‘Tis the season for gift exchanges and I would bet that at least once in your life you have been a part of a “White Elephant” gift exchange. Usually these turn out to be getting stuck with someone else junk – like the time I ended up with a box of someone’s old trophies. Sure, sometimes these gifts can be hilarious, but wouldn’t it be better to give a funny and functional gift instead. Maybe a White Elephant gift that everyone will fight over!
Big Lots gets this too. They have come up with a few fun ideas for your exchange, and I thought I would add to the list. So here are 7 Fun White Elephant Gifts:
1. “Chill Pills”
This “punny” DIY gift is not only cute, but who wouldn’t love getting a jar full of candy?! And it’s a reminder to take it easy during what can be a stressful time of year. See the “how to” here. I have bought chalkboard label stickers before that would be perfect for this too.
2. Animated Christmas Critters
Come on, you know you have to try them when you are in the store too! My dad actually has a little collection of these singing, dancing, talking holiday pals. The grandkids love them (especially the hip hop Santa)! I think the Snoopy one would especially be a hit – who doesn’t love that pup?
3. As Seen on TV
Cue the over-animated spokesman yelling at you from the TV at how you just have to try the expanding hose, bug net, or bacon bowl maker. Some of these products are actually quite useful, but that “As Seen on TV” label instantly makes them White Elephant-worthy, just for the pop culture humor.
4. Silly Cookie Kits
I saw these two cookie kits: Ugly Sweater Cookies and NinjaBread Cookies and just thought they would be perfect for a White Elephant exchange. The right mix of funny and frugal (at just $5 a box).
5. “Have a Rootin’ Tootin Holiday”
Ok, so this one is not appropriate for all White Elephant audiences. But if you have that one family member that always ends up talking about bathroom-related issues, this might just be the best gift of the exchange. Plus it’s a consumable, you can just eat it up! I found the Dad’s root beer and Bush’s beans in the grocery aisle at Big Lots. (I was able to use MobiSave app to save a little more on the beans too). You can print the tag here too.
6. “You’re a Million Bucks”
There is something decadent about biting into a “million dollars” (said in my best Austin Powers movie accent). And at just $1 for the bar it’s a steal! I also found gold coins and small bill ($1, $5, $10) chocolates too. You could make a “fortune” basket to hit the White Elephant jackpot!
7.Potty Humor Items
I can’t say that anyone will really fight over these items, but crassness is always a hit for a gag gift. So make a gift basket with these: Whoopee Cushion, Pooping Reindeer or Elf, and Holiday toilet lid cover. They’re sure to get a laugh and isn’t that what a White Elephant exchange is all about!?
What’s the best White Elephant Gift you ever received? Would you “steal” any of the gifts listed above?
And don’t forget I post the Big Lots Weekly Matchups too. See what’s on sale each week. And while Big Lots doesn’t take coupons, you can use some of the grocery rebate apps at Big Lots, so look for those extra savings on the Big Lots Matchups list.