white elephant gifts for 2020

What is white elephant gift exchange?

A White Elephant Gift Exchange is a popular party game played during parties, especially during Christmas. It’s also known as Secret Santa, Yankee swap.

The idea is really simple – everyone comes with a wrapped gift of a agreed value or theme, and vie for the gift they want during the exchange.

How to play white elephant gift exchange?

So, how do you play the white elephant game? Here are the basic rules for white elephant gift exchange

  • The Gift
    • Everyone must come with a gift
    • Agreed value of gift. The gift must be of the value that is agreed within the group. As a host, you can indicate a gift value. Common price tag of a white elephant gift is $10-$20.
    • Themes for white elephant gift exchange. While this is optional, it can add lots of fun to the gift exchange. You can ask people to explain the rationale of their buy and how it fit the theme. Laughter is guaranteed.
    • Some themes you can consider
      • Alphabetical – must start with the letter ….
      • Blissful living – Kitchen or home decorations
      • Favorite Things
      • Favorite Shows – The Office, Games of Throne, Harry Potter
      • Hobby – Sports, Crafts, Side Hustler, Baking, Cooking
        (You can have friends guessing with themes like The Host’s Favourite Show or hobby)
      • Retro 80s, 90s
      • Memes
      • The Weirdest Thing
      • Descriptive – e,g, soft & tender, long and hard, funny and entertaining
      • Describe the Host with this item
      • More suggested themes here
    • Wrap the gift
      • Part of the fun is receiving a mysterious gift. You can prank each other by putting unwanted (but nice!) things into the gift wrap; adding weight to the gift with rocks so that the recipient can’t guess what it is.
  • The Basic Game Play
    • Put the gifts in a common pool.
    • Decide who goes first by
      • Picking numbers from a fishbowl
      • Going by age, month and date of birth, height, weight
      • Or in the order the host decided prior to game
    • Choosing and Stealing
      • In the order decided, each person gets to choose a gift from the pool. He immediately opens up the present for everyone to see.
      • The next person will decide to open a new gift or steal from someone with an opened gift.
      • Person with stolen present will wait for the next round to pick or steal a gift.
      • This continue until everyone has a gift to bring home.
      • Note: to ensure the game runs smoothly, it’s advisable to enforce a no-immediate re-stealing rule.


Here’s a white elephant gift exchange rules printable you can download for your next elephant gift exchange!

Ideas for white elephant gift exchange

So what makes a good white elephant gift? As the name suggests, it can be a useless gift for the fun of it. But it’s always nice to receive something fun, and something interesting that you would not have otherwise gotten for yourself.

Here are some ideas for your next white elephant gift exchange:

White elephant gifts below $10

Beacon Anything….

Beacon Floss
Price: USD 9.99 for 2
Where to get it: Amazon

Beacon Bandages
Price: USD 5.85
Where to get it: Amazon

Beacon Balm
Price: USD 4.85
Where to get it: Amazon


Funny Motivational Stickers

Funny Adulting Stickers
Price: USD 9.99
Where to get it: Amazon

Cute Animal Motivational Stickers
Price: USD 9.99
Where to get it: Amazon

And just for FUN

Prank Jigsaw Puzzle
Price: USD 7.99
Where to get it: Amazon

PetTalk Animal Translator Collar
Price: USD 7.99
Where to get it: Amazon


White elephant gifts from $10 – $20

Noisy Nonsensical Gifts

Blah! Button
Price: USD 10.99
Where to get it: Amazon

That’s BS Button
Price: USD 11.99
Where to get it: Amazon


That’s Fake News!
Price: USD 16.99
Where to get it: Amazon


Stupid Party Games

Drunk Stoned or Stupid Party Game
Price: USD 18.00
Where to get it: Amazon

Get You Drunk Cards
Price: USD 15.99
Where to get it: Amazon

Exploding Kittens
Price: USD 19.99
Where to get it: Amazon