I work from home with my five kids and wife and review everything from gag gifts to men's collectibles and computer hardware.
After all the Christmas shopping and prep my wife and I do each year, we find a bit of relief and fun in throwing our annual white elephant party for friends and neighbors. This party, which is admittedly shocking at times, usually makes us laugh not only throughout it but also for weeks to come.
Having been the host for many gift exchanges over the last decade, my wife and I have seen some good ideas and some bad ideas. In this post, I'll share 10 gifts I've seen so far in 2018 that we both like. I'll also give you some basic ideas for holding the party, as well as some unique ways in which you can make it even more fun.
1. Dad Beer Belly Fanny Pack
Need a unique idea for your white elephant party? Check out the Dad Beer Belly Fanny Pack. This fanny pack is hilarious on guys and even funnier on girls. I'll be wearing this along with an Ugly Christmas sweater at our white elephant party this holiday season. If you tuck the black zipper line below a shirt, it looks pretty real!
I'd like to say that this a whole lot worse than the real thing, but for most of us Dads, that's not really the case. Still, it offers a lot more warmth and security than a hanging belly. Besides, what better way than this to bring back the awesome fanny pack trend?
For those of you wondering what type of reaction you'll get, the looks are priceless (everywhere except Disney World).
2. Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush
This next white elephant gift might get the ladies at your party fighting as this next idea is no gag gift.
The Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush allows you to become brush buddies with the "Biebs" himself. While brushing listen to "Somebody to Love." What's more, it costs less than $10.
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Don't worry about the quality of the toothbrush; it's made with Soft DuPoint bristles. In fact, if you never want to worry about the dentist again, buy one of these for all your kids as well. My kids' brushing time went from about 10 seconds once a day to five times a day for 10 minutes.
The best part? There's an actual picture of Justin Bieber and his original Swirlee haircut from back in 2010. Comes in red, blue, yellow and purple for all types of Justin Bieber fans.
3. Bag of Reindeer Farts
What's better than reindeer farts? A bag of them.
Now you can have the best of being at a stable at Santa's workshop by taking all those juicy farts with you. This bag is full of a sugary substance that tastes like peppermint cotton candy!
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This bag of cotton candy makes for a great stocking stuffer or the perfect option for your white elephant gift exchange.
4. Crafting With Cat Hair
What better way to show your kitty that your love goes beyond words than by crafting miniature kitties out of its own hair?
Crafting with Cat Hair is an ingenious book that combines genius with a common household item.
It's also a great way to get people away from you on a train or a bus. Simply pull out your cat hair in public, start the transformation from fur to incredibly cute puppets, and watch people back away.
Now you've got a reason to brush your cat's hair and scratch that crafting itch at the same time.
5. Glenda Glitterpoop the Unicorn
Mom always told me that the world was full of Unicorns and skittles. Now, I realize that might have not been a friendly statement. Unicorns are mean, really mean. They'd probably eat their young if they weren't under magical protection.
As an example, I present Glenda Glitterpoop. She presents herself with soft pouty eyes and then WHAM! Instant killer teeth.
This 8.5-inch tall stuffed animal was a ton of fun at our white elephant party! William Mark also makes a variety of other feisty pets from everything from a goat or pegasus to a dragon.
6. Canned Unicorn Meat
So you might be asking yourself why you'd ever want to give away a can of unicorn meat. My response to that is simple; no one has time to hunt down a unicorn anymore. The best part? It tastes just like the Unicorn meat your Mom used to make for you when you were a little kid.
In all seriousness, this gift idea is another classic for your white elephant exchange.
Unicorn Can Tip: It opens from the bottom just in case your guest can't get to it fast enough.
7. Big Mouth Toys Toilet Mug
No, you don't have to go there, but "potty" humor is usually a winner at a white elephant party.
If you want to go this direction, then you could also consider one of those overly used reindeer poop dispensers. I think you'll find that this mug gets a much better reaction from your guests.
Other than its looks there's really not a whole more to say about this mug except that it's ceramic, and enticing when its filled with M&Ms or other candy as you can see to the right. Or if they want to actually use it, the mug actually works quite well.
8. Emergency Underpants
My friends and I are always teasing each other about getting old. And if you're going to have to go through the pains of growing old why not make it a fun occasion?
These emergency underpants are a way of doing just that. That being said this is much more of a gag gift, then something you'd use in a real emergency.
Although if someone tried to really use them, then that would be another funny story as well.
9. Family Blankeez
Before we go on, I just wanted to say that I was joking in number 5 and would never eat a real unicorn.
Now that we have that settled, here's a gift that's really funny if it comes to a gullible party guest. Why? Well if you didn't figure it out, then maybe I should send you one as there's nothing inside!
