Funny Whiet Elephant Ideas

Updated on December 15, 2008
L.W. asks from Draper, UT
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So I have a party on saturday and I am supposed to take a funny white elephant. I have looked online and it's the same thing everywhere. I just wanted to know what you all would think is funny and what you have gotten that was funny that wasn't an inside joke at your annual party.
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V.W.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I saw one on one of my friend's blogs it was huge whitey titey men's underwear. I guess this could go the same for womens extremely huge underpants...

I hate white elephant parties though honestly. Who wants junk for a present??

V.

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C.S.

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At one party I got a fish bowl full of gold fish. We had a $15 limit and they bought as many goldfish as they could. I think they bought them from Walmart but they are so cheap anyway. I seriously didn't know what to do with them. It was funny and the gift of the evening.

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H.F.

answers from Pocatello on

My friends and I do the same thing every year, some good ideas are: trashy underwear in the biggest size possible, house slippers fashioned out of sanitary napkins, milk duds with a wrapper that says reindeer poop (there was a cute poem that went with that one), hats, tee-shirts, or keycahins with funny saying on them. I gave my brother a dollar bill with a sticky npte label on it calling it a gift certificate to the dollar store. It is so much fun just to try to think up new ideas! Have a great time!

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M.B.

answers from Denver on

I got this bell ringers Cristmas CD once, that was pretty funny! Try to source your own home, that way you don't have to spend $ and also not contribute more "stuff" to the environment. An old videotape movie might be funny! Good luck!

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C.R.

answers from Denver on

From what I have been told, it needs to be an item that comes from your repertoire of things given at some point to you. That said, we have given a "lovely" ceramic rooster paper weight that was fire engine red, a pair of Fred Flinstone boxers, and a set of incense with a diffuser. It's not that we didn't appreciate the thought, but we just couldn't use them and sent them on. We have received a toilet set (that went on to become an annual gift and now resembles a wreath!), a hot cocoa set from 2005, and a set of books on Star Trek and a roll of toilet paper because they have kling-ons in common! But there have also been pretty candles and neat photo frames, so the sky is the limit. Have fun!

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H.G.

answers from Denver on

Once someone brought lottery tickets to a white elephant. I'm not big into that kind of thing and thought it was kind of dumb, but then everyone was fighting over them. So, maybe there was something to it!

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S.S.

answers from Cheyenne on

My husband and I always try to bring something fun/funny. We usually go into the toy section at the store and look at their novelty toys. In the past we have brought Koosh balls (the balls with the hair), toy cars with cool characters on them, one of those toys with the pins that you can make 3-D pictures by putting your hand on them or your face...they have always gotten wierd looks at first, but in the end, they are always the best presents of the party. We like to give all these adults a "blast from the past" and let them be a big kid again!!!

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E.B.

answers from Provo on

OUr favorite white elephant gift one year was a Braile copy of Playboy magazine (you have to be careful with who you use this one with). It had the bunny symbol on it on the front, but other than that it was brown paper with the brail bumps on it. I guess some people actually get it to read the articles! Anyway, it was fought over all night. You could probably find it on ebay or something like that.

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E.C.

answers from Denver on

We just did this at our company party last weekend. Here are a some of the things that got passed around...
1980's Bedazzler
Ceramic Monkey
Hello Kitty Waffle Iron
Indiana Jones Whip
Bill Clinton Cork Screw
Red Panic Button
Have fun, you could always use a fruitcake - no one wants one of those!

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S.T.

answers from Denver on

Hi,
I always shop for white elephant gifts in my basement - tacky gift I got, something I bought and never used, to even something that belongs in the trash (I usually at least put a big candy bar or something nice in with the really crappy thing). Tacky gifts seem to generate the biggest laughs though. Hopefully, they allow stealing of opened gifts at your party because that makes it more fun.

I just wrapped up one last night for tonight's party - a foot tall plastic dinosaur that roars and chomps its mouth. I had to cut a hole in the box for a tiny bit of the tail to hang out. Granted, someone with a little boy will love it, but otherwise they might not be that thrilled. Still might wind up on someone's desk.

Have fun and happy holidays.
S.

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Z.L.

answers from Denver on

One year I filled a little glass jar with dryer lint and labeled it "belly button fuzz". It was pretty funny, pretty gross too...

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S.P.

answers from Great Falls on

I always use things like candles, or tongs, or something totally useless, like a grapefruit scooper or something else silly. Have fun and Happy Holidays!!!

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A.J.

answers from Salt Lake City on

You know all those hotel shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and lotions that EVERYBODY collects? Well, that's what my mom always wraps up.

