Tuesday, December 11, 2012

White Elephant Gift Ideas

white elephant gift ideas
We've been hosting a White Elephant Gift Exchange at our annual Christmas party for years. Here are some of the favorite ideas that have been used. A White Elephant is a gift exchange where you are supposed to bring something that you can't seem to get rid of or some kind of gag gift. We just had our 12th annual party and I've gone through most of the junk in my house, so I will buy or create something to give. For the exchange itself, people bring their gift wrapped and we take turns opening gifts. We assign an order for opening, and upon your turn you can either unwrap a new gift or steal one that has already been opened. Once a gift reaches the 3rd person (stolen twice) it cannot be stolen again. Here are some great ideas for a White Elephant exchange.

Personalized Items- Take an funny photo of someone and adhere it to something. This can really bring in some big laughs if you use the right photo. You can see the corny picture of my friend in the 'got wine' hat. Perfect addition to a bottle of wine with her initial on it. The pic of my friend to the right is from last year's New Year's Eve party that I put into an Iphone cover. We've also added photos to ornaments, snow globes, and candles.
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Fish & Chips- This was an idea that a friend came up with a few years ago. It was so funny to unwrap a bag of live fish along with a can of chips.
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Thrift Store Finds- I love browsing thrift stores and finding items. I usually get Christmassy stuff, but other themes can be funny too. This is what I found last week. Dancing/singing items go off well, such as hamsters, other animals, or trees. Festive hats or other accessories are good too.
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Re-gift (Reoccurring) Gift- Every year people leave gifts they don't want at our house. Sometimes they hide them and we don't find them until later. I usually try to alter those gifts and use them the following year. Last year this duck cookie jar got left on our counter. It sat there ALL year long. My daughter & I decorated it with fabric scraps, Modge Podge, & glitter this year. It brought in lots of laughs! It's back on our counter. We might need to make some clothes for it next year!
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White Elephants- Finally, elephants are a popular choice. In particular, white ones. We've started a little elephant collection at our house. First came the tea pot, then the salt & pepper shakers. That scary looking elephant at the bottom of the picture is a head I made in a pottery class. It has Xmas 2008 etched in the back. It actually belongs to my wine-o friend above.
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What fun White Elephant gift ideas do you have?

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85 comments :

  1. Diana - Love the White Elephant gift ideas. Wish my family was creative enough to get into it! Happy Holidays. I just read your About Diana - I'm in Illinois too!

    Mona

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  2. Those are great! I was invited to my first white elephant party this year. I was stumped on what to get. Ill have to remember this next year! ;)

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  3. LOL! These are GREAT! I love the fish and chips, but I think my favorite is the duck ;-)

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  4. I like your suggestions. The fish and chips one is definitely a way to add some fun.

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  5. Oh, we never have good stuff so we end up at the thrift store. Last year we found a GREAT old wooden band trophy there--and then I didn't want to give it up!

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  6. Ha ha! I'll have to remember these! Thanks for the post!

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  7. It is the 1st I hear about White Elephant parties, but it sounds like a lot of fun ! My favorite would have to be the Fish & Chips :-)

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    1. I guess they don't have White Elephants in South Africa!

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  8. Waoo,, what a fun filled ideas..so good :)

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  9. What great ideas! I especially love the idea of regifting something you've jazzed up a little. The personalized items are also hilarious!

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    1. I always put a lot of thought into the personalized items and they go off well!

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  10. Timely post! My family is wanting to do white elephant this year for the first time but we were wondering about ideas for it. :)

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  11. Oh the fish and chips!! LOVE that one!

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  12. These are cute ideas. We have a white elephant gift exchange every year with our dinner club friends, but to change it up, we require each couple to bring one gag gift and one good one. It's one of the highlights of the season!

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    1. I always throw in a desirable gift too. This year the automatic candy dispenser was popular! I got it at the thrift store for $3 and it was unopened!

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  13. Too funny! Love some of these ideas! Only wish I had read this *before* my company's white elephant gift exchange last night! :-)

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    1. When we lived in Hawaii, my hubby's xmas party was at a hotel in Waikiki and someone brought a snow shovel. It was so funny!!

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  14. Those are all fun ideas! I love white elephant gift exchanges--especially for youth groups or college-age groups--where the participants don't have much money to chip in but with this you get a lot of fun for very little investment!

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  15. Oh my, I am totally using the fish and chips idea!!! I am your newest follower and was kinda maybe sorta hopin' that you'd pop by my blog and follow me back!

    xoxo-
    Sarah
    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

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  16. I love the fish and chips, my nephew would love this soo much!

