For years Kelly and I have hosted an annual Christmas party. It is the highlight of our year. And the highlight of the night is our annual white elephant gift exchange. Year after year, our friends and I have scoured stores and the internet searching for the BEST gift for the next white elephant gift exchange that would have everyone rolling and almost peeing their pants as the recipient opened the gift. Finding the zaniest and most hilarious gag gifts had become a game in and of itself. Every year it is a race to find the best white elephant gifts.
If this sounds like you and your tribe, then you, my friend, are in the right place! Never fear. I did all the hard work for you. I have scoured the internet and found the most hilarious white elephant gift ideas that will be the hit of your white elephant exchange party and have everyone laughing and vying for your gift!
But before we get to the great gift ideas, let’s go over the rules on how to play the white elephant game. There are many different ways to play, but our favorite way is to have everyone bring their unmarked gift wrapped. As our guests arrive, we place all the gifts in a pile for later.
Now It’s Time To Play: Here Are The Rules of The Game And Step By Step Instructions:
- Step One: Each player picks a number out of a bowl or hat (#1-#20 or however many guests are in attendance). The number drawn from the bowl is each person’s order of play.
- Step Two: The first player (drew #1) goes first and can pick ANY gift from the gift pile. They unwrap their gift, so everyone knows what it is. The first turn is now over.
- Step Three: The next assigned person then goes. They have two options. They can steal from the first person, or they can pick a new gift from the pile. If the second player opts to steal the first player’s gift, then the first player would choose a new gift. The second player’s turn is now over.
- Step Four: With the third person, things get even more interesting. The third player has the same options as player #2. They can steal any opened gift, or they can choose a new gift. If the third player opts to steal, the robbed player can choose a new gift or steal one of the other opened gifts. Stealing is a big part of the fun and can get a bit rowdy with everyone vying for the “top item.”
- Step Five: Now, the game is in full play. We place a limit on the number of times anyone’s gift can be stolen. We chose to cap the amount of steals to three times. So once an item has been stolen a third time, it is now locked and no longer in play. The game continues until all subsequent players have had a turn.
- Step Five. The end of the game is signified after the last turn and when every person has a gift, even if they are stuck with an unwanted item. (They can always keep it and bring it back the following year.)
*It is essential to place a limited value or price limit on the items brought for the exchange. Nothing is worse than when you get a $20 gift and end up with something from the dollar store. You know your friends best. Determine a dollar value that feels comfortable for everyone. The last thing you want is your white elephant gift exchange party to be a financial burden.
Now that we have gone over the above rules now let’s get to helping you find the perfect white elephant gift for your party! And the best part is all the gifts I found are all under $30, and they are all available on Amazon and eligible for Prime 2 day Shipping because I procrastinate, much!?
Thirty of The Best White Elephant Gift Ideas EVER!
- Just imagine some guy friend opening these “gals” up – I can see my friends dying over this one!
2. Seriously a fanny pack that doubles as a hairy belly!! Where was this when I was hosting my party this would have been an absolute RIOT!
3. Hopefully, no one will be “pissed” about getting this hilarious hat! I laughed out loud by myself in my office when I found this bad boy. This one is perfect for a good laugh.
4. Where’s the BEEF? – This awesome sweatshirt is Grade A Awesome! This is the perfect “meaty” gift.
5. Since we are on the subject of meat, how bout’ gifting this handy dandy hot dog toaster, perfect for all the hot dog lovers in your life. Where do they come up with this stuff!?
6. Since you are already probably going to an Ugly Sweater Party, why not give the gift of adult coloring books dedicated to Ugly Christmas sweaters!
7. If you’re going to a couple of grown-up parties, it’s always fun to throw in a “spicy” gift that will make the recipient blush a bit, or if they don’t embarrass easily, they will be pumped to go; home with some sexy dice!
9. Politics aside – this gift is just funny. Even the chia head hair would be an improvement for “The Donald” For this hair-raising gift head.
10. A Pickle that yodels? Ummm, this might be the funniest, weirdest wackiest white elephant gift idea ever!
11. Who knew there were even 400 facts to be known about the “World’s Greatest Human” To get the skinny on the “Norris Factoids” Head
12. These “Nosy” cups are a lot of fun and make more of a “silly” and fun gift idea – perfect for parties with kiddos!
13. This is just awesome; imagine grabbing this out of your purse every time you need sanitizer; you couldn’t help but smile!
14. PopSockets are awesome, and this one will let everyone know they ended up with an awesome, scratch the worst white elephant gift ever!
15. Gloves that are actually meant to wipe snot… Who knew?? These are actually slightly genius! My nose runs like crazy in the cold.
16. It wouldn’t be a white elephant party without at least one snuggy ? They have been a reigning champ for years as the “go-to” gag gift! This one is pretty awesome in all its Chewbacca glory!
17. This one really needs no comment or introduction… Everyone loves tacos, and why gift some socks that promote the getting of tacos.
18. A woodpecker that dispenses wood… eh, I mean toothpicks this is hilarious!
19. Bringing it back to the actual theme of my blog… This funny fitness tank is sure to be a hit!
20. Again not trying to be pee-litical, but this toilet night light is hilarious. I’ll just leave this link here and let you decide.
21. For all my Harry Potter lovers, these silly tote bags will be the perfect gift.
22. A funny coffee mug is always a hit, and there are a TON on amazon to choose from, based on the climate of your guests.
23. We have a winner: sequence and Michael Scott. This accent pillow is sure to be a sought-after gift.
24. You can never go wrong with coffee table books. You know, a book your guest can proudly put out for display in their homes. Like this copy of Exceptionally Bad Dad Jokes: So frightfully awful.. yet wonderfully spiffing.
25. Or there is always this copy of Brenda’s Beaver Needs a Barber that has gone viral on TikTok. It is hilarious.
26. Why not gift a bag of poo as a fun way to pay homage to everyone’s favorite emoji, the poop emoji.
27. Why not gift the man that captured the attention of everyone during the lockdown. Joe Exotic himself.
28. These Christmas Cookies making cutters are the perfect gag gift.
29. First, there was the toilet golf set. Now you can also fish why sitting on your throne.
30. For your chef friends, this may be just the item you are looking for.
These are the best of the best without being too crude. I hope this roundup and gift guide helps you find JUST the right white elephant gift for your posse. So much is dependent on the vibe of your tribe.
So I tried to find gifts that would work well with any group of people and go over with a good round of laughter! These funny gifts will work for family gatherings and a gift exchange event or holiday party with work colleagues.
This time of year is my favorite, and I hope these funny white elephant gifts have helped you embrace the holiday season and you are excited about this year’s White Elephant Gift Exchange!