These items are supposed to be quirky and many people treat them as gag gifts. I generally, like to try and find gifts that are hilarious, but can also be used or enjoyed after the party.
With y’alls input I’d like to create a list of gift ideas. If you could, please post items with a short explanation on why you think it makes a good gift. I’ll try and keep this post updated.
A coffee table book containing detailed chicken photographs
This book contains more than 160 photographs, and detailed commentary of the wolds most exotic chickens. This book documents breeds, shapes, sizes and colors ranging from the Bearded Silkie to the crested Polish.
If you were to ask me the best White Elephant gift I’ve ever purchased, it would be Extraordinary Chickens by Stephen Green-Armytage. The book contains expertly photographed fowls. If you don’t believe me, take a look at it yourself. The photographs are excellent.
As a gift, this book is hilarious. The quality is good enough to make a solid coffee table book in the future. When people come over and see a photo book of chickens, they are almost certainly going to ask about it. You can tell them you discovered it on some internet forum.
The hardcover has is often available for $20 or less, but the price fluctuates. If it’s not, there is always a paperback copy or used books available.
From the same author as Extraordinary Chickens, this book instead details the world’s most exotic pigs. I haven’t personally seen this book, but the previews make it look like another hilarious and entertaining gift. A solid alternative if your crowd has an affinity for pigs over chickens.
Everybody's favorite christmas tale, now as an illustrated story bookAll John McClane wants for Christmas is to reunite with his estranged family. But when his wife’s office holiday party turns into a deadly hostage situation, he has to save her life before he can get home in time for Christmas!
Nothing says Christmas more than Bruce Willis in a tank top rescuing hostages from a high rise. Characters come to life in this illustrated account of everyone’s favorite Christmas tale.
Supervisor: [as McClane tries to call up police] Attention, whoever you are, this channel is reserved for emergency calls only.
John McClane: No fucking shit, lady! Does it sound like I’m ordering a pizza?
Features charts and strategies for improving your FrenchEven sailors sometimes ask, "Am I doing it right?" This book contains critical information to take your swearing skills to the next level. Includes history, etymology, guidance and example quips. Everything you need to add a bit of color to your conversations.
This gift is certainly the opposite of the swear jar. Use discretion based on your friend group.
I don’t know how intimate your friends are with their food, but this chicken book is sure to get them talking. Perfect gift for your favorite food porn aficionado.
A hilarious parody of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! This brutally honest take on the struggles of post-grad life that every 20-something will relate. Perhaps this keepsake will be something your fiends might read to their children on day.
When regular googly eyes just won’t do. These giant googly eyes are perfect for adding a bit of character to larger objects like your refrigerator, riding lawn mower or a nearby dumpster.
Nothing says everything is okay like illustrations of burning dumpsters on your socks. Perhaps, a good white elephant gift for the fashion-minded?
Food & Snacks
You could get a 1 pound bag of fun-sized Snickers. That’s not really that fun though. You know what is fun? A giant 1 pound candy bar. That’s what you should get.
Were you just making a sandwich?
I’ve owned these for about 4 years. Every time guests come over, they always get a laugh. The coasters check the boxes for being being both funny and functional. They are also realistic, until you get close they do look like toast.
The perfect White Elephant gift for the most propper couple you know. This holiday themed Poo-Purrii pack is sure to be a hit. If you’re willing to spend a few more bucks, there’s the Holiday Potty Box set. I know that might be breaking the $20 rule limit. Don’t worry. We won’t tell.
Does your friend group use a lot of colorful language? If you’ve struggling with White Elephant gift ideas, this could be the perfect thing.
The Wirecutter gets credit for this gift idea. I generally write my own comments, but their comment is to perfect not to post.
Finally, a glass fit for a proper serving. I’m sure there will be people at your white elephant gift exchange who think this is a joke, and you can laugh along as if it were. But it’s not. We all know this is how much wine we want in one sitting.
You’re a person of culture aren’t you? Of course you are. That’s why you have the latest Lizzo release on Vinyl.
Toys & Games
Most of the items on this list will have some lasting value beyond being a White Elephant gag gift. This toy llama on the other hand is probably only good for a laugh at the party, but it is pretty funny. I saw this video posted on Twitter and felt compelled to find this toy and add it. Twerk, twerk, twerk, twerk…
I’m not entirely sure what one does with a bunch of tiny cinderblocks, but it seems like it could be a good gift. After the party maybe it’s a desk toy? At least if you like desk toys.
Everyone loves Nerf guns. It may not be the funniest White Elephant gift on this list, but it’s a fun one.
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