We play the “White Elephant” Gift Exchange game at both sides of my family at our Christmas Parties. Instead of doing gifts with the adults on my husbands side we all bring a $20 gift (not a gag gift). Something nice that you would want to win! If you are not familiar with the White Elephant Gift Exchange. Here is the low down or the way we play it at both parties.
White Elephant Game-
Everyone brings a generic gift all about the same dollar amount. I count the gifts and write out little sheets of paper with numbers on them for how many gifts we have. Everyone draws out a number and that is the order they will go in selecting a gift. We all sit in chairs or sofa’s in a miss-shaped circle. The person who picked out #1 starts and picks a gift and unwraps it. Person with #2 goes and they can either STEAL gift #1 or pick an unwrapped gift. If they decide to STEAL then the person they stole the gift from gets to get a new gift from the center or steal another gift (but can’t go back and take the one that was just taken from them). Continue the game until everyone has had a turn. The fun part is when people STEAL! We like to say that a gift can only be stolen 2 times or 3….depending on how many people are there and if we want the game to send sooner than later.
So YOU want to be the person to bring the awesome gift that everyone STEALS!
We also play this game with about 25 people at my Grandmas every Christmas Eve. The price limit for the gift is $10….that is hard to find something awesome in that price range. But it can be done! I really don’t like when everyone just brings gift cards. That is typically about half of the gifts. I like to find something on an amazing deal that is worth way more than $10 but I only paid $10 for. The key is to shop early!
We have played these games for years. So I put together a Gift Guide centered around this game. All of these items make REALLY great gifts for men or women. So keep these in mind for other gifts not just a White Elephant Party.
I like to think of my crowd at the party before I buy the gift. If I can think of at least two or three people who I KNOW would want the gift then it will be a winner!
#1- Tumbler HERE $13.49 DEAL
I brought a insulated tumbler like this to both parties last year and it was a HIT! People went crazy. And I am a sucker I love a good insulated tumbler. Here are the details on THIS one- “Atlin Tumbler [30 oz. Double Wall Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulation] Travel Mug [Crystal Clear Lid] Water Coffee Cup [Straw Included]For Home,Office,School – Works Great for Ice Drink, Hot Beverage”.
#2- Collagen Peptides HERE $15
Anything that is healthy or a mix-in I have noticed does really well. I think this collagen is a popular hot item for the health enthusiast. I personally love it. Here are the details on THIS– “Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails. Collagen helps keeps bones healthy and strong, supports joint health. Easily mixed into any liquid, our collagen powder contributes to a balanced diet and helps maintain weight.”
#3- Selfie Stand/Stick with Remote HERE $10.99 DEAL
I am actually wanting something like this. I like that it has a lot of functions- a stand, a stick and comes with a remote! Here are the details on THIS– “The BEST handheld selfie stick with Bluetooth & Metal tripod , it allows you to take a self-photograph or group photos easily and brings more joy into your life.”
#4- Pencil Sharpener Vacuum Mount HERE $11.99 DEAL
This might seem weird. But it is actually SO handy to have! I like that this pencil sharpener looks retro but you don’t have to screw it in anywhere….it can vacuum mount anywhere! Such a great thing every home should have. Here are the details on THIS– Commercial-grade pencil sharpener for high-volume environments. Dual helical cutters sharpen pencils with precision. Vacuum mount installs easily on any non-porous horizontal surface. Adjustable to accommodate 8 pencil sizes.
#5- Fish Eye HERE $11.99
I think people are going to be STEALING this! You can attach this lens to any phone to shoot long distance and wide shots! Here are the details on THIS– “Enhanced 10X Macro Lens – Enables you to shoot photos at a distance of 1.18-1.57in from your object. More convenient and powerful to take clear and gorgeous pictures. Capture amazing close-ups in crisp detail. 180°Fisheye Lens – 180°degree Fisheye Lens provides you incredible and dramatic rounded images, which takes you into the stunning and fantastic world. It will be your the best choice for your travel!”
#6- Throw Blanket HERE– $17 DEAL
Last year someone brought a a couple of throw blankets and I was surprised how quickly they went! I think everyone loves a cozy throw or blanket as much as I do! You can find this one HERE (just saw it is sold out) find similar HERE.
#7- Kitchen Scale HERE $16.23 DEAL
Kitchen Scale that is practical and also very cute! I think any foodie would love this. You can weigh up to 11 LB of food! Find it HERE.
#8- Dental Hygen Kit HERE $9.80 DEAL
Honestly I don’t know how many times I thought “I wish I had that tool to get plaque off like at the dentist office!” I read the reviews and so many people love having this kit at home. It comes with two bamboo tooth brushes too! Find it HERE.
#9- Lighting Speed Charging Cord HERE $9.49 DEAL
Who doesn’t need more phone chargers? This one is my favorite to keep by my bed. It is super long and charges my phone so fast! Here are the details on THIS– “Incredible Charging Speed: Wide-diameter wires and reduced cord resistance maximize charge speed. Flexibility: Ten feet of cable give you the flexibility you need.”
#10- Organic Protein HERE $16
This is a really good Organic Protein. Something that is practical and yet fun to get. I think most people take protein powder in their smoothies so really this will be stolen for sure! Find details HERE.
#11- Foam Roller HERE $20
Just looking at this picture I want to get on the floor and roll out my back! I think that will be the reaction of most people at your party. They will want this foam roller even if they already have one because of the little bumps all over it! Find it HERE.
#12- Charcoal Mask HERE $14.99 DEAL
Something about a face mask being called “charcoal” makes it more appealing to men just as much as the women. I would totally steal this gift! If you haven’t tried a Charcoal mask you need to get yourself one too! Find details HERE.
Also it is Cyber Monday I thought I would shared a couple more deals going on TODAY only!!
Target– 15% off your Target.com order* MONDAY ONLY! In addition to the 15% off offer, Target.com is also hosting these great deals below!
- 30% off select clothing for the family- Click HERE to shop
- All Graco on sale up to 20%- Click HERE to shop
- Save $100 on the PlayStation GT Sport VR Bundle- Click HERE to shop
- Save up to $50 on Google Home device- Click HERE to shop
- Save up to $100 on GoPro action cameras- Click HERE to shop
Below are some of my favorite pieces of clothing from Target.com that are 30% off PLUS an additional 15% off
Love this post! Thank you so much for the great ideas for gifts!