14 White Elephant Gifts We Wouldn't Hate Opening

We've all been sucked into a white elephant exchange at one point or another, going home with a useless gag gift. But wouldn't it be great if the pool was stacked with things you'd actually want to keep? Luckily, we've rounded up a few options that are cute, quirky, and all less than $30.


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Truffle Bath Fizzies

No one will miss your usual bottle of wine when these adorable bath fizzies get unwrapped. Nine mini bubbly truffles, dipped and drizzled in shea butter, will surely start the stealing early on. ($20; francescas.com)

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Mini Desk Humidifier

Quirky and cute—this little critter is what the white elephant game is all about. What's even better? It's more than just a desk toy. Plugged into any USB port and it's a fully-functioning humidifier, perfect for stuffy days in the office. ($20; urbanoutfitters.com)

get this adorable panda

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Graphic Wall Calendar

The flashier the better, right? This ban.do wall calendar will steal everyone's attention with its pink holographic cover. Take a peek inside and you'll be reminded to have a great day every day, plus awesome artwork that you just might keep after the year is over. ($20; bando.com)

get this cute calendar

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Metallic Card Case

This little gem will keep people guessing as it's passed around the circle, but you'll know better than to take your eyes off the prize. Play your cards right, and you could leave with this rose gold card case tucked inside your purse. ($10; urbanoutfitters.com)

get this handy card holder

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Punny Pot Holders

You may get burned with this gift, depending on the crowd (pun intended). But after a few drinks, everyone will be dying to take pictures with these hilarious lobster pot holders. ($15; modcloth.com)

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Motivational Pen Set

We know what you're thinking—does anyone really need more pens? But try to stop your grabby hands from stealing these pink and red pens from your neighbor. We know we couldn't. ($14; anthropologie.com)

get this pen set

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Adult Card Game

Continue the carnage long after the white elephant exchange is over. Just downplay the fun of this hilarious adult party game so you can sneak away with it at the end of the night. ($30; amazon.com)

get the party started

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Party Socks

Trade in the typical spa socks from Bath & Body Works for this sassy set of three instead. Winos will thank you in advance for cozy toes and a glass of wine always in-hand. ($17; amazon.com)

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Sleek Daily Planner

Everyone could use a little help keeping their plans in order, whether it's meetings, appointments, or dinner dates. We wouldn't be disappointed to open up this stylish planner, but good luck keeping it away from everyone else with good taste. ($24; anthropologie.com)

get this stylish planner

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Office Art

Anyone obsessed with the 'gram will be all over this white elephant gift. Spell out your favorite movie quote, song lyric, or inspirational saying, just make sure it's SFW (suitable for work). ($16; target.com)

get this letter board

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Velvet Topper

You can't go wrong bringing the trendiest hat of the season. Either they'll have it, hate it, or want to get their hands on it. And worst-case scenario: you end up bagging this sailor boy cap for yourself. ($23; zara.com)

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Too Pretty Chocolate

Never heard of Compartés? Well, now that you have, you won't forget its pretty signature packaging. Choose between classic dark chocolate with salted caramel or something a little more exotic like tequila lime chocolate. The options are endless! Just make sure to snag some for yourself too. ($13; compartes.com)

get this sweet treat

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Magical Wine Stopper

This sweet little bottle accessory is too cute not to keep. I mean, just look at that tiny gold horn. Be careful, she might just be the star of the holiday party. ($19; modcloth.com)

get this wine stopper

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Adjustable Gold Frames

A classic cop-out gift, albeit these gilded frames are anything but basic. Party hosts and proud mothers alike will be reaching for this one all night with the perfect place to put it already in mind. ($20; worldmarket.com)

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