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!