The holidays are upon us, and what office holiday party and neighborly get-together is complete without a White Elephant gift exchange? This annual tradition is always full of suspense, drama, and, of course, revenge as the stealing of prized gifts gets more and more intense. If you've never heard of this type of gift exchange before, the rules are as follows:
Everyone brings one wrapped gift of a set value (usually $30 or less) and then all gifts are placed in a central location. Numbers are drawn from a hat to see in what order participants grab presents. Each person has the choice of either taking and unwrapping a new present or 'stealing' someone's already unwrapped one. If your gift has been stolen, then you have the same choice.
The name of the game refers to gifts that are often extravagant but impractical and harkens back to the King of Siam's historic practice of giving rare albino elephants to subjects who had displeased him as the cost of elephant upkeep would destroy them. Today, the best white elephant gifts tend to be those that amuse but still offer some practicality. The following is a look at some great white elephant gift ideas that'll rock your office or Flagstaff apartment party:
White Elephant Gift Ideas for $30 or Less
- Breakfast Sandwich Maker. Have a lot of young professionals in your group? Then consider a nifty all-in-one breakfast sandwich maker, like this one.
- Funny Coffee Mug. Creepy ceramic coffee mugs offer a good laugh and you can pair this nicely with a local cafe gift card to make it a bit more appealing.
- Cat Bingo. There's a cat lover in every office and apartment complex and a cute little game like this one is sure to be a white elephant gift hit.
- Animal Oven Mitt. This one's great because it's practical and yet not something you'd expect. To match your party's dollar limit, you might pair this with some local hot sauce or similar grilling/baking item.
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