17 White Elephant Gifts You’ll Want to Steal for Yourself

No one will go home disappointed.

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White elephant gift exchanges are fun in theory...until you end up with a heinous gag gift that has no practical use. Meanwhile, your cousin Ashley unwrapped her cool, new Polaroid Instant Camera. To make the exchanges fair and satisfying this season, here are 17 gifts you (and everyone else) will actually want. Trust me, no one will go home disappointed this season.

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A Stocking

Mermaid tail stocking, $8

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This mermaid stocking makes for the perfect white elephant gift because it's affordable and unique. The lucky person who receives this will have something cool to hang up in December as an unexpected holiday decor. Stuff it with presents, candy, or anything else your heart desires.

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A Cheeky Pen

Bulletin pen, $4

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We've all been in meetings that seem to never end. Make those more bearable in the new year with a "This meeting is bullshit" writing utensil. You just might find your coworkers—or even boss—hiding a little chuckle.

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A Jewelry Holder

Cosmic graffiti trinket tray, $28

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Never lose another earring stud again. This pretty gold jewelry holder will keep your accessories all in one place. The functional tray also works as a gorgeous decor piece on your vanity table or bookshelf.

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A Magical Ornament

SunnyLife Unicorn ornament, $8

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Nestle this glittery unicorn ornament amongst your festive colored balls and traditional pinecones. This whimsical ornament will be a hit all around—adults and kids alike. Don't be surprised if your nieces or nephews sneak it off the tree and into their secret toy stash.

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A Board-Game Alternative

Codenames, $15

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Cards Against Humanity is a modern classic, but your friend group will quickly abandon it for this winner. The game is all about mastery of the English language as spymasters offer one-word clues that could indicate several potential words on the table, which you'll then have to ID. Luck or skill? This game is both.

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Luggage Tags

Gift Boutique luggage tags, $16

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If you're on a budget, pass out these faux-leather luggage tags. They're affordable yet look exquisite enough for even the pickiest recipients. This accessory might even inspire them to finally book that European vacation.

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A Set of Toothpaste

Marvis toothpaste, $18

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You might think a three-pack toothpaste set would fall more toward the boring end of the spectrum, but this high-end hipster-approved stuff will go fast, you'll see. They're travel-friendly, too.

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A Simple Cocktail Book

Books with Style cocktail recipes, $19

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Impress your guests with your seemingly vast knowledge of cocktails this holiday season. This drinking guide featuring libations that require just three ingredients is your best-kept secret to crafting delectable drinks with minimal effort.

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A Coin Pouch

Valfré coin pouch, $20

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This artsy coin pouch makes having loose change less annoying. You won't have trouble spotting it in your Mary Poppins-like tote bag because of the pink hue and cheeky design.

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An Easy Cookbook

ban.do le picnic book, $20

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If outdoor picnics aren't plausible in the middle of December, have an indoor one. This book's easy and yummy take on picnic food is suited for both beginning cooks and experts. You'll find recipes for snacks, salads, sweets, drinks, and more. It's like summer isn't six months away!

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Jenga, but Better

Gift Boutique stumbling blocks game, $25

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Every block is printed with a challenge and, should you lose, you'll have to take a shot. Stay in on a Saturday night to play with friends or get a quick game in before you head to your favorite bar. I'm already obsessed with this.

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A Mini Arcade Game

Pac-Man key chain, $25

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You can actually play Pac-Man on this tiny machine, which fits neatly into the palm of your hand. Bring the classic game with you on long trips or flights—just simply attach it to your keychain. All your friends will offer to trade you for their snacks or magazines once you've unwrapped this trinket.

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A Sleep Mask

Urban Outfitters music sleep mask, $35

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This sleep mask is unlike others you've been gifted. It features a thick lining and integrated headphones, so you can drift off to a sweet slumber while listening to your favorite songs (or, rainforest sounds, if that's more your speed). Once you slip this on, you'll conk out until that in-flight dinner's served.

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A Christmas Sweater

The Grinch sweater, $35

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a beloved holiday flick, making this not-so-chic piece of apparel an instant must-have. It's suited for that in-office holiday happy hour and your friend's ugly Christmas sweater fiesta. Though, this topper is not so ugly that you can't rewear it again next year.

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A Pretty Candle

Brooklyn Candle Studio candle, $38

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This cozy (and Millennial chic) candle will make staying in on a Friday night the obvious choice. It will fill your home with scents of pine, cypress, and balsam, and it has a burn time of 70 hours. For the eco-conscious souls, this candle is also 100-percent vegan and preservative free.

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A Slap Bracelet

Charlotte Simone snap bracelet, $65

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Slap bands of the '90s have officially been reincarnated as furry, high-fashion bracelets. This ball of fluff, which comes in multiple colors, is the statement accessory. Whoever is lucky enough to select this gift out of the bag will have something fun to wear with all their holiday outfits.

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A Symbolic Necklace

Mejuri sun necklace, $75

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Inspired by tarot cards, this gold sun-motif necklace will keep your spirits high even when the winter days feel long. Layer with other dainty pendants on shorter chains for a mix-and-match look.

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