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White elephant gift exchanges can be tricky. It’s hard to find something that everyone will like. Surely your mother-in-law and your just-out-of-college nephew aren’t hoping for the same scented candle. And if it’s a work exchange, there’s a wide range of interests at the party. But don’t worry; I’m here to help. I did some research to find the best white elephant gifts that anyone will appreciate. And I made sure to keep these gift ideas under $25 or less.
Overall, I found Amazon has the best white elephant gifts and gag gifts. (Bonus: Prime members get free, fast shipping). Walmart and Target also have lots of options, like board games or silly socks to keep family and friends entertained. Food and beverage gifts also make for a quick and easy gift if you’re playing with a mix of ages and interests. For even more ideas, scroll down to find the best white elephant gifts, including funny, classy, and work-appropriate ideas for adults and kids.
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Dinosaur Taco Holder
Bring Taco Tuesday out of the stone age with a dinosaur taco stand ($12.75, Amazon). This long-neck dino holds two hard shell tacos. We found other dino taco stand in the shape of a T-rex and a triceratops, but they retail for $20 or more.
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Bring a little potty humor to the holidays with glitter heart toilet bombs ($15, UncommonGoods). They’re actually functional, too, and keep the bathroom smelling fresh. The tablets are nontoxic, biodegradable, and septic-safe. The combo of baking soda and citric acid helps the toilet stay a bit cleaner.
The Bananagrams ($15.99, Target) word game is like Scrabble on speed. It’s great for elementary ages to adults. We also like that this fast-paced word game is $4 cheaper than a basic Scrabble board game.
Retro Bluetooth Speaker
As Wreck-It Ralph says, retro means it’s old but cool. This small retro-looking radio ($16.99, Amazon) is actually a Bluetooth speaker. When you compare this gift to a small JBL portable Bluetooth speaker, you’re looking at a savings of 50%.
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ShineSand Custom Face Socks
Put grandma’s face on a pair of socks ($13.99, Amazon) for a funny family white elephant exchange. Be sure to give yourself extra time to order this custom gift. Using Amazon, you’ll save $2 versus ordering on myfacesocks.com.
Millennials vs Boomers Trivia Game
Bridge generational gaps with a game ($18, UncommonGoods) that pokes fun at both boomers and millennials. We promise, even Gen X and Gen Yers will be laughing, too! For $2 more you could find a similar generational game, All of Us ($19.99, Target), at Target. If you shop in person and skip the shipping fee, the Target option is cheaper overall.
The Screaming Goat
No one needs a 3-inch tall screaming goat ($9.95, Amazon), but like the popularity of the goofy Billy the Big Mouth Bass from 20 years ago, you’ll get a few laughs out of this (Marvel fans especially). For this price, it’s one of the easier white elephant gifts.
Harry Styles Sequin Pillowcase
This sequin pillow case ($12.99, Amazon) reveals a celebrity face when you rub it one way. You can even make a custom reveal pillow ($17.99, Amazon) with a picture of your own. For the custom option, you should estimate a two-week turnaround. Amazon has a 10% off coupon code on the product listing now.
Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit
Opt for a practical gift (versus a practical joke) when you pick this Burt’s Bees kit ($11.99, Target). The 6-piece set will help fight dry winter air. Make sure to watch your Target Circle app for discounts on beauty products for more discounts.
Custom Coffee Magic Mugs
Add hot water to reveal the image on this custom mug ($10.95, Amazon). We’ve seen similar products for twice as much, so we wanted to make sure that cheap didn’t mean poor quality. We checked the ratings, and it had more than 1,700 reviews, and 85% of them were five stars. So we feel confident buying this cheap white elephant gift! Just know that you have to pay $5.99 for delivery, and you should estimate a two-week arrival time.
Per My Last Email Candle
Here’s the perfect white elephant gift for the office exchange. Per My Last Email candle ($16.50, Etsy) pokes fun at common office phrases in a hand-poured candle. You can pick the scent and the funny sayings. This Etsy shop offers free shipping, and we’ve seen them discount the candles up to 25% off.
White Elephant Pot With Succulent
No one will expect to literally open a white elephant ($11.99, Hobby Lobby) during a white elephant gift exchange. It comes with a faux succulent, but you could replace it with a real one if you want. Check the Hobby Lobby app for coupons and you could get this gift for even less.
Printed Sherpa-Lined Slipper Socks
Grab some holiday-themed slipper socks ($12.99, Old Navy) for your next white elephant exchange. Leading up to the holidays, Old Navy loves to run sales on seasonal items. Watch the website for discount codes and save even more money on this cozy gift.
Desktop Vacuum Cleaner
Your friends and coworkers may laugh about this mini vacuum ($14.99, Amazon) at first, but it’s a game changer for a tidier workspace. Tip: when you buy the light green color, you save $3. The white and pink models cost $17.99.
Pink Gnome 1.5-Quart Slow Cooker
This holiday gnome slow cooker ($13.49, Macy’s) is sure to be a party favorite. Similar slow cookers typically run from $25 – $50, so I was shocked at this sale price. The playful gnome design was made for a white elephant exchange!