For those of you who still can't tell yet, this is basically a box for you to pack other gifts inside of. While the cost of it sets you back a little, I promise it's priceless for the looks you'll get back from your friends.
10. Christmas Story Nightlight
If you're going to go Christmas-themed, then why not go with something that brings back funny memories.
This Nightlight, made in the likeness of the Christmas Story movie, is truly a "major award".
I actually have a friend who displays a full-sized replica of this light in his window each year at Christmas. It's always the talk of our street.
11. Potty Putter Toilet Golf Set
Last time we held a white elephant part I gave one of these out as a prize for the ugliest sweater. My guests literally fought over it.
Some wanted to actually use it while others wanted to give it to their Dads. Whatever the case may be, this gift is a hit.
The potty putter set comes with an entire toilet golf set. This includes a golf putter, golf mat, flag, a "do not disturb sign" and 2 golf balls. It's come down in price over the last year so be sure to look around to find it under $10.
12. Bacon-Themed Gag Gifts
Bacon-themed paraphernalia has become popular over the last few years so number 7 is more of a general item.
I've seen adhesive bandages, gumballs, wallets, lip balm, air freshener, toothpicks, mints, clothing, and just about everything you can think of. Take your pick.
13. The Yodeling Pickle
While it doesn't have an iPhone jack, the yodeling pickle is still perfect for all of the yodel-loving guests that you'll have at your party.
It's also been said that if you have this pickle playing or hear Justin Bieber singing that it's just about the same thing. So it's a great replacement gift if you can't afford the CD.
In addition, since I've bought this yodeling pickle, my dog Dexter can't stop cuddling it. Strange, huh?
14. Butt Face Soap
Just to let everyone know, number 9 isn't even a gag gift at all. It's time to separate your butt from your face from showering and here's an easy way to do it. Simply buy soap with "butt" on one side and "face" on the other.
Another must-have accessory is the butt face towel sold by Westminster. Now we can all kiss and show affection to our loved ones without being worried about a little mix up.
15. Redneck Soda Can Holster Belt
With Duck Dynasty increasing in popularity this year camouflage is becoming more of a fashion-trend than ever. This redneck soda can holster is perfect for taking with you to Nascar or sporting events.
Hey, it's a lot easier than wearing cargo shorts and putting a can in each pocket. Buy two and double the fun.
16. The Hillary Nutcracker and Bill Clinton Corkscrew Combo Set
You can imagine the laughs you'll get from this one. This set includes the Hillary Nutcracker and the Bill Clinton Corkscrew as you can see on the right.
Believe it or not the Hillary nutcracker can actually take down some pretty tough nuts to crack and as advertised has "stainless steel thighs".
We gave this out one year and it was stolen several times before it locked. The couple that received it still tells me that they still use it and it's a great conversation starter when they're hosting parties.
Overall the set is somewhat pricey, but Hillary and Bill can be purchased separately if you have a lower budget.
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Unique Ways to Throw or Modify a White Elephant Gift Exchange
- Define what type of gift guests need to bring: This could be a gift that's homemade, already used, or that costs a predetermined amount of money.
- Have everyone dress up: My favorite way of doing this is an ugly Christmas sweater party. Another way that we've tried is to have couples dress up in costume.
- Give out a prize: This could be given out for the best white elephant gift, the ugliest sweater, or whatever else you want. A little competition really brings down the house!
- Stealing Gifts: After gifts have been chosen they can then be stolen. If you decide to do this, then it's usually a good idea to lock the gift after it's been taken a few times. You'll have to decide to do this during the original round of gift giving and allow the victim of your theft to open a new gift or go around the circle once to open gifts and another time to steal.
- Wear it: If the gift can be worn or put on, then the opener has to put it on. This can be hilarious, but be sure you have the appropriate crowd!
- Mustache Madness: This one is a little bit out there, but if you give it a chance it's really funny. Buy a pack of self-adhesive mustaches and have everyone where a different mustache. I promise it adds to the madness and fun!
White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules
The rules to a white elephant party are pretty simple. The ways you can modify it, make all the difference in the world. Before we get into that here's a list of some of the more basic rules:
- Everyone Brings at least one gag-related gift. Optionally you can also have everyone bring one serious gift.
- Gifts are Exchanged.
- Once guests arrive have them sit in a circle.
- Choose who to start with and go around the circle until all gifts are opened.
Your Comments Are Appreciated
I'd love to hear about all the funny white elephant gifts you've given and received in the past. Help our readers out by leaving your favorites below so they can get some good and funny ideas as well.
I'd especially love to hear about your homemade white elephant gifts. We've done a few in the past including funny yearly calendars, a Shave With Me Barbie, and more!
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