If you’re headed to a white elephant party this holiday season, you know just how much fun they can be. The perfect alternative to more traditional gift exchange parties, white elephant Christmas gift exchanges are a great way to simply enjoy the season and get a good laugh at the same time. The gifts mean absolutely everything, though, so be sure you make the right choice.
The Right Gift, the Wrong Occasion
One of the funniest gift ideas for a white elephant exchange is to select the perfect gift for an entirely different occasion. Some examples of this include a weight loss guide, a self-help book, a pocket protector, or even a membership to a speed dating service. These may all make great gifts, but they certainly aren’t what people might really enjoy in a gift exchange. They’re best left for these gag-style gift exchanges. Children gifts also fit into this category pretty well. You can pick up almost any toy and have it work well at this type of gift exchange. For example, Melissa and Doug make a cute paint-your-own rubber ducky kit that might be fun. A Nerf-style gun might also be a good choice. Shape sorters and other gifts for very little children are ideal, too.
Gifts that play on words are also great at these kinds of parties. They bring their own joke with them. If you’re looking for gifts in this category, here are a few ideas to get you started. Pack a beautiful tea cup with the brand “Constant Comment” tea. Then pack in lots of various comments, too. Give the gift of a percolator with the message “I perk up when you’re around.” Give a box full of fishing gear with the message “It’s o-fish-al – you’re fantastic!” Pack a Nike shoe box full of Mountain Dew soda with the message “Just Dew It This Year.” Give the gift of a puzzle with the message “Here’s to a Puzzling Gift Exchange.”
The Absolutely Ridiculous
This is where these kinds of gift exchanges get hilarious. There are all kinds of very crazy gifts that make for a hilarious choice at a white elephant gift exchange. Within this category, you may want to consider gifts like bacon soap, wasabi lip balm, or even a ridiculously shaped shower cap. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Need a few other ideas? Consider gas neutralizing pads for your underwear, a rubber chicken, toilet paper that also functions as measuring tape, mugs with hilarious or completely inappropriate sayings, t-shirts with the same thing, fake lottery tickets, or paper email. You may even want to personalize it to the individual (if you know the person’s name you have in advance). For example, you could go with gag golf balls for the golfer or the gag apron for the baker.
There’s nothing quite as much fun as a white elephant party, but make sure you get creative with your gift choices. You’ll be the hit of the party!