White Elephant Gift Ideas
Published on December 7, 2020

White Elephant Gift Ideas for 2021

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We've been putting a lot of thought into what really makes for the perfect White Elephant gift, and we are 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

Mister Rogers DoormatFriends Mug SetSanta Pigeon Tree TopperMinnesota Vikings Birdhouse
Pickle Rick String LightsChristmas Story Leg Lamp Clapper Light4 pc. Grinch GlassesSpongebob Popcorn Popper

Many White Elephant gift exchanges have a maximum present price so that everyone is getting 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, such as the Christmas Story leg lamp clapper light. Or perhaps a silly Spongebob popcorn popper! 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 Give Ideas for $20

$20 White Elephant Gifts

Rubber Chicken SunshadeScarvesBob Ross Chia PetJaws Apron and Oven Mitt
BBQ Branding IronFlamingolf SetUnicorn Squirrel FeederChestburster Surprise Mug

Is it possible to get good White Elephant gifts for $20? We'd like to argue yes! You can find cool White Elephant gifts like the BBQ branding iron, 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

Dashboard Monk FigurineUgly Sweater Mug With Removable SweaterElf Quote SocksFriends Central Perk Trivia Coasters
Twinkie Christmas OrnamentThe Office Dwight Quote Playing CardsAvocado PopperPop-Tarts Card Game

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 ugly sweater mug to the twinkie ornament or dashboard monk. Even some The Office playing cards with Dwight and several of his best sayings are 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

$50 White Elephant Gifts

The Grinch KigurumiDeath Star ToasterPlankton Rising Board GameLarge Blobfish plush
Doctor Who Tardis Console LightStar Wars Rebel Symbol TieBuddy Christ Sweater"All Hail" Hypnotoad Figure

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 Death Star-shaped toaster that burns tie fighters into your toast? What about a Buddy Christ sweater with Mooby the Golden Calf icons? You can even get a large blobfish plush that's all kind of ugly cute. 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

Mug Shots Gangster Shot GlassesCute Cactus LampDinosaur Shower HeadDonut Ear Muffs
Admiral Ackbar Boxer BriefsTMNT Shredder Cheese GraterCactus Slouch Beanie HatBob Ross Rubik's Cube

Some of the most fun White Elephant gifts are just plain weird, cute or puns brought to life. (Here's to looking at you, mug shots and Shredder shredder.) Winter essentials such as hats and earmuffs are also great, but when they're adorably made to look like a cactus or donuts, that makes them even better! The fact that they 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

Silly White Elephant Gifts

DIY Dumbo Pop! VinylElephant Squishmallow2 pc Elephant Planters700 pc Elephant Puzzle

What kind of a White Elephant gift exchange would it be without some elephant gifts—perhaps with an actual white elephant?  Funko's DIY Dumbo Pop! figurine is just that, but the winner can decide whether they'd like their elephant to stay white or not. Other elephant gift ideas include planters, stuffed animals, and even a puzzle! You're sure to get a few good belly-laughs by giving actual elephants 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 absolutely 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 guideThank 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.