I’ll admit, my first few years going to white elephant exchanges, I didn’t exactly understand what they were. I was told that you re-gift something awful you were given. I had no idea that it was so much more than that! Basically, white elephant gifts are a crap-shoot! The four main categories of gifts seem to be:
- Funny-- Presents using potty humor, inside jokes, or pretty much anything from Spencer’s Gifts.
- Throwback-- My husband had an old Vanilla Ice VHS tape that we gave away once & I’m pretty sure the Regis Philbin workout video is still making the white elephant rounds!
- Weird-- This category seems to be mainly made up of creepy looking Christmas angels, but at a recent exchange a friend brought women’s tights with fruits & veggies printed on them.
- Good-- Something you never use, but think someone else might like or something you buy. I have seen popcorn poppers, tool bags, & unused gift cards given.
Now that we have all the boring information out of the way, let’s talk gift ideas!
I took this simple gift to a couples exchange. Basically, hot glue a condom onto a piece of paper that reads, “In case of miracle… break glass” & put it in a cheap frame. I couldn’t resist buying a Dollar Tree pregnancy test, so I included that in the gift as well & taped on a paper that read, “In case of different miracle”.
Another easy gift to assemble is the “Gotta Go Emergency Bathroom Kit”. I grabbed a pair of .98 underwear, flushable wipes, toilet covers, & tissue pack (Emergency Toilet Paper) from Wal-Mart. I found the antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, & cosmetic bag at Dollar Tree. I made the No. 2 Spray & grabbed the rest of the items from our house (feminine products & rubber gloves).
I made this label (you can see the other side in the top photo) explaining what the contents were for. Surprisingly, this gift was so popular it got stolen three times & frozen! (I think some other people had White Elephant parties to go to!
My husband also had a popular white elephant gift. He & some friends message each other through GroupMe. On the app, you can easily make memes out of the pictures you post. They joke around with each other, by creating memes out of pictures the other guys have posted. Hence, he made a meme photo book. These are mainly just inside jokes between the guys, but Mark did have to add a few new ones to fill up some pages.
The guys got a pretty big kick out of it!
So, what are some of your fun white elephant gift ideas?