White Elephant parties are a great idea. They’re the kind of opportunity where you don’t have to be super uptight about the gifts you choose to bring. Instead of picking serious gifts that will be of some use to the receiver, you get to let your imagination flow freely as you try to handpick the most ridiculous and hilarious present possible. For extra inspiration, our list of the 25 best White Elephant gift ideas will come in handy.
Discover gifts that are useless, really weird to gift in public, genuinely hilarious, and even some that are a perfect mix of funny and kind of terrifying.
#1 Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook
The list opens with an amazingly brilliant idea. By this point, E.L. James’ hit novel has already managed to spawn a myriad of parodies. But who was expecting to see a cookbook parody? Not only is this gift funny, it’s actually practical, too.
#2 Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray Original Citrus Scent
Strangely enough, this isn’t a terrible idea. Since it’s actually meant to stop bad bathroom odors before they even appear, it’s actually a gift with a use. But that doesn’t make it any less awkward to unwrap it during a White Elephant party.
#3 Fairly Odd Novelties Potty Putter Toilet Time Golf Game
Speaking of toilets, don’t we all just get so very bored sitting around and waiting to finish our business? Let someone know you care about their potty entertainment value and offer them this toilet time golf game. Perfect for the individual, not the whole family.
#4 Tipsy Tubes Hidden Alcohol Flask
Can you imagine people’s faces as they notice you casually sipping from a tube of sunscreen? Surprise, it’s actually a hidden alcohol flask! Not only will the gift receiver get to enjoy a sip of their favorite liquor any time, but they will look hilariously weird while doing so, too.
#5 BigMouth Inc the Original Toilet Mug
Toilets are just the custom when it comes to White Elephant gift ideas. In this case, you can even make drinking coffee look like a weird activity. We imagine it can’t be any other way, seeing how you’ll have to drink from a toilet-shaped mug and all.
#6 Go F*ck Yourself, I’m Coloring: Swear Word Coloring Book
Who says that adults shouldn’t bask in the glee of some innocent, childish coloring? But since your average fairies-and-magical-lands coloring books might not exactly be what an adult needs, how about one filled with swear words? It certainly makes a statement while bringing coloring books on a whole new level of fun.
#7 Neca Nightlight Leg Lamp
Okay, yes. It’s a lamp shaped like a leg. Is it weird? Definitely. Will it look even weirder on somebody’s night desk or as a decoration in the living room? Absolutely. But if it ends up in the dumpster, this is how you’ll know you succeeded.
#8 Prank Pack Blankeez
This eight-person-coverage blanket may not be real – this product is only a prank gift box – but it certainly has all of the characteristics of a perfect gag gift. In theory, it sounds like a decent idea: bringing the family together. However, in reality, who would be able to enjoy this without any sense of irony?
#9 Accoutrements Yodeling Pickle
There’s not much to say about this. As the product describes itself, this is the perfect gift for the person that has everything except a yodeling pickle. It’s about as useless as it gets, but how many people can claim to own a yodeling pickle? That’s right.
#10 Parody Products iDrink Cell Phone Flask, 4.5oz
For some reason, hidden flasks seem to make really popular White Elephant gift ideas. We’re not sure why, but this particular iPhone-shaped flask is definitely something that can help us understand. Just imagine the faces of the people around the gift-receiver.
#11 Fairly Odd Novelties Shot Glass Roulette
Drinking games now take a literal turn with this shot glass roulette. At first glance, it’s the kind of present to make someone’s brows go up. But at some point, it will actually turn out useful during a friend gathering or a party.
#12 Brush Buddies Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush
Do you have that one person who really hates Justin Bieber? Well, this gift isn’t just for them. We imagine that even for a fan it would be a bit awkward to brush your teeth with a singing toothbrush that reproduces some of Biebs’ greatest hits.
#13 Rockinthebox Pet Rock with Walking Leash
You’ve probably heard about or seen this… unique gift. It’s the myth, the legend, the awesome gag gift: the pet rock. You don’t have to worry about losing it during walks since the present also comes with a leash for extra safety! We do love white elephant gift ideas that put safety first.
#14 BigMouth Inc Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass
The name calls it the ultimately bottle glass and we feel like we have to agree. It’s a fantastic gag gift, but not that good of a proper wine glass. That is, unless someone really does want to end up accidentally chugging down this entire bottle.
#15 Accoutrements Hanging Squirrel Feeder
Squirrel feeders are nice and all. They provide opportunities to catch a glimpse of cute squirrels nibbling on nuts. Of course, unless your feeder looks like a horse head, in which case the sight turns from cute to downright hilariously terrifying.
#16 New Nicolas Cage Custom Zippered Pillowcase by Generic
We don’t know for sure when Nicolas Cage ended up being a gag through his very existence, but we’re totally on board with it. He ended up being a source of inspiration for many uncomfortably odd items, such as this pillow cover case.
#17 Bag of Unicorn Farts Cotton Candy
If you look beyond the label, this is nothing more than some good, old cotton candy. In other words, it will definitely draw a chuckle when the person is first unwrapping the gift. And later, they will get to enjoy some cotton candy too.
#18 Prank Pack Nap Sack
Here’s an example from one of our personal favorite line of white elephant gift ideas. Here, the gift is actually the box in itself, which looks as if it contains a completely ridiculous product from an allegedly legit and perfectly serious company. What you actually put in there, though, is up to you.
#19 Luwint LED Colorful Flashing Finger Lighting Gloves
This isn’t necessarily funny or weird, but some may argue it’s a bit… useless. The person will probably be excited at first, but what exactly can you use a pair of finger lightning gloves for, really?
#20 Forum Novelties Undies for Two
We’re still debating whether this is a legitimate thing or whether someone made it with a parodying purpose in mind. But, either way, it’s a pair of underwear with four leg holes, made for two people. Particularly useful for that one couple that just seems conjoined at this point and excellent for white elephant gift ideas.
#21 BigMouth Inc. Fanny Bank
Save money and have a great time with each penny that goes in. That’s what this is all about. Sure, it might look a bit weird when you have guests over, but does it really matter? It’s a piggybank. All it needs to do is keep your savings.
#22 Schylling Vintage Potato Gun
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Speaking of useless gifts, there isn’t something better to go with in this regard than a gun that shoots… potatoes. The label does say that it’s for ages eight and up. Should it really matter if that age is forty-something? It’s a particularly good gift for people with no kids. Just to make sure they don’t find a use for it later.
#23 Accoutrements Bacon Air Freshener
Some people tend to go a bit overboard with their love for bacon. If you know a person like that, this bacon air freshener might be the best way to passive-aggressively tell them they need to tone it down. Or, you know, seeing how it’s a bacon air freshener, it’s a gift weird enough for anyone, really.
#24 Prank Pack Bathe & Brew Coffee
We have to go back to the prank packs since they’re just incredible. This particular box advertises a product that supposedly meshes the activity of bathing and brewing coffee in one. If you really want to freak someone out as they unwrap the gift and see the box, make sure to put your gift here. Keep in mind this is just a gift box, the product featured on the box will not actually come with the order.
#25 Joissu Slingshot Flying Screaming Monkey
Lastly, this list of White Elephant gift ideas wouldn’t be complete without something that just combines everything an occasion like this should stand for. This screaming monkey slingshot is weird and useless, so you’ve got yourself a major win here.
Recommended read: If you want more ideas for a white elephant party, make sure you also check out our collection of the best gag gift ideas available online!
Now that you’ve gone through these 25 White Elephant gift ideas, pick your favorite and look forward to the reactions. The best part about these presents is that you don’t have to try to cater to someone’s needs or personality.