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THE BEST white elephant gifts offer a little more than you might think. After all, the objective is to amuse and entertain, but in a fashion that's somewhat competitive. You want to be issuing the best white elephant gift that everybody wants, whether they know it or not. To win the white elephant gift exchange is to start a trade war over the item you thoughtfully selected.
Well, we have a list of the top white elephant gift ideas below, made up of everything from deceptive prank puzzles to Danny Devito sequin pillows. We've got cool skull decanters, fun drinking games, festive Willie Nelson ornaments, and more. Yep, these white elephant gifts offer both a smirk of appreciation and some creative flair.
Top White Elephant Gift Ideas
Best Gift Overall: People of Walmart Activity Book, $11.99
Best Gift Under $10: Pulidiki Car Cleaning Gel, $6
Best Gift Under $15: Funny DIY Sequin Pillow, $14.99
Best Gift Under $20: Smack a Sack-Stress Relief Ball Sack, $17.50
Best Gift Under $30: Yeti 4 oz Stackable Cups, $30
Best Gift Under $40: Make-Your-Own Image Viewfinder, $34.95
Best Gift Under $50: Camerons All-in-One Tailgating Table, $49.99
These presents could end up in the hands of everybody from the coworker down the hall to your boss, so they need to be attractive on a number of levels. A useful white elephant gift is great. A funny white elephant gift is even better (as long as you don't cross the line). Try too hard and the gift could scare people off. Don't try enough and nobody will want that stale item. There's a happy medium and we're here to get you there.
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The People of Walmart Adult In-Activity Book
An activity book is the perfect form of entertainment to help us put our phones down. This gift appeals to all ages, offering plenty of hilarious content inspired by the people of Walmart. Of the many great gag gifts out there, this one may take the cake.
Car-Cleaning Gel Kit
Throw a curve ball with this funny-looking gift. While appearing to be something oozing out of a Ghostbusters movie, this gel is actually quite useful (and good, not evil). It can clean those hard-to-get spots in your car with ease.
Funny DIY Sequin Pillows
Have you seen a better pillow? Didn't think so. These celeb sets are reversible and bring an instant smile to the beholder. They may never get to hand with a movie star but at least they can pretend to on the couch.
All-in-One Tailgating Table
Tailgating and White Elephant gift exchanges are alike in that they both tend to be over the top. Feed the nature of the pregame gathering with this functional table, one that holds multiple beverages and plenty of snacks.
Smack-a-Sack Stress Relief Ball Sack
Sometimes you just need to smack a sack. This pain-relief set allows the user to do just that, without the repercussions of doing the real thing. Chilling out and chuckling at the same time has never been easier.
Every red-blooded American likes to eat in their car. Dealing with sauce can be an issue, but not with the Saucemoto. This Shark Tank-approved gift provides a safe home for that dipping condiment, meaning no mess and no sticky fingers.
Fake Lottery Tickets and Scratch Off Cards
A stellar White Elephant gift is one that plays a savvy trick. Here, we have some winning lottery tickets, so genuine in appearance that the recipient may even scream with joy (followed by the sigh of being duped).
Maybe the best adaptation of the hourglass yet, this funny timer reminds you that the clock is ticking when you're on the pot. So, not more drawing things out while you're on the phone and long done in there.
4 oz Stackable Cups
These new stackable Yeti mini-cups are great for espresso—and even better for shots.
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Here's a solid gift for just about anybody, not just the handy person. The magnetic wristband is great for keeping track of little things like nails, pins and screws, allowing the user to focus on the task at hand instead of juggling little metal objects. Everything at the ready without always running back to the junk drawer or tool box.
Nachosaurus Snack and Dip Set
A fine social accent, this dino-themed nachos set is pretty thoughtful. The chips stack up to make up the spines of the Stegosaurus and there's even an accompanying sauce bowl. Dinosaurs and utensil-free snacking for the win.
Shot Glass Roulette
Knock out all of the vices with this dynamic drinking game. It combines drinking and gambling, essentially Las Vegas in a $20 spin-able gift. It can be used as the ultimate icebreaker at the next after-hours work gathering.
3D Simulation Bread-Shaped Pillow
Go novelty and super-sized with this giant baguette pillow. It looks unbelievably real and allows the user to do what we've all wanted: snuggle up with a fresh-out-of-the-oven loaf.
