35 white elephant gift ideas people will actually want, under $15

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The holiday season is nearly here and it's only a matter of time before you're invited to join a white elephant gift exchange. While you won't know in advance who will be getting your gift, these white elephant gift ideas under $15 are pretty safe bets.

As a refresher, a white gift exchange generally works like this: Each person in a group brings a wrapped gift and puts it in a pile. Players then draw numbers to see which order they'll each choose a gift. The first person chooses a gift, shows the group, and the next person can either steal the gift or open a new one. If the first person's gift is stolen by the second player, the first person can choose a new gift.

This continues with the rest of the players, but following the first round, if someone's gift is stolen, that person can either choose a new one or steal someone else's. The first player has one last chance to swap their gift with someone else's at the very end. 

There are variations of the party game, but the overall idea is to bring a gift people will want to steal. The gift you bring to the pot should be funny or useful, something you'd actually want and within the set budget. Plus, of course, you'll want to consider what's appropriate for the group of people that will be exchanging.

Below, shop 35 white elephant gift ideas—some funny, some useful, some thoughtful—that have potential to be the best gift in the pile.

Voluspa Limited Edition Japonica Mini Candle, $10

Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet Set, $9.99


 

100 Things To Do Scratch Off Poster, $15

UO Mood-Changing Nail Polish, 3 for $10

Okurr Sound Button, $14.95

Lulu Beauty Satin Pillowcase, $14

Eva NYC #stylesesh Travel Set, $15

Nachosaurus Chip Holder + Dip Bowl, $15

2020 Schitt’s Creek 12-Month Wall Calendar, $14.99

Lapcos Revitalizing Variety Mask + Exfoliating Pad Set, $15

Lite Brite Ultimate Classic, $14.99

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar Set, $9.99

Reindeer Games, $11.95

Ticket Stub Diary, $14

Flavor Infuser Water Bottle, $15

Alphabet Bead Kit, $12.95

GeoCentral Mini Stone Gift Box, $12

Famous Women Trivia Game, $12

BUTEFO 8 in 1 Kitchen Tool Set Bottle, $9.99

Avocado Toast Christmas Ornament, $10

Holiday Flask Hot Sauce Set, $9.99

Mean Girls Mini Burn Book + Magnet Set, $9.95

Gentlemen's Hardware The Right Tool, $13

Anthropologie Chelsea Mug, $14

Vixen Earbud Case, $10

Kikkerland Tea Stick, $15

Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel Corn Clusters, $5.29

Beer Socks, $14.95

Ecoffee Cup Reusable Cup, $8.99

Woodwick Fireside Crackling Mini Candle, $9.99

Wine Condoms Beverage Bottle Stopper, $15

Self Care Sticker Book, $12.95

Scrabble Magnets, $12.95

NOW That’s What I Call Merry Christmas CD, $14.98

Pocket Etch-a-Sketch, $10.95

Holiday Popcorn, $9.99

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