White Elephant Gifts That Everyone Will Be Fighting Over
Sure, White Elephant gift exchanges are sort of about swapping presents, but really, they’re about being the person who comes with the most-wanted, hottest item.
Also known as Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa, and Pollyanna, White Elephant gift rules are pretty simple. The game begins with everyone bringing a small, wrapped gift to the exchange. The first player starts by picking a gift from the pile, and then follow-up players either steal the opened present or choose an unopened one until everyone has a gift.
Some of these White Elephant gifts are useful (it shows you care), others are funny (let’s bring levity back to the holidays!). What they all have in common, though, is that everyone in your group is guaranteed to fight over them. Trust us, they’re definitely worth stealing.
Together Time Card
Gift giving is incredibly personal, but the one thing that transcends tastes and wish lists is the gift of your time. Together Time is a one-of-a-kind gifting website that allows you to print and ship personalized Time Cards anywhere in the US, and it's free of charge.
No one can resist Champagne Gummy Bears and Rosé All Day Chocolate Bars!
OstrichPillow Light Travel Pillow
If you’ve ever wished flying sucked less, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are some great tools available these days to help get you through those cross-country hauls, so often peppered with noisy children and fidgety seatmates.
This funny-looking (though not quite as startling as the OstrichPillow Original) travel pillow will let whoever gets the final steal cancel out the discomfort around them entirely with light- and sound-blocking features.
ban.do Compliment Pencil Set
Sometimes we need a little reminder that we're doing OK—and this pencil set embellished with phrases like "yes you totally can" and "you are so smart" will do just that.
Kate Spade New York Lunch Tote
It’s the year of the chic lunchbox, and if your group isn’t carrying them, it’s time to catch up. This deco dot version by Kate Spade is almost cute enough to use as a purse, but the insulated lining makes it the perfect place for your leftovers.
Godiva Assorted Chocolate Gold Gift Box
Whether you’re going to a last minute gift swap or a holiday exchange where you’re aiming to impress, chocolate is always a good idea. An 8-piece set of Godiva sweets is a great, low-investment way to show your appreciation, and the 140-piece option is truly an exercise in luxury.
"I Was Told There'd Be Wine" Wine Glasses
These fun wine glasses from Ban.do are likely to be the most sought after gift at your White Elephant. Seriously, expect people to fight over them.
AdirChef Grab N' Go Personal Coffee Maker
Make caffeine-as-a-lifestyle even easier with this hassle-free coffeemaker, which eliminates the extra step of pouring your morning brew from pot to thermos. Busy moms and early morning grinders alike can appreciate that.
PopSocket Sparkle Snow White
Your White Elephant crew knows perfectly well that feeling — like you can barely hang on to your own phone (seriously, how many times have you dropped your iPhone on your face mid-scroll?) Far from just the utilitarian yet cute Popsockets you’re familiar with, spring for this glitter-encrusted edition that looks as good as a diamond ring perched between your fingers as you text.
Kate Spade Silver Glitter Tumbler
This is technically a water bottle and, as far as water bottles go, this one is excellent and then some. But the really fun thing about this bottle is that it could just as stealthily be used as part of a home bar. Just add the ingredients and shake it up — it’ll keep your drink hot or cold. If your group includes a gym fanatic or an amateur mixologist (or anything in between), prepare for your friends to fight tooth-and-nail over this sparkly piece.
Custom Digital Photo Printed Pillow
Upload your own design to create a pillow that’s totally unique (and will make a great gift). Take this opportunity to share a group shot of your White Elephant crew, or an inside joke.