35 Quirky Products for a White Elephant Gift Exchange That Are Under $25

White Elephant Gift Exchange

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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 price and type of gift. Some white elephant exchanges, for instance, encourage people to re-gift something they never wanted in the first place.

Once the items are in, players draw numbers to determine the order they’ll select a gift. Then, everyone sits 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 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.

This year may be a bit different as many people will be holding their white elephant parties virtually. But the responsibility of purchasing a gift should remain the same. If you’ve been invited to participate in one of these exchanges, 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

Creative White Elephant Gifts

Brogamats | $25


‘The Great Wave' Tote Bag

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Loqi | $14.95


Bob Ross Mug


Avocado Food Huggers


Storm Cloud


Chill Beer Flannel


Animal Society Temporary Tattoo Set

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Tattly | $15


Salvador Keychain

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Sketch.Inc | $25.95


Cookie House Mug Buddies


“642 Things to Draw” Book


Vincat van Gogh Enamel Pin

Vincat van Gogh Enamel Pin

Niaski | $12.50


Cherry Measuring Spoons

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Ototo | $16


Animal Multi Tool


Bartender Glasses


Agate Coaster


Moon Chalk


Pop Art Crew Socks


1,000-Piece Moon Puzzle


MagnaShapes Spinning Circles

Creative White Elephant Gifts

The MET | $24


Tokens of My Love: 24 Redeemable Coupons


Cat Butt Magnets


Birds on a Wire Mug


Nail Polish Holder

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Tweexy | $9.99


Build-On Brick Mug

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Triumphic | $15.75


Silicone Wine Glass Holder for the Shower

White Elephant Gift Ideas

30 Watt | $14.99


Basquiat Skull Tote Bag

Skull Bag

LOQI | $14.95


Baby Nessie Tea Infuser

White Elephant Gift Ideas

OTOTO | $14


Lollipopter Kinetic Toy


Cactus Cool Mist Humidifier

White Elephant Gift Ideas

AmuseND | $14.89


Small Wooden Cat Pile

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Comma | $20


Pasta Monster Serving Spoons

Pasta Monster Serving Spoons

OTOTO | $17


Puffer Fish Dryer Buddies

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Kikkerland | $9.50


Louis C. Tiffany Favrile Domed Magnets

List of Gifts Under $25 for a White Elephant Gift Exchange

The MET | $22


Death Star Ice Cube Mold

White Elephant Gift Exchange

WiiRun | $13.97


Cacti and Succulent Tealight Candles

Cactus and Succulent Candles

Zoet Candles | $12.95


This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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