33 white elephant gift ideas that no one will want to give up

Jillian Ortiz and Daniel Boan and Chassie Post
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While the holidays may look different this year, at least one tradition remains the same: the Secret Santa and white elephant gift exchange. This year, we’ve found the ultimate white elephant gifts to wow your fellow swappers — so if you're looking for the best Secret Santa gifts, look no further.

From ugly Christmas sweaters to Bluetooth speakers, this treasure trove of cheeky and useful white elephant gift ideas is sure to bring out the holiday (and competitive) spirit in all. Let the games begin!

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Secret Santa gifts under $15

1. Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy

Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy

Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy (Amazon / Amazon)
Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy $7.99 at Amazon

  • Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy $7.99 at Target

  • Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy $12.95 at Barnes and Noble

This miniature inflatable tube guy has a fan at the bottom so he'll dance and inflate wherever you put him.

2. The Screaming Goat

The Screaming Goat (Book & Figure)

The Screaming Goat (Book & Figure) (Amazon / Amazon)
The Screaming Goat (Book & Figure) (Amazon / Amazon)

This one's exactly what it looks like: a goat figurine that screams when you press it! Perfect for that co-worker that needs to let out a little frustration.

3. "The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes," by Robin Davis

"The Star Wars Cook Book," by Robin Davis

The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes (Amazon) (Amazon / Amazon)
The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes (Amazon) (Amazon / Amazon)
  • "The Star Wars Cook Book," by Robin Davis $13.99 at Amazon

  • "The Star Wars Cook Book," by Robin Davis $13.99 at Target

This bestseller was published in 1998 and has gained popularity recently with the release of the latest movies in the epic space saga. From C-3PO pancakes to Jedi juice bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats and easy main courses that no rebel can resist.

4. Paladone Friends TV Show Draw it Game

Paladone Friends TV Show Draw it Game

Paladone Friends TV Show Draw it Game (Amazon / Amazon)
Paladone Friends TV Show Draw it Game (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Paladone Friends TV Show Draw it Game $12.99 at Amazon

  • Paladone Friends TV Show Draw it Game $13.99 at The Paper Store

This game puts any Friends fanatic's memory to the test. The countdown is on to draw and recreate iconic scenes from the show before time is up!

5. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer $10.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Anyone working from home will appreciate this essential to keep their morning cup of coffee hot for hours on end.

6. MarissaMakesIt Potholder Gift Set

MarissaMakesIt Potholder Gift Set

MarissaMakesIt Potholder Gift Set
MarissaMakesIt Potholder Gift Set

MarissaMakesIt Potholder Gift Set $14.99 at Etsy

This adorable seasonal gift set can help them get a head start on holiday baking so they can curl up on the couch with freshly baked goods and binge-watch Christmas movies.

7. L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Holiday Ornament

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Holiday Ornament

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Holiday Ornament (Amazon / Amazon)
L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Holiday Ornament (Amazon / Amazon)
  • L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Holiday Ornament $14.00 at Sephora

  • L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Holiday Ornament $14.00 at QVC

Winter is here, which means dry skin is ready to rear its ugly head. This set from L'Occitane features three festive skin care essentials loaded with nourishing shea butter, which is sure to keep you moisturized all winter long.

8. Food Only 15 Days of Socks

Men's Food Only 15 Days of Socks Advent Calendar

Men's Food Only 15 Days of Socks Advent Calendar - Assorted Colors One Size
Men's Food Only 15 Days of Socks Advent Calendar - Assorted Colors One Size

Men's Food Only 15 Days of Socks Advent Calendar $15.00 at Target

Quirky socks are a hilarious gift for an office gift exchange — so how can you go wrong with 15 pairs decorated with everyone's fave comfort foods?

9. "Wow, No Thank You," by Samantha Irby

Wow, No Thank You.: Essays

Wow, No Thank You.: Essays (Amazon / Amazon)
Wow, No Thank You.: Essays (Amazon / Amazon)

Samantha Irby has been renowned on the internet for a long while due to her wildly funny blog Bitches Gotta Eat and hilarious recaps of daytime court TV shows. Now the bestselling writer is back with her fourth collection of essays with a title that perfectly describes 2020.

10. Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Dash Mini Waffle Maker (Amazon / Amazon)
Dash Mini Waffle Maker (Amazon / Amazon)

Who doesn't love waffles? This tiny but mighty waffle maker is bound to be a hit — especially since it has over 90,000 reviews on Amazon.

11. Bob Ross: Paint with Water

Bob Ross Paint with Water

Bob Ross Paint with Water - (Paperback)
Bob Ross Paint with Water - (Paperback)
  • Bob Ross Paint with Water $12.79 at Target

  • Bob Ross Paint with Water $14.71 at Bookshop

  • Bob Ross Paint with Water $12.78 at Amazon

Paint your own happy little trees and landscapes with this watercolor book inspired by the public television icon.

