50 Creative White Elephant Gift Ideas in 2017

White Elephant Gifts are supposed to be funny and entertain the receiver more so than be useful. Ideally, you’ll find a present that is both hilarious and useful. Also check out our secret santa gifts and quirky gifts, many presents in these categories overlap.

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White Elephant Gift Guide: Tips and Choosing what to Buy

1. Know the White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules

In a white elephant gift exchange, each member brings a gift, which is put into a large pile of gifts. The first person picks a gift and opens it. The next person can either steal another person’s gift pick from the pile. The game ends when everyone has a gift.

There are different strategies to make sure you don’t end up with a bad gift. If you end up pull a number so you get to pick last, you have a big advantage. Make sure you read the full list of tips below.

A white elephant gift exchange can be a fun way for family members or work colleagues to have a good time buying funny gifts for each other. White elephant gifts are traditionally suppose to be undesirable and more of a burden than something useful.

2. Don’t let them know you like it.

If you like your gift, make sure everyone knows you think its crap, that way they won’t steal it. There is something about human psychology that makes people want the same things that others want. If you have a gem and you know it, make sure you put your poker face on.

3. Beware of trap gifts

Of the biggest and best wrapped gift on the table will be what is considered a trap gift. They will put a small crappy gift in a large box so the person thinks it’s something big and expensive. In a white elephant gift exchange all is fair, so you need to know the common tricks.

4. Know who your friends are

Building alliances with your friends in the gift exchange is always a good idea. The more people you have an alliance with, the less chance you have of losing a great gift. Also, it’s always fun to team up on that person in the gift exchange that nobody likes, or say, the boss.

5. What are some good gift ideas for a while elephant gift exchange?

Below I have listed 50+ funny and creative white elephant gift ideas in 2017 that will make the recipient laugh.

FAQ:

White Elephant Meaning?

Traditionally, white elephant refers to something that is burdensome and cannot be easily disposed of.

While gifts that fit this definition are great, white elephant gifts can also just be items that are unique, creative, or something that the recipient normally wouldn’t even think to buy.

White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules?

The rules of a white elephant gift exchange are listed in full at the top of this page. To read them just scroll to the opening paragraph.

What is the Difference Between a White Elephant Gift and a Gag Gift?

White elephant gift refers to a type of gift usually bought for gift exchanges involving 6 people or more.

These types of events are common between coworkers or family members. Gag gifts can be thought of as gifts that are just funny, stupid, and/or tacky. Gag gifts often make good white elephant gifts.

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Funny Knife Block

Funny Knife Block

The Your Ex Knife Block will be a unique and quirky addition to their apartment or home. It makes a great gift for both guys and girls. The bottom of the knife block has added weight to prevent it from tipping over. I don’t think I need to explain why a knife holder tipping over is bad news. The 2nd edition has clear ...

Bug Gun that Shoots Salt

Bug Gun that Shoots Salt

This insect gun shoots salt like a shotgun to effortlessly annihilate insects. Easily shoot those annoying flies out of the air and kill those spiders from a distance. Missing with rubber bands is a thing of the past with this Bug-A-Salt gun. Click on the link to read thousands of  customer reviews on amazon and learn ...

Army Man Bottle Opener

Army Man Bottle Opener

Most guys grew up playing with army guys as a kid. If you're looking for a funny gift for guys, then this gift is home run caliber. It will remind them of the good old days of no responsibility as a kid. It’s cheap too, so even if they doen't use it much it’s still a fun gift idea. You could also include it with a ...

Toilet Golf Game

Toilet Golf Game

This is an upgraded toilet golf game with putter that has 2 holes and 2 golf balls. So they can work on different angle shots. It comes with a green golf carpet that measures 23.8 inches by 34 inches. The putter, which is about knee high length, is included in the package.

Real Money Soap Bar

Real Money Soap Bar

The core of this money soap contains real money ranking from 1-50 dollars. The user will have to use the entire bar of soap before they can find out how much money is actually inside. To read more about this fun present, click the image.

Beer Bottle Opener and Launcher

Beer Bottle Opener and Launcher

With this beer bottle opener, the user will be able to take the cap off their favorite brew and shoot the cap across the room right into the garbage can, or at this try to. It can shoot over 5 meters. It also comes with a key chain, so the user could keep it with them at all times.

Shot Glass Checkers Game

Shot Glass Checkers Game

This is one of my favorite gifts on the list. Every time you take one of their pieces, which are shot glass, they have to drink its contents. You can play with wine or beer instead of liquor if you want to take it down a notch. It is recommended that the board and game pieces be washed by hand.

