White Elephant is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. You don’t have to worry about curating perfect gifts for every single one of your vastly different family members, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars, and the game is always a great way to ignite some joy and laughter in the midst of the chaos of the holiday season. Now, don’t get it confused with Secret Santa where you choose gifts specifically for one particular person. White Elephant isn’t your average, everyday gift exchange.
For those looking to add some zest to their holiday get together, to participate in a White Elephant Gift Exchange, each player has to place one wrapped gift in the center of the room. Whether or not you want all the gifts to fall under some sort of theme is the organizer’s decision. They could be all wellness gifts, all gifts for traveling, a bunch of stocking stuffers, all spicy gifts for your girlfriends, or all experiences that each person in the pool would enjoy. Then everyone involved in the White Elephant exchange will draw numbers to determine the order they will go in. Starting at one, everyone will choose a random gift from the pile and open it. As the game progresses, players can either choose a gift from the center of the room, or steal a gift from someone else who has already picked. Anyone who gets their gift stolen has the opportunity to steal from someone else or pick a brand new gift. See, it’s fun right? I have quite a few White Elephant memories filled with tipsy aunts and uncles and picky cousins fighting for the biggest gift in the circle.
Choosing a gift that works for everyone involved in the White Elephant gift exchange could be daunting. If you have no idea what type of gift could work for anyone in the room, keep reading for the best assortment of White Elephant gifts under $25.
Make washing your face easier with the original erase all makeup towel from Makeup Eraser. It's affordable, it'll look super cute in your bathroom, and it'll take off everything from waterproof mascara to matte foundation. Even those in your White Elephant circle who don't wear makeup will love this refreshing towel after a long holiday party (and a few too many drinks).
Whether your White Elephant recipient just needs a case to hold their wedding band or they're obsessed with accessories especially around the holidays, this travel jewelry organizer is definitely a go-to present. Organize your necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets without worry of them getting broken or tangled.
If you don't love all things Disney, I'm sorry we can't be friends. This unofficial Disney Parks cookbook will certainly be a fan-favorite around the White Elephant circle. Complete with recipes inspired by classic Disney movies and attractions, your palette will have a taste of Disney any day of the week.
In light of the recent 'Harry & Meghan' documentary that dropped on Netflix this month, the Royal Family is once again a popular topic on everyone's lips. For the Royal Family enthusiast in your life, this royal trivia book is a great activity to close out any holiday party this season.
Whether your loved one is an avid yogi or just looking for a space to stretch out their winter pains, a yoga mat is always a reliable gift suitable for everyone. This thick yoga mat from Gaiam Essentials provides extra support for the stressful holiday season.
Whether it's chicken nuggets, french fries, or chicken wings, Mike's Hot Honey sauce is sure to be your perfect fried food partner in crime. With an original or extra hot option, whether you're a spicy food veteran or a newbie, this Hot Honey sauce is right up your alley.
This might be a bit of a gag gift, but if your loved one takes the time to install it, they'll realize how helpful and essential it is to their midnight bathroom breaks. With a motion sensor, 16 led colors, and a dimming option, this toilet bowl night light is about to become their favorite bathroom accessory.
Keep your coffee warm all day long with this coffee mug warmer from Amazon. Included are three temperature settings, an auto-shut off safety feature after 8 hours of use, and the bottom of the warmer will always stay at 65 degrees, so you'll never burn your hand or damage your desk.
Amazon Alexas are always a favorite White Elephant gift, but for something a bit more affordable, go for this smart plug from Amazon. Plug them into any lamp, Christmas tree, coffee maker, humidifier, or fan, instruct Alexa to turn on whatever you labeled your object as, and your home is on its way to being electric.
If your loved one lives in Chicago, like most of us here at The Everygirl, heating pads are a must-have during this time of year. This affordable one from Deepsoon comes in seven different colors with a seven foot long cord, six temperature settings, and four different timers.
Let's face it, everyone needs to drink more water around the holiday season. This motivational water bottle not only shows you how much you're drinking, but helps you drink more water as the day goes on. Available in multiple colors, this water bottle is the motivation you need.
Raise your hand if you are constantly losing your sunglasses? (I'm raising my hand rn) This car sunglasses holder from Amazon is an affordable solution to a potentially expensive problem. (I bought six pairs of sunnies this year alone. It's a problem) Placing my order as we speak.
Prepare for the endless baking you're bound to do this holiday season with these silicone, non-stick, food safe baking mats from Amazon Basics. They come in a pack of three, they're oven safe up to 450 degrees, and there's no need for oil, cooking sprays, or parchment paper.
Jennette McCurdy, Nickelodeon star of 'Sam & Cat' quickly gained the love and admiration of millions after she released her book, 'I'm Glad My Mom Died' earlier this year. If you're looking for a book on self-discovery, healing, and self-love, this book is for you. Grab your tissues ahead of time, btw.
POV: You're already 20 minutes late to your family holiday party. You lost your phone, your car keys, and your shoes and your dress is full of fuzz. Take this handy-dandy, easy-to-use fabric shaver and lint remover from Conair and it'll take one stressor off your plate.
There's sure to be at least one or a bunch of 'Friends' fans in your White Elephant group this year. Whether they've binged the entire series eight times or they've only seen a few episodes on late night television, this coffee mug is sure to become any coffee-lover's favorite.