Every year, people are putting a fun spin on the conventional holiday gift exchange with a white elephant party. The rules lend themselves to a playful environment and even some light-hearted shenanigans.
So, what is a white elephant gift exchange? Also called a Yankee Swap, there are a few basic rules. Essentially, each person in the swap contributes a wrapped present to a gift pool. Usually, the event organizer has stipulations on the price and type of gift. Some white elephant exchanges, for instance, encourage people to re-gift something they never wanted in the first place. Other variations encourage people to purchase gag gifts or to shop with a spending limit in mind.
Once the items are in, players draw numbers to determine the order they’ll select a gift. Then, all of the participants sit in a circle so they can all see the presents. The first player picks their gift and opens it. Here’s what makes the white elephant exchange different from something like a Secret Santa: the following players can take an item from the pool or steal a previous player’s unwrapped gift. If someone has their present stolen, then they can either choose a new gift or steal it from someone else. This continues until everyone has had a turn.
If you’ve been invited to participate in a white elephant game this Christmas, it can be tricky to pick a gift. You’re not buying for a specific person; instead, you’re purchasing something that would appeal to at least several people. To help you in this endeavor, we’ve selected a variety of quirky and creative gifts that are all $25 and under. We’re sure that there’s an art lover, tea enthusiast, and cat lover in your group! See our entire selection, below.
Need something for a white elephant gift exchange? Here are quirky and creative gifts all for $25 or less!
Rainbow Yoga Joes
‘The Great Wave' Tote Bag
Pop Art Socks
Pack of 4 Aromatherapy Candles
Avocado Food Huggers
Reusable Water Bottle
Mismatched Frida Kahlo Earrings
Chill Beer Flannel
Animal Society Temporary Tattoo Set
Cookie House Mug Buddies
“642 Things to Draw” Book
Vincat van Gogh Enamel Pin
Cherry Measuring Spoons
Animal Multi Tool
Hedgehog Embroidery Kit
Animal Paw Novelty Socks
1,000-Piece Moon Puzzle
Tokens of My Love: 24 Redeemable Coupons
Page Flags Set
Birds on a Wire Mug
Nail Polish Holder
Build-On Brick Mug
Silicone Wine Glass Holder for the Shower
‘Meowhaus’ Enamel Pin
Baby Nessie Tea Infuser
Lollipopter Kinetic Toy
Cactus Cool Mist Humidifier
Snake Block Puzzle
Puffer Fish Dryer Buddies
Louis C. Tiffany Favrile Domed Magnets
Death Star Ice Cube Mold
Embroidery Temporary Tattoo Set
This article has been edited and updated.
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