12. Don't Speak! Coffee Mug

Don't Speak! Funny Coffee Mug

Don't Speak! Funny Coffee Mug (Amazon / Amazon)
Don't Speak! Funny Coffee Mug (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Don't Speak! Funny Coffee Mug $14.99 at Amazon

  • Don't Speak! Funny Coffee Mug $16.99 at Walmart

If you're heading to a work holiday party, this sassy coffee mug is sure to be hit with any coworkers who can't do anything before that first sip of coffee.

Secret Santa gifts under $25

1. Herb & Louis Cocktail Infused Ice Cubes

Herb & Lou's Cocktail Infused Ice Cubes

  • Herb & Lou's Cocktail Infused Ice Cubes $18.00 at UncommonGoods

  • Herb & Lou's Cocktail Infused Ice Cubes $17.95 at The Grommet

  • Herb & Lou's Cocktail Infused Ice Cubes $18.99 at Anthropologie

Say goodbye to watery cocktails! These cubes are infused with flavors, including cucumber watermelon to pair with tequila and blood orange to pair with bourbon.

2. Craft A Brew Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

Craft A Brew Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

Craft A Brew Homemade Hot Sauce Kit
Craft A Brew Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

Craft A Brew Homemade Hot Sauce Kit $24.99 at The Paper Store

The hot sauce enthusiast in your life will appreciate the chance to craft their own concoctions. This kit comes with four reusable bottles and two different blends that they can use to enjoy for weeks on end.

3. Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Small Tumbler Candle

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Small Tumbler Candle

This one might just win Secret Santa. Everyone's favorite holiday scent is an affordable and popular pick for the season.

4. Designworks Ink "Bon Appetit" Recipe Notebook Set

Designworks Ink "Bon Appetit" Recipe Notebook Set

Designworks Ink "Bon Appetit" Recipe Notebook Set $20.30 at Macy's

Whether you know someone who can't wait for their next issue of Bon Appétit magazine or simply someone that loves to cook, this set is perfect. It includes five notebooks that they can use to keep track of all of their recipes and it covers everything from the main course to dessert.

5. 2021 Cartoons from The New Yorker Day-to-Day Calendar

2021 Cartoons from The New Yorker Day-to-Day Calendar

2021 Cartoons from The New Yorker Day-to-Day Calendar
2021 Cartoons from The New Yorker Day-to-Day Calendar
  • 2021 Cartoons from The New Yorker Day-to-Day Calendar $15.99 at Barnes and Noble

  • 2021 Cartoons from The New Yorker Day-to-Day Calendar $14.39 at Amazon

  • 2021 Cartoons from The New Yorker Day-to-Day Calendar $14.71 at Bookshop

2021 will be here before you know it, so ring in the new year with a calendar filled with witty, provocative cartoons from The New Yorker.

6. Unicomidea Light-Up Christmas Hat

Fa-La-La-La Llama Ugly Sweater LED Christmas Hat

LED Christmas Hat Awesome Light-Up FA-LA-LA Llama Knitted Ugly Sweater Holiday Xmas Sheep Beanie Winter Warm Colorful Lights Flashing Hat Knit Cap Christmas Decorations for Youth Men Women (Amazon / Amazon)
LED Christmas Hat Awesome Light-Up FA-LA-LA Llama Knitted Ugly Sweater Holiday Xmas Sheep Beanie Winter Warm Colorful Lights Flashing Hat Knit Cap Christmas Decorations for Youth Men Women (Amazon / Amazon)

Fa-La-La-La Llama Ugly Sweater LED Christmas Hat $13.99 at Amazon

This beanie will pair perfectly with your ugly Christmas sweater. It features blinking LED lights and a cozy llama ready for the season.

7. "The One with All the Recipes: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends"

The One with All the Recipes: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends

Hover to zoom.  The One with All the Recipes: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends By Teresa Finney
Hover to zoom. The One with All the Recipes: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends By Teresa Finney
  • The One with All the Recipes: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends $22.46 at Amazon

  • The One with All the Recipes: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends $22.49 at Barnes and Noble

  • The One with All the Recipes: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Friends $21.37 at Books A Million

This cookbook is sure to be a huge hit at your gift exchange, especially if there's a few Friends fanatics there who've seen every episode at least 15 times. Whip up delicious dishes inspired by the iconic sitcom. Thanksgiving turkey for one, anyone?

8. Poo-Pourri In A Pinch Pack

Poo~Pourri In A Pinch Pack

Poo~Pourri In A Pinch Pack
Poo~Pourri In A Pinch Pack
  • Poo~Pourri In A Pinch Pack $19.99 at Ulta

  • Poo~Pourri In A Pinch Pack $17.99 at Amazon

  • Poo~Pourri In A Pinch Pack $19.99 at Walmart

This is the ultimate set for going on-the-go since it contains five pocket-sized bottles of Poo-Pourri that can conveniently fit in your purse, backpack, luggage or any other kind of baggage you're toting.

