Coming up with some creative White Elephant gift ideas can sometimes be a real burden. Now that Thanksgiving is over, and the holidays are approaching many people start getting involved in all different kinds of gift exchanges such as White Elephant, or even Secret Santa. These gift exchanges are great ice breakers for a large office of people, or when you have multiple different friend groups coming together. Having the best gift out of everyone gives you the biggest brownie points. It’s also awesome to be the person that everyone’s wishing that they had your gift.
The term, White Elephant, actually originated in Southeast Asia, where a gift of a white elephant would be seen as a sign of great honor and importance. These big albino elephant gifts, given from a king to an ordinary person, would usually cause a huge financial strain. They were costly to take care of, and hard to get rid of. The item was no longer of value to it’s owner, but it’s supposed to bring great value to it’s receiver.
With the growing popularity of gift exchanges, eventually this idea was coined into the name of a gift exchange.
White Elephant Gift Ideas
These all are creative white elephant gift ideas that anyone would enjoy. They are also all under $20.
*Note: Prices subject to change since inception date of article.
Arranging and re-arranging these words on a fridge is irresistible when you walk by a fridge full of these. Watch as your guests and friends leave funny messages for you on your fridge.
This gift is a unique little item that is unisex and just about anyone would enjoy. It is cheap, and something that would last you a long time. You can place this on your windowsill at home, or even on your desk at work. It’s also great because it provides you with everything you need to grow your own, little plant. Some people say that taking care of a plant can give your life meaning, or make you live a little longer. I think that that’s a little extreme, but it definitely would be interesting to watch the plant grow and progress overtime (assuming you remembered to water it).
This is a gift I would love to receive as a man. What’s a more manly past-time than brewing your own beer? Not only do I love beer, but being able to make my own, and then get drunk off of that, would be awesome. This gift is easy for beginners to use, and would be a lot of fun to make.
I actually bought this for myself recently while Black Friday shopping. I can never keep my hands still and this is a great item to play with as you can glide the rack through the sand. This item inspires you to think, and use your imagination. It could also simply be used as a aesthetic piece to keep in your house.
I also have this item on my desk at work. I won it a while back after getting a bunch of points at Dave & Busters. This is a great decoration piece, but also a lot of fun to just play with. Whenever you see one of these, you have this inner desire to just let one of the balls swing and see what happens.
Who doesn’t love a great smelling candle or incense. Easy to use, and a great, simple gift. Light one of these, grab your favorite book, make a cup of hot chocolate, and sit back and relax on a snowy day.
This funny coffee mug would make a perfect gift for a White Elephant done in the office. The glass mug says – “Go Away”, “Not Yet”, and “How Can I Help You?”. Definitely accurately represents how I feel before having my morning coffee.
In terms of utility, this would rank way up on the list. After all, how can one function without their cell phone. This gift would be perfect for the friend whose phone is always dead.
Similar to the next White Elephant gift idea, but better to play with just your partner. It’s a more intense, adult version of the game truth-or-dare. Great gift that can be used to spice up your sex life.
Described as a party game for horrible people. This is the only item on the list of 10 that isn’t under $20, but I couldn’t leave it off. This is the most popular on this list of creative White Elephant gift ideas, and rightfully so. This game is great to play at get togethers, and an amazing ice breaker.
And there you have it. A list of 10, creative white elephant gift ideas that won’t break the bank. Stand out and get that unique gift, and don’t be that guy that ends up getting something basic like candy, lottery tickets, or a gift card. Get the gift that everyone would want. Most of all, don’t forget to have fun and make amazing memories with friends.