white elephant gifts ideas

The Ultimate List of the Best White Elephant Gift Ideas

The last time I attended a White Elephant gift exchange I left with a human dog chain collar. If you have been to one of these exchanges before with your friends or with your co-workers during your holiday party, I’m sure you left with something equally as useless and possibly disturbing.

It’s hard to find the perfect white elephant or Yankee swap gift. Here is the ultimate gift guide of the best white elephant gift ideas that are both interesting and somewhat useful.

Nicholas Cage Mug

There are really no words for this except for awesome. Bring this and getting lots of high fives at your white elephant gift exchange party.  High-quality creepy as shit coffee mug made of durable ceramic that is microwave and dishwasher safe.T his is the perfect gift and sure to be a big hit at your white elephant party. 

Dino Taco Holders

Dinosaurs + Tacos = Prehistoric Awesomeness! Thought to be extinct the prehistoric taco holder is back… and ready to carry two of your favorite tacos on its back. Turn your next Taco Tuesday Jurassic, and devour tacos with style! Great gift for kids and kidults that are looking to add a bit of fun to the dinner table!

Exploding Kittens Game

Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches.

Someecards Coaster Set

This six pack of funny Someecards coasters are a great way to add fun to any party. Either way, you look at it, it’s a win/win. Your friends and family will have their fair share of LOL moments, plus your tables and surfaces will be protected from drink stains. These unique and hilarious coasters are like no other! Each coaster features an illustration and a funny caption that revolves around drinking with friends and just having a good time. If you love a good laugh, then you’ll love these coasters.

Muffin Top Baking Set

We’ve all seen the “muffin top” look before, but not like this. Fill these adorable jean-style cupcake pants with your favorite cake batter. As the muffin tops bake, they develop that little extra bulge around the middle. Silicone construction is dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Eat up, it’s just a little more to love. Comes in a colorful gift box with baking tips included inside.

Bubble Wrap Calendar

The Bubble Wrap Calendar is a wall calendar you can’t stop popping! Each day is covered with a bubble that you can pop throughout the day. They will love this calendar for the satisfaction they get every time they pop a bubble. The calendar is typeset in Helvetica Neue for easy reading and a clean, modern look. Can you just pop one? (Don’t worry, there are bonus bubbles for tough days!)

Ravioli Spoon Rest

Mama Mia! who dropped one of the raviolis? oh, never mind, it’s just Fred’s sauced up, a pasta-shaped pillow designed to catch the sauce before it settles on your stovetop. Made of stain-resistant silicone, you’ll be glad you have a pasta-riffic place to rest your spoon.

Tiny Lampshade Night Light

This tiny lampshade will turn any smartphone into a fun and stylish nightlight. Just clip it onto your phone, launch your flashlight, and let there be light! No longer will you bother your significant other or cat when you are reading late at night.

Gourmet Sea Salt

Everyone will be fighting over this white elephant gift. Integrate one of the most esteemed delicacies in the culinary world into your finest entrées with Italian Black Truffle Salt.  Pure, crisp sea salt is enhanced with Black truffles from the Italian Region of Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche in Northern and Central Italy to add authentic gourmet Italian wonder to your dishes. 

You Suck At Parking Cards

Set of 10 “You Suck At Parking” cards. Taking up two spots in a busy neighborhood, parking extremely close to your car, blocking a driveway… this card says it all. Learn to park, asshole.

I Hate Everyone Oven Mitt

Honestly is the best policy. If you and your friends hate everyone else but each other then this white elephant gift will be a hot commodity. Literally the best gift ever. The recipient will laugh for a good 5 minutes. It also helps hold hot pots. Super insulated and 100% cotton.

Tequila Mockingbird

Even if you don’t have a B.A. in English, you’re gonna drink like you do! From barflies to book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the world’s bestselling cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels, Tequila Mockingbird also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout. 

Personal Library Kit

For a bibliophile, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing beloved books, but no crueler pain than losing them for good—until the Knock Knock Personal Library Kit! Revive old-fashioned library circulation techniques for fun and book retention with our classic bestseller!