9. H2GO! Unicorn Snow Tube

H2OGO! 69" Unicorn Snow Tube

H2OGO! 69" Unicorn Snow Tube
H2OGO! 69" Unicorn Snow Tube
  • H2OGO! 69" Unicorn Snow Tube $19.99 at Target

  • H2OGO! 69" Unicorn Snow Tube $19.99 at Walmart

  • H2OGO! 69" Unicorn Snow Tube $25.00 at Macy's

If you dream of riding a unicorn, now’s your chance! This giant inflatable snow tube brings out the kid in all of us.

10. "Raining Men" Bubble Dome Umbrella

"Raining Men" Bubble Dome Umbrella

Raining Men Clear Bubble Dome Umbrella (Amazon) (Amazon / Amazon)
Raining Men Clear Bubble Dome Umbrella (Amazon) (Amazon / Amazon)

"Raining Men" Bubble Dome Umbrella $22.95 at Amazon

The Weather Girls have inspired a first-rate white elephant gift! So don’t be surprised if the recipient of this clever umbrella starts singing, “It’s raining men, hallelujah!” at the top of their lungs upon opening.

11. Bob Ross Chia Pet

Bob Ross Chia Pet

Bob Ross Chia Pet (Amazon / Amazon)
Bob Ross Chia Pet (Amazon / Amazon)

Celebrate "The Joy of Painting" every day with this Bob Ross planter, which is currently Amazon's Choice for Chia Pets.

Secret Santa gifts under $50

1. Table Topics Game

Table Topics Game

Video call conversations can get repetitive, but each of these sets of cards contain fun conversation starters to get everyone engaged.

2. Pinch Provisions Tech Kit

Pinch Provisions Tech Kit

  • Pinch Provisions Tech Kit $27.00 at Madewell

  • Pinch Provisions Tech Kit $27.00 at Macy's

  • Pinch Provisions Tech Kit $27.00 at Revolve

Perfect for the tech lover in the friend group, this kit includes a bunch of accessories to keep their gear in top shape. It includes everything from a phone charger to a screen cloth.

3. Ouai Chill Pills Bath Bombs

OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs

OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs
OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs
  • OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs $30.00 at Ulta

  • OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs $30.00 at Sephora

  • OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs $30.00 at Amazon

If you have a friend or colleague who needs to take a chill pill, give them several this holiday season! Made with hemp, jojoba and safflower seed oil, these bath bombs are specifically designed to nurture and soothe your body.

4. The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt

The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt

The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt (Amazon / Amazon)
The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt (Amazon / Amazon)
  • The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt $42.99 at The Paper Store

  • The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt $39.99 at Target

This cozy and oversized sweatshirt is basically a blanket you can wear. There's even a handy pocket in the front to stash a few snacks.

5. Fire TV Stick 4K

Fire TV Stick 4K

Fire TV Stick (Amazon / Amazon)
Fire TV Stick (Amazon / Amazon)

The Fire TV Stick is perfect for the TV aficionado in your life. This streaming stick has access to popular apps like Netflix, Hulu and Disney+.

6. Truff Hot Sauce

Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce

TRUFF Hot Sauce -- White Truffle (Amazon / Amazon)
TRUFF Hot Sauce -- White Truffle (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce $34.99 at Amazon

  • Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce $34.99 at Truff

  • Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce $35.00 at Macy's

This truffle oil-infused hot sauce was one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2019, so you know it'll be a hit.

7. Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug

Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug

Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug (Amazon / Amazon)
Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug $22.39 at Amazon

  • Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug $22.46 at Dick's Sporting Goods

  • Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug $22.39 at REI

This travel-friendly coffee mug is designed to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours.

8. Burrito Blanket

Burrito Blanket

CASOFU Burrito Blanket (Amazon / Amazon)
CASOFU Burrito Blanket (Amazon / Amazon)

Burrito Blanket $43.99 at Amazon

This blanket is perfect for any burrito-loving friend you know — and it's bound to get stolen more than a few times during a white elephant exchange.

9. Le Chateau Wine Decanter

Le Chateau Wine Decanter

Le Chateau Wine Decanter - Hand Blown Lead-free Crystal Glass - Red Wine Carafe - Wine Gift - Wine Accessories (Amazon / Amazon)
Le Chateau Wine Decanter - Hand Blown Lead-free Crystal Glass - Red Wine Carafe - Wine Gift - Wine Accessories (Amazon / Amazon)

Le Chateau Wine Decanter $49.95 at Amazon

This elegant wine carafe is hard to beat for a wine lover.

10. VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker

VicTsing SoundHot Bluetooth Shower Speaker

VicTsing SoundHot Bluetooth Shower Speaker (Amazon / Amazon)
VicTsing SoundHot Bluetooth Shower Speaker (Amazon / Amazon)

VicTsing SoundHot Bluetooth Shower Speaker $32.98 at Amazon

Shower singers can put on the perfect bathroom concert with this portable waterproof speaker. It features a handy clip so you can hang it in the shower or attach it to a backpack for on-the-go listening.

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