The White Elephant gift exchange, or the Yankee Swap as it is known in some parts of the country, is one of the oldest Christmas party traditions in existence. Dating back to the early 1800s, the term ‘White Elephant’ refers to an over-the-top, burdensome gift which has little use and is difficult to dispose of. This means the more outlandish and humorous your gift is, the better.
The phrase (and subsequent tradition) was rumored to have been started by King Siam of Thailand. The story goes that Siam gifted a handful of rare albino elephants to servants who had wronged him. The hope was that, due to the elephant’s expensive upkeep costs, the servants would be financially ruined by his gift. Lucky for us, however, the modern day interpretation is considerably more fun.
So, if you’re planning on taking part in a White Elephant gift exchange this holiday season, it is best to be prepared. Below we have compiled a list of a few inexpensive and fun gift ideas that are perfect for giving away at your next Yankee Swap.
1. Mini USB-Powered Fridge
This miniaturized fridge is perfect for keeping a soda can cool at your desk. Small, lighthearted and fun, this inexpensive desk ornament is a creative way to get the conversation started at your gift party.
2. The Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story
Looking for a more humorous gift? Why not the infamous leg lamp from the quintessential holiday film A Christmas Story? Small replicas of the world’s most recognizable lamp can be had on Amazon for under $20 and are sure to spark a bevy of gift swapping and stealing.
3. Galactic Cat Sweatshirts
Quite possibly the most out of fashion sweatshirts ever made, these cat sweaters from Urban Outfitters are perfect for bringing to a more lighthearted gathering. Or, if you dare, buy one and bring it to your work’s White Elephant swap. Whoever picks this gift from the pile is going to be stuck with it. I mean, would you swap for a sweatshirt like this?
4. Pizza Box Cardboard Stool
This stool is the epitome of an absurd White Elephant gift. It’s huge, impractical and utterly useless in any professional capacity. It is, however, a very funny gift for somebody get stuck with. And in that case, it is a fantastic White Elephant gift.
5. Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit
Looking for something a bit more serious? Well, the ugly sweater cookie kit fits the bill perfectly! This inexpensive kit is a great gift to play it safe if your White Elephant party is light on fun. Besides, who doesn’t love Christmas cookies? This item is certain to be passed around the circle quite a bit!
While the holiday seasons may be stressful, don’t forget to have a little fun with some of these gift ideas. White Elephant parties can be a relaxing way to blow off holiday steam. But remember, have a good time and bring a gift appropriate to your audience.
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