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White Elephant Gift Ideas

Check out these unique White Elephant Gift Ideas. You will surely find something no one else will have at the party.

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We have been hosting a White Elephant Gift Exchange at our annual Christmas party for years. Here are some of the favorite White Elephant Gift Ideas that have been used.

What is a White Elephant Gift Exchange?

A White Elephant is a gift exchange where you are supposed to bring something you cannot seem to get rid of or some gag gift.

People bring a wrapped gift for an exchange, and we take turns opening and stealing gifts.

We assign an order for opening, and upon your turn, you can either unwrap a new gift or steal one that has already been opened. Once a gift reaches the third person (stolen twice), it cannot be retaken.

People draw a number from a hat to determine the order.

Silly White Elephant Gift Ideas

Since I have gotten rid of most of the junk in my house, I will buy or create something to give. Here are some great ideas for a White Elephant exchange that I have come up with over the years.

Embroidered Toilet Paper 

How funny are these? I made these toilet paper rolls using my embroidery machine, but you can buy them on Etsy.

stack of embroidered toilet paper rolls used as a gag gift for a white elephant party

Toilet paper can be customized with just about any saying. Great for a White Elephant Gift Exchange, but also perfect as a gag gift for a birthday, retirement, or other special events.

Personalized Items

Take a funny photo of someone (the boss?) and adhere to something. This can really bring in some big laughs if you use the right photo.

You can see the corny picture of my friend in a wine hat. It was the perfect addition to a bottle of wine with her first initial on it.

The picture of my friend to the right is from last year’s New Year’s Eve party, which I put on an iPhone case.

I have also added photos to ornaments, snow globes, and candles.

two personalized photo gifts for a gag gift present

Fish & Chips

This was an idea a friend came up with a few years ago. It is fish and chips, using fish and some potato chips.

It was so funny to unwrap a bag of live* fish and a can of chips. *Consider using goldfish crackers instead of a live fish. We ensured these went home with someone who could properly care for the fish.

a can of chips and a bag of fish to depict fish and chips for a gag gift

Thrift Store Finds

I love browsing thrift stores and finding items. I usually get Christmassy stuff, but other themes can be funny, too. This is what I found last week.

Dancing/singing items like hamsters, other animals, or trees are popular in holiday gift exchanges. Festive hats or other accessories are good, too.

a Christmas tree headband and a bubble blowing bear toy

Re-gift (Reoccurring) Gift

Every year, people leave gifts they do not want at our house. Sometimes, they hide them, and we do not find them until later.

I will alter and use those gifts the following year, ensuring the person who left them opens the updated version.

Last year, this duck cookie jar was left on our counter. It sat there ALL year long. My daughter and I decorated it this year with fabric scraps, Mod Podge, and glitter.

It brought in lots of laughs! Although it is back on our counter.

I need to make some clothes for the duck next year!

a duck cookie jar decorated with fabric and glitter

White Elephants

Finally, elephants are a popular choice. In particular, white ones.

We have started a little elephant collection at our house. First came the elephant teapot, then the elephant salt and pepper shakers.

That scary-looking elephant at the bottom of the picture is the head of the animal I made in a pottery class. It has Xmas 2008 etched in the back. It actually belongs to my wine-o friend shown above.

white elephant collection

What fun White Elephant Christmas Gift Ideas do you have?

White Elephant Gift Ideas collage

Check out the potty version~

potty related gag gifts

Mother of 3

Sunday 18th of November 2018

These are some really funny ideas! Pinned.

Diana Rambles

Monday 19th of November 2018

Thank you!!

Sarah Alvord

Thursday 19th of December 2013

Love these ideas! We have an ugly sweater/white elephant party every year and it is always a blast to see what people come up with. Always a night of laughter. Linked to you from A Glimpse Inside. Thanks for sharing.Sarah @

Crochet Hooks

Wednesday 11th of December 2013

Love them :) Especially the duck! Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

Britni Vigil

Tuesday 10th of December 2013

Diana, these are hilarious. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

Katie Adams

Saturday 7th of December 2013

These are all such fun ideas. Thanks for sharing. The fish and chips is hilarious!

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