Tic Tac Toe Drinking Game

Tic Tac Toe Drinking Game

Everyone likes tic tac toe. The rules for this one are pretty simple, loser drinks 3 shot glasses that were connected by their opponent. It is a great display piece for the house or entertainment piece. This tic tac toe shot glass board will surely be a home run gift idea.

Banana Shaped Slicer

Banana Shaped Slicer

This is a funny secret Santa gift under 10 dollars that at first people will think this is do dumb, but they are so satisfying to use and it’s a cheap gift, so you can’t go wrong. It is faster and safer than using a knife and great for kids!

Golf Mug with Putter

Golf Mug with Putter

This mug is one of the best presents for dads that like to golf. It has the course and flag graphic on the mug. The mug has an indent that your dad can use to hit the mini golf ball into. The golf club also doubles as a pen, makings this is perfect gift for dads office. This mug is made of porcelain.

Retirement Countdown Gift

Retirement Countdown Gift

This retirement clock is a hilarious gift idea. With this clock they will be able to exactly how long they have to work until retirement. You can also get countdown clocks for other events like vacations, birthdays, golfing, and many more. To see them all just tap the image.

Jumbo Connect Four Game

Jumbo Connect Four Game

This jumbo sized connect for is a creative white elephant present that will be a hit! It’s over 3 feet wide and 32 inches tall. It can be set in seconds and played for hours. It is made of 100 percent wood and each game is crafted and painted white for that classic game look. It includes 42 coins and everything ...

Adult Onesie Sleeping Bag

Adult Onesie Sleeping Bag

This adult size wearable sleeping back is a funny clothing present that can be worn with shoes or with the booties that are included. There are different sizes and colors available so click the image to see all options. If as a funny present for any occasion.

Genetic Tester Kit

Genetic Tester Kit

This genetic testing kit another fun white elephant gift idea. All the user needs to do is fill as small tube with saliva and send it back to Ancestry to go under laboratory testing. The user then will get a report back telling them what locations their ancestors were from.

Storm Trooper Toaster

Storm Trooper Toaster

This Storm Trooper Toaster is actually pretty sweet looking. It is a compact two slice toaster that has a lot of features and a removeable crumb tray. This might be the most wanted gift at the white elephant gift exchange.

Redneck Toilet Plunger

Redneck Toilet Plunger

This Red Neck Plunger is a unique white elephant gift that will make everyone laugh. It stands upright just like a normal plunger. This plunger, however, looks like a shotgun and makes shotgun noises as it clears the toilet.

Darth Vader Star Wars Toaster

Darth Vader Star Wars Toaster

This Darth Vader Toaster is a funny gift that that makes imprints “Star Wars” on toast. The toaster itself looks like Darth Vader’s Head. There are other shaped toasters and prints available as well. Click the picture above to see them all.

Super Mario Chess Set

Super Mario Chess Set

This Super Mario Chess set is badass. There are 32 unique hand painted playing pieces that are super fun to play with. Everyone likes Super Mario, but most people wouldn’t actually buy something like this for themselves, which is why it is one of the best white elephant gifts 2017.

Dinner Dice Game

Dinner Dice Game

For those who are indecisive, this is a comical gift idea that they might actually find useful. There are dice for the main meal, protein, sides, spices, and more. The protein die also have vegetarian options you can choose from. For more image just click on the image above.

Squatty Potty Footrest

Squatty Potty Footrest

The squatty potty is also a product from Shark Tank and was also featured on the Howard Stern Show. It's designed to put the body in the natural position it was mean to be when eliminating waste. It’s kind of an awkward gift, but that’s what makes it a great white elephant gift exchange idea.

Bottle Breacher 50 Cal

Bottle Breacher 50 Cal

The bottle breacher 50 cal was another product featured on shark tank. It was developed by a US Navy Seal and has become a popular groomsman gift mostly because it’s awesome. It is made from an actual once fired 50 caliber round.

Clear Bug Vacuum

Clear Bug Vacuum

This bug vacuum is cool because you can suck up the bugs and look at your prisoner until you decide their fate. Also if you don’t like killing animals, you’ll be able to take them somewhere and relocate them. The transparent holding area is clear, allowing for the critters to be easily viewed.

Car Seat Gap Filler

Car Seat Gap Filler

This drop stop was a product featured on shark tank that is pretty clever. Everyone has dropped things between the seats and struggled to fish them out. You don’t realize you need this product until you have it.

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