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77 Fun White Elephant Gifts That Everyone Will Want to Nab

They're all under $40, too!

best white elephant gifts

The holidays are slowly but surely creeping up, and we don't blame you if you wanna get a headstart on gift shopping! You're more than likely going to have one or two white elephant parties this season and, therefore, may need some help getting creative with what to buy. Thankfully for you, I'm here to be your guide to show you all the best white elephant gifts that your friends will probably be stealing from each other the whole event!

Now, if you need a lil refresher on what a white elephant party is, here's the gist: Everyone buys a gift that's worth the same amount and draws numbers to determine the order that they get to pick a random gift out of the group. Sounds easy, right? But there's a twist! You don't have to pick a new gift in the pile when it's your turn. If you've got your eye on a present that someone else has already opened, you can choose to steal their gift instead. Cue the drama, revenge, and suspense! In other words, expect even the closest of friends and family members to turn against each other in the blink of an eye and snatch gifts right from their loved ones. Gotta love the holiday spirit!

Because there are so many kinds of gift ideas you can bring to one of these get-togethers, you might be wondering where to start. You can go the quirky, random, funny route or you can choose to bring something functional and nice—just depends on the theme and the group. If you need some ideas to get the ball rollin’, here are 79 white elephant gift ideas $40 and under that’ll liven up any holiday party.

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this drink infusion kit
Infuse & Pour Holiday Alcohol Kit
Uncommon Goods

Who has the time to take all the steps to make a fancy cocktail? Enter: this cocktail infusion kit. It comes with all the dried fruits and spices you need to make a batch, and all you gotta do is add some alcohol and leave it for a week to let it work its magic.

this skincare kit
Fruit Babies Bestsellers Kit
Glow Recipe

Treat their skin to a lil at-home facial with this refreshing skincare set.

this custom journal
Sun, Star, Moon Journal

Got a friend who's super into horoscopes and tarot cards? They can write down allll their findings in this adorable custom journal!

this funny candle
Alexa, Help Me Relax Candle
Define Design 11

Does your friend have trouble winding down after a long day? They'll appreciate this candle (and maybe even LOL a bit). 

cbd bath salts
Pearlescent CBD Bath Soak

...speaking of relaxing, is there any better way to do so than with with a CBD-infused bath soak? Their self-care routine will thank you for this one. 

this card game
We're Not Really Strangers Card Game

Billed (by me) as the impromptu therapy game, this card game will make sure your friend has a harrowing personal revelation every time they play. Be careful, though— they may ask if there’s something you want to say 😶‍🌫️

this candle lantern
Pierced Constellation Hurricanes & Vases Collection
West Elm

If your friend can’t stop talking about how much they love the night sky, this might be the perfect gift for them. Turn their living room or bedroom into a starry night with these fun constellation vases.

this poppin' lip gloss set
Glossy Posse: Fantasy 4Sum Mini Gloss Bomb Collection
Fenty Beauty

Is there anything better than the gift of glossy Rihanna-approved lips? We think not. 

this shower speaker
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Jamming out to music in the shower is a must—and this smol but mighty device will turn their cleansing experience into a whole party. 

this serving vest for pets
“Pet Butler”
Prank Pack

If your friend can't afford a butler, we're 100% sure they'll appreciate you turning their dog into one. Many laughs will be had here. Unfortunately it doesn't fit on fish.

this popcorn pack
Movie Night Gourmet Popcorn Gift Set
Urban Accents

The holiday season isn't the same without an assortment of flavored popcorn!

this adorable keychain
Mini Polaroid Camera
World's Coolest

A miniature polaroid camera keychain?? Be prepared for this one to be stolen multiple times!

this pretty shoe puzzle
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes Puzzle

All the accessory fans at the party will totally love a puzzle that features all these drool-worthy shoes.

this crepe maker
Electric Crepe Maker

They won't have to spend their coin on buying crepes when they can easily make them at home, thanks to this delight!

these yummy coffee beans
Whole Coffee Beans
Red Bay Coffee

Speaking of drinks, this coffee bean set would go great with the mug and could be put together as a "coffee lover's package."

