White Elephant Gifting may very well be one of the best things about Christmas in our eyes. It’s so much fun at the office Christmas party seeing what everyone else got. It’s also a fun tradition in the homes of large families or friendship groups. The fun bit is the exchange, the not so fun bit is picking the best white elephant gift. With so much to choose from it can be difficult to know what to pick. Do we go for novelty items that will likely get a laugh but not much else? Or do we go for something entertaining? Or maybe something gimmicky that actually has a use?! It can feel like a pretty impossible task, especially if you happen to have multiple White Elephant gift exchanges with various groups of people (which is so often the case at Christmas time).

To help you out, we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of The Best White Elephant Gift Ideas for People who Have Everything. In this gift list, you will find a good mixture of novelty, entertainment, and useful. So sit back, pour yourself a beverage of your choice, and get ready for some online retail therapy!

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1. The Voting Game

What better way to get to know everyone at the White Elephant Gift Exchange than this game! This game might require some thick skin but certainly allows for some lighthearted banter back and forth between friends.

Perfect for: those who love a good awkward laugh, sometimes at each other’s expense

2. Beer Soap (Hoppy IPA)

This 100% cruelty-free soap is far less of a novelty than you might have originally thought. It is a handcrafted artisan soap that can be used on the face, body, and even your hair. This particular scent has real IPA Hops Beer in there, giving it a smoky, earthy smell. Beer is actually really good for your skin and hair, so not only will it smell good enough to eat but it will be doing your body a world of good too. The beer buffs in your office or friendship group will thank you for this thoughtful gift with a novelty flair. 

Perfect for: people who know their lager from their ale, people who appreciate the properties of natural ingredients or their skin, anyone who enjoys a beer

3. Exploding Kittens Game

We promise this is nowhere near as gruesome as the title makes it sound. This game is a fast-paced card game, again to Uno, or as some players have noticed Russian Roulette. There is also the Not Suitable for Work Version that makes a hilarious White Elephant for someone in the office for you all to play – adults only of course! The original version promises fun for the whole family though, and you can even buy expansion packs for it. Remember, if you draw a card with an Exploding Kitten… BOOM, it’s over for you! 

Perfect for: the person who always suggests a family or office games night, bringing the whole group together (trust us, everyone is going to want to steal this for themselves) 

4. Desktop Boxing: Knock Out Your Stress!

Desktop games are forever a hit, but this one just knocks our socks off. Desktop boxing is the new stress buster that we think should be on prescription… OK, maybe that’s a little dramatic. Seriously though, this is such a fun gift that would suit any of your office colleagues or even a little tongue in cheek gag for your boss. As a White Elephant gift, we are sure it’ll go down well. After all, isn’t it better to take it out on a punching bag rather than your co-workers? 

Perfect for: the chronically stressed co-worker, the exercise enthusiast, anyone who could benefit from being able to punch something 

5. Hot or Cold Wrap

It’s 2020, who is NOT stressed these days? This white elephant gift is sure to be one that is stolen time after time. This Carex Bed Buddy Heat Wrap / Cold Wrap offers both hot and cold therapy that can easily be placed in painful areas of the body. Whether you want to use it as a heating pad for those stressed out muscles around your neck and shoulders, or as a cold pack for sore joints and muscles, this gift is sure to comfort everyone.

Perfect for: stressed-out folks who want a little relief as we come to the end of 2020

6. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

This little mug warmer is 17 watts, meaning it is powerful enough to keep all of your drinks warm, be they tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or an Irish cream latte (don’t worry, we won’t tell!). The perfect size to pop in your bag for work, or keep next to your home desk, as it doubles up as a coaster. It easily wipes clean and has an extended cord that you can plug in anywhere to make sure it reaches your desk. 

Perfect for: the mom friend who always complains about their coffee going cold, the forever busy co-worker who lets all of their drinks go cold 

7. BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Marker

Have you always wanted a tattoo but never took the plunge? Play around with your favorite designs before you make any permanent decisions. We’re not saying these are a perfect party favor for later on in the night, but some might. 🙂

Perfect for: those who want to express themselves 

8. Create the Love Cards


For those looking for a more meaningful white elephant gift, consider these cards from one of our favorite relationship experts, Mark Groves. Whether you are looking to get to know someone new or deepen your connection with those you are already close with, these cards offer the perfect guidance to deeper connection through conversation.

Perfect for: those who desire deeper meaning in their gift giving

9. Color Changing Shower Head

The best ideas always come to us in the shower! Add a little shimmer to your shower space with this color changing LED shower head. Remember, if you turn off the bathroom lights, as soon as you turn off the water, you’ll be in the dark.

Perfect for: those who are always full of bright ideas

10. Popping Pimples Funny Gift

It wouldn’t be a White Elephant Gift Exchange without something slightly gross and intriguing. This Pimple Popping gag gift definitely ticks that box, that’s for sure. It is a silicone block with holes in, and the holes are filled with fake pus. The aim is to squeeze the holes (or pimple)until the pus pops out, just as it would on your skin. Gross, but also weirdly addictive, especially if you can’t help but pick your own face! 

Perfect for: the colleague who is forever examining their pores at their desk, the family member who is obsessed with popping everyone’s pimples

Final Word

Just like that, our list of The Best Ever White Elephant Gift Ideas for People who have Everything is over! It can be a tough job trying to find something suitable for a White Elephant Exchange, especially when there is no theme and the rules are vague. That being said, we are sure that you will agree with what we said at the start. And that is that there is something here to suit everyone – novelty, entertaining, and some of them are even useful! 

All of the gifts we have chosen out for the list are guaranteed to be a hit at your White Elephant gift exchange, and we are sure everyone will be fighting over them for hours afterward. Hey, you may even want to buy extras for yourself after reading all about them – we certainly want to, especially the Progressive Prep Solutions Microwave S’mores Maker and the Exploding Kittens Game