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12 Creative White Elephant Gifts That Everyone Will Want To Steal At Your Exchange

You never know what you’re going to end up with!

Margo Gothelf · about 2 months ago

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White elephant gifts tend to fall under the category of pretty random, but super fun, presents to receive. While you never know what you’re going to end up with, a good white elephant gift will be clever and creative. Here’s a list of exciting ideas that will make your gift the “must-have” of the white elephant exchange.

1. The 3Doodler Essential Pen Set


Can't think of a really great white elephant gift? That's okay, because with a 3Doodler pen, they'll be able to make their own gift from scratch! It's the gift that keeps on giving.

2. The Singing Machine Mic Guy Bluetooth Speaker

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This portable karaoke microphone will be a treat for the whole family, no matter who scores it from the gift exchange. The microphone, which can also be used as a speaker, connects right to your phone, allowing you to choose songs to sing along to.

3. The Blockbuster Game

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This game will make everyone at your gift exchange yearn for the olden days, when there was a Blockbuster on every corner and you actually had to leave your house if you wanted to rent a new movie. The only downside is that it will go totally unappreciated by anyone under the age of 20.

4. The Chocolate Mug Cakes Cookbook

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You’ll be thankful for your mug cake cookbook when the chocolate cravings hit. This one’s great for when you don't want to make a whole cake, or if you just want that quick dessert. The mug cakes, which take only a few minutes to make in the microwave, still pack a full flavor even though they’re tiny. Popular cakes include marble cake or marshmallow swirl.

5. A Modern Polaroid Camera


For the white elephant exchange that has a slightly higher buy-in, this modern day Polaroid camera will be an instant hit since it's ready to take instant photos right out of the box. You don't even need to shake the photos to make them develop quicker anymore. (Though to be fair, it's unclear whether that did anything with older Polaroid film either.)

6. Desktop Skee-Ball

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Get ready to have the competitive side of the family come out thanks to this mini version of Skee-Ball. The mini arcade classic is super simple to set up and can pretty much be played anywhere, even on the go. Once it’s set up, see who can get the highest score. Game on!

7. What Do You Meme?

What Do You Meme

The gift exchange is over, and everyone has the gift they chose, stole, or got stuck what do you do? Easy, crack open the copy of What Do You Meme? and turn your white elephant party into a game night!

8. Disney Princess Necklace Activity Kit


Embrace your inner Disney princess with this Disney Princess Necklace Set. The kit lets you mix and match five princess charms with over 150 different beads. Don't worry if you change your mind about which princess charm you want. The rubber charms slide on and off, making them easy to change over and over again.

9. This Fresh Italian Cheese Making Kit


Give the gift of experiences with this cheese making kit that's not only a fun activity for the lucky recipient, but also gives them the additional gift of handmade, small-batch cheese!

10. This Cozy Burrito Blanket


Now you can literally be wrapped up like a burrito thanks to this Tortilla Blanket. The cozy blanket is super soft and made of lightweight fleece. Not a burrito fan? You can also get the blanket in a pizza, pie, or waffle designs.

11. Pictionary Air


Everyone loves Charades and everyone loves Pictionary, but what if everyone at your white elephant exchange could play both once the gift giving was finished? With Pictionary Air, now they can! In this updated version of the classic game, you can use a special pen to draw in midair, then interact whit your drawing on screen to add a whole new dimension to the game.

12. A Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden

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Turn that bleak winter feeling around with this mason jar indoor flower garden. The indoor garden comes with all the fixings to grow beautiful flowers in the heart of the winter. All you have to do is find a sunny spot and add some fresh water. The kit comes with three edible flower varieties, including pansies, chamomile, and English daisies.