Top 50 Most Creative White Elephant Gift Ideas in 2020

Creative White Elephant Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties! And that means you likely need creative white elephant gift ideas… and LOTS of them! However, we know you don’t want to bring just another boring gag gift to your white elephant party — your gift needs to make your friends laugh out loud all night long! On top of that, why not shoot to have the BEST white elephant gift that everyone will be trading for?! Lucky for you, this list checks both boxes! 

Types of White Elephant Gift Ideas

Check out the best of the best creative white elephant gift ideas that you can buy or make! We’ve even organized this ultimate list of gag gifts for Christmas into several different categories so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. Click to be taken straight to that category.

  1. Cheap White Elephant Gifts
  2. DIY White Elephant Gift Ideas
  3. Funny Gag Gifts for Christmas
  4. Useful White Elephant Gift Ideas

Keep scrolling for white elephant gifts you are undoubtedly going to love! 

Cheap White Elephant Gifts (Under $5) 

The point of a white elephant gift exchange is to get some laughs from your friends and family… And find ridiculous products! You don’t want to spend too much money on the gift itself, though. Here are some inexpensive but creative white elephant gift ideas!

1. Homemade Brown E’s

A Tupperware containing the letter "e" in brown font with printables labeling the white elephant gift as brown e's | The Dating Divas
A tupperware container full of printable brown E’s – an inexpensive white elephant gift idea

Bring a plate of brown E’s – no baking required! (These are part of an adorable White Elephant Party Kit!)

2. Air Guitar Strings

An empty ziplock bag with a printable label "Air Guitar Strings" - an example of a white elephant gift that is inexpensive and funny | The Dating Divas
Air guitar strings empty ziplock bag with printable label for a cheap white elephant gift idea

These hip new air guitar strings are a super easy and very inexpensive white elephant gift. (In the White Elephant Party Kit that these come in, you’ll find several other equally inexpensive and funny ideas!)

3. Donut Seeds

Ziplock bag full of Cheerios labeled "Donut Seeds" for a cheap Christmas gag gift idea | The Dating Divas
An inexpensive but creative white elephant gift idea could include Cheerios in a ziplock baggie with a label “Donut Seeds” on top

These cute “doughnut seeds” will definitely get a chuckle at your next party! (As well as all of the others in this adorable White Elephant Party Kit!)

4. Candy Cane Puzzle

Candy cane broken into tiny pieces with the bag labeled "candy cane puzzle" used for a white elephant gift exchange | The Dating Divas
A cheap gag gift for Christmas: get a bag of candy cane crumbles and label it “Candy Cane Puzzle”

Crush up some candy canes to create the ultimate expert-level puzzle!

5. Gift Not Included

Batteries glued to a label that says "No present included" - a cheap white elephant gift for a Christmas party | The Dating Divas
A funny gag gift idea for Christmas – add batteries to a label that says “No present included”

All you need for this gift are some batteries and a bag. So easy!

6. Stress Relief

Bubble wrap gag gift idea with printable tag label "for immediate stress relief" |The Dating Divas
Bubble wrap gag gift with a tag labeled “for stress relief”

Can we all just agree that bubble wrap is the best stress reliever ever?! Attach a cute gift tag to it from our White Elephant Party Printable Pack.

7. Jigsaw Puzzle

Cheap gag gift idea for a white elephant party - a bag with sawdust and a "jigsaw puzzle" label | The Dating Divas
Sawdust in a bag with a label “jigsaw puzzle” – a gag gift idea for a white elephant party

Another option for a funny puzzle — gather some saw dust from the garage and add this label!

8. Gift Card Roundup

Printable gift card holders for a Christmas gift idea | The Dating Divas
Christmas-themed printable gift card holders

You know all of those gift cards you have with small remaining balances? Put them all together for a funny gift! You can even click the link below for some Christmas-themed gift card holders.

9. Exercise Block

Cheap white elephant gift idea Piece of would with instructions for you take a few laps around the block for your exercise. | The Dating Divas
Piece of wood with instructions for you take a few laps around the block for your exercise.

Instructions to “walk around the block” for your workout. A silly but cheap white elephant gift idea!

