White Elephant Gift Exchange

Every now and then, I post something funny. 



Tacky Gift ideas for a White Elephant Gift Exchange. For those who don’t know, a white elephant gift exchange is when a group of people buy a gift anywhere from $5 to $25 depending on the group. The gifts are wrapped (or better yet disguised) and each participant is given a number. He or she will take turns picking out a new gift or stealing one that has been unwrapped by another participant. There is a cap on how many times a gift can be stolen – usually 3x but less if time is short.

The quality of the gifts range depending on the theme. One year, I went to one where the theme was re-gifting, that is, taking items that you no longer want or using an unwanted gift from a previous party, and donating it. Another year was a free for all where I literally got a bag of broken car parts. Eh. Others give tasteful gifts, like Giradellis hot cocoa, or useful ones like an 8GB flash drive. I gave “Taken” and ‘Mamma Mia” double feature last year. 

So here’s my list of tacky things that I might give (or gave in the past):

  1. Flashlight
  2. Extension cords
  3. A frying pan
  4. A water bottle filled with goodies
  5. A spatula
  6. A pair of socks – because you can never have enough socks
  7. Justin Bieber CDs (fake vomit)
  8. Fake vomit
  9. The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition – a tie-in to Star Trek: Deep Space 9. The Ferengi are a species that take capitalism to a whole new level… as if the Christmas holidays have not already been transformed into Earth’s version of crass materialism and capitalism.
  10. A wrench
  11. Insect repellent
  12. In ancient Chinese culture, it’s bad form to give a clock as a gift but we’re in America and I’m giving you a battery operated alarm clock anyway.
  13. A bag of Funyuns and a bottle of Sprite
  14. A picture frame
  15. Hand soap
  16. Mouse and mousepad
  17. A box of bullets (true story – my brother did it)

The list can go on forever based on my imagination.

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