Be the Envy of the Party: 20 White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $50

Updated 08/06/19
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What Are White Elephant Gift Exchanges?

White elephant gift exchanges are holiday events in which each person brings a present within a certain price range and then each person takes turn choosing a present from the pile. After unwrapping it they then gets the option to keep the gift or swap it for someone else's.

White elephant gift exchanges are a traditional part of the holiday season. By the end of the game, there are always a few interesting gifts that keep changing hands. White elephant gifts are meant to be fun, a bit unpractical at times, and never incredibly expensive.

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 accessories. Trust us—everyone will want these quirky white elephant gifts.

Liz and Sarah Downey Foodie Dice
Uncommon Goods Foodie Dice $24
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Toss the die to decide what to cook (or order in) tonight.

Mel Elliot Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch
Mel Elliot Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch $13 $10
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This Benedict Cumberbatch coloring book is both unexpected and funny.

Lole I Glow Katherine Water Bottle
Lole Water Bottle $29
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Toss out those single-use plastic bottles and replace them with this reusable one.

Modern Citizen Ceramic Circle Mug
Red's Mercantile White Speckled Mug $32
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Upgrade their morning cup of coffee with this gorgeous handcrafted ceramic mug.

Studio Lifestyle Rainbow Playing Cards
Fredericks & Mae Rainbow Playing Cards $13 $12
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Inexpensive and cheerful, this is one gift that'll be used again and again.

Various Keytags Consciously Uncoupled Keychain
Various Keytags Consciously Uncoupled Keychain $15
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A cheeky yet very self-aware white elephant gift.

Cards Against Humanity Cards Against Humanity Set
Cards Against Humanity Board Game $25
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This game is the ultimate party pleaser. And if you haven't played by now, just know that things can get a bit... raunchy.

Mako Cork Beverage Coaster Set
Mako Cork Beverage Coaster Set $6
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Shopping on a budget? It doesn't get better than this affordable set of colorful coasters.

Axel & Ash Life's a Roadtrip $30
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Perfect for the avid traveler.

mermaid bottle opener
Wayfair Cast iron mermaid bottle opener $16
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Make popping bottles more fun with with mermaid-shaped opener.

Existential glitter pencils
Newton And The Apple Existential Glitter Pencils set $10
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Ponder life's existence with these glittery pencils.

From Crook to Cook cookbook
Snoop Dogg From Crook To Cook cookbook $14
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There are bound to be some interesting recipes in Snoop Dogg's cookbook.

texting gloves
Madewell Ribbed Texting Gloves $35
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Never miss a texting beat with these convenient gloves.

Ban Do rose gold disco ball tumbler
Ban Do Disco Ball Tumbler $17
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Shine bright and sparkly with this eye-catching tumbler.

Uncommon Goods make your own hot sauce kit
Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit $35
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For the DIY-er who can handle the heat.

NanoDry towel
Uncommon Goods NanoDry Towel $38
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Wring in the holidays with a travel-friendly towel.

Dog Bowl Water Bottle
Uncommon Goods Dog Bowl Water Bottle $15
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Even Fido deserves a fun gift, don't you think?

CIty transit socks by Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods City Transit Socks, Men's $18
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Now these are just plain fun.

Larry the Llama door mat by Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods Larry the Llama Door Mat $32
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Infuse some personality to your home before you even step inside with this quirky doormat.

State cheese board by Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods States cheese boards $48
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Let your state pride fly with these state-shaped cheese boards.

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