The 8 Best White Elephant Gifts of 2020

Surprise friends with these wacky and playful options

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Our Top Picks
"Just absurd enough to elicit a laugh."
"Tea strainer made of silicone that can even go into the microwave."
"Combination of lumberjack toughness and tongue-in-cheek practicality."
"Great option for plugging in speakers, charging a phone, and more."
"Perfect intersection between a guy’s grownup life and childhood."
"Sits on your countertop and provides a comfortable place for your sponge."
"A fun way to make even a cheap bottle of wine feel like a treat."
"Just might become a family favorite that lives in the kitchen for decades."

Best Overall: TheFound Crazy Funny Chicken Legs Knee-High Novelty Socks

Socks are the classic white elephant gift. They’re sort of useful, fit just about any foot size, and come in an array of styles from silly to raunchy and snarky to nerdy. If you anticipate needing a few gag gifts or having a few white elephant parties in the future, consider stocking up on these silly chicken leg socks.

They’re just absurd enough to elicit a laugh, but not so specific that only one or two people will really “get” it. Plus, they come in three colors, so you can use them as a go-to gift while still varying your options.

Made of a mix of cotton, polyester, and spandex, don’t be surprised to find these hiding underneath someone’s snow boots come wintertime!

Best Under $5: Thappymart Elephant Tea Strainer

Sometimes the best white elephant gifts might actually be elephants! This inexpensive and petite gift will bring a smile to many faces—once they figure out what it is.

It’s actually a tea strainer made of silicone, a food-grade material that can even go into the microwave. Just fill it with loose tea by opening the lid at the base, pop it into a water-filled mug (the trunk will hold it in place with the rim of the mug), and microwave it to pour a perfect cup of tea.

This gift will appeal to tea-drinkers of all ages, whether your white elephant party is with a group of teachers, the garden club, or among friends.

Best Under $10: DCI Ax Pizza Cutter

Everyone needs a pizza cutter, right? And when it’s made to look like an ax, it’s just plain hilarious.

This white elephant gift will appeal equally to moms, dad, kids (with supervision, of course), and your single friends with its combination of lumberjack toughness and tongue-in-cheek practicality.

With a stainless steel rolling blade and wooden handle, it’s guaranteed to get laughs when the gift is opened and be a sought-after item in the gift exchange. Then, once it arrives at its new home, they’ll get a smile every time they use it—win-win!

Best for the Office: eBerry Creative Banana Style USB 2.0 Hub

If you’re having a white elephant gift exchange at your office, you want to make sure you find something that’s funny, but not too edgy. Something ironic or sarcastic that your friends would like might not do well with your conservative coworker!

Skip anything NSFW (that’s, Not Safe For Work) involving toilet humor, sex, politics, or snark. Instead, consider a quirky desk accessory.

That’s why this banana-shaped USB port fits the bill. It’s absurd, it’s inoffensive, and it’s actually useful! The USB plug works on any Mac or PC to turn one USB port into four USB ports. It's a great option for plugging in speakers, charging a phone, or connecting a keyboard or external hard drive. Plus, what’s not to love about the cheery yellow color?

Best for Guys: OSOPOLA Build-On Brick Mug

Whether your white elephant party is with the bowling team, biking crew, or just a few friends, it’s nice to have a gift that appeals to male senses. And while it’s tempting to go for the cliched guy stuff—sports, tech, or something a little off-color—it can be more fun to get a funny gift that speaks to their youthful days.

That’s why the Build-On Brick Mug is a great pick. There’s a good chance the guy who unwraps it played with Legos growing up, and still would, if it were appropriate. The plastic mug has a grid on the exterior that can be used as a base to build with bricks.

It’s the perfect intersection between a guy’s grownup life and childhood and sure to be a coveted item.

Best for Book Club: OTOTO Clean Dreams Kitchen Sponge Holder

You may have gathered to talk about books, but inevitably the conversation turns to life—that balance of family, work, keeping up with your home, and all that comes with it. So perhaps a gift that ironically puts the subject of cleaning "to bed" is a good fit?

This silly sponge holder is shaped like a bed frame, complete with built-in pillows. It sits on your countertop and provides a comfortable, restful place for your sponge in between cleaning dishes and wiping up messes. After all, couldn’t your sponge use a break?

It comes with its own sponge, but you can trade it out and use your own once it gets too dirty. Just don’t be surprised if a kid nabs it to use for pretend play on their own!

Best for a Dinner Party: Accoutrements Vinderalls Bottle Cover

Wine is always appreciated at a dinner party—so why not add it to the gift exchange? Since the point it to be silly, and not traditional, consider dressing up that bottle of two-buck-chuck with its own pair of... overalls. That wine wouldn’t want to be overdressed for your soiree!

The Accoutrements Vinderalls is a fun way to make even a cheap bottle of wine feel like a treat. It can also make a more expensive one seem less splurge-y.

These wine overalls are made of denim and fit most 750 mL bottles of wine. The front pocket is a real pocket and sized just right for a note or gift card. This is an easy gift to stock up on and keep on hand for a last-minute laugh​ since you can pop in any bottle of wine or similarly-sized non-alcoholic beverage and head to the party.

Best for Family: World Market Donuts Ceramic Cookie Jar

If you’re looking for a gift that an entire family can appreciate, try finding a bigger (but still inexpensive) item that feels like a substantial gift. And it’s hard to go wrong with sweets!

This donut cookie jar probably isn’t something mom or dad would buy for the countertop, but it just might become a family favorite that lives in the kitchen for decades. It’s silly enough to delight youngsters and useful enough that parents will find it funny, too.

At about 6.5 by 9 inches, the big wrapped box is bound to be an early pick in the gift exchange.

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