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  17. This is awesome - love the fish and chips! Hysterical! I have a white elephant party that I am attending next Friday so your post is perfect timing! :) Merry Christmas!

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  18. I love these ideas, especially the re-gift altered!

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  19. Diana, this is too fun! I usually opt for the thrift store gifts--but I LOVE the fish and chips and personalized gift ideas!! How fun! My high school friends and I typically get together each year for a big white elephant party but it didn't work out this year because of scheduling conflicts.. :I Oh well, hopefully next year. And now I have some new ideas :) Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Fabulous post! We have an annual duck derby and decorate a rubber duck to race. This year, we made Duck Vader. Just an idea! Someone would take that home.

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  21. The fish and chips is hysterical! I'm planning on doing the "break glass in case of emergency" gift I've seen on pinterest for the office white elephant. It's a hershey bar in a frame with those words behind it. I could see it hung up in someones cube.

    We have reoccurring gifts too. We have this ugly pig that is wearing a purple dress, a feathered boa and bright red lip stick. It comes up every year in the white elephant. It's always funny to see the old timers laugh about it being in the very first white elephant and the new timers get grossed out by how ugly it is. haha!

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  22. Great list, I especially like the fish n' chips and the elephant of course! Thanks so much for stopping by Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.com

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  23. Those are some cute ideas! Thanks for sharing them. We're doing the white elephant thing at work next week at our dept holiday party, so this is very timely since I still don't know what I'm taking! :)

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    1. Awesome! I hope the party went well and your gift was funny!

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  24. Those are great ideas, they will come in handy for sure! Thanks so much for sharing them at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase! :)

    I look forward to seeing you again.

    Happy Holidays,
    Marti

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  25. What fun ideas! I love the redecorated duck!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Jill! We had a lot of fun decorating him!

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  26. Oh my goodness, the fish and chips idea is great. I wish I was going to a White Elephant Party this year. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  27. Too funny! We're headed to a white elephant this Saturday and these are hilarious!

    Visiting from Ginger's Blog Hop!

    Lindsey

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  28. We play a similar game at Christmas, we call it 'Steal a Gift'. Not very original, I like your name better! And what fun gifts you have come up with. Love the fish & chips one! lol
    Saw you sharing at A Diamond in the Stuff
    Debbie :)

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  29. Christina @ Floridays MomDecember 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Found you via homemade ginger. I love the fish and chips..super cute!

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  30. Great ideas. I love the fish and chips. Going to a white elephant party on Saturday and I think we will do this idea! I am featuring this post at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com because it was the most viewed link last week. Congrads!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature Michelle! I appreciate it.

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  31. The fish and chips is definitely my favorite! I'll be featuring this fantastic idea later today at OneCreativeMommy.com. Please stop by and grab a featured button if you’d like. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

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  32. haha these ideas are awesome!! So fun! BTW I am in love with that elephant teapot - SO cute!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Artsy Corner. Always loves seeing what you post :)

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    1. That is a great teapot that just collects dust. Maybe we should start using it.

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  33. Love the fish and chips idea! Thanks for sharing these!!

    http://makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com/

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  34. Diana, those are hilarious! Thanks for the great ideas! No wonder it was a feature this week.

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  35. Great list. I'll definitely have to remember this next year!

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  36. Diana, the duck remake is so funny. My family has left some gifts behind, too. I'll have to rethink this, now. Thanks for the tips!
    Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row
    http://www.ducksnarow.com

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  37. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing - I like the duck too!!

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  38. My friends have one of these parties every year, it's so much fun. These are great ideas!! Found you from Throwback Thursday!

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  39. Love these! I have a White Elephant party this weekend. I'll have to use a couple of these! Thanks!

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  40. Those are too funny! I love fish and chips idea, but I keep wondering what happened to the fish! :D

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  41. OMGosh I'm going to one on Saturday. I so want to do the Fish and Chips.

    I LOVE LOVE the duck!

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  42. These are all such fun ideas. Thanks for sharing. The fish and chips is hilarious!

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  43. Diana, these are hilarious. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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  44. Love them :) Especially the duck! Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  45. Love these ideas! We have an ugly sweater/white elephant party every year and it is always a blast to see what people come up with. Always a night of laughter. Linked to you from A Glimpse Inside. Thanks for sharing.
    Sarah @ thehoneycantlist.com

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