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

Updated 12/13/18
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.

Liz and Sarah Downey Foodie Dice
Uncommon Goods Foodie Dice $24

Toss the die to decide what to cook (or order in) tonight.

Cost Plus World Market Gold and Acrylic Bar Tools (Set of 4)
Cost Plus World Market Gold and Acrylic Bar Tools (Set of 4) $15 $13

This might be the chicest bar set we've ever seen.

Taja Collection Future Is Female Candle (Midi)
Taja Collection Future Is Female Candle (Midi) $70

Everyone loves candles, especially when they’re engraved with an empowering saying. You also have the opportunity to personalize it: pick the jar color, the scent—even add a message to the lid or sides of the candle. But for a gift exchange, it probably makes more sense to leave it as is—you never know who might end up with it!

Mel Elliot Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch
Mel Elliot Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch $13 $11

This Benedict Cumberbatch coloring book is both practical and funny.

Lole I Glow Katherine Water Bottle
Lole Water Bottle $29

Toss out those single-use plastic bottles and replace them with this reusable one. We promise, you'll never misplace your water bottle ever again.

Maapilim Medium Beard Kit
Maapilim Medium Beard Kit $51

Playing white elephant with a group of guys? This beard kit is sure to be the most popular gift in the game.

Modern Citizen Ceramic Circle Mug
Red's Mercantile White Speckled Mug $32

Upgrade their morning cup of coffee with this gorgeous handcrafted ceramic mug.

Studio Lifestyle Rainbow Playing Cards
Fredericks & Mae Rainbow Playing Cards $13 $12

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

A cheeky gift for single white elephant players.

La Marca Prosecco
La Marca Prosecco $14

Almost anyone over 21 years old will appreciate this gift.

Cards Against Humanity Cards Against Humanity Set
Cards Against Humanity Board Game $25

This game is the ultimate party pleaser.

Kip & Co Pink Spice Dish
Kip & Co Pink Spice Dish $48

A chic addition to any tabletop or kitchen counter.

Mako Cork Beverage Coaster Set
Mako Cork Beverage Coaster Set $6

Shopping on a budget? It doesn't get better than this affordable set of colorful coasters.

Axel & Ash Life's a Roadtrip $30

Perfect for anyone who plans to travel in 2018.

Up next: the best gifts on Amazon to buy for every special person in your life.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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