Brandon holds an annual white elephant gift exchange, and it's his favorite party of the year. He shares tips for choosing a memorable gift.
Around the holidays, my wife and I hold a friendly white elephant gift exchange or Yankee Swap party. Each year, the party and gifts are rowdier than the year before. In years past, we've seen live goldfish, enormous Superman underwear, secondhand lingerie, live chickens, a Shave With Me Barbie, and other unmentionables. It's my favorite party every year.
Finding the right gift is the key to being sure that your white elephant gift party is a success. Below check out my list of the 10 best gift ideas!
Funny and Unique White Elephant Gag Gift Ideas for Christmas
A white elephant gift is usually a gift that is funny and creative, and the best ones are even a little bit inappropriate or irreverent. Price restrictions are often placed on the gifts—usually no more than $25 per gift. Couples generally bring two gifts.
This year, the best gifts given out were a Walmartians Calendar and a Shave With Me Barbie. I'll explain how to make these homemade white elephant gifts and give you some other ideas for your party below.
1. Silly Glenda Glitterpoop
You've been raised to think that unicorns are always nice—and most of them are.
However, there are many that have a deep dark side. Meet Glenda Glitterpoop. One minute she looks at you with her pouty blue eyes and the next she pulls out her mean pointy teeth and angry eyebrows. It's enough to make a grown troll cry!
This hilarious toy from Feisty Pets is the most popular of several that they have available. The stuffed animal is around 8.5" tall, and its face goes from cute and pouty to intense and angry with a simple squeeze.
2. That's What She Said Button
I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I saw this. The That's What She Said Button is probably my best-selling item this year. Michael Scott has said it in so many ways and you have, too. Enjoy! Also, see the Dwight Bobblehead for a great white elephant combo gift!
3. Reindeer and Santa Claus Pooper Candy Dispensers
The Reindeer and Santa Claus Candy Dispensers are always good for a laugh. The reindeer dispenser fits right into what I tell my kids each year about Santa's reindeer—the darn things keep pooping on my lawn! It's part of the "proof" that Santa has come when they leave behind "raisin poop" on the front lawn.
4. Flingshot Toys Flying Chicken
This white elephant gift idea is great for any overly aggressive teenager or spouse—the flingshot chicken takes out all of your aggression, leaving only laughter behind.
The chicken makes a rooster-crowing sound as you fling it across the room.
Also available: Flingshot flying monkey, pig, cow, frog, and duck—each with their own hilarious sounds. You can find all of them on the "customers who bought this item also bought" portion of the bottom part of the Amazon page.
5. Emergency Underpants
Many of your friends pretend that they're not getting older, but you know better.
Why not grab them a white elephant gift they can really use? Enter the emergency underpants.
Small, convenient, inexpensive, and admittedly uncomfortable, these spare undies give you some backup when you're no longer "backed up". Best of all, they are one size fits all. So, they can fit even the biggest of friends.
6. Bacon-Scented Car Air Freshener
This bacon-scented car air freshener smells better and is more sanitary than that uneaten sandwich left undiscovered underneath your passenger seat.
Need something to spice up your marriage? Try some bacon-flavored mints and soap to woo your bacon lover. This could be the best white elephant gift you give out!
7. Instant Excuse Ball
Rather than those old sketchy 8-balls, why not get your excuse-ridden partner an Instant Excuse Ball instead?
20 legitimate excuses included!
Also great for that irresponsible teenager of yours!
8. Instant Irish Accent Breath Spray
Your wife is always making fun of your ability to do your British, French, and German accents. Now, you can genuinely surprise her with a perfect Irish Accent.
Simply spray this Irish accent spray and "POOF" you're talkin' with an Irish accent! Your friends will be amazed!
9. Senior Moments Board Game
Senior Moments Board Game: For that over-the-hill senior in your life, why not give them a gift that they'll remember forever?
Other good ideas: Over-the-hill survival kit and coffin gift box, and over-the-hill "you are aging" breath spray.
10. Control Your Woman Remote Control
For the optimistic and naïve, this Control Your Woman remote control is perfect for the man in your life who no longer wears the pants but thinks he still does.
Bonus—Daddy's Diaper Changing Apron: With a 1-, 3-, and 5-year-old, this one really rings home.
The Rules Are Simple:
- 6+ party attendees bring a gift to exchange.
