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

Nobody will go home disappointed.

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The holidays might look a little different this year, but no matter what—if you're gathering with friends or family and doing a white elephant gift exchange, you'll need to come prepared with a gift. White elephant gift exchanges are fun in theory, when you're not stressing about what to bring and if you don't 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, plus get rid of any unnecessary stress you might have about bringing said gift, here are 51 ideas you (and everyone else) will actually want. Trust me, no one will go home disappointed this season. Don't be surprised if you end up picking up a little something-something for yourself too. The gift curation is that good, if I don't say so myself.

Mini Polaroid Cameras
Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
Fujifilm urbanoutfitters.com

Whoever ends up with this gift will want to start using it the moment its unwrapped. This mini Polaroid has an automatic exposure to get you that perfect shot—and it has a selfie mode!

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A Spikeball Set
Spikeball Game Set (3 Ball Kit)
Spikeball amazon.com

If you've never played roundnet (a.k.a Spikeball), you're missing out. This volleyball-like game is as intense as you or your opponents make it, though you can keep the game low-key and casual. Play it at the beach, backyard, or basement.

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A Salt Lamp
Color Changing Salt Lamp
Brookstone urbanoutfitters.com

Both a night light and decor piece, this Himalayan rock salt lamp can display up to eight different colors. This kind of lamp is said to purify the air around you.

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Paper Straws
Season's Sippings Gingerbread Paper Straws
ModCloth modcloth.com

Spike eggnog tastes better when you don't have to worry about polluting the environment with plastic. These gingerbread man-decorated paper straws are festive and fun.

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Self-Watering Pot
Self-Watering Pot
MoMA westelm.com

This self-watering pot comes in three different sizes (prices will differ accordingly) and will make anyone seem like they have a green thumb. This is a gift that will be easily stolen by people in the group. 

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An Electric Toothbrush
Smart 1500 Power Rechargeable Electric Tooth-Brush
Oral-B amazon.com

You might just want to steal this gift back for yourself. An electric toothbrush might not be the most exciting gift, but the practical individuals in the group will definitely want this. 

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A Squatty Potty
Bamboo Squatting Toilet Stool Collapsible
AmazerBath amazon.com

This gift will definitely draw some laughs and/or confused looks (for those not familiar with a squatty potty). It's slightly novel yet functional, making it the perfect white elephant gift.

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A Bonsai Tree
Zen Reflections Juniper Bonsai
9GreenBox amazon.com

This miniature tree brings serenity and calmness to whoever is looking at it. The perfect gift to spruce up a work desk or shelf. 

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A Personal Blender
Small Silver 11-Piece Set
Magic Bullet amazon.com
$29.99 (25% off)

Small but mighty. This personal size 11-piece blender can chop, mix, blend, whip, grind, and more. Think of all the smoothies, salsa, and soups one can make.

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A Popcorn Machine
82505 Stir Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine
West Bend amazon.com

No at-home movie theater setup is complete until you have popcorn. This machine is compatible with all kinds of kernels and has a built in bowl, so just pop and sit back to enjoy your favorite films.

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A Bath Bomb
Christmas Tree
Bubbly Belle bubblybelle.com

After all the festivities are over, treat yourself to a soothing bath with this bath bomb that releases scents such as peppermint, orange, lavender, evergreen, and pine. Close your eyes, sink deeper into the warm water, and relax.

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A Holiday-Themed Blanket
Penelope Plaid Loft Fleece Decorative Throw
THRO tjmaxx

Movie reruns and snow days will feel ten times better when spent under this soft and comfy throw blanket. The red deer print gives it the perfect holiday feel, so you'll look forward to using it every year.

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A Street Style Book
Tokyo Street Style Paperback Book
Abrams net-a-porter.com

Your group of friends are all into fashion, so this white elephant gift exchange will be easy peasy. This Tokyo street style book will make for a beautiful coffee table and inspire the person who gets it to up her own fashion game.

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Pack of Reusable Silicone Bags
Reusable Silicone Bag Holiday Print
Stasher stasherbag.com

We're all for whacky and LOL-worthy white elephant gifts, but if your group prefers practical items then bring a set of Stasher bags. This two-pack is budget-friendly and comes in a cute holiday print for the season.