Dick Soap

Uncle Richard’s World Famous Dick Soap turns a shower into an hour of pure joy! Getting clean has never been such a pleasure. As soon as Uncle Richard introduced the world to his amazing wiener cleaner, statistics for daily – sometimes hourly – bathing skyrocketed!
This naughty stocking stuffer will have him pumped! Every man will be laughing his way straight to the shower on Christmas morning.

Smart Phone Fan

You are stuck at the airport, waiting endlessly for your plane to arrive. You are hot and bored, so you whip out your iPhone 6 and start watching a video. Oh, how you wish you had some circulating air while you watch your movie If you had the Smartphone-fan Micro USB, you could have a light wind cooling you down and keeping you calm when your plane’s delay is mentioned over the airport’s speakers.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, mornings are hectic for most people, especially families with children. So how do you cope with hunger pangs at breakfast time? If you’re like most people, you have to rush through the meal, gobble down whatever’s handy in the kitchen, or grab a quick, on-the-go bite. That’s where the Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach comes to the rescue. It’s all about making a fresh breakfast sandwich you can grab and go.

Table Topics

Are you hosting a dinner party or in need of a hostess gift? This dinner party game can be a gracious host’s best friend. Get every guest talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company with this card game of fun, inspired conversation starters.  Guaranteed to entertain in even the most awkward situations, every question is perfectly appropriate for any combination of friends and acquaintances. Good food, good friends, and great conversation. What could be better?

Drinking Buddies Glass Markers

Declare the bar open, your Drinking Buddies have arrived! This Party Edition pack contains 12 hunky drink markers and includes a pen so you can allocate each guest their own buddy for the evening. As well as looking good in trunks, the boys help avoid mix-ups anytime the drinks are flowing. Set of 6 banana hammock wearing drink markers. Simply attach your buddy’s hands to the edge of your glass.

Wonder Women Apron

Cook your next meal in superhero style with the Wonder Woman DC Comics Be the Character Apron! This fun apron lets you become your favorite DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman. This apron is sure to be a hit at your next party. One size fits most. Made in the USA.

Giant Googly Eyes

Nobody needs and yet everybody needs these. Turn your house into PeeWee’s Play House with these giant googly eyes. Great gag gift or fun to stick on posters or bulletin boards. They measure 7 inches in diameter and come as a set of 2.

No Shit Lavatory Mist

Did you poop? No shit Sherlock. Two quick veils of mist erase evidence of any offense – no matter how foul. Light lemon and cedar scent. I bet everyone at the office party is going to want to gift swap with you.

Light Saber Chopsticks

Be the life of the party with your friends and family by owning a pair of these uniquely designed utensils. compact and so you can carry them easily in your pocket. Impress that date or your kids. Convenient LEDs illuminate in bright colors with easy to use on and off push button.

The Wine Rack

Not the classiest white elephant gift but sure is interesting. The Winerack: every girl’s best friend. Now you can drink what you want, when you want, where you want, with no hassles and for less money. Sports bra holds up to 25 ounces of your favorite beverage. Removable polyurethane bladder custom-shaped to fit bra. Long drinking tube with easy-to-use on/off valve controls the flow. Don’t they have the guys covered too with this beer belly?

Bear Oven Mitts

Fred and Friends BEAR HANDS oven mitts, don’t burn your paws. These oven mitts are made from insulated cotton. The “paw” pads are constructed of heat-resistant silicone, letting you handle hot food easily. One right and one left “bear paw” mitt are included. Two mitts are included in each package. It’s a product that combines fun and functionality in one.

Umbrella Hat

Who likes holding umbrellas anyway? Keep your hands free on rainy days with the Beistle Umbrella Hat. This hat has a blue, green, red and yellow nylon umbrella attached to an elasticized headband. It is one size fits most. This is a fun hat that can be worn on many occasions!

Mac and Cheese Cookbook

Macaroni and cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort foods, beloved by kids and adults alike. But there’s no need to rely on prefab mixes—all you need is a handful of kitchen staples, some tasty cheese, and a little insider advice courtesy of Homeroom restaurant. This perennially popular Oakland, California, eatery—with its entire menu devoted to mac and cheese—now shares its secrets for the best-ever mac recipes that will help you think outside the box!

