22 Affordable White Elephant Holiday Gifts That Aren’t Cheap on Thoughtfulness

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The 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 for gag gifts to help you make it work. We have compiled over 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 a friend, coworker, or family member who needs a vacation, 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 black cat stickers and the dachshund-shaped tray that makes dog-shaped ice. Whether you're shopping for a new colleague or one of your best friends, these small (but mighty) gifts are sure to please gift exchange participants and Secret Santa parties. Many of these items are even suitable for kids and teenagers.

Keep scrolling for plenty of great ideas for cheap Christmas gifts, perfect for White Elephant gift exchanges, family gift swaps, and even as a bit of retail therapy for yourself! All they need is some gift wrap to add some mystery for the recipient. There's no better way to get into the h0liday spirit.

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 | $7.19


AirPod Case with Hand Strap

AirPod Case with Hand Strap

INSTEN | $9.99


The Calm Coloring Book for Adults


Bacon Bandages


Bad Cats Knocking Stuff Over Stickers (Set of 4)

Black Cat Stickers

tanyadraws | $4.20


Life Skills for Teens Book

Life Skills for Teens Book

Karen Harris | $9.99


Push Pop Fidget Keychain

Push Pop Fidget Keychain

Toynk | $6.99


Burt's Bees Skincare Kit

Burt's Bees Gift Set

Burt's Bees | $9.98


Dachshund Dog Shaped Silicone Ice Cube Mold

Daschund Ice Cube Tray

LYWUU | $7.99


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


‘Classic Characters: Women Trailblazers' Page Flags Set


‘Cubebot' Multicolored Wood


Glass Jar Candle Water Lily Pear


Blemish Bandages

Blemish Bandages

Welly | $7.59


Mini Spa Gift Set (Multiple Options)


Dad Jokes Book

Dad Jokes Book

Jimmy Niro | $5.93


Geode Keychain (Multiple Colors)


MUJI Gel Ink Ball Point Pen Set of 3

MUJI Gel Ink Ball Point Pen Set of 3

MUJI | $6


Pocket RGB Wisdom Book

Pocket RGB Wisdom

Hardie Grant | $9.99


This article has been edited  and updated.

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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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