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White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $50

One of my favorite holiday traditions is a White Elephant gift exchange, so today I’ve got a gift guide full of White Elephant gift ideas under $50!

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There are lots of different names for it. Some call it a Yankee Swap, and I’ve also heard it called Dirty Santa, but the basic premise is the same. Everyone playing must bring a wrapped gift, generally under a certain dollar limit. Everyone draws a number, which determines the order of turns. When it’s one person’s turn, he or she can chose a new gift or take one from someone else.

Beyond that, the rules start to get a little bit muddy, but everyone goes home with a gift at the end of the night. You can get all the variations via Google, but I’m here to share some gift ideas, should you be invited to a White Elephant Gift Exchange or a Yankee Swap or a Dirty Santa party… you get the idea!

Some parties focus the gifts around gag gifts, but the best ones I’ve attended (and I’ve attended many over the years) are the ones that leave a lot of room for creativity. It’s more interesting when there’s a mix of gag gifts and really great gifts. That’s when the stealing (or swapping) gets a lot more competitive… and a lot more fun.

Generally there is a dollar limit, and $25 is pretty standard, so for the purposes of this posts, I kept all of these gift ideas under $50. That way, even if you’re not going to a White Elephant Gift Exchange, these ideas can be used for teacher gifts, hostess gifts, gifts for your bestie, or anyone else on your list for whom $50 is the top of your budget.

Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50

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#1. Set of Two 12 oz. Insulated Tumblers // I have a bunch of these, and we use them as stemless wine glasses for outdoor gatherings. That said, you can use them for coffee or tea, or any other hot or cold beverage of your choice. They’re sweat proof, shatter resistant, and dishwasher safe.

#2. Silicone Slip Resistant Oven Mitts // I love my silicone oven mitts. They’re so much easier to clean than the cloth ones, and they look cool too. These come in a bunch of colors, and they’re a nice versatile gift for anyone.#3. Streaming Decider Dice // For your most indecisive friend…Roll the dice with this family-friendly set that makes choosing what to watch together an adventure.

#4. Godiva Hot Chocolate 3 Tin Set // Nothing puts me in the holiday mood like a mug of hot chocolate, and this Godiva gift set is made with the best chocolate and high-quality, all-natural ingredients.

#5. Awaken and Refresh Shower Steamers // No time for a bath? I getcha, girl. Just place one of these essential oil-infused aromatherapy tablets on the floor of your shower, and turn on the water. The tablet will gently fizz, releasing spa-inspired scents that turn the shower into a mood-transforming spa.

#6. Bella Cake Pop Maker // Who doesn’t love a cake pop!? This powerful 650 watt heating system makes 12 delicious cake pops in minutes. The power and ready indicator lights make for hassle free cooking, and the PFOA free, nonstick coating makes for easy clean up.

#7. Slip Hair Ties // I know, these have been in more of my gift guides than any other item, but the price point and presentation was begging to be added to this post. These silk hair ties are so cute and so practical. If you don’t have a reason to gift them, get a set for yourself. There is also this little box set with six of the mini hair ties.

#8. Things They Don’t Teach You in School Game // If your crowd likes a good party game, this one looks like tons of fun.

#9. Lexon Wireless Charger & UV Cleaner // They can recharge and sanitize their phone with this sleek and convenient device that uses UV light to eliminate 99.9% of screen germs in 20 minutes, and it’s currently on sale for under $50!

#10. Cocktail Infused Ice Cubes // Just freeze one of these elegant infusion ice cubes, pop it of the package, and drop into your favorite liquor or mixer. Shake them up with liquor and mixers for a quick cocktail, or let the liquor slowly dissolve the cubes for a refined drink on the rocks. Best of all, these are made just a few minutes from me in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania!

#11. Printworks Chess Set // For the chess lover, this small set is chic and practical.

#12. Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette // My go-to eye shadow palette is a great under-$50 gift to bring to a party or gift to your beauty-loving girlfriend.

