40 White Elephant Gift Ideas for Every Member of the Family
Family holiday parties can be awkward: You’re dealing with potential out-of-left-field remarks from your one outspoken relative, you’re surrounded by lots of ugly Christmas sweaters, and you just can’t remember your cousin’s girlfriend’s name for the life of you. That tension can be hard to break (we try with the wine, we fail with the inevitable hangover), but a guaranteed goofy way of keeping things lighthearted is a good old-fashioned game of Yankee Swap — AKA White Elephant. The goal here is to find the weirdest ways to make your family laugh while getting them something that’s still sort of cool and to avert attention from the grumblings over no open oven space. Scroll through for our list of 40 perfectly wacky white elephant gifts to give every member of your family.
White Elephant Gift Ideas for Your Mom
You look up to your mom for balancing everything. Show her love by helping her balance some poinsettias on the mantel.
She’ll look goofy, but she will absolutely use it all the time (perfect for rainy grocery store trips).
Keep that vino chilled without watering it down.
Let’s face it — the corners are the best part! This pan knows what’s up.
Turn that minivan into a mini ballroom.
Combine your mom’s favorite book (which you really hate to admit) with your love of bacon (which you aren’t afraid to admit, because, duh, bacon is amazing).
Give props to your mom by letting her know she’s your original Girl Boss.
Now moms everywhere can Facebook and wine safely.
How dad can smell like summer bonfires all year long.
White Elephant Gift Ideas for Your Dad
For office gross-outs/gags and the ultimate sandwich protection.
Even fender benders should have a sense of humor.
For the dad on the go who has no time for silly spoons.
This doormat makes the dad joke so your dad won’t have to.
Your dad’s love of Caddyshack and golf shouldn’t have to stop at T-shirts.
This is the magic that can happen when millennial technology dresses up as a retro TV set.
<em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Big-Bad-Book-Bill-Murray/dp/1594748012/" target="_blank">The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray</a></em>
Let’s face it — even your dad wishes Bill Murray was his dad.
Handlebar mustache and messenger bag not included.
White Elephant Gift Ideas for Your Brother
Encourage craftiness and some sweet tunes with this kit (just no smashing, because mom would get soooooo mad).
Take every canned drink up a level.
These tallboys aren’t just a grown-up college throwback; they’ll be crazy useful during a weekend camping getaway.
<em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Know-How-Cook-Book/dp/1440584753/" target="_blank">The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book </a></em>
With this handy book, there will be no excuse for nightly frozen pizzas.
As kids, virtual reality seemed like the craziest cool science stuff we can imagine. Even in the age of smartphones, you can still live out that childhood magic (through cardboard, no less).
For the rainy day Jedi in all of us. The (wind) force is strong with this one.
Cup and ball: The hipster edition.
Every girl wanted a little crystal garden. Grown-ass ladies should be able to live that dream too!
White Elephant Gift Ideas for Your Sister
The power that comes with a full mug of coffee, amirite?
Rock your love of the SNICK era on your sleeve (or your jean jacket).
Buy this for your sis now; steal it from her later.
For the cat-loving sis who likes to represent her feline love (or who’s just really into Ariana Grande).
Share a slice (and some love) with your OG besties.
Commemorate your favorite sisterly jams with this crazy-cozy pillow!
Not every restaurant has Sriracha, and a girl has to be prepared.
Your grandma will never lose track of her merlot at a family party again.
White Elephant Gift Ideas for Your Grandparents
Getting a dog for your grandparents: kind of a burden. Getting them this big ol’ Corgi pillow: an adorable addition to the couch (that doesn’t need to go for walks!).
Laundry is a labor of love. Add a special touch to your grandparents’ routine with these clothespins.
Trips to the grocery store just got a lot less painful (literally and figuratively).
Now you can get a custom cartoon portrait of your whole fam! Soon, your grandparents’ walls will quickly be filled with custom cartoon portraits of your whole family.
Turn any coffee table or desk into a mini-game arena.
Chat with your GPs like in the old days without getting a landline.
Warning: once you give it to them, your grandparents will totally make you wear it for the remainder of the family party.