13 White Elephant (and Yankee Swap) Gifts They’ll Actually Want to Keep

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Funny & Cheap White Elephant Gift Ideas for 2024

White Elephant, Yankee Swap, Secret Santa.  What you call it depends on where you’re from, but it all means the same (stressful) thing.  Show up to a family party event, or the office party where your co-workers get blitzed, bring a gift for an unknown recipient –  and sweat it out.  Will they think it’s cool?  Or will they look at it with disgust and happily pass it along to the next poor fool, who in turn looks disgusted and defeated? While nothing says unnecessary stress like the holidays, it’s actually supposed to be fun. And whether you call it a White Elephant party or a Yankee Swap Grab you’ll still have the same amount of fun/stress.  So stay cool, we’re all in this together.  We’ve rounded up a few gift ideas that are a little off the beaten path, like a Breathing Buddha, or a Mars Dust Globe (Because, snow globes?  We’ve seen it).

So check out some of the most fun white elephant gifts (and Yankee Swap must-haves) in 2024, that won’t break the bank – and keep the mood light.  No gift cards here or bottle of liquor here (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!  

1.

Breathing Buddha – Shop It Here

Breathing Buddha

Contrary to popular belief, people are more stressed these days. (shocking).  This cute little Buddha is great for all ages, from school stressed kids, to overworked adults.  This utilizes the 4/7/8 breathing cycle. Green Buddha – Inhale (4 sec), Purple Buddha – Hold (7 sec), Blue Buddha – Exhale (8 sec).  He’s made from silicone, measure 3.5 x 4 x 6 inches, while the preset calming color cycle through your exercise and will auto shut off after 3 hours.  Let’s hear it for stress management and self care!

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2.

Yogasleep Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine – Shop It Here

Yogasleep Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine

This is perfect for those who need a little noise to drift off to sleep.  Features two-speed options for adjustable tone and volume, as well as their fan-based natural white noise producing their signature sound.

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3.

LFS Portable Bluetooth (Waterproof) LED Mini Speaker – Shop It Here

LFS Portable Bluetooth Waterproof LED Light Mini Speaker

This teeny little speaker is magnetic, waterproof and powerful.  It’s portability (also features a hanging strap) means they can take it just about anywhere, and the auto-changing color LED lights make it a little more fun.  Even your tweens and teens will dig it. They are sold individually, but if you decide to buy two, the pair of speakers can play stereo music sync wirelessly.

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4.

Cat Mug with Tea Infuser – Shop It Here

Cute Cat Class Tea Mug with Fish Infuser

Adios tea bags. They can brew their loose leaf tea of choice with ease, whether it’s to unwind and destress, or sip a seasonal favorite.

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5.

Reusable Lunch Bag – Shop It Here

Lunch Tote for Adults and Kids

Measuring 11” (h) x 8” (w) x 5” (d), these spacious lunch bags will keep food and snacks fresh – whether at the office, in a backpack or headed to the beach.  Available in lots of colors, and patterns.

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6.

My White Elephant Gift Tee – Shop It Here

The perfect white elephant pick (that’s actually kind of funny) when you want to let people know you’ve done the absolute bare-bones-minimum.  It comes in different colors and sizes for women, men, and kids.

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7.

Pasta Monster Salad and Past Server – Shop It Here

Pasta Monster Pasta and Salad Server

Really kick pasta and salad up a notch. After all, meal prep is a chore – so you may as well have yourself a good time.

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8.

Microwave S’mores Maker – Shop It Here

Microwave S'Mores Maker

Enjoy s’mores all year round – no campfire required.  Fill the water reservoir, set your graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow on the tray and s’mores are ready in 30 seconds or less.  Marshmallow and chocolate heat at the same time.  Even Steven!

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9.

Pizza Socks – Shop It Here

4 Pairs of Pizza Socks Funny Gift

Everyone loves pizza!  And everyone needs socks, so win/win.  This funny set of socks includes 4 pairs, all set up in a cute little pizza box.

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10.

Pirate Beer Corkscrew Wine Bottle Opener Keychain – Shop It Here

Legless Pirate Wine and Beer Bottle Opener

These arghhh the perfect gift for anyone who needs open up beverages on the go.  The durable stainless steel, and soft touch plastic material helps easily remove corks, bottle tops and foil.  The endless pirate jokes are just an added bonus.

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11.

Dumpster Fire Figure – Shop It Here

Dumpster Fire 2024 Figure

It’s only funny, because (sadly) it’s true.  Let’s send 2024 right into the trash! Measures 3.5 inches by 2.75 inches.

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12.

Cold Beer Coats – Shop It Here

Cold Beer Coats

Well for crying out loud.  How cute are these beer coats?  These little parkas are sold separately, and keep your drink bundled up, and chilled out.  Your kids may not wear their coat, but your beer can.  See what we did there?

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13.

Mars Dust Globe – Shop It Here

Mars Dust Globe

‘Tis the season for the magic of a dust globe.  Give it a shake, and this creative spin on the traditional snow globe transports you into a martian dust storm.  Once it settles, it reveals the planet view of Mars.  Far out.

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