20 White Elephant Holiday Gifts That Aren’t Cheap on Thoughtfulness

10 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under 10 Dollars Perfect for White Elephant

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Holiday season is upon us and that means family time, holiday parties (virtual or otherwise), and gift giving. Even if you're planning on buying multiple gifts for different people, there's actually a lot you can accomplish without breaking the bank. In fact, even $10 can go a long way. Though this low price limit for a gift exchange may seem like quite the challenge, we have plenty of great ideas to help you make it work. We have compiled 20 of our favorite products, from playful holiday themed items to adorable novelty gifts that are truly unique.

There are plenty of self-care items for the friend or family member who just needs a break, including skincare sets, a cozy eye mask, and an adult coloring book. We have also rounded up some novelty gifts that are so unique, they make up for their tiny price tag. Our personal favorites include the adorable goldfish earrings and the cat-shaped ice cube tray that makes cat-shaped ice.

Keep scrolling for plenty of great ideas for cheap Christmas gifts, perfect for White Elephant games, family gift exchanges, and even as a bit of retail therapy for yourself!


20 Affordable White Elephant Gifts


Bob Ross Page Clips

Bob Ross Page Clip

Re-Marks | $4.99


Gray Eye Mask


Silicone Straw Set

Silicone Straw Set

Ello | $9.99


AirPod Case with Hand Strap

AirPod Case with Hand Strap

INSTEN | $9.99


The Calm Coloring Book for Adults


$10 Mystery Box


Mini Waffle Maker

Mini Waffle Maker

Dash | $10


Novelty Fish Earrings (Multiple Colors)


Push Pop Fidget Keychain

Push Pop Fidget Keychain

Toynk | $8.99


Almond Milk & Honey Skincare Gift Set


Cat Ice Cube Trays


Capsule Letters Message in a Bottle (25 Pieces)

Capsule Letters Message in a Bottle (25 Pieces)

Infmetry | $9.99


All You Need is Love and a Dog


From Here to There Book of Mazes


Indigo Blues Cotton Face Mask

Indigo Blues Cotton Face Mask

Anne Lopez | $2.99


Glass Jar Candle Water Lily Pear


Mini Spa Gift Set (Multiple Options)


Geode Keychain (Multiple Colors)


MUJI Gel Ink Ball Point Pen Set of 3

MUJI Gel Ink Ball Point Pen Set of 3

MUJI | $5.70


Feel Frida Socks


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Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at @sampir.fi.
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