12 White Elephant Gifts Everyone Will Fight For
Sure, White Elephant gift exchanges are sort of about swapping presents, but really, it’s about being the person who comes with the most-wanted, hottest item. Also known as Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa, and Pollyanna, White Elephant is played by a player picking a gift from the pile, and then allowing follow-up players to either steal the opened present, or choose a new one.
People can be hard to buy gifts for, and a whole crowd can be even tougher. We’ve rounded up the best White Elephant gifts in 2018 that everyone will want for themselves.
Ban.do No Bad Days Terry Cotton Round Towel
Share good attitude with this fresh circular towel that brings positive energy in every detail. From the drool-worthy pink and blue hues, to the dancing tassels all around the edge, we can’t get enough of this bathroom accent, and nor will your White Elephant group.
Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
OstrichPillow Light Travel Pillow
If you’ve ever wished flying sucked less, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are some great tools available these days to help get you through those cross-country hauls, so often peppered with noisy children and fidgety seatmates.
This funny-looking (though not quite as startling as the OstrichPillow Original) travel pillow will let whoever gets the final steal cancel out the discomfort around them entirely with light- and sound-blocking features.
Cult Gaia Luna Bamboo Bag
This indie bag brand was seen on the arms of all our favorite celebs and influencers this summer, and you’d better believe the tour de force doesn’t stop there. With new and exciting models hitting stores into fall, this circular edition is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for months to come.
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set
Instant Pot LUX Mini
If you ever doubt we’re living in the future, just consider the Instant Pot. In an hour and 20 minutes cooking time, you can make Indian Butter Chicken in your own kitchen, or dedicate just 30 minutes and you can cuddle up with this delicious banana pudding pie.
This incredible kitchen device sold 300,000 units on Amazon Prime Day, and none of us can shut up about how great it is. This season, drop some knowledge on your fellow White Elephant-ers with the mini version of the bestseller, perfect for serving 1-3 people.
VITRUVI Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser
The holidays are bittersweet. For many, it’s the last big to-do before a grueling stretch of unforgiving months spent indoors, avoiding things we otherwise cherish, like “outdoors” and “all social obligations.” But you know what, that’s okay.
Tuck into the introverted side of yourself, and extend your blessings to others to do the same with a hearth-making essential oil diffuser. Pick up a couple of essential oils to go with this gadget, and you can guarantee a winter home that’s cozy, inviting, and perfect for hibernation.
Blue Apron Gift Card
Le Labo Discovery Set
We already lust after Le Labo’s iconic Santal 33, and feel strongly some of its lesser-known scents — Rose 31 and Thé Noir 29 come to mind — but it’s the perfumer’s Discovery Set that’s the real White Elephant exchange-winning gift here.
Friends, coworkers, or family members can play tug-of-war over the artfully unpolished packaging of this 5-piece sampler, and vie for the chance to determine which Le Labo camp they’ll undoubtedly belong to for years (or decades) to come.
Canada Goose Lightweight Quilted Mittens
The ideal gift is useful, thoughtful, of superior quality, and something the giftee wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. Chances are, your WE mates all have their winter coat game-plans set, but it’s actually the accessories that can make or break cold weather comfort.
Gifting a pair of Canada Goose mittens (or the glove versions) — which are about as luxury as keeping your extremities toasty gets — is a bit like giving yourself the gift of getting to demonstrate your good taste.
Kate Spade Tortoise Note Holder
This note holder might look like the perfect present for a stylish coworker (and it is), but it’s actually so much more. Throw it into the gift ring among girlfriends, who could level up their makeup organization, or at a family gathering, where participants could put it to use in a home office or dorm room. Up the ante even further by bundling the whole set — including a matching stapler and tape dispenser.
Godiva Assorted Chocolate Gold Gift Box
Whether you’re going to a last minute gift swap or a holiday exchange where you’re aiming to impress, chocolate is always a good idea. An 8-piece set of Godiva sweets is a great, low-investment way to show your appreciation, and the 140-piece option is truly an exercise in luxury.
Crystals from Swarovski® Popsocket
Your White Elephant crew knows perfectly well that every last one of us is a fat-thumbed, blundering dummy who can barely hang on to our own phones (seriously, how many times have you dropped your iPhone on your face mid-scroll?)
Far from just the utilitarian yet cute Popsockets you’re familiar with, spring for this Swarovski-encrusted edition that looks as good as a diamond ring perched between your fingers as you text.