White Elephant, a.k.a. Dirty Santa, a.k.a. Rob Your Neighbor, gift exchanges have become the highlight of the Christmas season for my family and friends. In a normal year, I have to buy gifts for three to four of these type gift exchanges and they are always fun to shop for. Sometimes I need a functional gift, sometimes it's funny, and sometimes it's just an alcohol exchange (looking at you, Book Club). This year the OOLA team contributed some of their favorite white elephant gifts that run the spectrum from functional to funny. Browse this year's best White Elephant gifts (or whatever name you swear by), and Happy Everything!
Winter is coming, and date nights during a pandemic are made for cookbooks like this.
Last year, someone brought one of these to our family exchange at it was the most sought after gift of everyone, from grandma to my 14 year old cousin.
It's impossible to have enough travel mugs. They get lost often, or they always seem to be dirty when you need them most. Society6 has so many great options to choose from no matter what kind of white elephant party you are attending
You may not want to remember 2020 anytime soon, but having an ornament to laugh at for years to come is one way to make the most of it.
We love a good diffuser, but they aren't the most decor-friendly items in your home. This diffuser changes the game.
Having a good game on-hand is a must, and also a great gift you wouldn't think to buy yourself. This is a highly recommended game for all ages!
Entertaining is an art and having go-to recipes for every occasion is an adulthood staple.
I'd fight someone in hand-to-hand combat for this gift.
Once you try a Turkish towel you will never again go back to regular ol' beach towels. They dry quickly, are lightweight, and are the perfect blend of functional and cute in a gift.
If we've said it once, we've said it a hundred times. Old people love their hummingbird feeders. Watch grandma go crazy for this one.
The only thing better than Christmas is Jason Mamoa. Who wouldn't want to carefully color this bod?
Bring this to the family gift exchange and watch that one uncle hopefully pick it.
Booze is always with MVP of a white elephant exchange, and these were the MVP of our summer. Gift these or take them home for yourself.
Functional and delicious! No more need to drive hungover to McDonald's ever again.
PSA: Stop bringing your phone with you to poop. Learn while you do your business, and give this as a great white elephant gift.