Solar Charger Power Bank
Give the gift of some extra juice with this solar-powered charging bank. It's a great one for the intrepid weekend warrior who likes to get off the grid or the coworker who's always running low on batteries.
Popcorn Movie Night Supplies
Another mark of a quality White Elephant gift? Mass appeal. This one has that and then some, a movie night survival kit fit with five types of popcorn, seasonings and 16 servings. Movie night!
People of Walmart Adult Coloring Book
Coloring is for adults too. This gift declares as much, offering plenty of hilarious content inspired by the people of Walmart to color. Of the many great gag gifts out there, this one may take the cake.
101 Pooping Puppies Puzzle
Your White Elephant recipient doesn't have to be a pet owner to appreciate the hilarity of this 1,000-piece puzzle. As advertised, you get a project dealing with 101 pooping pups. Something tells us the creators had White Elephant in mind all along.
Custom Retro Viewfinder
Here's a throwback that still kind of blows the mind. The retro viewfinder depicts slides in 3D, which is still impressive even in the era of VR sets. It's a hands on gift circa 1997.
Thor Bottle Opener
If you're going to open a bottle, why not do it with the strength and pizazz of Thor? It's made of metal and the best kind of accessory -- one that brings peace through offerings of shared drink. Warning: The recipient may never want to let go of it.
Xtra Color Camo Waffle House Visor
This gift brings three layers of Americana to the table. First, you get the iconic Waffle house logo. Next, you get the hilarious fit that only a visor can provide. Lastly, camo. Enough said.
AFO Hyperlight Cap
A running hat as a White Elephant gift? Absolutely. When it looks this good, who wouldn't want it? And you don't need to be a runner to enjoy the great fit, cool and collapsible style and eye-catching color.
Taylor Coffee Mug
Here's a safe bet, a mug devoted to arguably the most popular person in music on the planet right now. Even if the recipient isn't obsessed with Taylor Swift, they'll appreciate the persimmon handle and interior and get a kick out of the extended definition of "Swiftie."
Willie Country Music Star Musician Glass Christmas Ornament
Ornaments are a clever white elephant gift idea that the recipient can immediately use. Someone in the gift circle will appreciate a yearly appearance of Willie on their Christmas tree.
The Screaming Goat (Book & Figure)
Some gags just last. The screaming goat has real shelf life and this set will be gratefully accepted by any party in your crew. It includes a book and figure of one of the internet's greatest animal icons of all time.
Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray
This funny yet useful number can be used at the office or home and will bring some freshness to the bathroom. The bottle contains 100 doses of a rather nice fragrance, a mix of cedar, citrus and pine.
Prank Gift Box Shower Margarita Machine
Some of the best White Elephant gifts are fake-outs. This Margarita Machine may be the best of them all, an idea that might actually have some legs.
Deluxe Drunken' Tower Party Game
A good drinking game makes for a prime White Elephant gift. We like this one, which blends comradery and a bit of silliness with shots. That's a recipe for a fun Friday evening.
Dinosaur Waffle Maker
The caption says for kids but we think otherwise. This gift is great for all-ages, bringing a little joy to the breakfast table. Because in White Elephant, what you eat should be a novelty of some kind.
Jar of Fucks (5oz)
Just because you're White Elephant happens with coworkers doesn't mean it has to be G-rated. We love this hilarious jar, which contains about 100 f--k's, a healthy amount to give if you ask us.
Dad Joke Button
Dad jokes need to be shouted from atop a mountain. This handy button tells drops joke after joke -- that special, barely funny kind that only a dad could conjure up.
40 Fun & Romantic Scratch Off Date Ideas
Icebreakers make for great White Elephant gifts as they take the awkwardness out of, well, what tends to be awkward. This game is built around scratch-off date ideas and will be enjoyed by all, whether the giftee is still in the dating game or long married.
I'm Kind of a Big Dill Snow Globe
You can do better than the "top employee" coffee mug. This hilarious snow globe is guaranteed to brighten up their desk environment, reminding the recipient of their cool as a cucumber status.
