10 Best White Elephant Gift Ideas: serious and funny ones, pick your favorite

The Holidays will soon arrive, and with them, fun traditions like the White Elephant gift exchange, also known as Dirty Santa or Yankee Swap. You might ask yourself what is a white elephant gift, and it’s quite simple: a white elephant refers to a gift that one is stuck with and can’t be disposed of easily. It’s based on the legend of a king that gave rare albino elephants as gifts to people he didn’t like so that they would suffer from the animal’s upkeep costs.

The rules for a white elephant gift exchange have many variations, but basically, each person brings a gift, which is placed in a central location. One by one everybody takes turns unwrapping a gift or stealing another’s. If your gift is stolen, you can open another gift or steal from another player. Once everybody has a gift, the game ends.

As you can see, some gifts will be particularly sought after, while others will be a dud and people will want to do anything to get rid of them. If you’re going to be playing in one of these games and would like some white elephant gift exchange ideas, keep reading and check out our picks. Some are really useful, and some are gag gifts that are funny as hell.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach


Everybody will want to keep this gift, and you won’t believe how affordable it is. In less than five minutes you will have a nutritious breakfast. Just pick your favorite bread and layer on the egg, cheese, and meat. The only limit is your imagination. This breakfast sandwich maker by Hamilton Beach cooks everything to perfection and it can use English muffins, small bagels, biscuits and more in the sandwich press.

Cleanup is a breeze thanks to the removable parts, which are dishwasher safe and covered with a nonstick coating. The machine has a built-in timer which can be set in half-minute increments and will beep when the sandwich is ready.

Potty Putter Toilet Time Golf Game

Toilet Time Golf Game

Every office has a golfer, and this will be a useful white elephant gift for that person. Why waste your time when going to the toilet? Now, every trip to the bathroom is a chance for extra practice.  In the box you get a mini putting green with cup and flag, a couple of golf balls, a putter, and a “do not disturb” door hanger so you can concentrate on your game.

This white elephant gift idea makes the perfect present for all golf fans. So, who is going to play potty putt putt now?

Fake Belly Waist Fanny Pack


With a perfect print, this looks like a real, hairy belly, and will be a hilarious gag gift. The invisible built-in zipper keeps people from noticing the storage area, which has a nice capacity and can easily conceal your wallet, phone, coins, and other small items. An adjustable waist belt that has a buckle at the ends keeps the bag in place and has a nice range from pretty small to fairly large.

The breathable reticulate back feels comfortable and ventilated against your skin. Perfect for a great laugh, it will be one of the coveted items from the party.

Bath Bombs Gift Set

Let’s take a break from the gag gifts and take a look at this awesome set of eight bubble fizzies. For anyone that needs to soak and relax, this aromatherapy bath bomb kit will provide a colorful release of any stress. And best of all, they are natural, animal-test free, and vegan.

In this set you will receive the following aromas: Cotton Candy & Strawberry, Orange & Rose, Coconut & Shea Butter, Aloe & Peppermint, Lavender & Vanilla, Ginger & Lime, Jasmine & Chamomile, and Green Tea & Blueberry

2019 Pooping Pooches Calendar

pooping dogs calendar

Ah, who doesn’t love dogs? Man’s best friend will always be with you along the year with this amazing calendar. Each month reveals yet another majestic dog answering’ nature’s call, and for every calendar that is sold a donation to the Maui Humane Society is made.

Featuring a Jack Russel Terrier, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, a Labrador, a French Bulldog, a Weimaraner, a Beagle, and more, this is one of the best prank gifts for the White Elephant exchange, ready to be prominently displayed in the dining room for all to enjoy.


Shot Glass Roulette

Shot Glass Roulette

What better way to get the party started than a good drinking game? Just give it a spin and let the wheel pick your fate. It’s perfect for large groups since it includes 16 high-quality shot glasses made from glass, and each one can hold up to 1 oz. The glasses are banded with a color and two numbers that go along with a possible landing ball pocket. If the ball lands on any of your numbers, you take a shot.

The two polished stainless-steel balls are perfectly round and give an excellent roll time with each spin. This game makes taking shots more fun and bearable since you go in without knowing what to expect.

Money Soap

money soap

We all take a shower every morning, so why not make it worth our time? This soap not only has a great Pear berry scent but is also packed with a small treasure inside it. Tightly wrapped in a money-looking envelope there is a hidden, real US bill. It is in the center of the soap, so you’ll have to take many showers before you can get to it.

Although the most common prize is a $1 bill, there are many customers who have reviewed this item and claim to have won anything from $10 to $50 bills! Perfect as a White Elephant gift, or as a unique stocking stuffer.


Desktop Punching Bag

Desktop Punching Bag

Got a stressful job? Forget about it and use this stress relief punching bag for your best boxing moves. It’s easy to assemble and measures 14” high. Blow after blow, strike after strike, the rugged materials this bag is made for will withstand the punches without deflating. The suction cup on the bottom keeps the bag firmly planted on your desk or most flat surfaces.

In the box you get the punching bag, a spring, the suction cup base, and a hand pump with needle to inflate and deploy it. Great to break up the monotony of your workday.

Hidden Beverage Flask

Hidden Alcohol Flask

Designed to look exactly like the real thing, these tubes are secret flasks that can hold up to 8 Oz each one. An average shot of liquor is 1.5 ounces, so you can make 5 cocktails with each flask! It’s almost impossible to know that this isn’t a real sunscreen but instead a liquid container.

Great for saving money and not having to pay for overpriced drinks at sporting events, concerts, cruises, resorts, festivals, and hotel pools. Just remove the cap, fill it with your choice of beverage, and toss it in your bag or backpack to sneak it in.

The tubes are BPA and phthalate free and made from food-safe plastic, ready to be reused over and over. Filling them up is easy thanks to the cute little funnel that is included with your purchase.

One Cup of Coffee Gigantic Mug

gigantic coffee mug

This gigantic mug is about 7″ tall and 8″ wide and can hold 64 oz of your favorite drink. It’s made of high-quality ceramic and is easy to clean, although it’s recommended to do it by hand instead of using the dishwasher.

Never worry about feeling tired again, this mug is more than enough to keep your extra large caffeine addiction at bay. A Great conversation piece that will be the perfect White Elephant gift this season.


10 Best White Elephant Gift Ideas
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