this not-so-scary T. rex plant holder
Dino Planter with Air Plant // Unique Plants // Indoor Plants

A painted T. rex that fits an easy-to-care-for air plant on its back is a surprisingly chic and unique gift.

this quirky book
Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat
Quirk Books

If your friend is always covered in cat hair, you may be able to help them out. This Japanese guide to crafting with cat hair is fun and creative, and, a bit silly if that's the route you're going. 

this calming diffuser
Eucalyptus Diffuser

Their overall energy and aura will be transformed once they get their hands on this soothing and refreshing diffuser.

this essential oil burner
Helping Hand Ceramic Oil Burner

Essential oils are just that— essential— and this helping hand ceramic Oil Burner makes it easy to fill the whole room with the sweet scent or lavender or orange essential oils. Or peppermint if you’re feeling crazy 🤪

this stunning ankelet
Fly Away
Vai Vintage
Vai Vintage

Add some shine to their lewk with this sparkly anklet.

this fire candle
Cuffing Season Candle
Forvr Mood

Once this is in their possession, you'll catch them burning this citrus-y dream for months.

this sleek beanie
Dock Worker Recycled Beanie - Black
The North Face

A bad hair day can easily be turned into a good one—without barely putting in any effort, mind you—by throwing on a chic beanie. You'll be doing them a major solid with this gift!

a trivia game
Things They Don’t Teach You in School Party Trivia Game

Everyone loves a good game of trivia! This game has tons of useless facts you’ll (hopefully) remember. 

these *chef's kiss* cookies
Signature Cookie Assortment
Levain Bakery

You can't go wrong with New York City's finest cookies!

this portable coffee press
Go Portable Travel Coffee Press

I mean espresso machines are nice, but also kind of outrageously expensive. Snag them this portable coffee maker that they can literally take anywhere with them. Plus, it's less than $40!

this tea sampler
Herbal Retreat Tea Gift Box
Tea Forte

There’s nothing better than an herbal tea blend right as you’re turning out the lights, and we’re sure all your friends will agree. 

this teapot set with which to drink the tea sampler
Mayjolyn Ceramic Japanese Tea Set — Teapot & 4 Teacups with Stainless Steel Infuser

Did you give your friend tea last year and are looking for another tea-themed gift? Well, this lovely ceramic tea pot set is perfect.

this body mist
100% Chilled Eau De Perfume for Women
Eau de Juice

Everyone could use a little more chill in their life, which is why this cozy body mist with warm notes of musk and cedarwood and fruity notes of berries and orange blossom is a good gift for anyone who has no chill.

this chain necklace
Radical 18K Gold Plated Choker Necklace

Are you allowed to steal your own gift? Because if you bring this, you're gonna want to. This gold "radical" choker is absolutely gorgeous. 

this scalp massager
Scalp Revival™ Stimulating Therapy Massager

They won't remember what life was like without this scalp massager because it's that good.

this TikTok-inspired game
The TikTok Challenge
Laurence King Publishing

Since you've already got a group together for the white elephant, this game would make the perfect gift so y'all can play it after the exchange. With 200 challenges for lip-synching, dancing, and more, you'll lose track of time playing this TikTok-inspired game just like you would scrolling on the app.

these pink earrings
Miami Coral Pink Large Statement Earrings Clay Jewelry

Once you get them these eye-catching beauties, you're gonna be buying a pair for yourself!

this cocktail kit
Pineapple Moscow Mule Cocktail Kit

Four words that are music to anybody's ears: Cocktail in a bag.

these sweet sunnies
The Maestro Sun
Prive Revaux
Prive Revaux

A pair of green sunnies will bring some edge and color to any of their 'fits. 

this bright cardholder
The Card Holder
JW Pei
JW Pei

Have them retire their bulky wallet for a sleek and handy cardholder where there's enough room for all their essential credit/ and debit cards and even some cash. 

this luxe mug
Carter Everywhere Mug

It's time they level up and get a ~fahncy~ travel mug. This particular one (that's incredibly nice on the eyes) retains heat for 12 hours and keeps cold drinks cool for 24.

