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  • Writer's pictureJayson Toney

10 gifts ideas to bring to white elephant parties this year

Updated: Jan 12, 2022

It’s that time of the year again where friends and families are gathering together to celebrate the holidays. The holidays are not necessarily easy for everybody. We all have so many important people in our lives we want to give back to, but it’s hard to afford to get a gift for every single person we love. That’s where white elephant parties come into play.

At a white elephant party, each person attending brings one gift. Then a game is played to help determine which gift you receive. Players draw numbers to see who goes first. The person who draws #1 chooses a gift and unwraps it for everyone to see. Then the next player gets to choose from opening a wrapped gift or stealing one that’s already been opened. The game continues until all players have had a turn and all gifts are unwrapped. Then each player gets one more turn to decide if they want to keep their gift or steal someone else's. After the game is complete, each person should end up with a present.

This game is perfect for holiday parties because everyone gets to play a fun game together and you save money by only buying one gift. After a stressful year, it’ll be no surprise if you get invited to several white elephant parties. This is why I’ve put together a list of 10 gift ideas to bring to your white elephant party this year.

  1. A Nice Candle - Nothing says happy holidays like an apple pumpkin candle. Candles are the perfect gift because everyone loves them and who doesn’t want their house to smell like gingerbread cookies?

  2. Hot Cocoa + Marshmallows - Not only is this inexpensive, everyone loves hot cocoa this time of year. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday event!

  3. A Coffee Mug - A festive coffee mug to drink hot cocoa from gets everyone in the holiday spirit. This would be the perfect addition to the previous idea or great by itself.

  4. A Fun Board Game - Board games are perfect because they’re all about spending quality time with your friends and family. My suggestion is to get a classic board game like Candy Land or Monopoly.

  5. A Cup of Coffee - Everyone loves coffee! I would be ecstatic to leave any party with a Starbucks or Dunkin gift card.

  6. Your Favorite Dessert - If you end up leaving with the same present you brought, at least you know you’ll like it. You could make anything from pecan pie to snickerdoodle cookies. Give the gift of dessert made with love.

  7. A Soft Blanket - Baby it’s cold outside and everyone wants to bundle up. Everyone will fight over the blanket at your white elephant party. You get bonus points if it’s a weighted blanket.

  8. Something Crafty - Handmade gifts are something that you can cherish forever. Art lovers should make gifts like hand-painted ornaments or DIY coasters. Including a handmade card is also a nice touch.

  9. Winter Accessories - Hats, gloves, scarves, and fuzzy socks are all great white elephant gifts to help keep your friends and family warm this winter.

  10. Holiday Candy - From candy canes to Santa-shaped chocolates, the holiday candy aisle is going to be your best friend for gifts this year. All of your favorite classic candies with holiday twists will make anyone smile.


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