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.

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Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at Marie Claire, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's now the Senior Commerce Editor at House Beautiful, where she owns coverage on deals and sales across home decor and accessories, in-depth product reviews on furniture and appliances, as well as news around new product launches since 2023. With help from leading designers and tastemakers, Marina spotlights quality products while tracking current design trends, a skill she’s mastered over six years in fashion media. Marina holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Stony Brook University, beginning her career in narrative-driven commerce coverage as an editorial assistant at PopSugar.