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A.W.

answers from Denver on

My cousins and I do this every year. We look forward to it all year long. So good gifts of the past have been, a fake beard and mustache which the person who received it ended up wearing all night. A costume wrestling outfit and mask. And then any easy idea is to get a nice box (Macy's, Nordstroms, etc.) and dump your junk drawer in there. Cleans out your house and also provides some good laughs when someone receives a box full of paper clips, tape, chop sticks, whatever is in your junk drawer. Have fun!

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S.B.

answers from Salt Lake City on

This one's not practical, but really funny. My father-in-law is a plumber. They had an unused toilet that was broken that they were going to have to throw away, so he took that for a white elephant. Big hit!

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C.P.

answers from Provo on

Two that got lots of laughs at our neighborhood party this year were 1) a pair of guitar hero boxers. I saw them at Smiths, and they come in an 8 inch guitar shaped metal box. Also, matching adult footie sleepers that came with a romantic CD. If your event is recurring (as ours is), the funniest gift of all is a package of Stetson cologne that keeps showing up year after year.

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H.Q.

answers from Great Falls on

My folks used to do these "white elephant" parties around Christmas. They came home the first year with a set of escargot (snail) plates. They don't eat snails. So, the next year they took the plates - and came back with them. For about 5 years, those dang plates got passed around and I believe we eventually ended up with them. It didn't start out to be funny, but as time progressed, EVERYONE knew about those plates and tried like MAD to avoid them!

As for picking a funny gift - well, I guess that kinda depends on the crowd you'll be with. Some people laugh at more things than others. I guess I'd say to look at the gifts thru your own eyes. What would you think was a funny gift to receive? Go from that angle - I think that's what I would do.

I know that's not super helpful - but I'm brain dead. So, that's the best I've got right now - sorry!

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L.K.

answers from Provo on

A few years back my husband thought it would be fun put a funny picture of himself in a frame. Or more like a really tacky picture! It went over so well that his Uncle that won that marvelous prize saved it and the following year he took an ugly picture of himself and put it in front of my husbands and gave it away. It has now been circling through people and five years and five funny pictures later it is our turn again (my husband got it back last white elephant).
Basically anything that you can't use anymore. I like to look at white elephant gifts as a way to de-junk my house! Have fun!

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J.P.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I plan on going to some parties very soon. One idea I've been kickin around is, Get a large bucket ( I go to Costco in the bakery ) fill it with toilet paper (new) Wrap it up beautiful, write a funny saying on the top of the lid like, "Oh I'm so sorry, you got the crapper prize this year." You can use this bucket in the time of an emergency for that purpose if needed, and have all the toilet paper they might need

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J.R.

answers from Salt Lake City on

if you really feel you must buy, Hallmark has some really cute panic buttons. They have several different ones that play music and sayings that just make you giggle....Clean and funny and I think they were around $8.00

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K.W.

answers from Boise on

One year I had a rum bottle with only about 1 inch of rum left in it. I wrapped it in tissue and put it in a wine bottle gift bag. It got passed around and around until someone finally opened it. It got lots of laughs because they all thought it was actually wine.

Have fun!

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M.M.

answers from Salt Lake City on

One year I ended up with a pair of panties that said "Jingle my bells" that so happened to be from my brother, which ended up to be a little weird. Oddly enough I still have them. This year though, I have received an email on how to make slippers from maxi pads, and think I might make those and put them in a nice little shoe box with a little extra small gift included. If that crazy idea is interesting to you at all, I can send you the directions. After you decorate them with Christmas pins, they actually look kinda cute!!!

Good Luck to you!!!!

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A.R.

answers from Denver on

I've been to quite a few and they're lots of fun. The worse of a gift, the better. I've seen unopened "milk" cartons of epsom salt, a really ugly lamp wrapped in a moving box but the best was a full-sized, framed painted portrait of a woman that was just terrible. Occasionally, someone will bring something wonderful(like a $30 Starbucks card) but the best(ie, funniest) gifts are something you have in your house.

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C.Y.

answers from Denver on

One that wasn't so much funny but went over REALLY well at one party I attended was that a person bought a six pack of Henry Wienhards (sp?) root beer. It ended up to be the gift that everyone fought over.

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T.S.

answers from Salt Lake City on

One year I took a wood elephant that I had painted white. My brother in law had cut it out for me, the laddies laughed and laughed, then thought they had to explain what a white elephant gift was. Have fun with it. (my husband went to a white elephant party and came home with fuzzy handcuffs)

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