" Leg LampBeer Bottle Opener and CounterSpongeBob SquarePants Salt and Pepper Shaker SetRaptor Claw Bottle Opener

Some of the most fun white elephant gifts are just plain weird, cute, or off-the-wall. Winter essentials such as snuggly pajamas and slippers are great, but when they're adorably made to look like sleepy Snorlax, 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 SpongeBob or Star Wars? These funny white elephant gifts most certainly aren't a trap!


Elephant White Elephant Gifts

Funny White Elephant Gifts

Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo StatueLED Dumbo LightAdult Elephant NoseDumbo 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'll surely 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.