Gifts for a White Elephant

Gifts for a White Elephant

By Peyton Whittington Published November 2022

With the looming stress of finding the perfect gift for parents, significant others and best friends, it’s always a relief to engage in one of the most fun and low-stakes group gift-giving events: the white elephant gift exchange.

If you’re unfamiliar, a white elephant exchange (also called a Yankee Swap or Dirty Santa) is a gifting game for groups whose entire purpose is to entertain by offering silly, impractical gifts or desirable ones that participants will fight tooth and nail to go home with.

Our picks below definitely fall in the latter category. Check out these budget-friendly gifts for a white elephant party that all your friends, family or co-workers will be plotting to steal.

1800 Silver Tequila with Taco Holder

1800 Silver Tequila with Taco Holder

If Oreo is milk’s favorite cookie, then tacos are tequila’s favorite food. This gift set comes with a bottle of 1800 Silver Tequila AND a branded taco holder, so the recipient can take a sip of their misteltoe margarita the way it’s meant to be enjoyed: followed closely by a bite of taco.

Hallmark Jingle and Joy

Jingle

‘Tis the season for binge-watching Hallmark Christmas movies, and there’s an objective right choice for what to sip as you do so: these Hallmark Channel official cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc wines called Jingle and Joy. What does the true heart of Christmas taste like? Only your white elephant recipient will know.

Jägermeister Liqueur with Flask

Jägermeister Liqueur with Flask

Jägermeister directly translates to “Master Hunter,” and that’s exactly what your white elephant party companions will become once they lay eyes on this gift set. A bottle of this iconic liqueur is enough to make anyone envious, but the branded flask seals the deal.

Michaels Irish Cream Liqueur with Two Minis, Apple Pie & Salted Caramel

Michaels Irish Cream Liqueur with Two Minis, Apple Pie & Salted Caramel

This gift set comes with a full-sized bottle of Michaels smooth, rich Irish cream PLUS mini bottles in Michaels apple pie and salted caramel flavors. For the price, this is a white elephant must-buy featuring the best flavors of the season that yule want to keep for yourself.

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Suntory Whisky Toki with Glass

Suntory Whisky Toki with Glass

Japanese whisky is an underappreciated spirits category that always has folks saying, “Ooh, I want to try it!” This gift set comes with a bottle of one of the most respected Japanese whiskies and a branded highball glass so your white elephant gift recipient can do just that.

Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Small Batch with Glasses

Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Small Batch with Glasses

Who doesn’t love mixing up a steamy hot toddy before strolling the block to see the lights? This lovely rye is a great choice for holiday fun, especially with a matching set of rocks glasses. If you want to out-gift everyone at your white elephant exchange, definitely pick up this gift set.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum with Coffee Mug

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum with Coffee Mug

Attending a white elephant party with a bunch of boat buffs? Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is a must-gift. The inclusion of the coffee mug is perfect for mixing up a warm nightcap or adding an extra kick to their morning coffee.

Stoli Vodka with Mug and Beer

Stoli Vodka with Mug and Beer

This gift set has everything you need to make a killer mule on the spot, spare the limes. Featuring a bottle of Stoli Vodka, a traditional copper mule mug and two cans of bubbly ginger beer, this gift set has some unbelievable bang for your buck. Guaranteed to fill the giftee with mule-tide joy.

Casamigos Blanco Tequila

Casamigos Blanco Tequila

If you think George Clooney is smooth, just wait until you try his tequila (if your giftee will share). This bottle of Casamigos Blanco Tequila is perfect for the white elephant fancy-pants gifter who wants to sleigh the gifting game. Plus, you can have a bit of fun by regaling the group about how George Clooney hand-delivered this bottle just for the party.

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