10. In Case of an Emergency

An easy white elephant gift idea to put chocolate in a frame with printable instructions to break the glass in an emergency | The Dating Divas
Chocolate in a frame with printable instructions to break the glass in an emergency – an easy white elephant gift idea

Put this printable inside a frame with some chocolate inside! Pretty much a required item for all mamas out there!

DIY Creative White Elephant Gift Ideas

So many of these DIY white elephant gift ideas are easy to throw together with things you have from home, which makes it easy-peasy to do it yourself!

1. Mounted Stuffed Animal Head

Stuffed animal heads mounted to a plaque for a white elephant gag gift | The Dating Divas
Stuffed animal heads mounted to a plaque for a fun DIY white elephant gift

Think of the possibilities from the random stuffed animals that you have at home! Hilarious!

2. Surprise Mason Jar Money Gift

A jar of candies with money hidden inside of it as a surprise |The Dating Divas
Money hidden in a jar of candies for a surprise Christmas gift

While this jar at first appears like the lamest white elephant gift at the party, it certainly contains a wonderful surprise!

3. Melted Snowman

Creative Christmas gift idea of a jar with hot cocoa ingredients inside shaped like a snowman | The Dating Divas
A jar that looks like a snowman and contains ingredients for hot cocoa

This is the sweetest DIY gift there is! A jar of hot cocoa with a twist.

4. Cold Hard Cash

A Christmas gift idea you can make by freezing money in a bowl and adding a  label that says "cold hard cash" | The Dating Divas
Frozen money in a bowl with a label “cold hard cash”

Grab a freezer jar and freeze a bit of cash inside. Add this printable tag and you have a quick DIY gift!

5. Underwear Chip Bowl

A DIY white elephant gift idea - a bowl with men's underwear wrapped around it | The Dating Divas
A bowl with men’s underwear wrapped around for a unique DIY white elephant gift idea

This underwear chip bowl is easy to make and is a hilarious gag gift for Christmas!

6. White Elephant Towel

An elephant shaped-towel tutorial for a white elephant gift idea | The Dating Divas
A tutorial for making an elephant shape from a towel for a white elephant gift idea

Watch this tutorial to give a literal gift of a white elephant. Talk about creative white elephant party idea!

7. DIY Boyfriend Pillow

Girl sleeping with a pillow that resembles a man's arm - a potential white elephant gift | The Dating Divas
Girl sleeps with a boyfriend pillow

We all could us an arm around us while watching a movie or falling asleep! What a fun DIY project!

8. Shave & Play Barbie

A barbie doll with extra hair added to her face and armpits - a fun DIY white elephant gift idea | The Dating Divas
A hairy barbie doll with a razor for a creative white elephant gift

Barbie has a whole new look — hairy! Learn how to create this gift and get the printable to go with it!

9. Bra Purse

A red bra turned into a purse using feathers and beads - a funny DIY white elephant gift | The Dating Divas
A red bra with beads and feathers added to it to create a purse

If you have some DIY craft skills, this would be hilarious to make!

10. Creepy Doll Coat Rack

Toy doll arms and legs are used as pegs in a coat rack home decoration - also a hilarious gag gift for a Christmas party | The Dating Divas
Coat rack made from baby doll arms and legs

Whether you think this is cool or creepy, this DIY white elephant gift idea will have everyone at the party talking!

Funny Gag Gifts for Christmas

These white elephant gift ideas pretty much have no purpose besides making people laugh. It’s like the very best practical joke! Here are a few of our favorite Christmas gag gift ideas that we think will get a big laugh at your next white elephant party.

1. Bacon Air Freshener

Air fresheners with a sizzling bacon aroma | The Datitng Divas
Bacon-scented air fresheners

Getting into a car with this scent would be quite the experience!

2. Napsack

A prank gift box giving the appearance that the gift is a bag to put over your head in order to nap in unique places | The Dating Divas
A prank gift box advertising a hood to put over your head while napping

This is not actually a product — it is a prank gift box. The real gift inside can be something completely different. Check out the link for lots of different options!

3. Toe Tunes

A prank gift box displaying slippers that play music - perfect for a White elephant gift exchange party | The Dating Divas
A prank gift box displaying slippers that play music

Just one more example of a silly gift box! Your recipient will be surprised (maybe relieved) to open the gift to find something else.

