White Elephant Gift Ideas That Will Be the Envy of the Party


Design by Viviana Duron

White elephant gift exchanges are a traditional part of the holiday season. For those who aren't familiar with the event, the rules are simple: Each person chooses a present from the pile, unwraps it, and then gets the option to keep the gift or swap it for someone else's. By the end of the game, there are always a few interesting gifts that keep changing hands.

If you're taking part in a white elephant gift exchange, you'll need to think beyond typical gifts—the game calls for items cut from a different cloth. Stylish, practical, and fun goods are sure to be a hit. Ahead, we've rounded up a few of our favorites: Think cheeky key chains, board games, and cool bar accessories. Trust us—everyone will want these cool, quirky white elephant gifts.