#13. Therapy Dough // Useful and also kind of a cute gift, this therapy dough is perfect for anyone struggling with anxiety/depression. It is infused with essential oils to help fight the fidgets, ease tension, and brighten your day. And it’s made in Portland, Maine!

#14. Set of 4 Holiday Stemless Wine Glasses // Love me some cute wineglasses, and this stemless set isn’t as prone to breakage.

#15. Hot and Cold Aromatherapy Neck Wrap // A great way to relax at the end of a long day, this aromatherapy neck and shoulder wrap combines heat and cooling therapy with aromatherapy to relieve muscle stress, pain, and tension.

#16. Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit // These herbs and spices allow you explore the core flavors of four international cuisines. Start your journey in France with herbs de Provence, tour Italy with oregano and crushed red pepper flakes, dash over to Spain with a pinch of smoked paprika, then zip to the Levant with za’atar. Recipes and bread pairings are included.

#17. I Should Have Known That Game // Meet your next party game! Rather than giving you points for knowing lots of obscure, boring factoids, in this trivia game, you lose points for missing questions about things you really ought to know.

#18. National Parks of America 1000 Piece Puzzle // Because what is more relaxing than piecing together a puzzle by the fire in the wintertime?

#19. 24 Days of Teas Advent Calendar // Tea lovers will enjoy this fun twist on the advent calendar.

#20. Set of 4 Holiday Stackable Mugs // These mugs are so fun and festive, you won’t want to hide them in your cabinet, and they stack neatly so as to take up less room on the counter. They’re dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.

#21. Set of 10 Silicone Straws // A cute little travel pack of ten silicone straws in a fun assortment of colors, complete with four travel cases and cleaning squeegees.

#22. Recycled Cashmere Gloves // A gorgeous, luxe, yet practical gift any woman would be thrilled to receive, these cashmere gloves are touchscreen compatible and come in tons of colors. And here’s a guy’s version.

#23. Windproof Travel Umbrella // This is a great gift because it’s something you don’t think about buying until you need it. This one is great for the grands because of the easy one-touch design, plus the double vented canopy is designed to withstand strong winds.

And that’s a wrap! Be sure to check out the rest of my 2021 Holiday Gift Guides, and if you have any fun White Elephant gift ideas, feel free to drop them in the comments.

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9 thoughts on “White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $50

  1. Fun list! I popped several items in carts. I still do stockings for my adult children and their spouses– and they say it’s one of their favorite things about Christmas. Items like the silicone straws are perfect to open and divide. I also grabbed one of the card trivia games. My children LOVE trivia and have taken to keeping a stack of card on the counter in the kitchen to play anytime more than 2 people are in the room. These look like fun and I might know some of the answers!

  2. OMG!!!! Jo-Lynne, this was exactly the kInd of gift list i needed!! With nearly every one of your gift suggestions, i was thinking – my husband couLd use tHat, or my boys, or My daughter-in-law/son’s girlfriend!! They are all terrific & unique ideas! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! (And just FYI – the All-cAps typing will not turn off in this comments section – i’m using my iphone, so sorry to look like i’m yelling). I am super EXCITED though! Lol!

  3. These are all great ideas! Thank you for taking the time to compile this! Many of these can be used throughout the year as hostess gifts & items to buy for the person who has everything.

  4. Wow!!! That’s the best list yet. I’m trying to make up people to buy for Lol. You’ve done so much work this season on these gift list. So nice and glad they were early. Have fun today with Becca. I miss those days.

  5. This is really the best list I’ve seen! Thanks for all the work you put into this! Enjoy your time with Becca-you know it all goes too fast!

  6. Thank you so very much for all of your hard work, Jo-Lynne!🙏🏻 We are all so appreciative of the work that you do to make these guides. This one is a life-saver and super fun! I got excited for the upcoming holidays after seeing it!! Thank you again for all that you do for us!🎄❤️

  7. What great ideas! I have several of them in my cart now. Although my family didn’t get together last year, we always do the White Elephant game as our gift exchange, so hopefully, this year. Thank you for doing the hard work for us!

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