28 White Elephant Gifts for the Win

Everyone will want to steal these gifts from Amazon, Uncommon Goods, Anthropologie and more.

By Carolin Lehmann, Kristine Fellizar, Jenny Lee, Alexa Vazquez Nov 29, 2023 12:00 PMTags
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If you're a little stressed about what to get for that white elephant gift exchange, we feel you: Selecting a gift that will be a hit no matter what person tears open the wrapping paper is a tall order. But don't worry, we did the brainstorming for you and hand-picked items that you can order online before it's too late.

From karaoke mics to burrito blankets, mini arcade games to a coveted Stanley tumbler, we've got everything you need to impress everyone at your holiday party this year. Check out our finds below.

Shark Attack Ice Molds

Available in a set of two, these ice molds shaped like a shark attack are the best way to chill any beverage. Not only are they a great conversation starter, these large ice cubes prevent drinks from getting watered down since they melt much slower.

Stanley IceFlow Stainless Steel Tumbler with Straw

Available in 25 colors and patterns, the recipient of this highly-rated 30 oz. Stanley will definitely use this on the daily. It's made from stainless steel, has a leakproof lid with a carrying handle, and has a built-in straw. The fact that Stanley's are so in demand makes the gift that much better.

CHOOLD Cute Cat Shaped Eyeglass Holder

This cat-shaped glasses holder is a great addition to anyone's desk. It's an adorable way to display favorite sunglasses or keep track of reading glasses. There are other animals to choose from too, like a giraffe, a flamingo, and a dog.

Ovellic Karaoke Microphone

With this portable karaoke microphone, the lucky recipient will be able to take the party with them wherever they go! The mic can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker, FM radio and voice changer, making it the perfect accessory for road trips, home parties and more this holiday season and beyond.

Seeing Stars Zodiac Book

Astrology fans will absolutely love this Zodiac book, available in each of the 12 signs. Not only can they learn all about their sign (and make it their whole personality), but the design is beautiful enough to display on a bookshelf or coffee table.

Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask

Add a little luxury to someone's nighttime routine by gifting them this sleeping mask. It's made from 100% Mulberry silk and has a stretchy band that'll fit everyone perfectly. Plus it comes in 24 colors and prints.

The Cocktail Box Co. Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit

This cocktail kit is sure to be a hit with everyone, because who wouldn't want the ability to bring the bar cart with them wherever they go? This pint-sized cocktail travel kit includes the essential items one would need to craft a quality drink while on the go. From cane sugar cubes and orange zest to flavored bitters, a muddler spoon and a linen coaster, this compact tin has it all and is available in eight classic cocktails.

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CHOUWEEK Oil Diffuser Humidifier

Not only does this essential oil diffuser give off relaxing vibes, it will also make the recipient's home smell so good. It has four mist settings and seven colorful light options (including a color changing option). Since it's so affordable, you can pair it with an essential oil you think they'll enjoy.

Let's F*cking Go Card Game

The recipient of this this game will be so grateful that they now have a new way to entertain guests. With questions like "What well-liked celebrity gives you bad vibes" and "If you could know the answer to any unsolved mystery what would it be," this game is both fun and easy for everyone involved.

Apple AirTag

Everyone will be so jealous of whoever receives this AirTag. With so many uses, this practical (yet super impressive) gift will help everyone keep track of their belongings via their iPhone. It's especially useful for jet setters.

MEIRUBY Lighter Electric Candle Lighter

Candles are an obvious choice, but pairing it with this electric lighter will take the gift to the next level. Loved by over 11,000 reviewers who awarded it a 5-star rating, this rechargeable lighter turns on with the click of a button, is wind proof, and the perfect length. Choose from eight colors.

Icosa Living Lunar 6-Piece Cheese Knife Set

This 6-piece cheese knife set will have everyone thinking, "Please brie mine." Made of high-quality stainless steel, the collection includes 4 cheese knives, 1 cheese fork and 1 cheese spreader. Additionally, the set already comes in an elegantly designed box, packaged and ready to place in the white elephant gift pile.

Calming Shower Steamers Gift Set

With how stressful the holiday season can be, this set of calming shower steamers is sure to be well-received. The scents in the five piece set include lavender, eucalyptus, mint and lemongrass.

Logrotate Moon Lamp

This fascinating moon lamp on Amazon has over 14,800 5-star reviews. It comes with a remote that you can use to switch between 16 colors and settings. It's a great decorative item or night light.

Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Coffee lovers won't be able to resist this cold brew maker, which allows you to brew, chill, store, and pour four servings of the delicious home-made beverage. With its fine mesh filter, air-tight lid, and silicone handle, this gift idea has over 49,000 5-star ratings so it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Mermaker Burritos Tortillas Blanket

You've likely seen these burrito blankets on Instagram, and frankly, everyone would love to roll up in one. It's an Amazon best-seller with over 55,000 five-star reviews. It's a fun novelty gift that someone's going to love. 

Wepop Bread Shape Pillow

Loafing around will take on a new meaning with this surprisingly realistic (apart from the 40-inch size) bread pillow. Whoever is lucky enough to end up with this plushy pillow can display their love of carbs in their home, office or anywhere else, because honestly, what place wouldn't be better with a giant loaf of bread just sitting there?

Dash Mini Waffle Maker + Griddle

You don't have to be a professional chef to operate this mini waffle maker and griddle! Just plug them in, wait for the nonstick surfaces to heat up and get ready to make some waffles, eggs, paninis, hash browns, grilled cheese and more. Truly, the sky's the limit for whoever is lucky enough to end up with this set at the end of white elephant.

Bistro Tile Margot Monogram Mug

With its Art Deco-inspired mosaic tile design, this is sure to become the recipient's favorite (and most beautiful) mug in their collection. The monogramed letter adds a thoughtful, personalized touch to the gift. This is definitely more off a Secret Santa gift, but it's to pretty not to include.

Original Earthlings Sitting Indoor Plant Pot

This sitting earthling pot is another adorable gift option that is sure to light up anyone's face when they open it. Not only is it the cutest thing ever, this pot is also super functional, with features like an inbuilt drainage hole with removable plugs to make sure plants are getting just the right amount of water.

Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses

This set of 4 Himalayan salt tequila glasses gives a whole new definition to "pretty in pink," and it's sure to be the highlight of the white elephant game. The salt not only livens up the taste of a tequila shot, but also has antibacterial properties, according to the brand.

Corated Sunset Lamp and Rainbow Lights

The days might be getting shorter and colder as winter draws near, but with this sunset projection lamp, the lucky recipient will be able to create a warm and dreamy atmosphere in their home. The multi-functional lamp has 7 levels of adjustable lights, and includes a sunset light on one side and rainbow light on the other.

My Arcade Mini Pac-Man Video Game

Bring on the nostalgia! This handheld Pac-Man game is a fun gift anyone could enjoy. You can also stand it upright so it looks like a mini arcade game.

PureWine Wand Technology Histamine and Sulfite Filter

This best-selling wine filter wand will have your white elephant gift recipient believing in magic again. This handy, compact gadget aerates wine to remove histamines and sulfites, which, according to the brand, can help reduce headaches, congestion and hangovers after that glass of merlot.

Mario Badescu the Facial Spray Collection

Mario Badescu facial sprays are well-known among beauty influencers and makeup fans alike— and for good reason. This limited-edition 4-piece collection includes the most popular face mists, including rose, green tea, lavender and orange blossom. With the days getting colder and dryer, this facial spray set is going to be one that everyone is rushing to get their hands on.

Guzzle Buddy The Ultimate Wine Glass

Speaking of wine, this Guzzle Buddy wine glass is sure to get a laugh from everyone— right before they try to snatch it up for themselves as the game goes on. The glass transforms any beer or wine bottle into a drinkable glass, so that you're not technically drinking from the bottle but rather having just one glass. The Guzzle Buddy also works as a decanter and stopper.

Ecolution Patented Micro-Pop Microwave Popcorn Popper

Enjoy your popcorn in three minutes or less with this popcorn popper from Ecolution. It has over 40,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, and shoppers say it works really well and lasts a long time. There are six colors to choose from.

Angry Mama Microwave Steam Cleaner and Cool Mama Fridge Odor Absorber Deodorizer

These funny little figurines are actually super useful. Fill Angry Mama with some vinegar and water, put her in the microwave for six minutes and the steam from her head will lift grease and grime. Cool Mama stores baking soda to help deodorize refrigerators. Not only do they make cleaning easier, and people will also get a chuckle every time they use them.

Want more gifting ideas? Check out Sarah Jessica Parker's holiday picks, which includes an $8 gua sha.

—Originally published on Dec. 5, 2018, 3:00 a.m. PT