white elephant gift exchange

If you've ever received a gift that you were less-than-thrilled about and wanted to re-gift, you're not alone.

And it’s not just the giving part, it’s receiving too. In fact, one survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of people – 83 percent – are completely comfortable receiving a re-gifted item.

Re-gifting is the perfect choice if you’ve been invited to a white elephant party. In case you haven’t heard of this fun party game, it involves a group of friends, family members, or office mates, who exchange silly or bad gifts amongst each other.

White elephant gifts are a great way to unload that oddball gift you got from Aunt Bertha for your birthday last year or just an excuse to buy a silly gag gift to make people laugh. Continue reading for a list of the 10 best gifts of 2018 to help inspire you!

Game Rules of White Elephant Gifts

The game is a fun and inexpensive way to make a party more interactive and also helps break the ice. The white elephant gift rules are fairly simple:

1. Find a Gift

Bring one wrapped item, whether it’s new or regifted, to donate to the gift pool.

2. Place in a Central Location

Place all gifts in a pile in the center of the room.

3. Choose a Name or a Number

Have each person draw a name or a number to decide what order to go in.

4. Circle Time

Players gather in a circle around the gift pile.

5. First Player

Player number one chooses a gift and opens it for all to see.

6. Let the Fun Begin!

Any player after player number one has two options: open an unopened gift or steal an opened gift from a player who’s already had a turn. Continue this process until every gift has been opened.

7. Stealing Rules

There are always a handful of gifts that everyone has their eye on. Because of this, a player can only steal the coveted gift from another player once.

Once the game has ended, it’s perfectly fine to continue to swap gifts if you both agree to it.

White Elephant History Origins

How did this fun party game get its name, anyway? Its roots lie in the legendary tale of a Siamese king. Because white elephants were very rare, not to mention costly to care for, the king would give one as a “gift” to anyone who made him unhappy. This burden was a stressful responsibility for anyone in the kingdom and brought a lot of unwarranted attention to the recipient.

Despite the fact that this tale has been retold time and time again, there is conflicting historical evidence that says otherwise. Because white elephants were actually considered sacred, some history buffs insist this legendary tale never happened because of the honor bestowed upon ownership of such a rare creature.

Regardless of its roots, it’s safe to say that playing this game has always been a big hit at parties. For some great white elephant gift ideas, check out the 10 below!

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10 Best White Elephant Gifts in 2018

Depending on your budget, there are a variety of gifts to choose from below. Pick something simple or over-the-top to give your gift recipient something to talk about for years to come!

1. Bubble Wrap Suit

Whether you’re obsessed with popping bubble wrap and want to give the gift of it to a co-worker or you think it’s just plain weird, this bubble wrap suit is the ultimate white elephant gift. It comes in one-size-fits-all so there’s no need to worry if it will fit. And its entertainment value is totally worth the under $30 price tag.

2. Dad-Bod Swimsuit

Big beer bellies and hairy chests are all the rage now – on swimsuits anyway. This one-piece dad-bod swimsuit is the ultimate gag gift that will have everyone doing a double-take on the beach and at the pool. You’ll be a big hit at the party with this silly gift that players are sure to want to steal as their favorite.

3. Mr. Sneezy Egg Separator​

Talk about a snotty situation! Separate your egg whites from the yolk with ease, straight from the nose of this silly product. The Mr. Sneezy Egg Separator is both hilarious and disgusting and is sure to garner all the attention at the party.

4. BS Button

Who hasn’t need an official BS button in their life? Hit the button for a sassy phrase to alert people they’re in the BS zone! This is the perfect gag gift that everyone has room on their desk for.

5. Toilet Coffee Mug

Coffee is the rocket fuel we all need in our lives. But for some folks, it’s more like bathroom fuel. For those who need an extra laugh in their morning ritual, this hilarious toilet coffee mug is just the thing.

6. Bacon Bandages

Remember when old-fashioned cartoons put a cold steak on a black eye to make it feel better? Well, these bacon bandages are the next best thing! Not only are they a whole lot more sanitary for your boo-boo, but they’re downright silly too!

7. Finger Hands

Let’s give this gag gift a round of applause. Finger hands are sure to be an instant hit for gift recipients of all ages. Entertain the kids, or yourself, for hours on end with this inexpensive toy!

8. Corgi Butt Coin Purse

Who on the planet is NOT obsessed with cute little Corgi butts? Carry this darling doggo booty with you wherever you go while keeping your change stylishly tucked away. Bring this adorable Corgi butt coin purse with you to the next white elephant party and watch guests duke it out for ownership.

9. Baby Mop

Whether they’re three-months-old or one year, start them off right with their very first chore – mopping! This wacky gift is actually a practical one too. Make sure you share the gift of clean floors with the Baby Mop at your next white elephant party!

10. Poop Emoji Cake

There is always a bad occasion to use the poop emoji: a break-up, getting fired, or a just plain crappy week! And nothing says life stinks more than a poop emoji cake! This is the perfect white elephant gift and will make you the star of the party for sure!

Ready to Rock Your Next White Elephant Party?

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 10 best white elephant gifts in 2018. No matter what type of party you’re a guest at, we think you’ll enjoy our endless choices of gifts to share with all of your favorite friends, family members, and co-workers.

For more great gift ideas, check out some of our most popular gifts and let us know what some of your favorites are!