Sure, the point of a white elephant exchange is to execute a series of strategic maneuvers to end up with the least heinous gag gift possible, but you know what would make things even more interesting? If the pool were stacked with things you'd actually want. So here, we've rounded up 18 options, priced at under $5 to "definitely past the set dollar amount, but I really want to stir the pot." When the shopping's finished, all that's left to do is sit back and soak in the consequences of your own diabolical scheme.
Make having a minor heart attack trying to stuff your change back in your wallet great again.
You might think a three-pack of travel-size toothpastes would fall more toward the gag-gift end of the spectrum, but this stuff will go fast, you'll see.
Scrunchies are to hair accessories as kale was to vegetables in 2013.
And after the carnage, they sat around asking one another questions that might give insight as to why Ashley began bawling when Stella stole the Proust Questionnaire from her.
Yeah, a bottle of tequila that'll make you lose feeling in your arms might be the more popular choice, but you'll be the one laughing in the end.
Charlotte Simone, $70
Snap bracelet, but make it furry and the cause of at least one strained friendship.
Urban Outfitters, $20
This is a hand-warmer you plug into a USB port, which is much nicer than one of those packets you shake up.
Everybody wants some, "some" being a mesh shopper that's all over Instagram.
Pro tip: To soothe any hurt feelings, just say you'll art-direct a pic of her with this velvet bow in her hair.
Fenty Beauty, $34
Some people just want to watch the world burn.
Dream Collective, $50
Rainbow bacon barrette = possible brawling.
Roxanne Assoulin x Mira Mikati, $40
There will definitely be one person in the group who knows what a regular Roxanne Assoulin bracelet goes for but conveniently keeps that fact to herself.
For the Insta-thirstiest of your pals.
Urban Outfitters, $10
I would use my steal on this, even though I could just as easily drop a tenner on it.
Urban Outfitters, $10
You can turn your attention elsewhere if you haven't got pierced ears. Game on, otherwise.
If you don't have one of these hats, you probably want one. And if you do, you want another.
What Do You Meme, $30
So the carnage can continue.