So you’re staring at your ugly sweater Christmas party invite. You keep re-reading the part about bringing a $15 gift for the white elephant gifts exchange game. Your mind races with various ideas but you settle down in the comfort of knowing that with everything else you have going on during the holidays, there is a drug store not far from the party. You’ll just stop in and grab a plaid wearable blanket with sleeves, a gift bag and some tissue paper.
When the big day comes, everyone draws their numbers. The gift swap game begins and you wait anxiously to see who will pick your gift. Finally someone opens your contribution, gives the surprise face followed by the courtesy laugh that communicates, “Great… I got the gag gift this year.” What they know is that they are stuck with this gift and nobody’s going to steal it. The game is officially over for them.
You try and recover by making a joke like, “Hey, now you can go fishing and stay warm and cozy” ensuring that no one suspects you brought it. Especially when you are sitting with a gift card in your hand to your favorite coffee shop.
Instead of making this gift a last minute scramble, try bringing a white elephant gift worth fighting for. In my opinion, the best gift swaps typically involve way more stealing than gift opening. You want your gift to make the party more fun and highly competitive. It’s entertaining to see people’s true competitive sides come out during a Yankee Swap or White Elephant exchange.
After much experience in these gift swaps, I’ve come up with a list of what I consider the top white elephant gifts worth fighting over. Your friends are probably different from mine, but if you see something you might fight over, consider it a good bet for the party. Here are some creative white elephant gift ideas.
Please note that the gifts you see below are from Amazon.com but are meant for inspiration.
1. White Elephant Gifts Prank Boxes W/ Legit Stuff Inside
These are super funny empty boxes for any gift swap party. I even bought one for my nephew one year. The outside cover displays some ridiculous or stupid kind of “As Seen On TV” parody product. But you can put a cool gift inside like movie tickets or gift cards on the inside. They have MANY different kinds of boxes to choose from so be sure to check out all the ones they have on Amazon under $8.
Prank Pack iDrive
My personal favorite is the Wake Prank Pack Wake & Bake Griddle. At a party a few years ago, I kept staring at this trying to figure out why anyone would leave eggs out on the griddle clock raw the night before. lol Then it was revealed that it contained movie tickets inside and the fight was on!
2. White Elephant Gifts Hilarious Adult Arts and Crafts and Comfort Items
The Farting Animals Coloring Book – My sister is going to die when she opens this! I can’t even wait! For those friends who appreciate fart humor.
PAVILIA Premium Sherpa Throw Blanket for Couch Sofa | Super Soft, Cozy, Plush Microfiber Dark Gray Throw for Chair | Reversible Warm Flannel Fleece Solid Blanket (Charcoal, 50 x 60 Inches) – I’m not going to lie, I have seen grown women in a white elephant swap almost fist fight for a Sherpa Blanket….
3. White Elephant Gifts Cool Gadgets Worth Fighting For
If you have a group of parents at the party, they will fight for these types of gifts as they make perfect supplemental gifts for their kids. Secretly all the dads just want to play with them. For those with around a $20 budget.
Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Fly Gun – Direct from Patent Holder – This table salt shooting, fly-killing gun is legit! We use it a lot in the summer and it’s super accurate. No more need for a fly swatter! It actually works EXTREMELY well with out a splat.
Bug-A-Salt Pink Camofly 2.0 Insect Eradication Gun – These also come in pink…
This little items are super useful! You charge them up and take them with you to charge your mobile phone or tablet when an electrical outlet or car charger isn’t available.–Amazon Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger (External Battery Power Bank) with High-Speed Charging PowerIQ Technology (Black)
CHANGKU EILIKS Emergency Survival Kits 11 in 1, CHANGKU Multi Professional Tactical Kit Outdoor Survival Gear Kit for Traveling Hiking Biking Climbing Hunting – Because you never know when you’re gonna go Baer Grills…
These gifts all involve creative takes on alcohol kind of gifts —- useable but just weird enough to start conversations at your party!
