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November 29, 2022

Best white elephant gift deals

By Angela Garretson

Holiday parties usually guarantee a good time, but they can be even more fun if they include a white elephant gift exchange. Figuring out the best gift to bring for this party game isn’t always easy, though.

 

You might want a “safe” gift that will please nearly anyone at the party, or you may prefer a funny gift that earns big laughs. You can even become the hero of the night and bring a gift that’s so fabulous everyone will fight over it. 

 

If you’re stuck on what to bring to your gift exchange, check out these fabulous white elephant gifts that can work for an office party, a get-together with friends or a fun holiday dinner with family. 

Unisex gift ideas

Fun and games 

"Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995"  24% OFF

 

Fans of the classic “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip will love this paperback book that celebrates a boy and his beloved stuffed tiger. It contains 10 years’ worth of the comic, so it will bring back great memories for anyone who read it when it was in publication. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Casofu Burritos Blanket 62% OFF

 

This fun blanket is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys getting cozy and is a fan of burritos and tacos. It’s made of warm, soft fleece and has a round shape, so it’s easy to wrap around the body snugly. It’s machine-washable, too.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Color-Changing Constellation Mug

 

This lovely mug is a perfect gift for stargazers because it’s decorated with all the stars in the galaxy. They can pour their favorite hot beverage into the mug and watch as the stars transform into constellations.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Spinner Tinner

 

This fun game features 10 strange — and usually gross — jelly bean flavors that resemble 10 classic, delicious bean flavors. Daring players spin the wheel for a color and eat one of the corresponding jelly beans, not knowing whether it’s the tasty bean or the unpleasant flavor.

 

Sold by Macy’s and Amazon

 

Foodie Dice

 

This set of five dice can help foodies spice up their usual meal rotation. Each die stands for a certain ingredient and cooking category, such as protein, cooking method, carb, and herb, so you can roll them for endless combinations. It also includes four seasonal veggie dice. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

There’s Been a Murder Collaborative Card Game 18% OFF

 

Fans of murder mysteries will get a kick out of this card game that allows you to deduce whodunit with the help of the other players. It’s suitable for three to eight players and comes in a compact box that makes it easy to take on trips.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Practical gifts 

Anker PowerWave Wireless Charger 20% OFF

 

This convenient wireless charger can charge a range of iPhones, Androids and other devices without any cables. It also has anti-slip silicone rings on the top and bottom to keep your device secure even when vibrating. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Under Armour Adult Truckstop Beanie 11% OFF

 

This stylish ribbed knit beanie can ward off any chill while still providing a comfortable fit. The acrylic material is also moisture-wicking and machine-washable. Best of all, it comes in more than 16 colors.

 

Sold by Amazon and Dick’s Sporting Goods

 

Sony SRS-XB01 Compact Portable Bluetooth Speaker 31% OFF

 

This mini Bluetooth speaker offers clear stereo sound on the go and has a carrying strap for portability. The casing is also splash-proof, so it’s safe for use around the pool or at the beach. It has a built-in microphone for phone calls, too. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

BeeGreen Reusable Grocery Bags

 

Eco-minded folks will love these reusable bags for grocery shopping and more. Each set includes six bags with fun animal patterns. They’re also made of durable nylon, so they’re rip-resistant and waterproof. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Lenovo Laptop Carrying Case 20% OFF

 

This sleek laptop bag can fit computers up to 15.6 inches and offers several internal pockets for other belongings. It also features water-repellent fabric to keep the computer safe even in inclement weather. The neutral gray color works with most wardrobes, too. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Adidas Originals National Waist Fanny Pack 12% OFF

 

This comfortable travel pack provides a convenient way to carry essentials on the go. It has a zippered main compartment and a small front pocket with a key fob. It also features the classic Adidas logo in front and comes in more than 10 colors and designs.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Food and drinks  

Nostalgia MyMini Indoor Electric S’mores Maker

 

Anyone who enjoys making s’mores over the campfire will get a kick out of this electric heater that makes these tasty treats indoors. It includes two roasting forks and a base tray with compartments for all the ingredients.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Bottle with Flex Cap 25% OFF

 

This durable 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel bottle can keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours and warm for up to 12. It has a leakproof cap and a flexible strap for easy carrying. It’s also dishwasher-safe. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Bentoheaven Premium Bento Lunch Box

 

The bento-inspired lunch box makes it easy to take homemade meals to work or school. It includes two stackable compartments with adjustable dividers, so food can easily be separated. It’s microwave- and dishwasher-safe, too.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Dash Hot Air Popcorn Popper 40% OFF

 

This compact air popcorn maker can pop up to 16 cups of popcorn quickly and efficiently. It has a tray for melting butter to flavor the popcorn after popping and comes with a measuring cup and recipe book. It’s also easy to clean. 