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A Kitchy Bell
Champagne Please! Bar Top Bell in Pink and Black
Slant Collections walmart.com

Cue the scene where Meredith from The Parent Trap takes out a bell and rings it to call the housekeeper, Chessy, over. Meredith would probably love this 2020 version. As for us, the bell is perfect for displaying on a kitchen countertop or bookshelf.

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A Bright and Colorful Umbrella
Original Duckhead Compact Umbrella
Shopbop Home shopbop.com

Bat away any rainy day blues with this feel-good, sunshine-yellow umbrella. The duck handle gives this rain shield a playful vibe too. 

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A Bottle of Wine
2018 "Bottoms Up"
Maison Noir Wines maisonnoirwines.com

No one will be disappointed with bringing home a bottle of wine from a white elephant exchange. Disguise the shape of your item by sticking it in a box and then wrapping it.

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A Pack of Reusable Food Wraps
Assorted 3-Pack Reusable Food Wraps
Bee's Wrap nordstrom.com

For a gift anyone can use, bring these reusable food wraps. They're a good alternative to plastic wrap and any gift that helps reduce waste and pollution in the ocean will be much appreciated by all.

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A Superfood Variety Pack
Superfood Latte Sampler
Golde golde.co

Now more than ever, it's important to take care of your own health and the wellbeing of others. Therefore, bring this pack of superfood sampler (it contains turmeric, matcha, and cacao packets) so that whoever snags it at the exchange can start off the new year on a healthy note.

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A Water Bottle
Goodee Bottle (Black)
Goodee goodeeworld.com

This insulated and leak-free water bottle looks sleek and cool while keeping your drink cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. Cheers to a gift that reduces plastic consumption! 

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A DIY Bubble Tea Set
Bubble Tea Kit
Katie and Dustin Watts uncommongoods.com

Whoever gets this gift will likely find themselves wanting to test it out right away and share their drink creation with the group. Heck, you might end up buying a kit for yourself—this looks fun, not to mention tasty.

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A Celebrity Coffee Table Book
Rihanna Book
Phaidon shopbop.com

If someone in your group isn't a fan of Rihanna then...well, they're not your friend. This book of the pop star will make a statement whether on the coffee table or displayed on a bookshelf.

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Pimple Patches
Acne-Clear Invisible Dots
Peter Thomas Roth marshalls.com

The holidays are all about carb-loading and drinking, which is our favorite time of the year, but this can wreck havoc on your skin. Your friends will appreciate you looking out for them with these acne-fighting dots. 

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A Variety Popcorn Set
Truffle Popcorn
Pipcorn pipsnacks.com

The person in your group who gets this snack will likely have to fend off everyone else who wants to get a taste asap. If they're happy to share, then everyone can enjoy this heavenly truffle flavored popcorn. 

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A Whimsical Bowl
Playful Sports Mug
Max uncommongoods.com

If you're doing a white elephant exchange with your family and there are children involved, then consider bringing this basketball-hoop mug. All the young ones will be begging for this.

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A Card Game
Get Wild UNO Card Game
Brand: Worlds Smallest amazon.com

Just when you thought this classic card game couldn't get any more interesting, it comes in a mini size. Everyone will be super focused on the game as to not miss the tiny cards, so get ready for some serious card-throwing action.

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A Hot Sauce Variety Pack
3 ct. Mild Variety Gift Box
Lillie's of Charleston amazon.com

 Lillie's of Charleston is a family-founded sauce and spice company specializing in barbecue sauce, hot sauce, and spice rubs. This variety pack of goodies will add that mouth-watering taste to your dishes.

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A Portable Speaker
2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Anker amazon.com

Instead of putting your iPhone into a cup to amplify the sound (desperate times calls for desperate measures), use this portable speaker. Now you can blast your favorite hits whether you're chilling in an Airbnb rental or at the beach.

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A Cleaning Set
Routine Clean Kit
Blueland x Reformation blueland.com

You know you're an adult when you consider bringing a cleaning set to a white elephant gift exchange. This eco-friendly collab between two popular brands, Blueland x Reformation, makes cleaning more fun.

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An Eye Mask
Pure Silk Sleep Mask
SLIP nordstrom.com

Give your harried coworkers the gift of sleeping in. With this silky eye mask, that Saturday morning sunshine creeping through their curtains will be no bother. Gold should suit everyone just fine.

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