CLJ Gift Guide: 17 Hilarious White Elephant Gifts Under $15!

November 13, 2017

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We’re starting our gift guides a little early this year because white elephant parties (occasionally grouped together with ugly sweater parties) are already popping up on our calendar and I couldn’t bear the thought of our readers being without the gift under their arm. Here’s the thing about white elephant gifts–they kind of need to be funny. It’s an unspoken rule. Usually the only spoken rule about white elephant is the gift should be under $20 (or some other inexpensive limit) and then sometimes you show up with bath and body works lotion and I mean, that’s fine. But (!!) if you want your gift to be the star while simultaneously making the party fun–bring something funny that makes every one laugh and is traded more than any other. Here are 17 ideas that will do just that.


1.   Llama Desk Duster $15. This Llama-shaped duster is adorable and hilarious and, actually, functional. Its long neck is bend-able and covered in shaggy microfiber yarn that picks up dust from hard-to-reach spaces.

2.  Bob Ross Bobblehead $12. Not only does the head bobble–it speaks! This mini bobblehead figure captures Bob Ross’s matchless likeness by playing 10 different wise sayings from the happy painter himself. It also, naturally, comes with a mini easel book featuring Ross’s landscape works which can be displayed alongside your bobblehead to create a truly day-brightening little shrine.

3.  Mr. and Mrs. Doo Toilet Bowl Freshener $7. There’s nothing like the gift of bathroom odor prevention, am I right?

4.  Unicorn Tape Dispenser $15. This unicorn tape dispenser comes with two rolls of rainbow tape–perfect for crafting or gift wrapping. You’re essentially gifting happiness.

5.   Who’s Most Likely To Game $13. Who’s Most Likely To… is our absolute new favorite game. Decide who would be “most likely to…” ranging from “wake up with half a burrito in bed” to “go out if they didn’t have to get off the couch” (me!!) and listen as your friends try to defend themselves. Everyone is both a valiant winner and a total loser with this one.

6.   Fanny Pack Kittens T-Shirt $15. This essential tee. That’s all. (Also in black!)

7.   Tiny Dog Book $10. A tiny dog eating cake. A tiny dog in a teacup. Tiny dogs walking outside. Squeee!!!

8.  The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes $12. Really great gift for soon-to-be dads, new dads and old dads alike. Classic even.

9.  Bubble Wrap Suit $24. Imagine unwrapping a bubble suit? How happy would you be? (That “What am I going to do with this?! look is what Christmas is all about.) Really good for a clumsy friend? Ps. I realize this one isn’t under $15–won’t happen again. 

10.  Awkward Family Photos 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar $10. Perhaps the most quintessential White Elephant gift, the best of the best when it comes to the most absurd, uncomfortable, and embarrassing family pictures captured on film. In calendar form so they can enjoy it every. single. day. of. the. year. And laugh. And think of you.

11.  32 GB Thumb Drive $13. Get it, thumb drive? And it’s a thumb. And it’s going to be sticking out of their computer!

12.  Toilet Golf $10. Potty Putt Putt, if you will. And they will. 

13.  Holiday Beard Baubles $13. 9 perfectly festive clip-on ornaments for that beard he’s been growing out.

14.  Holiday Who Am I Party Hat Game $13. Strap on the party hat and slide a card in the slot without looking and then you have to guess who you are by conversing with others. (Anyone remember that  episode of The Office?)

15.  Holiday Toilet Paper $8. Festive toilet paper with holiday jokes on it. You can’t go wrong!

16.  Queen Shower Cap $9. First of all, why are we all not not washing our hair while wearing this?

17.  Lightbox Keychain $11. The trendiest (okay, second trendiest i.e. letter board) home decor addition of 2017 is now available in a little keychain and my heart is melting.




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  1. sydnee says:

    Omg, so many funny, and FUN, gift ideas!

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  2. Jamie says:

    Your comments were hilarious. Thanks for the laugh:)

  3. Julia says:

    These are great! I ordered the llama dust buster and the toilet paper for an upcoming exchange!

  4. Kathrine Holyoak says:

    You sucked me in again. I usually don’t make time to read blogs, but couldn’t resist white elephant ideas. Amen that they should be funny. Especially love the thumb drive and Awkward Family photos calendar. ❤️❤️

  5. Johanna says:

    Being from Europe I have never heard of a white elephant party, what is it?

  6. Sarah says:

    This is so hilarious! I actually laughed at so many of these! Nailed it.

  7. Darcy says:

    This is fantastic — Soo many funny gifts here — Now I need to figure out which ones to do – I would like to buy them all!!

  8. Debbie C says:

    Toilet Golf! ????This is such a fun post! Thank you!!!

  9. Amanda Savarino says:

    Oh this is so good! I’m always scrambling at the last minute!

  10. Maureen W says:

    So so do well done Julia. Makes me want to have a white elephant party!!! Like right this minute!! I am curious about the rules for the game.

    • Julia says:

      Everyone does them differently. But generally:

      In a White Elephant gift exchange each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and guests are given numbers as they arrive, or their names are randomly drawn, and they select gifts in that order.

      On the first turn, the person assigned with #1 picks out a gift and opens it so all can see what it is. On the second turn, the person assigned with #2 gets the choice of “stealing” #1’s unwrapped gift or choosing a wrapped one from the pile. If #2 steals #1’s gift, then #1 must choose and open a wrapped gift.

      It goes on and on as people either select a new gift or take any already opened gift from any of the other players. If someone steals your gift, you can steal someone else’s gift or choose and open a wrapped one. It goes until everyone has had a turn for a gift. A turn is ended when an unopened gift has been opened. A gift can only be “stolen” once during a turn. If a gift is taken from someone during one round, she cannot take it back during that same round. She can, however, take it back in a later round if she is in a position to select a gift. A gift cannot be immediately stolen back from the player who just stole it.

      Generally, once a gift has 3 “owners”, the 3rd owner of a gift gets to keep it – it is retired and can’t be stolen again.

      The gift exchange ends when the last wrapped gift is chosen and opened.

  11. Kelly K says:

    Spot on and hilarious!

  12. Rachel says:

    This is absolutely the best gift guide ever. Thank you!!!

  13. Haley says:

    These are great! I might gift some of these as real gifts to my family members.

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