White Elephant Gift Ideas
A white elephant gift needs to be unique and funny. No, I don't mean toilet paper. But speaking of toilet paper, I think we're all tired of the typical white elephant gifts we see every year. Don't be that person.
Instead, put a little effort into your gift. That effort nearly always translates into more laughs.
Whether you're looking for a homemade gift or one that you can purchase, here are a few that are sure to be a hit.
1. Canned Unicorn Meat
My parents told me for years that unicorns were only a myth. Luckily, a year ago, a farmer stumbled upon an entire herd of the animals and started canning them and selling their meat as the cleverly labeled "Canned Unicorn Meat." Clearly, my parents lied.
If you want to know what I think it tastes like, then I'd compare it to a rainbow or a pot of gold. Believe it or not, it tastes nothing like a horse with a pointy stick on its head.
2. Poo-Pourri for Those Sticky Bathroom Situations
It's always good to get a gift that's not only funny but useful as well. You may have seen the viral Poo-Pourri commercial and wondered if this spray really works or not.
Believe it or not, it truly does. You spray it in the bowl before you go, and then it traps the odor in. When you're out and about or at a friend's house, this Poo-Pourri Before You Go Bottle is a must-have.
Odd Commercial Fact: I know the people whose dairy farm was used in the making of this commercial. I asked, and no cows were injured in its filming!
3. Emergency Underpants Dispenser for Your Aging Friends
The guests at your party are getting a bit older than they used to, and their bodies are starting to change.
It's now time to take their unwillingness to deal with the situation into your own hands and have a pair of Accoutrements' emergency underpants just in case.
When one is not enough: While Accoutrements used to sell the single emergency underpants option, you can now get multiple pairs for this dispenser. This also makes a great 50th birthday gift idea.
4. Cards Against Humanity
This might be more of a game for your white elephant party rather than a gift. Either way, every good white elephant party involves games.
We've had the most success with irreverent ones. While I like good adult party games (like Boxers and Briefs and Say Anything), it's Cards Against Humanity that's brought the biggest laughs at our house.
That being said, I must warn you that this is a game for horrible people. If you have some semi-conservative people at your party, you might just want to pass on this one.
How to Play:
Cards Against Humanity is played a lot like Apples to Apples. One person draws a question card that the rest of your party has to find the best answer to. The answer can take one or two cards and can involve some completely inappropriate answers. Even answers that seem tame can be completely irreverent when put with certain question cards.
Overall, this game is spit-up-your-milk funny, and I highly recommend it for a rowdy bunch!
5. Mr. Moustachio's Manliest Mustaches of All Time
Anything you can actually wear or put on during a white elephant party is a hit. Mustaches certainly fit the bill for that, and my favorites are Mr. Moustachio's.
Compared to other fake mustaches, these ones stick better and simply look better. Designs for Mr. Moustachio's include the famous handlebars, Fu Manchu, Wild Bill, and others you can see above.
So, if you're going to do the fake mustache thing, I highly recommend these ones.
6. Maybe You Touched Your Genitals Hand Sanitizer
So maybe you did, and maybe you didn't, but at least this way, you'll feel 100% satisfied. If someone has this in their purse or pocket, then you know shaking hands is once again an option.
7. Christmas Story Nightlight
My neighbor has a full-sized one of these up in his window, so it's been a joke between us for a long time.
If your white elephant party is more of a Christmas gag gift exchange, then why not give out a major award with this Christmas Story nightlight? It looks just like the movie and actually works. This is another one of those gifts that's funny but someone may truly want.
8. Golfing on the Pot
I actually gave away the Potty Putter as a gift twice last year during the holiday season. Once to my Father-in-Law, who's absolutely obsessed with golf, and once at our white elephant gift exchange.
Believe it or not, my father-in-law still uses the thing regularly. I'm not sure if it's a bit of a gag to him or not, but considering how much time he's on the throne, I'm sure his putting game has improved.
At our white elephant party, the gift was stolen over and over again by its multiple admirers.
If you want to be the life of the party, then this is a good gift to get!
9. EZ Drinker Can Holster
We all know that guy who has one hand attached to his beer or soda at all times. With the EZ Drinker, your loved one can finally regain control of their dominant hand and do other things with it, like work, give you a hug, or be a good person.
10. A Funny Cookbook
Getting a funny book or cookbook is a great gift idea. Just don't make it lame. Find something that has that "shock and awe" title.
Get Something Unique:
Everyone has seen the classics, so this year I'm going with something a bit different. This cookbook truly does have a ton of real recipes and ways for you to cook chicken.
Homemade White Elephant Gifts
Not everyone has time to make a homemade white elephant gift, but if done right, then these are hard to beat. There's no limit to the amount of these gifts you can make, but getting the creative juices going can sometimes be difficult.
Here are a few homemade ideas we've used in the past that are still talked about at our parties each year.
11. Shave With Me Barbie
I'm not exactly sure who started this idea. I originally saw someone selling these on a local news trade site and decided to put one together at our party.
Directions for making your own:
- Buy a Barbie. You can get a cheap one from a dollar store or your local Walmart. Spending $5, you'll still end up with a cheap white elephant gift.
- Cut a little bit of the hair from the back of Barbie's head.
- Glue the excess hair on her legs and armpits. In my opinion, you can't go overboard here.
- Put the Barbie in the box along with a cheap razor.
- Decorate the box for additional fun.
12. An Easy-to-Make Walmartians Calendar
Here's one that my wife came up with a couple of years ago. We've all seen pictures of the people of Walmart on Facebook, in old email chain letters, and experienced it in the store ourselves.
To make the calendar simply:
- Print out the pictures from around the web.
- Get them laminated.
- Get them bound as shown in the picture.
13. Your Face on a Unicorn, Horse, or Person
Just imagine putting your face on the body of a unicorn, person, or whatever it may be, printing it out, and then framing it for the perfect gift! This idea came to me after watching an episode of Modern Family where Cam and Mitch are preparing for their wedding.
I'm not going to promote all of the different ways that you can do this, as there are so many, but Fiverr, independent software, Facebook applications, and websites are a good place to start.
Going the Fiverr.com route allows you to be a bit more creative and put your work in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing. For five bucks, why not?
White Elephant Gifts 2021
Overall, if you're willing to put a little thought into your gift, you'll really enjoy your white elephant party. My favorite gifts are usually those which are homemade.
Your White Elephant Gift Idea?
I'd love to know what gift you gave out this year. Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. If it's a homemade gift, help us out by describing how to make it.
© 2013 Brandon Hart
Comment With Your Favorite Ideas
Brandon Hart (author) on November 17, 2013:
LOL I really like it - great idea
Alan Masarsky on November 17, 2013:
Here is another great idea: a Santa Hat and Yamaka headcap mash-up called "Yamaclaus".