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.
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.
Treat their skin to a lil at-home facial with this refreshing skincare set.
Got a friend who's super into horoscopes and tarot cards? They can write down allll their findings in this adorable custom journal!
Does your friend have trouble winding down after a long day? They'll appreciate this candle (and maybe even LOL a bit).
...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.
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 😶🌫️
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.
Is there anything better than the gift of glossy Rihanna-approved lips? We think not.
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.
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.
The holiday season isn't the same without an assortment of flavored popcorn!
A miniature polaroid camera keychain??
Be prepared for this one to be stolen multiple times!
All the accessory fans at the party will totally love a puzzle that features all these drool-worthy shoes.
They won't have to spend their coin on buying crepes when they can easily make them at home, thanks to this delight!
Speaking of drinks, this coffee bean set would go great with the mug and could be put together as a "coffee lover's package."
A painted T. rex that fits an easy-to-care-for air plant on its back is a surprisingly chic and unique gift.
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.
Their overall energy and aura will be transformed once they get their hands on this soothing and refreshing diffuser.
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 🤪
Add some shine to their lewk with this sparkly anklet.
Once this is in their possession, you'll catch them burning this citrus-y dream for months.
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!
Everyone loves a good game of trivia! This game has tons of useless facts you’ll (hopefully) remember.
You can't go wrong with New York City's finest cookies!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
They won't remember what life was like without this scalp massager because it's that good.
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.
Once you get them these eye-catching beauties, you're gonna be buying a pair for yourself!
Four words that are music to anybody's ears: Cocktail in a bag.
A pair of green sunnies will bring some edge and color to any of their 'fits.
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.
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 tiny tin box comes with all the goods: small-batch aromatic bitters, cane sugar, bar spoon, muddler, and linen coaster.
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!
You'll be helping with their laundry budget immensely when you grab 'em these dryer balls. And yes, they can be reused many times!
Um, so, who wouldn't freakin' love a handheld massager they can pull out any time they're feeling achy and sore?!
You already know they're probs not cleaning their belly button as much as they should. I said what I said.
just got a wholeee lot more fun.
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?)
I guarantee you'll catch them doing the dishes just for funsies once they have this contraption in their home!
May I present to you a pet that'll bring them the utmost joy with little to no tending: Chicken Nugget Pet. <3
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.
A sweatshirt with the perfect excuse on it is a great gift for any of your astro-loving friends.
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.
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.
A dainty gold ear cuff for just $15? The jewelry lovers in the gift exchange will def want to snag this style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Hanging things on their fridge will be so much more fun with these magnetic cat butts. Trust me.
Be careful of which person ends up with this bell, because they might ring it constantly—once for coffee and two times for cocktails.
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.
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.
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.
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 design with shimmery crystals on it will add a cool look to their phone with the convenience of a good grip.
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.
You can guarantee that this role-playing book will definitely turn heads when it's opened.
If your friends never go without their nails painted, they need this gorge set of shimmery, bold polishes.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
A. Mini. Waffle. Bowl. Maker. That’s it. That’s the caption.
A *purrfect* present for a cat-loving crowd, this bingo game features 64 breeds from all over the world.
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.