Breathing Buddha Guided Visual Meditation Tool
Amusing, yes, but also meditative and soothing, this little Buddha makes for a great white elephant gift. Good for all ages, it combats anxiety and reminds the user to break now and again in the pursuit of relaxation and wellness.
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It's hard to go wrong with a good Swiss army knife. This classic model has all the essentials, from a blade and opener to a file and corkscrew.
Wrexham Football Club 1864 T-Shirt
Here's a great tee for the fan of viral television. Sporting the crest of the Welsh soccer team made even more famous by Ryan Reynolds' latest series, this shirt is great for the sports fan or just the individual who likes to be wearing whatever is most popular at the moment.
The Quickie Kit
White Elephant gifts can be a bit naughty, why not? This trio of oils from Foria is great for the sexually inclined, or just somebody looking to massage away some soreness. The CBD oils increase arousal levels are make a night in all the steamier.
Embroidery Kits for Beginners
Winter is coming, that means it's time for some wholesome activities we can do by the fire or over a glass of wine. Enter embroidery, that cool hobby your grandmother excelled at. Not only is it fun to carry out but the resulting pieces are pure homespun exellence.
Keep your stash safe and sound with this titanium case. It's discreet and a great way to store everything from cash to medication or a good luck charm. Simple yet technical, it will appeal to all manners of people in your gift exchange.
I Have a House in Malibu Candle
These themed candles from Literie are so specific that we can't help but be a little obsessed. The latest installment is inspired by homes in Malibu, with a beach-y and carefree fragrance they'll love to light up.
Japanese Snack Box
What's better than a snack box? One filled with goodies from Japan, many of which you're not likely to find here unless you go on a deep dive at the Asian supermarket. The recipient is bound to fall for a new kind of chip, cracker, or savory bite.
This decanter blows all of the other vessels in the category away. The skull shape is realistic and will make the home bar feel a little more like a pirate's bunker. Fill it with whatever you like, from rum to a big batch of your favorite mocktail.
Tortilla Starter Kit
A good White Elephant gift is useful and offers a new perspective. This kit will change the way the giftee sees tortillas, allowing them to make some truly excellent ones from scratch thanks to some fine masa and a great cast-iron press.
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Ashtray Set by Seth Rogen in Moss
An ashtray can be a thing of beauty, as this set from funny man Seth Rogen suggests. It's a reminder that we should have more late nights with friends where the laughter is free and often.
A puzzle is a great White Elephant gift, an engaging bit of entertainment that's fun for all ages and personality types. We love this option, depicting all kinds of colorful fresh fruit. Once the 500-piece portrait is assembled, they might even want to gift it a frame.
Why hold a cigar when your glass can do it for you? That's the logic here and we're not about to argue. The glass brings whiskey even closer to a good cigar, a match made in heaven.
Willie Nelson Stars and Stripes Camp Flag
Divided as the nation may be, we can pretty much all agree on Willie. The ageless country star is a god among men, worthy of a flag you can fly prominently and proudly.
Yellowstone has taken over, crawling out of the tv screen and onto all kinds of merch. This one makes a lot of sense, a classic cutthroat game informed by a popular cutthroat show.
Bourbon Coffee Brittle
This special roast of coffee aged in old Pappy Van Winkle barrels, affording it some real complexity and elegance. Coffee this good may cause a shake up at the White Elephant gift exchange so don't say we didn't warn you.
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Travel Chess & Checkers
A great White Elephant is an entertaining one. This travel chess and checkers set knocks out boredom in style and is easy to tote around town. Did we mention that it can all roll up to the size of a water bottle?
AirFly SE Bluetooth Wireless Audio Transmitter
Goodbye, cords. This gift allows you to pursue the wireless lifestyle, a tangle-free approach we fully subscribe to. Best, the battery life is extensive and it is all kinds of intuitive.
Spider-Man Collectible AirPods Pro 2 Case
Give those airpods the superhero treatment with this Spider-Man collectible case. It's a great little accent for the Marvel fan and a nice way to flex your love of the villain-busting good guys out there.
Craft Instant Espresso Multiserve
Give the gift of a jolt of energy with this instant espresso. Quick coffee is no longer the tasteless stuff of old. Instead, it can be as tasty as the slow coffee you're used to ordering from your favorite cafe.
