White Elephant Gift Exchange Ideas

two people exchanging gifts at a white elephant gift exchangeSome of you may be wondering what a white elephant gift exchange is or have some great white elephant gift exchange ideas of your own, but you might not know exactly how the gift exchange is played. A white elephant gift exchange is a popular game that is most often played at Christmas time amongst friends, family or at office parties.


How to Play

A white elephant gift exchange requires everyone participating to buy a small inexpensive gift to be exchanged with others. White elephant gift exchange ideas should be something that is humorous, unusual or whose value exceeds its true usefulness. Once you have decided and purchased your white elephant gift exchange gift it should be wrapped and discreetly placed by the tree so no one knows which one you brought.

Once everyone has arrived pieces of paper with either names of participants or numbers will be placed into a hat to determine whose turn it is. The first player will take their choice of wrapped gifts from the table and then open it. The next person will have the option of opening a new gift or stealing from player one.

If during the white elephant gift exchange a gift is stolen, the person who is stolen from can then repeat their turn. They can choose a new gift from the table which will end the round or they can steal. This process will keep going until a new gift is chosen from the table.

When stealing, a gift can only be stolen two to three times. You will want to set a clear limit on this beforehand. This will ensure that one gift doesn’t get passed around a billion times . . . of course, the game would be almost endless if this happened!

The white elephant gift exchange will end one of two ways – all of the names have been drawn from the hat or all of the gifts have been opened.


White Elephant Gift Exchange Ideas

The best part about a white elephant gift exchange is the white elephant gift exchange ideas… I’ve seen so many jaw dropping and rolling on the floor laughing White Elephant Gift Exchange Ideas that I would have trouble listing them all.


I’ve listed a few of my favorite White Elephant Gift Exchange Ideas below, but would love to hear your favorite White Elephant Gift Exchange Ideas!!

1) white elephant gift exchange idea vibrating head massagerVibrating Head Massager:
Weird never felt to so good!
 
 

2) white elephant gift exchange idea marshmellow blasterMarshmallow Gun:
They’ll be the coolest adult on the block!
 
 

3) white elephant gift exchange idea my day registry day dedication Buy Christmas Day:
Wacky, fun and 100% Original. Who would have thought!
 
 

4) white elephant gift exchange idea toliet coffee mugToilet Mug:
Cheers!
 
 

5) white elephant gift exchange idea butt desktop setButt Station Desktop Set:
The funniest desk accessory out there!
 
 

6) white elephant gift exchange idea stupid surprise boxStupid Surprise Gift Box:
You’ll both be surprised!
 
 

7) white elephant gift exchange idea mooning garden gnomeMooning Garden Gnome:
Add some personality to their garden
 
 

8 ) white elephant gift exchange idea inflatable chest coolerInflatable Treasure Chest Cooler:
It’ll be a huge hit at their next tailgate party!
 
 

9) white elephant gift exchange idea nostalgia candy from 1950sCandy from the 1950’s:
Sweet nostalgia!
 
 

10) white elephant gift exchange idea grow your own snowGrow Snow:
Give them a white Christmas no matter where they are.
 
 

11) white elephant gift exchange idea dress a snowman kitDress a Snowman Kit:
Snow not included
 
 

12) white elephant gift exchange idea marshmellow roasting reelCamo Reel Roaster:
Everyone will want one on the next camping trip!
 
 

13) white elephant gift exchange idea slides carpet skatesFun Slides Carpet Skates:
Where a living room can become a personal ice skating rink
 
 

14) white elephant gift exchange idea cowboy boot stockingBoot Christmas Stockings:
Talk about a country Christmas
 
 

15) white elephant gift exchange idea santas helper christmas koozieChristmas Koozies:
The men will rejoice!
 
 


So those are a few of the white elephant gift exchange ideas I’ve seen over the years… What are some of your favorite white elephant gift exchange ideas?

Comments

  1. What a fabulous idea for a game! Can’t believe i’m just reading this now! I’ll have to wait another year until next Christmas! Keep up the good work!

  2. Its called a Chinese gift exchange. I like to buy traditional Chinese presents for these types of parties. Like a stuffed panda bear, chopsticks or well, just anything made in China!

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