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

List of Gifts Under $25 for a 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 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 for $25 or less!

Cozy Sweater Mug


Rainbow Yoga Joes

Creative White Elephant Gifts

Brogamats | $25


Pop Art Crew Socks


Van Gogh Irises Candle

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


1,000-Piece Moon Puzzle


Unicorn Trinket Bowl

Cool Gifts Under $25

The MET | $25


MagnaShapes Spinning Circles

Creative White Elephant Gifts

The MET | $24


Garden Greeting Pot


Metropolitan Museum of Art Masterpieces Deluxe 2020  Calendar

White Elephant Gifts 2019

The MET | $21.99


Death Star Kitchen Timer

White Elephant Gift Ideas

Star Wars | $22.99


Round Polarized Sunglasses


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Adult Award Ribbons


Nail Polish Holder

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Tweexy | $9.99


Build-On Brick Mug

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Triumphic | $12.50


Silicone Wine Glass Holder for the Shower

White Elephant Gift Ideas

30 Watt | $13.85


Baby Nessie Tea Infuser

White Elephant Gift Ideas

OTOTO | $12.40


Blockitecture Habitat


Face Vase

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Torre & Tagus | $25.75


Lollipopter Kinetic Toy


Cactus Cool Mist Humidifier

White Elephant Gift Ideas

AmuseND | $14.89


Small Wooden Cat Pile

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Comma | $20


Puffer Fish Dryer Buddies

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Kikkerland | $9.50


Gentlemen’s Hardware Survival Kit


Louis C. Tiffany Favrile Domed Magnets

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

The MET | $22


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. 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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