Puppet Cleaning Gloves

Cleaning sucks. These gloves make it better. Fred and friends playful puppet dish gloves can make scrubbing the toilet into a puppet show.

Cat Pen Holder

Consider this pen holder from mark’s japan your new agenda assistant. this cat will help keep track of your pen, can mark an important page, and is wearing a bowtie. that’s really the only thing that matters, right?  Always got a pen handy! Hope your favorite cat lady scores this gift.

Smell My Nuts Candle

No, really, smell the nuttiness of this deliciously scented candle. Banana Nut Bread, Toasted Coconut and Hazelnut make this candle a truly outstanding combination of scents in a 13 oz jar of specially blended soy and paraffin wax. Lead-free wick with a patented straightener to ensure proper burning every time. 

Clean Dreams Sponge Holder

Once the dishes are clean and bright, lay your sponge in its bed and let it sleep tight. Adorable sponge rest that will fit most sponges (slides under the pillows which remain intact). Great also to accompany a gift set of kitchen towels and cloths. This makes dishes almost fun again!

Dad Bod Fanny Pack

A waterproof beer belly fanny pack? If this isn’t the best white elephant gift idea I don’t know what is. The beer belly fanny packs are made of PU and canvas leather with a 3D print fake belly. And it is waterproof. The main compartment provides independent protection for your phones from screen scratches, cash, key, and watch. It is easy for outdoor sports with no worries. Easy to put on and take off with quick release buckle.

Tampon Flask

The Sunscreen Flask allows for 8 oz. of party fun. No one will question your sunscreen. Fill it with your fave drink and go right in. Guys won’t even look at a tampon much less handle it at security. The tampons shot holder will never be questioned at your venue. Bring alcohol onto cruises, Vegas pools, concerts, sporting events, clubs, bachelorette parties and more. Includes 5 Fake Tampons with Wrappers.

Unicorns Are Jerks Coloring Book

Unicorns think they’re so great because they’re all mysterious and magical, but they can be real jerks sometimes. This coloring book features eighteen examples of unicorns texting in theaters, farting in elevators, eating your leftovers, and generally acting like jerks. Theo Nicole’s Lorenz’s humorous, offbeat coloring books are perfect for anyone looking to break outside the world of patterns and mandalas, and add some laughter along the way!

Veggie Spiraler 

Replace high card pasta or noodles with healthy and colorful veggie ones. Get the picky people in your family to eat plenty of healthy veggies in disguise. Built from BPA-Free ABS plastic and heat-treated stainless steel and has two Japanese blades. Create noodles and create julienne spirals from a great variety of vegetables including Carrots, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Squash, Radish, Sweet And Regular Potatoes, and lots others.

Bath SipCaddy

SipCaddy is the only portable cupholder in the world that also holds wine glasses! Attach it to any smooth surface for an instant drink butler for your beer or wine vessel of choice, or for many other household items. Designed and developed by a small team of drinking enthusiasts, architects, and designers, extensively prototyped with 3D printing, SipCaddy is now available worldwide. Here’s to your next shower beer and shower wine!

Fun Q-Tip Holder

A unique cotton swab holder in the form of a snow globe with a Christmas tree in the center will keep a bunch of cotton buds clean and sanitary. Cotton swabs are always ready when they needed in the bathroom or at cosmetics table in this modern holder winter time designed by creative brand Qualy. This designer bathroom accessory will make great white elephant gift.

Electric Wine Opener

The Ozeri Nouveaux II Electric bottle opener removes a wine bottle cork with the gentle push of a button. Unlike other electric wine openers, it features a transparent corkscrew shell that makes the cork removal process completely visible. When in use or while being recharged with the included compact adaptor, the Nouveaux II illuminates its transparent bottom shell with calming blue indicator lights.

Dog Butt Magnets

These dog butts may not sit when you them or fetch your paper, but they will stay attached to all of your magnetic surfaces. Man’s best friend. Designed by Steph Mantis. Set of 6 magnets, Scottie butt, Pug butt, Retriever butt, Dalmatian butt, Poodle butt, and hydrant.

It's hard to find the perfect swap gift so we created a list of the best white elephant gift ideas that are both interesting and somewhat useful.