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    28 quirky White Elephant gifts under $50 that are great to give year-round

    28 quirky White Elephant gifts under $50 that are great to give year-round
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    • White Elephant, Yankee Swap, and Nasty Christmas gift exchanges reward originality and humor.
    • To save you hours of internet browsing, here are 28 great White Elephant gift ideas, all under $50.
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    When it comes to gift-swapping games like White Elephant, Yankee Swap, or Nasty Christmas, the master gifters must first forget everything they know about gifting. Instead of cashmere scarves or Belgian chocolates reserved for birthdays or big holidays, gift swaps typically reward the niche, novel, and irreverent, with bonus points going to those who can check the boxes of funny and useful. Think:  quirky cookbooks, personalized pillows, and card games that immediately break the ice.

    What is White Elephant?

    White elephant is a humorous gift exchange of the most unique and obscure items that’s a fun break away from traditional gift-giving. The Christmas game is played with a set price range and theme with gifts varying from used household objects, unopened gifts from the past, to new gifts with a comedic edge. 

    How to play White Elephant

    To begin, players draw numbers to determine the order of unwrapping the gifts. Each subsequent person has the option to unwrap a present or steal another. 

    Check out all 28 Elephant gifts below:

    What’s been called the world’s strongest coffee

    bag of the world's strongest coffee - white elephant gift


    Death Wish Ground Coffee, available at Amazon, $18.99

    Death Wish claims to be the world’s strongest coffee, with about double the caffeine of your average cup. The added kick is attributed to a unique blend of Arabica and Robusta beans and a slow roasting process. It’s Fair Trade, has no additives, and makes a pretty good cup of coffee!

    A bucket of the best sea salt from England

    bucket of salt - white elephant gift


    Maldom Salt, available at Amazon, $14.10

    This isn’t just any random bucket of salt. Malton’s is revered by cooks as their preferred sea salt — and it’s been harvested along the coastal town of Malton, England since the mid-1800s. 

    An aesthetically pleasing wine holder for a glass at bathtime

    wine holder for a bath - white elephant gift

    Uncommon Goods

    Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder, available at Uncommon Goods, $38

    Despite being a simple vehicle for enjoying wine in a bathtub, you can feel proud of this holder: it’s accented with hand-picked beach stones, and the ash wood looks nicer than transparent plastic. It’ll also come with a BPA-free plastic wine glass for safety.

    A funny cookbook made especially for hungover, demoralizing mornings

    hungover cookbook - white elephant gift


    The Hungover Cookbook, available at Amazon, $6.39

    This cookbook was built to handle hangovers — six types of them to be exact. Recipes are tailored to the specific hangover and are bookended by insights into hangover science, quizzes to see if you’re maybe just still drunk, and witty jokes. 

    A device that stirs ingredients for you

    automatic pan stirrer - white elephant gift

    Uncommon Goods

    Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer, available at Uncommon Goods, $25

    Like the wearable nail polish holder, this is another product that arguably shouldn’t exist. And yet … it’s a great way to make sure everything is perfectly cooked, without hovering over the pan and stirring continually. Funny, weird, and — according to its 43 reviews and 4.8-stars — actually very useful.

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    Senior Education and Personal Development Reporter, Insider Reviews

    Mara Leighton is the senior education and personal development reporter for Insider Reviews. In the spring of 2020, Mara spearheaded Insider Reviews’ new education beat. She’s reported on Yale’s most popular course on happiness as well as essential workforce recovery programs, free instructional courses for non-ICU workers on operating mechanical ventilators, and a Johns Hopkins’ contact tracing course designed to fill thousands of remote jobs. She’s interviewed Google executives, presidential policy committee members, best-selling authors, leading researchers and professors, and NBC’s Chuck Todd in her education coverage. She’s most interested in personal development, skill-building, industry shifts, and increased accessibility for learners of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Previously, Mara covered e-commerce for Business Insider from 2017-2020. She’s written thousands of reviews and explainers, profiled emerging and established D2C companies, blogged through major retail events, and forecasted and analyzed industry trends. She also produced the vertical’s weekly newsletter. Say hello at mleighton@businessinsider.com or tweet her @maraleighton. Learn more about how our team of experts tests and reviews products at Insider here. Learn more about how we review educational and personal development products.

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