this clever cocktail kit
Cocktail Kit
W & P
W&P Design

This tiny tin box comes with all the goods: small-batch aromatic bitters, cane sugar, bar spoon, muddler, and linen coaster.

this toilet light
Toilet Night Light

They won't ever have to worry about tripping on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night with this genius invention!

these dryer balls
Wool Dryer Balls

You'll be helping with their laundry budget immensely when you grab 'em these dryer balls. And yes, they can be reused many times!

this beloved back massager
Cordless Back Massager with Handheld Percussion - 482

Um, so, who wouldn't freakin' love a handheld massager they can pull out any time they're feeling achy and sore?!

this belly button cleaner
Belly Button Lint Brush

You already know they're probs not cleaning their belly button as much as they should. I said what I said.

these fun chopsticks
Lightsaber Chopsticks

Eating noods just got a wholeee lot more fun.

this exciting card game
Actually Curious Card Game: Curiosity Edition

A card game is honestly always so clutch to have chilling in a home. This one is a conversational-based one that will be so fun to play with friends. (Maybe pull her out during the white elephant party?)

this cool soap dispenser
2-in-1 Kitchen Soap Dispenser with Sponge Holder

I guarantee you'll catch them doing the dishes just for funsies once they have this contraption in their home!

this chicken nugget bb
Chicken Nugget Pet

May I present to you a pet that'll bring them the utmost joy with little to no tending: Chicken Nugget Pet. <3

a butt polish
Buns Of Glowry Tighten & Glow Smoothing Butt Polish

This jar of whipped cream looks so good you could eat it—but don't! It's actually a butt polish that only looks like something you'd want to eat. If you want a gift that's equal parts practical and playful, this butt scrub is it.

this mercury retrograde top
Sorry I Can’t. Mercury Is Retrograde Sweatshirt in Red

A sweatshirt with the perfect excuse on it is a great gift for any of your astro-loving friends. 

these fancy sugar cubes
Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio

These might look like your average sugar cubes—scratch that, these don't even look like basic sugar cubes! These luxe little flavored sugar squares contain actual fruit and can transform your average glass of champagne or cup of tea into a fancy cocktail.

this bottle of pinot
Uncorked by Cosmopolitan Pinot Noir 2019
Uncorked by Cosmopolitan

A bottle of red with notes of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry is a non-expensive but chic-looking white elephant gift that anyone would want to receive. 

this simple ear cuff
Ear Cuff
By Chari

A dainty gold ear cuff for just $15? The jewelry lovers in the gift exchange will def want to snag this style. 

this screen cleaner
Whoosh! Screen Shine Go Screen Cleaner

It might seem random to you, but any neat-freak would want to steal a touchscreen smudge cleaner—if they don't already have one, that is.

this foldable coffee dripper
The Pourigami Travel Coffee Dripper

Any confusion they might have after opening this gift will shortly change to amazement when they realize it's a foldable, collapsible device for making drip coffee on-the-go.

these relaxing bath bombs
Chill Pills Bath Bombs

The label on this canister of bath bombs would be funny if you weren't so serious about needing some super-chill relaxation time. This is one gift everyone will fight over, so you might have to tell them to chill out.

these funny socks
Sophia Golden Girls Socks
Now 12% off

Anyone who says they don't want a pair of Golden Girls-themed socks is lying to your face so they can steal your white elephant gift before it freezes. You can choose from any of the main characters, but Sophia is obviously the best choice, IMHO.

these sustainable lollipops
Beginning Garden Essentials 12-Piece Seed Based Lollipop Set

Someone will definitely appreciate a colorful set of lollipops that comes with biodegradable sticks that you can plant to grow herbs and flowers afterward. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

this set of srunchies
Boucle Scrunchies, FWBX
Eternally in Amber
Eternally in Amber

Scrunchies are REALLY having a moment. They're the perfect throwback white elephant gift, plus, they are super functional and don’t leave hair dents.

these cool earrings
U-Turn Earrings

No, you’re not required to get a gag gift (although some are funny). Everyone would want to be the lucky person to unwrap these super-cool U-shaped earrings.