- Everyone gets in a circle and someone is chosen to open the first gift.
- The others take turns opening gifts and going around the circle in a clockwise motion. If someone wants someone else's gift, they can steal theirs instead of unwrapping a new one.
- The person whose gift was stolen then has to select another gift from the middle or steal someone else's gift.
- The gift opening continues with the person to the left of whoever stole the gift. The game ends when all of the gifts have been opened.
Optional Gift Exchange Ideas
- Gifts can only be stolen two to three times so that it doesn't get redundant. Once it has been gifted two to three times, that gift is then "locked" or "dead".
- Prizes can be given out to the best or funniest white elephant exchange/Yankee Swap gift.
- Wear what you get!
This was the best white elephant gift idea for our party last year! Have you ever received a forward about the Walmartians? My wife and I made this great Walmartians Calendar out of a few Walmartians pictures we found online. Check out a couple of great pictures from it above!
Shave With Me Barbie
Here's what you need:
- some Super Glue
- a Barbie
- some of your own hair
- a little time
- Take the Barbie out of the box and make sure not to damage the box in the process.
- Then, cut a little bit of Barbie's hair off the back of her head.
- Take some super glue and put it on her legs and armpits.
- Quickly place some of your hair on her legs and armpits.
- Stick her back in the box with the label "Shave With Me Barbie" on the inside of the box.
When this gift was given away at our party, it also included a razor. This was one of the best white elephant gifts of last year's party!
Games to Play and Give Away at Your White Elephant Gift Party
What's a white elephant party without a few awesome games? We have two games that we like to play each year and if you are hosting a party, they are incredibly cheap and also make great prize giveaways!
- Boxers or Briefs: You will laugh so hard when you play this game! You roll the dice. Then whoever rolled it is the subject of everyone else's cards. Pick some boxers or briefs terms that describe whoever is it.
- White Lies: Can you tell who is telling the truth and who is lying? Whoever can first, wins! Since everyone is already in the circle from the white elephant gift exchange, this is the perfect game to play afterward.
Party Suggestions—A Bad Christmas Sweater Theme
At our white elephant gift exchange, we always do an ugly sweater contest.
Category Ideas for Your Ugly Sweater Contest:
- Ugliest Sweater
- Most Christmas Spirit
- Funniest Sweater
- Tightest Sweater
- Best Homemade Sweater
Other Awesome White Elephant Exchange and Gag Gift Ideas
You can also hold a bacon-themed White Elephant Gift Exchange or Yankee Swap Party. I've written an article on my favorite bacon accessories and t-shirts as well!
If you like this article, please check out my 10 best gag gifts for men article, too! All of these are really good gag gifts!
Leave Your Ideas Below!
I will pretty much accept any comments/ideas anyone has for gag gifts below! Make sure to leave your best gift ideas, jokes, and prank ideas!
If you like my article and think I posted some good ideas, then please help me out—vote it up and leave a comment.
© 2010 brandonhart100
Open Discussion Area
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 28, 2017:
Quite a varied selection of suggestions here...I know friends and family who would have fun with these.
Angels are on the way to you this evening ps
mangifter on October 22, 2014:
These are some hilarious white elephant gift ideas for sure!
Mark on December 05, 2013:
Someone was selling Walmartian calendars. Will keep trying to find the vendor!
rms on November 15, 2012:
would you consider making one of the walmartians calendars?
B on January 11, 2012:
I am bringing a redneck smores kit....marshmallows, chocolate bars, graham crackers, matches and bbq tools!
Ashley on November 06, 2011:
We did a branch of a tree with a bullet cartage and put a sign on it that says and a cartage in a bare tree. It was funny.
mike on January 17, 2011:
the best gift is a quite closing toliet seat/lid. it's funny and very useful.
Courtney on December 13, 2010:
I will be bringing an Emergency Poo Kit as a White Elephant gift this year.
Toilet seat covers stolen from the office neatly folded into a small envelope, travel pack of tissues, travel pack of wet wipes, travel size Febreeze air freshener, travel size hand sanitizer - all put into a small makeup case with a label. Feel free to add some Immodium and/or a spare pair of undies for more laughs.
tyra on December 07, 2010:
Get and XXL womans underwear and add a cardboard handle to the top and call them a briefcase