Some silly, some sweet. These quirky white elephant gifts are sure to be a hit. 
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No holiday season is complete without a white elephant gift exchange. Whether it’s an annual tradition with hometown friends or an office party swap with coworkers, it’s all about bringing the fun. We’ve rounded up our favorite quirky white elephant gifts for you to give this year, from foodie picks like a dumpling nightlight and ranch cookbook, to show favorites such as a Friends door phone case and Downton Abbey tea set. No matter what you choose, these white elephant gift ideas will surely be sought after.

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Dumpling Nightlight

This cute dumpling is love at first light. Thanks to its battery-operated glow, it makes an adorable bedside buddy and will be a darling addition to your nightstand. It is just about four inches tall and comes in four colors: clear, pink, purple, and tan.

Buy It: Smoko UO Exclusive Dumpling Light ($22, Urban Outfitters)

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Bath Wine Holder

What better way to wine down at the end of a long day than with a good soak in the tub, a glass of Chardonnay in hand. This stemware holder is held up by hand-picked beach stones and suctions seamlessly to your wall. Bonus: It comes with a BPA-free wine glass, so you don’t have to worry about it slipping and breaking mid-bath. 

Buy It: Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder ($38, Uncommon Goods)

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Ranch Cookbook

You’re sure to be elevated to best friend status when the wrapping falls off this funny white elephant gift. Not only does it come with deliciously creamy recipes they can’t wait to dip into—like ranch mac and cheese and ranch frittatas—but it also features fun facts about the history of America’s favorite dressing. 

Buy It: Ranch Cookbook ($21, Amazon)

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Sports Mug

You've never eaten cereal like this before! These fun mugs were designed by Max, a "kid entrepreneur" and sports fan who wanted to make meal times a little more fun. The mugs are available in basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball themes and are dishwasher safe.

Buy It: Playful Sports Mugs ($25, Uncommon Goods)

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Harry Potter Socks

Watch Potterheads swap like crazy for these Harry Potter socks. The nostalgic designs were pulled straight from the series’ original book covers, making them a classic addition to any fan’s collection, no matter what house they’re in. Just be sure to keep an eye on those Slytherins, or these sought-after socks might slip away.

Buy It: Harry Potter Socks ($15, John's Crazy Socks)

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Milk & Cookies Shot Glass Making Kit

Milk and cookie shots? Sign us up! These silicone molds from Dominique Ansel, creator of the cronut, are here to make your cookie dreams come true. The set comes with eight individual molds that are dishwasher-safe and feature flexible tabs to help pop your fresh-baked cookie shots right out. 

Buy It: Milk & Cookies Shot Glass Making Kit ($20, Uncommon Goods)

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Marshmallow Roasting Skewers

Forget found twigs. Campfires are about to get far more stylish thanks to these marshmallow-handle roasting skewers. And they’re much sturdier, too. Made with stainless steel, they extend 12 to 32 inches and are dishwasher safe. Pair them with all the makings of a s’more for the ultimate white elephant gift.

Buy It: Marshmallow Roasting Skewers ($20, Amazon)

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Downton Abbey Gift Box

Pinkies up! Your Downton Abbey super-fan friends will swoon over this fine tea gift featuring their favorite show. This holiday-ready blend of earl grey black tea with bergamot oil and vanilla.

Buy It: Downton Abbey Estate Blend ($13, World Market)

millenials vs boomers game
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Trivia Game

This is one gift the whole group can enjoy after the White Elephant exchange is over. Break out the generational trivia and find out who knows the correct answers to these 200+ questions.

Buy It: Millennials Vs. Boomers Trivia Game ($18, Uncommon Goods)

pink silk sleep mask
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Silk Sleep Mask

Give the gift of restful sleep, whether they're cozied up at home or jet setting to far-off destinations. This silly sleep mask is as cool as a cucumber, and is made with 100% pure grade silk so the recipient can sleep like a queen! It comes in seven different colors and prints and is machine-washable.

Buy It: Silk Sleep Mask ($29, Brooklinen)

prosecco pong game
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Prosecco Pong Drinking Game

Forget beer pong. This Prosecco version classes things up and has arrived just in time for your New Year’s Eve celebration. The box set comes with 12 plastic Prosecco glasses and three pink ping pong balls. We’ll cheers to that. 

Buy It: Prosecco Pong Drinking Game ($12, Walmart)

ramen noodle ornament
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Ramen Noodle Ornament

Gone are the days of candy canes and popcorn strings. There’s a new tasty ornament in town! This pack of ramen noodles will be a fun addition to the traditional ornaments sprinkled on the Christmas tree. Plus, it's the perfect way to pay tribute to those college days spent studying alongside the beloved cup of noodles. 

Buy It: Ramen Noodle Ornament ($28, Sur la Table)

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Desktop Cornhole

Why not start the tailgate early? Grab your coworkers and get a game of cornhole going right from your desk with this miniature kit. It comes with two raised platforms, eight bean bags, and an illustrated book about the popular lawn game.

Buy It: Desktop Cornhole ($10, Amazon)

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Chardonnay Go Party Game

Partygoers may think this white elephant gift is a bottle of wine at first, but it’s even better. It’s classic board game meets charades, and features 160 challenge cards and six player barrels. Game night parties just got even more fun!

Buy It: Chardonnay Go Party Game ($30, Amazon)

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Terrarium Candle

These candles smell as pretty as they look! And the gorgeous cacti and flowers inside require no watering—win! The candles are available in two scents: The cactus candle smells like pine and vanilla, while the poppy candle smells like white tea and jasmine.

Buy It: Terrarium Candle ($26, Uncommon Goods)

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Two-Sided Puzzle

Fine art photographer Gray Malin, known for his stunning aerial photographs, turns two of his best pieces into puzzle form. Bask in the sun beachside or hit cool ocean reef waters on the other. Either way, this 500-piece puzzle is sure to be a hit.

Buy It: Gray Malin The Beach Two-Sided Puzzle ($25, Gray Malin)

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Pocket Disco Ball

If you’re wondering where the party’s at, it’s with the lucky winner of this white elephant gift. This pocket-sized disco ball lights up with your phone, thanks to its easy USB plug. Plus it’s got two modes to match your mood: still light or spinning. Hello, impromptu dance parties!

Buy It: Pocket Disco Light ($11, The Paper Store)

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Plant Sitting Watering Stakes

Headed out of town or just forget to water your plants? (Hey, we’re not judging.) These clever terracotta stakes have your back. Just fill a wine bottle with water and turn it upside down into the stake. They’re best paired with water-loving plants like hibiscus, papyrus, herbs, and ferns.

Buy It: Plant Sitting Watering Stakes ($20, Uncommon Goods)

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Sushi Salt & Pepper Shakers

Pass the…sashimi? Uh, yes, please! These ceramic, shaped salt & pepper shakers are so cute, you’ll want to eat them. Buy them as a set but just warning: they may cause major sushi cravings! 

Buy It: Sashimi Salt and Pepper Shakers ($12, Amazon)


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