Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ten White Elephant Gift Ideas - Under $25

white elephant gift ideas under 25 office holiday part gift exchange

'Tis the season of the office Christmas party, or the family gift exchange. Either way, it's likely that you'll be involved in some kind of White Elephant Gift exchange this year. The gift should be gender neutral and inexpensive. I've compiled a list of ideas, to help you select a gift!

[caption id="attachment_1037" align="alignleft" width="173"]The Corksicle http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/corkcicle The Corksicle [/caption]

1. Wine-Related Gifts. There are many items at Target, but if you still have time some- the Corksicle is super cute! It keeps the wine chilled to the 'correct' temperature, and doubles as a bottle stopper. You could also do decorative bottle stoppers, a nice electric bottle opener, a pretty pair of wine glasses, or an aerator.

2. Gift Card. This is a super-easy, last minute gift that actually would make me very happy to walk away with! I'd recommend Starbucks or Trader Joe's.

3. Edibles. No, not underwear. Chocolate, cookies or any other holiday goodies! I'd recommend 'buying local'- for extra points. I know that a pound of See's candy would make just about anyone in my office happy! Or try a local bakery, and support small businesses.

4. Popcorn and Movie Tickets. Last year, someone brought a gift card for two movie tickets and chocolate drizzled popcorn - and it was a hit. It is essentially a free date night!

[caption id="attachment_1029" align="alignleft" width="252"]http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/unzipped-glass-zipper-bag Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag [/caption]

5. Candy dish. Another item from uncommon goods, this clever candy dish caught my eye a while back- and this would be a perfect occasion for it!

6. Stationary. This is primarily a female gift, but Thank you cards or nice note cards are always handy to have. I love Papyrus for this type of gift.

7. Gag gifts. I'm terrible at these, and they give me anxiety. But if you are the type of person who could pull it off- this blog has a great list!

8. Board game. Who doesn't love board games?! You can get these for under $20 at Target or Walmart.

9. Chia Pet. I've always wanted to bring one to a gift exchange. I think this would be an awesome gift to take home! There is quite a variety available on Amazon.com.

[caption id="attachment_1033" align="alignleft" width="148"]http://www.target.com/p/philips-usb-powered-lighted-green-glass-tree/-/A-14092995#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=USB christmas tree LED USB-Powered Christmas Tree[/caption]

10. USB Plug In Desktop Items. This seems to be a new trend. Our Executive Assistant has this one, from Target. Just Google it, there are so many options!

And lastly, you can always go with a bottle of alcohol (or wine). It's not very creative, but that always works. I hope I've given you some decent ideas. Are you going to a gift exchange this year?


What's your favorite item that you've received at one of these events?


  1. Personally, I love a Starbucks gift card. A lot of time the Elephant gifts are based on a person's personal taste which may not be the same as yours. My husband brought home the ugliest chicken figurine one year.

  2. OMG - Chia Pet! brilliant idea! I have a work gift exchange coming up, could be the item i choose! :)

  3. I love the USB LED Christmas Tree.

  4. Oh I love the first idea! I even did a Wine themed gifts this year.

  5. I love the Starbucks gift card too. I spend wayyy too much money there, so that helps!

  6. I have ALWAYS wanted to bring that. but I never think of it early enough!

  7. I thought that was cute, but you have to order in advance- so think ahead!

  8. Great ideas!! I love the chocolate drizzled popcorn and movie tickets!! What an awesome and easy to make idea!

  9. I love anything wine related and give that often. I haven't seen the product you posted. I have got to check that out!

  10. I've never done a white elephant exchange. Sounds interesting.
    Water Rolls Uphill

  11. It definitely is interesting! Though, sometimes you end up leaving with something you REALLY don't want!!