The holidays are here and let’s be honest, giving a gift is more fun than receiving one. The look of surprise or the smile that appears on the recipient’s face is enough to make anyone’s day. Taking gift giving to a new level, many workplaces and circles of friends take part in a lively gift-giving game called a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Not sure what it is or how it works? Here’s some information about the exchange and gift ideas for it.
A white elephant gift exchange is a fun, unique way to exchange gifts with coworkers, friends, or family members. It’s also known as Yankee Swap and Dirty Santa.
Each player puts their gift into a primary location whether under a Christmas tree or on a table. The first player chooses a gift and then, it’s on to the next player. From here on, players can decide if they want to choose a new gift or steal a gift from another person. However, each gift can only be stolen once per turn. The game ends once everyone receives a gift.
Typically, gag gifts are involved in a white elephant exchange. But you and the people participating in the exchange can decide on what to give. You can set a certain dollar amount to be spent on the gift or make a theme for the exchange.
You’ve come to the right place. Since white elephant gift exchanges are popular around the holidays, we found 7 gift ideas you can use for this popular gift exchange. The best part, the gift listed below are all under $25.
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Holiday Specific Gifts
Granny Tip: Visit popular retailer’s websites and search for Gifts under $25 or Stocking Stuffers. It’s a common category for the holidays and can help you narrow down your search when looking for a white elephant gift.
Lastly, instead of buying a gift for your white elephant exchange, you can also go green and encourage participants to recycle a gift they received that they never used. We have all received a gift or two that we appreciated but wasn’t our style or one we could use. Look in closets, drawers, and cupboards for that sweater still the box, that cookbook you don’t have an interest in or that kitchen utensil you never opened. Wrap up an item and reuse it for the gift exchange. It’s a great way to cut down on unnecessary clutter and who knows, maybe someone else would like it.
Have you participated in a white elephant exchange? What was the gift you received? Let us know in the comments below.