I will never forget attending my first “White Elephant” exchange party. My friends had explained to me that you were supposed to get a “funny gift” and the limit of the gift was $10.00 value. I had received a new spatula as a Christmas present, it still had the tag on it, and I had already had a spatula at the time. So I decided to bring that as my gift.
I arrive to the party, and there were wrapped “White Elephant” gifts underneath the tree. I was excited to see what people brought. It was my turn to pick, and I chose a big box. Well, it turned out that the big box had 5 different sized boxes, all wrapped, and I had to unwrap each one. It was hilarious, until I got to my gift.
It was a band-aid.
Not a box of band-aids. Literally ONE band-aid that was still in the wrapper. I was not amused, but, I decided at least I could keep the band-aid, and use it one day.
However, when it came to my spatula gift, apparently it was a good brand, because EVERYONE WAS FIGHTING OVER THE SPATULA. It was a spatula, and they all wanted it. That made me feel great, a little perplexed, but still it was nice that everyone wanted my gift!
In terms of purchasing a “White Elephant” gift, there are always TONS of gag gifts to purchase. However, a gag gift will ultimately turn into junk, which will turn into clutter, which will be an item taking up valuable storage space. Instead, purchase an unconventional item that people will actually use.
Kelly Raulston’s Suggestions for White Elephant Gifts
**Let me preface this first with making sure the item is new, has the tag on it, and preferably in the packaging that it came in.**
- Nail Clippers
- Kitchen gadgets
- Toilet paper
- Food storage (Ziploc bags, plastic storage containers, etc)
- A box of band-aids, or first aid kit.
- Lottery tickets
- Pet toys
- Writing utensils
The ultimate goal is to have fun with loved ones, laugh, and have a great time. However, if you can give a gift that people will use, they will most likely use it longer than one day. Your gift will be useful, instead of junk.