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White Elephant Gift Ideas That Work for Any Exchange

BY: GROUPON EDITORS | 11.1.2016 |

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The white elephant gift exchange is a delicate dance of tact and frugality. Striking the right balance of silliness, practicality, and cool factor with your gift is, of course, ideal—everyone wants their gift to be the one that's coveted and repeatedly stolen. But hitting even more than one element of that trifecta is difficult, especially if you're working within the constraints of a price limit for your gift. To help out, we've rounded up 11 products from our deal inventory that make great white elephant gift ideas, whether you're exchanging gifts with friends, family, or coworkers.

 

Fred and Friends Silicone Tea Infusers

Fred and Friends Silicone Tea Infusers (from $9)

We're pretty sure it's impossible to be sad when there's a smiling sloth hanging onto the inside of your tea mug.

Shop: Fred and Friends Silicone Tea Infusers from $9

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Star Wars Ice-Cube/Dessert/Gelatin Molds

Star Wars Ice-Cube/Dessert/Gelatin Molds (from $8.99)

Watching Han Solo's carbonite encasement slowly melt away in your iced drink is not only more fun than doing the same with an ice cube, but it's also faithful to the plot of Return of the Jedi.

Shop: Star Wars Ice-Cube/Dessert/Gelatin Molds (from $8.99)

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Jawbone Up24 Fitness Activity Tracker

Jawbone Up24 Fitness Activity Tracker ($14.99, Refurbished)

Not every white elephant gift needs to be a practical joke, and it's always a good feeling to be the one who brings the one "serious" gift everybody wants.

Shop: Jawbone Up24 Fitness Activity Tracker for $14.99.

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Cookie-Pocket Mug

Cookie-Pocket Mug ($19.99)

Sure, any mug could hold cookies or hot chocolate, but not both at once.

Shop: Cookie-pocket mug $19.99

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World Travel Scratch Map

World Travel Scratch Map ($15.99)

This is a much prettier and easier way to explain all the places you've been than scrawling "BEEN HERE" on the countries on your globe.

Shop: World travel scratch map for $15.99.

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Shot Roulette Casino Game

Shot Roulette Casino Game ($14.99)

I mean, nobody ever really loses when roulette's set up like this, do they?

Shop: Shot roulette game for $14.99

Shop all adult party games.

 

LiLi Puppy-Shaped Pillow

LiLi Puppy-Shaped Pillow ($15.99)

You really think someone in a gift exchange is gonna look at a freaking puppy and pass it up? Didn't think so.

Shop: LiLi Puppy-Shaped Pillow for $15.99

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Bacon Bloody-Mary Mix with Maple-Bacon Salt

Bacon Bloody-Mary Mix with Maple-Bacon Salt (from $19.99)

The best part about this white elephant gift exchange idea is that you can make whoever ends up with it "try it out" by mixing up some glasses for everyone at the party.

Shop: Bacon Bloody-Mary Mix with Maple-Bacon Salt from $19.99

Shop all drink mixers.

 

Mars and another space rock

One Acre of Land on Mars ($15)

There aren't many gifts that you can say are literally out of this world.

Shop: One Acre of Land on Mars for $15

 

ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary Series: Season I, Volume I Gift Set

ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary Series: Season I, Volume I Gift Set ($17.99)

Even those who aren't die-hard sports fans rave about these docs' outstanding production and storytelling, making them an excellent pick for a gift anyone will love.

Shop: ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary Series: Season I, Volume I Gift Set for $17.99.

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