Over 40 Perfect White Elephant Gift Ideas


Get over 40 different white elephant gift ideas. Find nice white elephant gifts, funny white elephant gifts, white elephant gifts under $10, and white elephant gifts under $20.

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We have a few Christmas parties we attend every year that have a white elephant gift exchange. Two are with friends and we often go for funny white elephant gift ideas and another is with family where we go for nicer white elephant gift ideas under $20.

This post outlines some of the best ideas for your white elephant gift exchange. Scroll to the type of gift you are looking for to see my ideas. 

Nice White Elephant Gift Ideas

Some white elephant gift exchanges are nice and not intended to be funny. Here are some ideas for those occassions.

Card Game

A card game, or any game, can make a great white elephant gift. There is such a variety to prices of games that you can find something in your budget, also. 

Uno Flip is a very fun upgrade to the original Uno game. Cover Your Assets is a super fun card game that is on the newer side, and the company has a lot of other card games. 

Head Massager

This is one of those things that people might look at and think, “I am interested, but I am not going to buy it.” Then it comes along in a white elephant gift and they are happy to try it out.

Pop Socket

Pop sockets or other similar phone accessories can be quite popular right now. You can get something neutral that would appeal to all or you could go for something specialized for your audience. For example, my family almost all love the New York Yankees, so a Yankees pop socket would be a huge hit.

Read: 4 Fun Gift Exchange Games for Christmas

Food or Treats

Food and treats are always a great gift. 

Note Pads

These sticky notes have all sorts of variety that are funny. 

Fact Book

Many people out there love random facts, so this could be nice for some and funny for others. 

Astronaut Food

Astronaut food is fascinating and pretty novel. This makes a nice white elephant because most people are interested in trying it out, but wouldn’t spend money on it.

Kitchen Gadget

There are so many kitchen gadgets out there that have one job. They can be handy, but I for one am hesitant to spend money on something that does one job. These gifts can be funny and nice all at once. Here are some fun examples:

Sandwich maker

Electric Egg Cooker

Selfie Light

This is equal parts funny and potentially nice for people. 

Gift Pack

You know those gift packs that aren’t personalized but you can buy them at most superstores, Khol’s, TJMaxx…those all make great nice white elephant gifts. 

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White Elephant Gifts Under $10

Here is a list of white elephant gift ideas that are under $10.

Old Book With Gift Card

One of my favorite gifts we ever got was an old book with a gift card to Coldstone hidden in the pages. 

Desktop Cornhole

For the person with a desk job who needs some entertainment in life.

Screaming Goat

Oh this is sure to annoy someone!

Bob Ross Bobblehead With Sound

Similar to the goat but probably less annoying. 

Visor with Hair

We have a neighbor who wears this to soccer games and it totally transforms his look. It is very funny!

Unicorn Farts

This is simply cotton candy with funny packaging.

Neck Phone Mount

Perfect for that lazy friend in your life.

White Elephant Gifts Under $20

These are all white elephant gift ideas for under $20. Some are funny, some are nice, and some could go either way.

Hot Dog Toaster

This is funny and yet some might find it useful. 

Mini Waffle Iron

This is super impractical but someone might try it and find they love it.

Cereal Killer Spoon

Taking the classic Halloween costume and making breakfast funny. 

Star Wars Tiki Tumbler

Star Wars is always a big hit. They have all sorts of characters available. 

Face Socks

Put your face on socks. You can customize these with any face. If you don’t want to do face socks, search Amazon for funny socks or just get a pack of nice socks if you are looking for a nicer gift.

Mini Vacuum

For those pesky messes on desks that you don’t want to have to wipe off. 

Photo Calendar

Make a photo calendar or buy a calendar your fellow party-goers will love. You could do all sorts of photo gifts. Here is a nice Awkward Family Photo Calendar.

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Funny White Elephant Gift Ideas

These ideas are all funny for those funny white elephant parties. 

Classic CD/Video Tape

You might have a classic Michael Jackson Thriller video or cassette tape sitting around at home. Or maybe a CD from the 90s…these things are always funny and bring up good memories. 

Funny Game

Find a funny game. These might actually be fun games. One that comes to mind is Exploding Kittens. Funny, but also fun. Another is Bears vs. Babies. This is pretty random and one of Brinley’s favorite games right now.

Signed Photo of You

One year, one of my friends printed, signed, and framed a photo of himself. This has been one of my favorites so far as funny gifts over the years. 


There are a lot of t-shirts you could go with. I think this one is very funny.

Chia Pet

The Chia Pet is classic and hilarious. 

Old Toys or Decorations

If you have old toys or decorations you want to get rid of, they can make for funny gifts. One year, I wrapped up some old, creepy porcelain clowns I had. My little sister had collected clowns in her youth but didn’t want them anymore. One of those clowns ended up getting passed around from person to person…and that is still happening! You never know when or how the creepy clown will make an appearance at your house. 

Adult Onesie

An adult-sized onesie is sure to get a laugh.

Hairy Belly Fanny Pack

This is one we have done before and I find it quite funny. 

Toilet Mug

This is pretty funny.

Christmas Story Lamp

I love the Christmas Story and this leg lamp nightlight is super funny.


Wisdom from Mr. Rogers

This is funny and nostalgic all at once. 

Oh The Meetings You’ll Go To

This is kind of a jaded look at your future in the workforce (but not really wrong!)

Dad Jokes Book

Not that dads need any help…

White Elephant

Get a literal white elephant. There are many on Amazon. You have some made to hold rings, some that are mugs, stuffed animal, sugar bowl, pencil holder, succulent pot…all sorts of ideas.

Beanie Hat Fake Beard

Super funny way to stay warm!

Never Have I Ever Parent Edition

This would be so much fun to play with friends!

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