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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This miniature tree brings serenity and calmness to whoever is looking at it. The perfect gift to spruce up a work desk or shelf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bat away any rainy day blues with this feel-good, sunshine-yellow umbrella. The duck handle gives this rain shield a playful vibe too.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For under $30, you can get this pore-clearing set from K-beauty cult brand Innisfree. The volcanic clay mask is one of their top-sellers and best products for sensitive skin. Whoever gets this in your group will have amazing skin going into 2021!