 

Sold by Amazon and Kohl’s

 

Inbooze Spicy Margarita Cocktail Infusion Kit 35% OFF

 

This tasty kit makes it easy to infuse a classic margarita with a hint of spicy jalapeno to make the beverage stand out. The kit has simple instructions and includes enough ingredients for up to 10 cocktails. 

 

Sold by Macy’s

 

Melinda’s Habanero Hot Sauce Variety Pack

 

This hot sauce variety pack is an ideal gift for anyone who enjoys spicy foods. It contains five sauces in varying heat levels and features whole, fresh ingredients. The 5-ounce bottles are compact enough to carry in a purse or other bag for meals out.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Other top unisex gift ideas

Funny white elephant gifts

Fun and games

Nalakuvara Golf Pen Gift Set 7% OFF

 

Even a gift recipient who is not a golf enthusiast will enjoy this pen set. This clever multipurpose gift comes with working pens shaped like mini golf clubs. The carrying case features tiny holes, balls, and a flag so the giftee can spend free time attempting to get a tabletop hole-in-one.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Exploding Kittens Throw Throw Burrito Game 33% OFF

 

This exciting and crazy game gets kids and adults active while hurling soft toy burritos at each other. Giftees will love playing this with family and friends, and they may even want to open it up at the exchange party.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Agore Ring Toss Game  7% OFF

 

This is a fun and challenging game that can be played individually or against competitors. It has a stylish wooden construction that all ages can use. Your gift recipient can even turn this into a drinking game with a space for shot glasses.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Pranks and jokes

Ridley’s 100 Single Cheesy Joke Cards

 

Giftees will have a good time sharing silly jokes with friends from this pack of cards shaped like cheese singles. This gift works well for kids and adults and is small enough to bring along to events and gatherings.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Tiny Hands 17% OFF

 

Everyone at the gift exchange will be laughing when someone opens up these hands and tucks them under their sleeves. These small hands work well for pranks and have handles that are easy to grip. They are available in different designs and colors.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Useful gag gifts

Rainbow Socks Pizza Socks Box

 

This funny and clever presentation of socks looks like a pizza when opened. The socks are sure to give the recipient a laugh, but they are also soft and will keep their feet warm. The set comes with four pairs of socks decorated with various pizza toppings.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

30-Watt Shower Drink Holder 20% OFF

 

Not only will gift recipients think this is a clever invention and design, but they can also find it useful whether they drink beer, soda, or sparkling water. The can holder is made of easy-to-clean silicone with a flat gripping panel rather than adhesive or suction cups.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Nostalgia Hot Dog Toaster 20% OFF

 

This toaster ends the debate of whether to grill, microwave, boil, or fry a hot dog. It is compact and stylish with a vintage design. It not only cooks the hot dogs, but it also toasts the buns.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Dammit Doll 42% OFF

 

When your White Elephant gift recipient is having a tough day, they will get a kick out of this stress-relieving doll that is meant to take the brunt of your frustration. It comes in a random design and with a funny poem that explains how to use it.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Mighty Mojo Vent N’ Door Caddy and Sauce Caddy Combo Pack

 

If you’ve ever eaten fast food in your car, you know the struggle of trying to eat and dip into sauce at the same time. This caddy holds fries and other foods and has a pull-out compartment for sauce containers. It clips onto a car vent to make it easier for your gift recipient to eat on the go.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Gifts for a bathroom break

Poo-Pourri The Turds and The Bees Toilet Spray Set

 

This may be a gift for the powder room, but it is an elegant and environment-friendly gift that giftees will enjoy. The fragrance set comes with 3 decorative sprays and is made by a trusted brand name in scents. Your gift recipient will love that the packaging is made with plantable paper that grows wildflowers.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Fairly Odd Novelties Toilet Fishing Game 32% OFF

 

Everyone in the gift exchange will be laughing when this magnetic fishing game is opened. Designed for keeping occupied while using the bathroom, the rod and fish are easy to use with the included bowl. It comes with a humorous door sign so the fishing game is not interrupted.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Accoutrements Emergency Underpants

 

Giftees who like items with a vintage look will get a kick out of this tin container holding disposable underwear. The tin is compact and easy to have on hand when it is needed the most. It may be a funny gag gift, but it could prove useful for the giftee one day.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Gifts with music and sounds

Sound RX Hype Button 7% OFF

 

This compact button packs a punch that livens up a crowd. It plays an upbeat air horn sound and is a great way to add humor and fun to a room. The button comes with AAA batteries.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Yodeling Pickle

 

Whoever receives this gift will feel like the “Big Dill” at the exchange. This plastic pickle plays yodeling sounds when the button is pressed. It comes with a pickle-shaped pen for writing.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Bonaok Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone 56% OFF

 

