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White elephant gifts people will actually LIKE

By on Dec 14th

white elephant gifts people will actually like

In the next few weeks, thousands of White Elephant gift exchanges will unfold. There will be variants (Yankee Swap, Secret Santa, etc). Many people will completely forget to get a gift until the morning of the exchange, and many more will go home with weird combinations of stuff they don't really want.

If you're going to do something, why not do it right? Here are tons of awesome gifts that are sure to be coveted at this years gift exchange…

cards against humanityCards Against Humanity is the "party game for horrible people" and the best time you'll ever have. Plus 0% of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Photo courtesy of ThinkGeekCover Blubber is this awesome reusable, super-stretchy rubber wrapping material, intended to cover food and keep it fresh inside your refrigerator or freezer. In short: It's the eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. (Also food condom jokes are fun, but for reals this stuff is awesome.)

One year EVERYONE on my list got the PageKeeper, and they freaking LOVED them. You bet I got one for myself as well, and I still use and love it. They're super useful, and super affordable.

Any of the Le Creuset gift sets are some of my favorite gifts to give. Whether they're into jam for their breakfast, honey for their tea, or (my fav) salt for their EVERYTHING, they're going to love having these dedicated Le Cruset pots to use.

Kinetic SandI'll be the first to admit that I thought Kinetic Sand was the stupidest shit ever. I did not got get it. Until I played with it. And then I not only got it, but I bought it. This stuff is AWESOME!

Home decor that's kitty cat chicThis is a linen tea towel with a picture of a cat with a 'stache, wearing a suit and an eyepatch. I don't feel like I need to say more than that.

starburst wine trivetThe Starburst Wine Trivet (maybe include a bottle of wine to get it started?) is an easy win — peeps love wine, peeps need to a place to put hot stuff — hook 'em up.

71dTZ0hYwRL._SL1500_Not the flower-giving type and more the drink-buying type? I dare ANYONE not to fall in love with these animal head shot glasses. I recommend the MollaSpace reindeer shot glass for a seasonal vibe.

mini donut makerYou know what's better than flowers in the office? Doughnuts. The Babycakes Mini Doughnut Maker is only $19! And the bonus part of this gift… perhaps they'll bring you some treats!

Generally, my go-to gift for someone I hardly know (and even those that I do) are succulents. I like Egglings, because they give a little extra quirkiness to your succulent giving.

Flash drives are always a crowd pleaser. If you know where to find 'em, you can scrounge up some really fun USB drives like these:

Surge protectors are ALWAYS useful. This one is also awesome looking.

fireplace candleHoly crap, this fireside candle that smells like a fireplace and also crackles while it burns, just changed my entire lame-apartment-with-no-fireplace Christmas!

Junk in the Trunk Desk Container
The Junk in Your Trunk container is really cute, and awesome for dudes and chicks.

smore maker
No one doesn't like s'mores. NO one wouldn't like getting this Microwavable S'Mores Maker. It's only $9 and has awesome reviews on Amazon. (Probably because NO ONE doesn't like s'mores.)

Remember these? Yeah, Medieval weapons as push pins will make everyone smile.

Here's another thing I've gotten as a gift myself and now I gift these to as many people as possible. I Am Not a Paper Cup cups are zee best and will keep you and your co-workers' coffee nice and warm AND save the planet.

It also comes in this chalkboard version, so you could write a super cute happy holidays message on it. Awwwww.

You know what people actually (surprisingly) need more than coffee? Water. So water bottles, especially awesomely colorful ones such as these, are always a good gift.

bacon candy canesDid you know Bacon Candy Canes were a thing? Now you do!


Here's something that I've realized over the years from being married to a shark attack victim: EVERYONE loves shark stuff. Especially if it's a shark that can open beer bottles, like that beauty up there. He's probably my most popular guest at all my parties. (You can check out other shark-themed gift ideas over here.)

How cool are these microwave popcorn poppers!? I have one, and I use it all the damn time. Get them the entire Sur La Table Popcorn Gift Set and you have one very happy gift receiver.


Still nothing? Allow me to close this down with something everyone will love: the Unzipped-Bag-Shaped Hand-Blown Glass Bowl filled with candy. BOOM. Shopping done.

What do you think? I feel pretty good about this list. If you have a story about a white elephant gift that knocks it out of the park, share it in the comments!

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About Megan Finley

Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog, Twitter @meganfinley, and Instagram @meggyfin.