Espresso Martini Infusion Kit
Last year was the year of the espresso Martini meaning this year is the year you master the recipe at home. This infusion kit will improve your bartending skills and add a little flair to your next happy hour.
DOUBLE ME Glove
Here's a great gift for the coworker who likes to hit the links. And even if they aren't golf fanatics, they'll appreciate the sentiment written on the fingers ("give me a double").
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We love a sneaky gift. These false books open up, offering a stealthy home for valuables or your favorite CBD gummies. And because they literature looks so real, you can place it just about anywhere.
These Cards Will Get You Drunk Drinking Game
A good drinking game is a timeless and makes for a White Elephant gift the group will covet. This one does as advertised, getting players plenty buzzed by way of a fun game full of prompts and issuing drinks to your guests.
Infused Salt Variety Set
Once the wrapping paper comes off, folks are likely to fight for this one. This set includes infused salts for all kinds of proteins, with flavors ranging from espresso salt to lime salt.
Modern 2x3 Watch Box
Class up the White Elephant gift exchange with this sophisticated watch box. It's a great way to display timepieces and comes with a modern magnetic closure.
Bass Sandals (Unisex)
What's a good White Elephant gift if not a bit humorous? Make them LOL with these bass-themed slippers. The design is actually surprisingly clever, as the toes slip into the underside of the gills, making for a pretty comfy fit.
Rock On Desktop Stand
Real rock stars bring the metal to the workplace. This desktop stand tell others that while you may be employee of the month, you also play at volume eleven come Friday evening.
The Pocket Lighter
The little gift with lots of uses, this pocket lighter is powered by a rechargeable battery and ignites with the push of a button. Even better, it's extremely colorful and the flame can handle the wind.
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Star Wars Collection I
Even Jedis need to bathe sometimes. This great gift, inspired by a galaxy far, far away, is one more great collaboration by the soap experts at Dr. Squatch.
Believe Metal Sign 12 x 8, Wall Decor
Bring some of that infectious feel-good-ness of Ted Lasso to your home with this inspirational piece. It lights up and will remind that if an American can win soccer fans in England over, you too can do just about anything.
Poetry for Neanderthals Game
This game seems simple on the surface but it's actually quite engaging, not to mention entertaining. The best players have to do a lot with a little, expressing a concept or idea with as little as a single grunt. It'll activate the caveman in you.
Exceptionally Bad Dad Jokes
The best dad jokes make you cringe, kinda like a good White Elephant gift. This book is devoted to the category and will set the user up with all he needs to make the crowd fake laugh, over and over again.
Grateful Dead X Stance Poly Crew Socks Set
The Dead finally played their last show recently but the music is immortal. Celebrate the iconic jam band with a colorful pair of socks, which offer ideal comfort while dancing to Shakedown Street.
Game of Thrones Door Stop
Doorstops don't usually capture the attention but that's because they're not often inspired by Game of Thrones. This one makes for a great gift, a geeky little number that will keep a door in place while sporting a bit of that fantasy flair.
The Original Berf Bear Season 2 Shirt
Everybody is talking about The Bear. Set them up with the shirt modeled after the famous restaurant. Even if they don't watch the show, they'll love the clean design of this sharp shirt.
Blackout 3D-Ergonomic Eye Mask
Give the gift of better sleep and better dreams with this blackout mask. Your more creative coworkers and friends can give it new uses, like in drinking games or during foreplay.
Original Music Hi-Fi Earplugs and Filters
Protect those ears with a proper pair of earplugs. No, you don't have to stop going to concerts or playing your electric guitar in the garage. But you do need to protect the ear drums.
Clip 4 Eco Ultra-Portable Waterproof Speaker
Give the gift of everlasting summer with this breezy speaker, set up for pool parties as it's portable and waterproof. You get that rich JBL sound in a compact format, guaranteed to keep the bbq or pool party going strong.
Retro Handheld Football Electronic Game
Another great kind of White Elephant gift is one that offers a sweet bite of nostalgia. This retro handheld football game is perfect, a throwback to the pixelated games of the 80s and early 90s.
Baby Groot Flowerpot
About the only thing better than baby Groot is the little character as a flowerpot. Give the gift of maximum cuteness with this crafty little grow area. Note the heart Groot is making, only adding to the overall cuteness.
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