15 White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $25

Kick-off the holiday season with one of these LOL-worthy gifts you can grab for less than $25.

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November 23, 2020

There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned white elephant gift exchange to kick off the holiday season with a smile. As a refresher, a white elephant gift exchange is a gathering that involves presents that are highly impractical, amusing and generally random. No high-end or pricey presents are allowed, and the more comical the gift, the better. That’s where we come in! From life-changing (but completely random) kitchen tools to shady Santas and luxurious latrine fragrances, we’re sharing our picks for the best white elephant gifts under $25.


The key to any healthy relationship is open and honest communication. This interactive notepad makes a wonderful white elephant gift because it fosters that open communication through a series of passive-aggressive checkpoints and fill-in-the-blank sections. Pro tip: Elevate your gift with a pack of mechanical pencils, pens or scented markers.

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Gift your grumpiest friend or family member this poignantly named candle for the holiday season. The Angry Elf candle is handmade and boasts a punchy mix of evergreen, red currant, citrus and rose that will linger for hours after burning.

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$15.99 - $19.99

Your white elephant gift exchange is no place to offer flowery sentiments of support and encouragement. Your white elephant exchange is the place to serve snark with a smile, and this jolly Santa mug checks out. Fill the festive mug with a $5 gift card or a single coffee pod for a well-rounded gift.

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The grass gauge is a cheeky gift for lawn aficionados and, ahem, unmotivated landscapers. The recycled steel design inserts into the soil and serves as a visual tracker to keep up with how much one’s grass grows over time. It’s considered handy to some and passive-aggressive to others, but that’s really none of your concern, is it?

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Oof. If there was ever a year to have emergency wine on hand, it’s this one. Snag this playful survival kit wine bag and fill it with a cheap-but-effective bottle of vino for a failproof gift this holiday season. Alternative suggestion: Skip the wine, fill the bag with coal, and call it a day.

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Punny-meets-practical with this cheeky slate coaster. Each coaster is handmade and sold solo or in a set of up to eight coasters. The laser-engraved design comes with your choice of nine snarky quotes to best suit your recipient’s personality.

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Ah, the cooking utensil they never knew they needed — a fishing pole-inspired tool to roast two marshmallows and a hot dog in one fell swoop. Round out the gift with a package o’ franks dressed for the occasion with a shimmery holiday ribbon.

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This tea towel seems wildly appropriate, as we’ve been asking ourselves this exact question all year. Your white elephant gift recipient will love the towel’s cheeky seasonal motif, and your wallet will adore the $12 price tag.

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Every friend, family or coworker group has at least one procrastination pro in their ranks. This blunt desk plate pretty much speaks for itself.

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Bring the joy of ugly sweater parties to their dining room table with this delightfully tacky holiday sweater puzzle. The 1,000-piece puzzle will provide hours of much-needed tech-free entertainment, and they’ll look forward to putting it together for years to come.

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This mug is a mood. Stuff it with a few airplane bottles to spread a splash of holiday spirit amongst your exchange group. Sambuca is our top suggestion (it is a coffee mug, after all), but bonus points will be awarded for shots with peppermint, cinnamon or butterscotch flavoring.

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File this breakfast sandwich maker under random but life-changing. This nifty device cooks the perfect egg, meat and cheese sandwich in four minutes. Buy the genius invention for the white elephant exchange, and snag a second for your own kitchen.

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An adult coloring book complete with an imbibed llama, rooster and a giraffe? We’ll drink to that. The whimsical coloring book costs less than $10 and includes refreshing cocktail recipes on each page.

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Famous, sharp-tongued literary lights point their poison pens at each other in this snarky chart of great writer-vs-writer put-downs. The jabs span the centuries and include Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Noel Coward and many more, arranged by theme.

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And, finally, the gift that everyone can appreciate but never thinks to buy for themselves. Spoil your exchange group with this coconut- and freesia-scented set that includes two Poo-Pourri sprays and a mini spiced apple tester.

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