16 White Elephant Gifts Under $30 They'll Actually Want

No idea what to bring to a white elephant party or dirty Santa exchange? Check out these gifts guaranteed to be the most sought-after items in the pool of presents.

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December 05, 2019

Morning Mug

Satisfy the dog lovers in your white elephant gift group with a fur baby-inspired mug. This dog parent cup is bound to have anyone smiling after their first sip of morning joe.

Buy It: World Market, $6.99

World's Smallest Vacuum

Everything is cuter in miniature form, even vacuums. It's just a fact. While the cute factor is the main selling point of this pick, it does actually work and can take care of crumbs, dirt and dust. It'd be great to keep on hand in a workspace or car. One reviewer wrote, "I bought this little vacuum as a joke, but it actually helps me clean the dust on my desk. With the two different attachments it helps me go in between cracks and small spaces."

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $15

City Map Calendar

Travel-inspired gifts are always a good bet for white elephant. This 2020 calendar features illustrated maps based on vibrant cities around the world. It will appeal to any friends who wish to hop on a plane or take a sweet trip down memory lane.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $26.00

Fixer Upper Style

Everyone wants a home decorated by Joanna Gaines, so give your friends a leg up by contributing a "Fixer Upper"-inspired gift. This hand lotion and soap set is from the Gaines' Hearth & Hand With Magnolia line at Target, and it smells amazing.

Buy It: Target, Set of 2, $12.99

Classic Throwback

We all love a good throwback to the good ol' days. Your vintage-obsessed friends will rejoice over this handheld Pac-Man game.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $25.95

Cozy Winter Scarf

Baby, it's cold outside, and everyone needs proper winter gear to protect themselves from the elements. You can't go wrong bringing a cozy scarf to a white elephant party, and this fuzzy neck scarf is both budget-friendly and on-trend.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $24.00

Good Luck Charm

Extend some good luck to your white elephant party guests and their kitchen with these miniature fortune cat salt and pepper shakers.

Buy It: World Market, Set of 2, $9.99

Chic Cheese Board

A slate cheese board makes entertaining easy brie-sy, so it's only fair that the recipient hosts next year's white elephant party!

Buy It: World Market, $14.99

Password Saver

We're all guilty of hitting that cursed "Save Password For This Website" button on our internet browsers, but what happens when our gadgets fail us? You can always write your passwords down on a piece of paper, but these convenient notebooks are organized by category with notes for any site changes. For anyone who relies a bit too heavily on technology or someone who prefers keeping records the old school way, this gift will be a steal at white elephant parties.

Buy It: The Container Store, $9.99

Photo Clip String Lights

Forget the picture frames and use string lights instead. These dainty string lights feature clips for photos in between bulbs so you have decorate your room with memories and a warm glow.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $20.00

Happy Hour Accessory

Bottle openers are quite literally a handy tool, and this cute brass design is perfect for someone's bar cart.

Buy It: World Market, $7.99

Artisan Soap

The holiday season brings colder weather, which typically isn't great pair for those with sensitive skin. Check out these organic soap bars for a friend who might be curious to spruce up their skincare routine. The bars come in a variety of sweet scents including almond milk, lavender and honeysuckle.

Buy It: Terrain, $10.00

Celestial Tote

This stylish tote bag is perfect for anyone in your gift group who's constantly on the go. Its eye-catching celestial design is bound to keep compliments rolling in. If you land a gift recipient that's environmentally conscious, totes are also efficient in saving bags at the grocery store.

Buy It: Amazon, $18.00

A Plant for Your Pens

If your friends tend to misplace their pens just as much as you do, lend a helping hand with this faux plant pen stand. No water needed to bring life to a desk — just your favorite writing tools.

Buy It: Amazon, $11.49

Pop Culture Accessories

Have all your friends watched each of the Star Wars films? If so, they'll all want to munch on their favorite snacks in these bowls inspired by beloved characters from a galaxy far, far away. Whether they're a Chewbacca, Jabba the Hutt or Wampa fan, there's a creature for everyone.

Buy It: Amazon, $10.60

Funky Disco Lights

Sparkly disco balls can add a fun, retro feel to any sized gathering (and can illuminate a white elephant party!) Get down tonight with these disco ball-shaped string lights that'll add a dazzling touch to any room.

Buy It: Amazon, $10.00

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