a problem-solving flowchart book
The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions: A Flowchart Book
By Tess Koman

Tess Koman’s debut book can answer all your burning questions—like, “Should I wear a bra?” and “Should I cancel my plans?”—all while making you laugh and say, “OMG, yep, that’s exactly what I should do.”

tarot cards
Everyday Tarot Mini Tarot Deck (RP Minis)
RP Minis
Now 20% off

The person who ends up with these might not know how to read 'em, but they can learn! And once they do, they can go around the room and get *real* deep with their friends.

a set of funny magnets
Cat Butt Magnets, Set of 6

Hanging things on their fridge will be so much more fun with these magnetic cat butts. Trust me. 

a drink bell
Coffee/Cocktails Ding Ding Bell
Knock Knock

Be careful of which person ends up with this bell, because they might ring it constantly—once for coffee and two times for cocktails.

cozy animal slippers
House Slipper

Whoever is lucky enough to receive fluffy slippers modeled after a cute lil pig will have the priceless gift of warm, funny feet all winter long.

a mermaid blanket
Mermaid Tail Blanket
Now 21% off

There’s always one item that everyone steals in these gift exchanges, and you already know that a mermaid-tail throw blanket is totally THAT present.

an insulated shower beer holder
Shower Beer Holder

They’ll stay in the shower even longer with a fun suction-cup beer holder, so they can drink and get themselves clean at the same time.

a cheesy holiday sweater
Christmas Reindeer Snowflakes Sweater Pullover

It’s not a white elephant gift exchange without at least one Christmas sweater, and this classic line from Home Alone does just the trick.

a popsocket
PopGrip with Swappable Top - Cristales

A design with shimmery crystals on it will add a cool look to their phone with the convenience of a good grip.

a set of colorful shot glasses
Color Changing Mood Plastic Shot Glass

These shot glasses change colors depending on the temperature of whatever alcohol is put inside them. Like a mood ring, but, you know, for adults. 

a sexy book
Cosmo's Fantasy Sex Games: Steamy Role-Playing Challenges For Next-Level Bedroom Fun

You can guarantee that this role-playing book will definitely turn heads when it's opened. 

a pretty nail polish set
Nail Polish, Quad: Tis The Season

If your friends never go without their nails painted, they need this gorge set of shimmery, bold polishes.

a fancy drinking game
PROSE-PONG Prosecco Pong Bachelorette Party Drinking Game
Talking Tables
Now 17% off

Who wants to play beer pong out of Solo cups when you can be sophisticated and drink prosecco out of mini champagne coupes? The game even comes with little pink ping-pong balls!

a multicolor corkscrew
Double-Hinged Corkscrew, Mirage

Bringing a corkscrew to a white elephant gift exchange is never a bad idea. Plus, the colors on this one will definitely make it a hot-ticket item.

a book of punny cocktail recipes
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist
By Tim Federle

Whether or not you’re obsessed with the classics, everyone can appreciate the genius of these literary cocktail puns and recipes—and they’ll also love the fact that the book is in an adorable mini size.

a glass for *that* person
Wine Snob Stemless Wine Glass
Chloe and Madison

Can your friend or relative tell the difference between a cab and a merlot? Or better yet, can they tell which region their wine is from? They’ll LOVE a glass that makes sure everyone’s aware of how much more they know than you.

pizza BFF necklaces
Yellow Pizza Slice Chain Necklace
Lux Accessories
Now 10% off

Give someone a pizza your heart with a golden slice of pepperoni they can wear around their neck at all times. You guys can even match!

this cute waffle bowl maker
Maker Machine for Individual Belgian Waffle Bowls

A. Mini. Waffle. Bowl. Maker. That’s it. That’s the caption.

a bingo game for cat lovers
Cat Bingo
Marcel George
Now 28% off

A *purrfect* present for a cat-loving crowd, this bingo game features 64 breeds from all over the world.

an umbrella with a play on words
Raining Men Clear Bubble Dome Umbrella

Whoever receives this white elephant gift will be singing “It’s raining men!” All. Night. Long. And it’ll come in handy when it actually does rain.

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