4. Toilet Paper Origami

A toilet paper Origami book for a white elephant gift | The Dating Divas
A book with instructions for toilet paper origami

Wouldn’t this be an unusual hobby to learn and master? Imagine the pleasant things you can leave in the bathroom. 

5. Jane Austen Tattoos

Temporary tattoos with images and phrases from Jane Austen's books | The Dating Divas
Temporary tattoos featuring images and phrases from Jane Austen

Nothing expresses the decorum and charm of Austen’s work like these temporary tattoos!

6. Chicken Legs Socks

Socks with images of chicken's legs - a funny white elephant gift idea | The Dating Divas
Socks with images of a chicken’s legs

Embrace your chicken legs with these hilarious socks!

7. Beer Belly Fanny Pack

A group of friends wear beer belly fanny packs | The Dating Divas
A group of friends wear fanny packs that look like beer bellies

Create the illusion of a beer belly with this functional fanny pack!

8. Bob Ross Heat Changing Mug

Color changing mug feature Bob Ross | The Dating Divas
Bob Ross image on a mug that changes color with heat

Reveal those happy trees with a little heat in your mug. This is brilliant!

9. Punderdome

Cards spread out featuring questions where the answers are all puns | The Dating Divas
Cards for a game about puns

A game for anyone who things that puns are punny.

10. Muffin Top Muffin Cups

Cups for baking muffins that look like jeans - a funny white elephant gift | The Dating Divas
Baking cups that look like denim jeans

Now having a little overflow is a good thing!

11. Nose Cups

Paper cups with a nose on the side - a hilarious gag gift | The Dating Divas
Paper cups with the image of a nose

Everyone LOVES these! A hilarious touch to any party!

12. Belly Swim Suit

Swimsuit with a realistic image of a man's upper body - a funny gag gift idea | The Dating Divas
Women’s swimsuit with the image of man’s hairy body

Swimsuit season is right around to corner! Time to get ready. WINK!

13. Toilet Night Light

Toilet seat nightlight display showcasing the different colors | The Dating Divas
Toilet seats lit up with different color lights

One product, SO many color possibilities!

14. Tiger King Puzzle

Tiger King, Joe Exotic, with a tiger featured on a puzzle | The Dating Divas
Puzzle with the image of Joe Exotic with a tiger

Any party gets more exciting with a little Joe Exotic.

15. Tortilla Blanket

A large round blanket that looks like a tortilla | The Dating Divas
A blanket that looks like a giant tortilla

Sleep in a tortilla and dream of tacos.

Useful White Elephant Gift Ideas

This might just be my favorite section of white elephant gift ideas! I love funny gifts, but they are even better if you can get some use out of them. Here are a few of our favorite items that put the fun in functional!

1. Poo-Pourri

Three bottles of Poo-Pourri, an air freshener for when you poop - a useful white elephant gift idea | The Dating Divas
Three bottles of poo-pourri air freshener

Now here is a useful white elephant gift idea. Mock all you want, this stuff actually works and can be very helpful in a time of need!

2. Nessie Ladle

Kitchen ladle that looks like the lochness monster - a fun white elephant gift | The Dating Divas
Soup ladle kitchen utensil shaped like the Lochness Monster

The Lochness Monster floating around in your soup is hilarious but the spoon itself is actually very useful!

3. Tea-Rex Mug

A coffee mug with a dinosaur picture on it and the words "Tea-Rex" - a useful white elephant gift idea | The Dating Divas
A mug with an image of a dinosaur and the title “Tea-Rex”

We can all appreciate a good pun and a good mug!

4. Pig Mop Slippers

Pink pig slippers used for cleaning the floor - a helpful white elephant gift | The Dating Divas
Pink piggy slippers with mops on the underside

Comfy, cozy, and functional! Walk around in comfort and mop your floor?! WIN-WIN!

5. Tinkle Hair Razor

A woman uses the tinkle razor to remove hair from her face - a useful gift idea | The Dating Divas
Woman uses a razor to shave her face

Yes, there is actually a product invented to shave that peach fuzz off your face — and it is actually really effective! We kinda love it!

6. Unicorn Shower Cap

A shower cap that looks like a unicorn - a useful gag gift idea | The Dating Divas
A shower cap with a unicorn face and horn

Shower in style! Keep your hair dry and tap into your inner unicorn!

