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Our Picks for a White Elephant Gift Exchange


Are you invited to a White Elephant Gift Exchange? Maybe you’re a white elephant veteran … or perhaps you’ve never experienced this holiday phenomena. Fear not, we’ve got you covered.

First, you need to be knowledgeable. Here’s some Cliff Claven style history on the term itself:

A white elephant gift is generally one that is impractical and extravagant but yet slightly too valuable to be thrown away. The origin is from The King of Siam giving rare albino elephants to people who displeased him so that they would be stuck with the costs of keeping the creature alive. As for how the exchange goes, please refer to The Official White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules.

Now, without further ado, here are our top selections!

The obvious choice – an Actual White Elephant coffee or tea mug. The mug component is nice because it provides the recipient with at least a shred of usefulness. 

white elephant gifts

Here’s one that’s a ring holder.

white elephant gift idea


A Fanny Pack! This blast from the past is sure to draw envious looks from passersby. Available in gold, pink, purple, iridescent rainbow and many other eye-popping colors!

White Elephant Gifts

Bear Hug Salt & Pepper Shakers. Let’s face it, bland food is unbearable. Your gift recipient needs this on their kitchen table. This and a bear hug.

White Elephant Gifts

An It’s Raining Men Umbrella. This one will make you say Hallelujah. And it will probably keep you dry from the rain and snow.

White Elephant Gifts

A Royal Crown. Perfect for the person who has everything. Or nothing.

White Elephant Gifts

A set of Lobster Claw Oven Mitts. Useful in the kitchen or as a Halloween costume.

White Elephant Gifts

A Cactus Coaster Set. It’s practical, decorative and no one on earth wants it.

White Elephant Gifts

A Rock. A fancy rock, but still – a rock.

White Elephant Gifts

While these are all great gift ideas that anyone would be thrilled to receive, we recommend something in a sit stand desk or ergonomic chair.

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