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Written by Jessica Moore and Elaine Tu
The holidays aren’t about Santa, decorations, or cheer. It’s about strategy. It’s about presents.
*cue epic cinematic voice-over + music* You gift wrapped, you entered, you fought, you protected. You’ve won.
But you can’t do all of the above without selecting White Elephant gifts worth fighting for! White Elephant games can get a little intense and ruthless. By all means, you gotta BRING IT.
The best strategic way to win White Elephant is to come prepared with a gift that will distract others from what you really want.
Think of it as an investment in your gift-filled future.
If you’re not familiar with the game or you’re looking to make White Elephant a new tradition with your family and friends, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s a list of our favorite White Elephant gifts are curated with everyone in mind: your cousin that cooks, your salty sister, your friend who loves fried food…OK, enough of the fun alliteration.
Let the games begin.
These marble mugs are so dreamy and hypnotic, so it’s a good distraction for White Elephant. All you need is the winter drink of your choice to fill it. Your guests will be so impressed by your taste!
Divert all attention to these healing crystal wands. There’s bound to be crystal fiend in your group or a friend who has always thought of starting a collection.
Heat things up! Let your spiciest pal in the group cultivate a new hobby with this peppers grow kit! Habanero, pepperoncini, and cayenne, you know, the triple threat.
Not all lunch boxes are created equal. So step up your lunchtime game at the office or at school with something sleek & modern! After all, White Elephant party-goers will appreciate the practicality of this two-tiered bento box, which also includes a handy elastic closure.
We’re all dreaming of the ‘perfect man’. Though the ‘perfect man’ is quite unattainable (well actually, there’s Jon Snow, who said fictional characters don’t count?), in the very least you can have him in your drink instead! These cute ice trays are a great conversation starter at parties!
Everyone loves games as White Elephant gifts! So if you’re familiar with the drinking game “rage cage” this board game is extremely similar to that! The only difference is you don’t have to drink (although you could totally make this a drinking game). So if you’re not familiar with the game, don’t worry–it’s super easy to pick up! Try to be the last one standing and get the ping pong ball into others’ cups. Your board game fanatic friends will be fighting over this for sure!
Life just got a lil’ easier with the Google Home Mini. It’s a hands-free voice-activated home assistant that easily connects your voice to all your devices, answers any question on your mind (like how much money does Michael Buble make during the holiday season…because at the rate we’re listening to his holiday music, we think A LOT), and helps plan your busy schedule!
Nothing like a hefty themed goblet to assert your status at home or at the office. Fit for a dragon queen (or king), this goblet will be extremely sought after–but careful, you might want to steal it for yourself!
We’ve all played Cards Against Humanity, right? So this game is that, except with MEMES! This game is absolutely hilarious: one player in the group selects a meme from the deck and the other players submit their best captions to fit the meme. PS. it’s definitely for adults only, and is best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand.
So here’s the thing about the squatty potty: don’t knock it ’til you try it. And when you try it, you won’t ever want go back. In other words, be prepared for the best bathroom experience ever.
Sit back & relax in these inflatable loungers you’ve probably been eyeing at your festivals and outdoor concerts. This seat for two fills up with air in mere seconds!
An essential for any boho home, this laid back pouf is an easy way to add color and some extra seating for your guests, particularly in small spaces!
We all need some salt action–whether it’s for full flavor, salt crusted steaks, grilled veggies, or just to show off to friends, your giftee will love this unique foodie gift!
Bye bye, germs. You may have seen this handy gadget on Shark Tank. According to PhoneSoap, your cell phone is currently carrying 18 times more bacteria than a public toilet. Yuck! Now that’s disgusting. Zap bacteria away with this UV sanitizer.
This ain’t yo mama’s polaroid! This ultra-slim polaroid instant camera allows you to take all your fabulous photos and print them immediately, using no-ink technology! So cool! Isn’t technology crazy?!
Fresh rice in 5 minutes, anyone? If you haven’t heard of the Instant Pot, well, your life is about to get so much easier. This magical kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and steamer, and more, all in one! Give the gift of saving time in the kitchen–everyone will be fighting for this gift.
Whenever it’s time to play White Elephant, people are always on the look out for electronics. So step up your entertainment game with this inexpensive mini projector, perfect for outdoor and indoor viewing! This is definitely a gift worth fighting over, so use this one to your advantage to get what you want.
See, these White Elephant gifts don’t suck at all! We see winning in your future. JK, after all, the holidays aren’t about screwing over your fam for stuff, but damn is it a whole lot of fun! Can’t think of gifts to give on a more personal level? Our ultimate gift guide can help with that. Remember: White Elephant is a game so…
*insert a moral lighthearted trope here* GO BIG OR GO HOME.