The best white elephant home gifts – the presents people actually want

No matter what your gift exchange budget may be, we've got you covered with these white elephant home gift ideas

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White elephant gift exchanges are a time to gift the wacky, wild, and in some cases ultra-useful. If you’re attending a white elephant party where the theme is items for the home, there are so many different gift ideas to consider across a range of gift exchange budgets. 

From home decor to kitchen tools, you can find various unique white elephant gift ideas online at places like Uncommon Goods, World Market, Etsy, and Urban Outfitters. For something more last-minute, even Amazon can be worth checking out, too. 

If you need a few gift ideas to get started, I've got you covered with my top picks for the best white elephant home gift ideas. These are the gifts everyone will actually want. 

White Elephant Home Gift Ideas

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Whether you’re looking for smaller gifts that meet under $15 or $10 gift exchange budgets or have a more splurge-worth spending limit for holiday gifting, there are so many different white elephant home gift ideas to consider. From the humorous to the useful, you can’t go wrong with giving throw pillows with funny phrases, cheeky bar cart accessories, whimsical kitchen tools and utensils, or a classic coaster set. 

White Elephant Gifts Ideas: Bar Cart Accessories

Finding funny, white elephant-worthy home decor gifts for the home can be a tad tricky, but you can always count on bar accessories to deliver on the humor and festive fun. Up ahead, we share our top picks for the best white elephant gift ideas, bar cart edition. 

White Elephant Gift Ideas: Kitchen Tools and Utensils

Kitchen tools and utensils are another home category worth gifting, and you can often find excellent options that meet your white elephant budget. Whether you’re looking to give something more substantial like a set of adorable pot protectors, or need a small under $10 item for a gift topper, we’ve got you covered with these white elephant gift ideas. 

White Elephant Gift Ideas: Spoon Rests

Spoon rests aren’t usually the biggest priority when it comes to home and kitchen accessories, but they’re super useful—and there are so many fun options for a white elephant party. Whether you want to gift something more decorative or are looking for a funny spoon rest for the occasion, we’ve got your gift-shopping needs covered with these finds. 

White Elephant Gift Ideas: Coasters

Coasters and coaster sets are a small gift idea that also works well for white elephant exchanges, especially when you need something that meets a low budget. From retro designs to sculptural sets, here are some of our favorite coaster gifts to give. 

White elephant gifts FAQs

What are white elephant gifts?

A white elephant gift exchange is a game where people blindly pick gifts in the hope of getting the best possible present. Gifts are usually inexpensive and humorous. Variations on the game include various rules about swapping presents. 

What should I give as a white elephant gift?

These presents are usually a joke, but the ones we've picked all have some actual use too. Gifts tend to be under $50, so themed kitchen utensils and home gifts are the sort of thing people genuinely want. 

Jessie Quinn
Contributing editor

Jessie Quinn is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle writer with work published in The Spruce, Apartment Therapy, Well + Good, PEOPLE, and more. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in fashion journalism from Academy of Art University and uses her background in fashion to inform her home decor coverage. Her personal home decor style falls somewhere at the intersection of eclectic vintage and modern maximalist, but she's drawn to all types of designs and styles. When she's not writing, you can find Jessie working on a variety of DIY and craft projects, including crocheting, sewing, and jewelry-making.