Parody Products iDrink Cell Phone Flask, 4.5oz – Cell flask is the way to go….
XIKEZAN Upgraded Unisex Knit Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headphones V4.2 Unique Christmas Tech Gifts for Men/Dad/Women/Mom/Teen Boys/Girls Stocking Stuffer w/Built-in Stereo Speakers (Black ) -For the people who don’t want their head to get cold while they listen to music or talk on the phone. lol
Nostalgia HDT600RETRORED Retro Series Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster – because this is a real thing…. lol
4. White Elephant Gifts Fun Mugs & Glasses Worth Fighting For
Everyone has so many mugs that they are bound to be a drag but if they are funny and someone relates to them, they will be worth fighting over. In fact, throw in a bag of Starbucks coffee, Starbucks Gift Card and wine and you just kicked it’s attractiveness up a notch!!!
BigMouth Inc. One Cup of Coffee Gigantic Mug, Funny Huge Ceramic Gag Gift for Coffee Lovers, Holds up to 64 oz. Oh my word this mug is not only hilarious, it’s gigantic and might just drink out of it everyday lol.
Eitly Might Be Wine Mug, 11 oz – these also come in other alcohol varieties. lol
Seriously, these Camera lens mugs look super real. In fact I once had a friend pick mine up and put it somewhere safe because she thought it was my real camera lens!!! LOL
5. Ridiculously Awesome Appliances worth Fighting For
6. Giant Candy Worth Fighting For
7. Clothing & Accessories Worth Fighting For
Turn into a Ninja Flip T Shirt Cool Fighter Disguise Funny Shirts – The front side of the shirt says, “Ask me about my ninja disguise” and then you flip it over your head and you are a ninja!!! Freakin’ awesome.
Dad Bag Fake Belly Waist Pack Unisex Fanny Pack Waist Stash with Adjustable Belt – Because who doesn’t want to strap this one just to see how many people stare. lol
8. Lottery Scratch Off Tickets with Candy, Coffee or Gift Cards Worth Fighting For
I think people fight for these because they hope and wish they win big! If you get lottery scratch off tickets, be sure that you pick up something to go with it so if/when the person wins nothing, they don’t feel totally cheated with their white elephants gifts exchange.
9. Gourmet Treat Gift Sets Worth Fighting For
There is something about nuts, olive oils and expensive candy that can make people at gift swaps go a little crazy. Maybe it’s because they know those are totally usable. Maybe it’s because they would never buy a $18 bottle Olive Oil themselves. Whatever the draw, people tend to really like these types of items at swaps.
10. Target the gift toward someone’s obsession!
If you know some of the people attending the party and you know what kind of stuff they are already obsessed with like – Sarcastic cat mugs, growlers, football cards or whatever it may be, intentionally find something you know they would fight tooth and nail for and watch their dark side come out.
I really hope this post has given you some creative inspiration for your upcoming holiday gift swap game. If you end up trying out a gift like what I’ve thrown out in this post I hope you find that it’s a White Elephant gift worth fighting for. Most importantly, have fun and make great memories with good friends.
Need More Gag Type Ideas?
Now, some people gave me a hard time about these gifts not being re-gifts or gag in nature so I created a second list for people looking for funny gifts instead of usable gifts. 14 Hilarious Yankee Swap Gift Ideas
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Have you ever seen a throw down at a party over a really good gift? Please share it in the comments section below. I would love a good laugh.
Kim’s is the party planning, cupcake loving, celebration catalyst behind the Thrifty Little Mom Blog. Kim was a pro event planner for over 7 years before she became a full-time blogger. Kim is the author of: Live, Save, Spend, Repeat: The Life You Want with the Money You Have. She’s been featured on Time.com, Money.com, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day and more! Kim aims to inspire you to create parties, celebrations and gatherings that everyone loves!