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White Elephant Gift Ideas

Posted by  ·  December 7, 2018  ·  Last Updated: December 11, 2018

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Here are the most fun White Elephant gift ideas for your holiday party! Everyone will get a big laugh out of these clever ideas. You will also find four printable tags to attach to a gift for a last minute White Elephant gift.

DIY White Elephant Gifts

in case of emergency break glass frame filled with chocolate

Printable White Elephant Gift Tags {FREE}

If you need a good gag gift QUICK for a White Elephant party check out these DIY White Elephant gift ideas.  They only take a few minutes to make. All you need to do is gather the simple gift, print the gift tag, attach and wrap. EASY! 

Extra Dough

Everyone could use some extra dough at the holidays! Feel a container with cookie dough (it doesn’t even have to be homemade) and attach the gift tag.

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cookie dough in container with tag that say extra dough

In Case Of Emergency Break Glass

A small (6 X 6) shadow box fram works perfect for this white elephant gift itdea!  Remove back, Place tag on glass and fill frame with candy. Replace back and you have cute little gift.  Be sure to wrap it up with a small hammer.  I found this one at Harbor Freight. You might see what the dollar store has.

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shadow box filled with candy hammer in case of emergency break glass

Ultimate Stress Reliever

This is a great way to recycle bubble wrap at the holidays!

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bubble wrap with ultimate stress reliever

Toy Not Included

This white elephant gift idea is a play on the batteries not included notice found on toys.   All you need to to is wrap up some batteries and attach the gift tag.

Toy not included gift tag

batteries with toy not included gift tag


White Elephant Gift Ideas

It’s almost that time of year, full of Christmas parties.  Office parties, neighborhood parties, or a church get together are sure to be on your list!  If  I am guessing right, one or more will be a white elephant party! Don’t fret this post will help you find a clever gift to give that will have everyone laughing or at least make people smile!


White Elephant Gift Ideas

These ideas you can easily purchase online.

Bacon Toothpaste

For the bacon lovers of the world, this over the top bacon flavored tooth paste is a funny and somewhat gross way to celebrate a love for bacon!  It will be sure to get everyone laughing. 

White Elephant Gift Ideas

Nose Cups

These pick your nose cups!  They are pretty realistic.  When sippers tip their heads to take a drink, it appears they’ve grown a different nose and sometimes even a mustache.  
White Elephant Gift Ideas

Bald Man’s Comb

I can see the bald man’s comb being the perfect gift to give the right person!  A curved comb made just for that special person! 

White Elephant Gift Ideas

Wine Glass Topper

How about a wine glass for a top of a wine bottle? Too funny!
wine glass topper with wine

Mistletoe Headband

Tis’ the season. Someone can seal the deal with this not so subtle mistletoe headband. It is sure to create a stir being passed around a party.

White Elephant Gift party Ideas

Cold Hard Cash

This is another DIY white elephant gift idea. It is easy to do if you allow a bit of time!  Freeze some money in a chunk of ice for a play on words, just make sure it is in a ziplock bag.


Slide to Unlock Window Decal

This slide to unlock window decal is fun to stick on someone’s car. It makes a clever gift, especially for the tech savvy.

White Elephant Gift Ideas

Hush Coffee Lover Mug

This mug gives the appropriate warning for the coffee addicted.

Dust Mop Slippers

Help them accomplish two things at once with these dust mop slippers, keep their feet warm while cleaning the floors. Watch out dust bunnies.

White Elephant Gift Ideas

Toilet Golf

For the avid golfer, because who wouldn’t want to play golf on the toilet. Perfect gag gift.

toilet golf
Love these white elephant gift ideas? Now it’s time to learn how to play this fun exchange party game.

How do you play the game White Elephant?

If you are the one hosting a white elephant gift exchange party here are some important and easy tips to help make it successful!

1. Set up simple rules.  Are gifts meant to be used or new?  Funny gifts?  A little of both?   Do you need to set a price limit?  Be clear with what is expected with gifts.  Not everyone knows.

2. Let everyone know to wrap and keep their gifts secret.  Gifts can be labeled for gender if needed.

3. The Game!

How to exchange the gifts…

Write out numbers on paper. Make numbers for however many people are participating in the gift exchange. For example, if there are 15 people participating, write out the numbers 1 through 15 on small pieces of paper, fold them once or twice, and throw them into a small bowl or bag.   Have everyone draw a number. The number will signify the order in which they choose a gift.

Begin with the person who draws #1. The first person selects a gift in the gift box and opens it. The turn ends.  The next person can choose to steal the previously opened gift or choose an opened gift from the pile.  A person who has his/her gift stolen from them gets to either steal a gift from someone else or choose a replacement gift from the pile. You cannot immediately steal back a gift that was stolen from you.  You must wait for at least one round before stealing back a gift that was once in your possession. A gift can only be stolen once in a turn.    You can decide the number of times a particular gift can be stolen.  Repeat choosing gifts in order number. The person with the next highest number again either chooses from remaining wrapped gifts or can steal an unwrapped gift from someone else that has not been stolen that round.

What is the difference between a White Elephant and Yankee Swap?

There is a little difference between a Yankee Swap and a white Elephant Swap. Typically the gifts one brings to a Yankee Swap should be more “useful” than those that you might bring to a White Elephant swap.

What is the difference between a White Elephant and Secret Santa?

A Secret Santa knows who they’ll be shopping for. The exchange is supposed to stay secret until after the gift is given. White Elephant exchanges tend to involve funny gifts. A gag type of gift.  Your gift is not meant for a specific person.

Why do we call it a White Elephant?

A  term white elephant refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift that cannot be easily disposed of, based on the legend of the King of Siam. He gave rare albino elephants considered sacred, to whom he disliked, knowing that taking care of the animal would exhaust the person’s fortune.


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  1. Sunday, November 12th, 2017
    Fantastic list! And I'm over here thinking I kinda want those dust mop slippers so I hope someone in our white elephant group reads this post lol ;)