7. Shakespearean Insult Bandaids

Box of bandaids with Shakespearean sayings - a funny white elephant gift | The Dating Divas
Package of bandaids with Shakespearean insults written on them

What could help you feel better after hurting yourself more than sporting Shakespearean insults?

8. Dinosaur Taco Stand

A dinosaur meant for holding tacos together at meal time - a funny gag gift for Christmas | The Dating Divas
A green dinosaur figure with a taco on its back

A unique way to keep your tacos upright. Perfect if you are looking for a useful white elephant gift idea.

9. Hot Dog & Bun Toaster

A toaster for cooking hot dogs and buns | The Dating Divas
A hot dog and bun toaster

Here is a product you didn’t even know you needed! We love this retro look!

10. Record Player Tape Dispenser

A tape dispenser that looks like a vintage record player - a useful white elephant gift for the office | The Dating Divas
A record player tape dispenser

How fun is this unique little find? At first glance it is a vintage record player, but it is actually a tape dispenser!

11. Dachshund Hot Dog Slicer

A Dachshund-shaped hot dog slicer - unique but useful white elephant gift | The Dating Divas
A hot dog slicer in the shape of a Dachshund

What could be more adorable (and slightly disturbing) than a dog cutting your hot dog into slices?!

12. T-Rex Showerhead

A dinosaur-shaped shower head gag gift idea | The Dating Divas
T-rex shower head

Why not make showering a little more exciting… or terrifying?!

13. Sword Cheese Grater

A cheese grater in the shape of a sword - a practical but funny white elephant gift idea | The Dating Divas
A sword cheese grater

I have a feeling that this one might be the white elephant gift that would be stolen again and again!

14. Shark & Pepper Shark Holder

A shark figurine holds up a salt and a pepper shaker - a fun Christmas gag gift idea | The Dating Divas
Salt and pepper shakers held up by a shark

Salt and pepper shakers are a kitchen staple. This Christmas gag gift would be a useful white elephant gift in any home!

15. Bicycle Pizza Cutter

A bicycle-shaped pizza cutter - a useful gag gift for Christmas | The Dating Divas
A pizza cutter in the shape of a bicycle

This one is so clever! A unique pizza cutter that is functional and fun!

We hope you got some great examples of white elephant gifts that will be a hit at any Christmas party! You are officially set with oodles of Christmas gag gift ideas for all of the Christmas parties headed your way!

And ONE more thing! We love white elephant parties SOOOO much that we put together a complete kit to help YOU host your own epic white elephant gift exchange! Not only does it include the cutest invite, decor, yummy recipes, and food printables, but you ALSO get 14 ADORABLE printables to pull off hilarious white elephant gifts (many of which are featured above)! Click on the image below to check it ALL out! 

White Elephant Party Pack by The Dating Divas

With so many creative white elephant gift ideas you’re sure to get the inspiration you need. Now check out our other ideas to make your holiday even more magical!

About the Author: Sarina

I met my Prince Charming when I was 15 years old and 12 years later we created our own happily ever after. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a handsome baby boy. I love dancing, photography & chocolate!

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22 Responses to Top 50 Most Creative White Elephant Gift Ideas in 2020

  1. A quick gift in a pinch is a pair of tube socks with “Right” and “Left” drawn across the toes.
    No worries if there’s a hole. .pPlace them in a zip lock withe the heading Sunday Socks because they’re “Holy”

  2. We have a toilet plunger that continues to be gifted so this year I am turning it upside down and adding leaves and flowers for a redneck bird bath.

  3. Some of the ideas you’ve brought up here are really creative. White elephant gifts at their best! I love how you come up with the snowman poop idea. Maybe I’ll try it this year 🙂

  4. A individually wrapped tea bag with google eyes added to it is perfect for that Techi IT person in your family. IT= eye tea 🙂

  5. The rules at our party was to NOT spend money but to just bring something you already had at home, but weren’t using. The hubby and I went and bought a bag of adult diapers, opened the package, pulled out one diaper and wrapped up the package. It was a hit! 😀

  6. I LOOOVE this post, Chrissy!! I can’t decide which of these we wanna do! lol Hope none of my friends have seen this post… or we will all show up with the same stuff! 🙂