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 brings a wrapped present to contribute 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.
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 bringing 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 a Star Wars fan, 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 under $25!
Penguin Bomb Craft Kit
Death Star Kitchen Timer
Tokens of My Love: 24 Redeemable Coupons
Adult Award Ribbons
Nail Polish Holder
Build-On Brick Mug
Celestial One Line a Day
Silicone Wine Glass Holder for the Shower
Baby Nessie Tea Infuser
Lollipopter Kinetic Toy
Cactus Cool Mist Humidifier
Small Wooden Cat Pile
Puffer Fish Dryer Buddies
Gentlemen’s Hardware Survival Kit