This metallic microphone easily turns any gathering into a karaoke party. It is compact, wire-free, and connects to your gift recipient’s music so they can sing along with their favorite songs. It has simple controls that adjust the music and microphone volumes.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Other top funny white elephant gifts

White elephant gifts everyone will fight for

For food and drink 

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

 

Complete with an egg cooker ring, this handy sandwich maker is the perfect device for anyone who loves a good breakfast sandwich. It can be used to customize each part of the sandwich, from the meat to the eggs to the cheese. It's nonstick, durable, and dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. There are also over 25 sandwich maker recipes on the Hamilton Beach website for those who need ideas.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Death Wish Coffee Dark Roast Grounds

 

Known for its tagline, “the world's strongest coffee,” this 16-ounce dark roast ground coffee has a rich, bold flavor, and is the perfect way to get caffeinated in the morning. It contains premium ingredients and isn’t for the faint of heart.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Boston Warehouse Cookie Jar

 

For the cookie-lover who wants something a bit more creative, this hand-painted earthenware cookie jar is the perfect addition to the kitchen counter or shelf. It has a hinged lid that keeps whatever's inside fresh for longer. It also comes in either a pug with a sweater or a floral owl design.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

Hamilton Beach Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper

 

What better way to complete a home theater setup than with a couple of subwoofers and a portable popcorn popper? With this little machine, the popcorn lover in your life can make up to 24 cups of popcorn in a single batch, perfect for hosting large get-togethers. It also has a well for pouring butter while the kernels are popping.

 

Sold by Home Depot

 

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag

 

Available in a one- or three-pack and in 28 patterns and colors, these reusable nylon bags are creative, durable, and versatile. They can hold up to 50 pounds and can be used for anything from grocery shopping to packing a cold lunch for work or school. With nylon fabric and ripstop lining, they’re tear-resistant and machine-safe.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

For health and fitness 

Fitbit Versa 3 31% OFF

 

Wearable fitness trackers are a must for anyone who loves the great outdoors or exercise. This sophisticated smartwatch can easily monitor heart rate and workout intensity. It can also be paired with voice assistants to control smart home devices, set reminders, and get the news. Plus, the device is water-resistant and can last for up to 12 hours with continuous GPS enabled.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

CamelBak Chute Mag Water Bottle

 

This vacuum-sealed insulated bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to six hours. It has a leakproof magnetic top and an angled spout that makes it easy to drink from on the move without spilling. It also comes in 12 solid colors, including light blue, yellow, and purple.

 

Sold by Amazon and Dick’s Sporting Goods

 

For rest and relaxation

USAGA 28 Finger Scalp Massager 26% OFF

 

For those needing to relieve some tension or stress in the head and neck, this premium head massager can help. It's long-lasting and adjustable for any head size or shape. It also has 28 wire massager prongs for an all-around convenient way to relax. Plus, unlike other scalp massagers, the handle is comfortable to hold.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

MyCozyLite LED Night Light

 

Motion-activated and energy efficient, these LED night lights add the right amount of light to any hall or bathroom in the middle of the night. The blue light is ambient and has up to a 15-foot range.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Dot and Dot Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow 20% OFF

 

Whether they're traveling or sleeping at home, this twistable memory foam pillow offers excellent lumbar, leg, neck, and chin support. Made for any sleeping position, it can help alleviate pain and promote relaxation.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

For party people  

Bietrun Wireless Microphone

 

Designed with karaoke lovers in mind, these rechargeable microphones are essential for anyone who loves singing or throwing parties. They produce high-quality sound and have a 160-foot range. They're also easy to use and can pair with devices with a microphone input, such as a voice amplifier, mixer, or multimedia streaming equipment.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth Speaker 34% OFF

 

The perfect complement to any at-home sound system, this Bluetooth speaker has a classic style with gold and black accents and produces crisp audio. It can be paired to several devices at once for a complete experience. It also comes with a touch panel and a useful app for remote control.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Zormy Portable Wine Carrier 20% OFF

 

Capable of holding up to three wine bottles at once, this insulated tote bag is perfect for wine aficionados. It comes with a corkscrew opener and a handy shoulder strap for use on the go. It's also discreet enough for carrying bottles to the beach, restaurants, parties, and more.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Buzzfeed Social Sabotage 20% OFF

 

If you know someone who's ready for a rip-roaring time and isn't afraid of being a bit awkward on social media, this game is a great gift. It includes 500 hilarious "what" and "where" cards, is full of challenges, and takes a little over 30 minutes to play.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Seymour Butz Rainbow Unicorn Funny Toilet Paper

 

These two rolls of unicorn-print toilet paper make for a great gag gift that's also practical for potty training the little ones at home. It's three-ply and eco-friendly, too.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Contributing authors: Jennifer Blair, Margot Malverty, and Angela Watson
 

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