The Best White Elephant Gifts For 2019 That Your Friends Will All Fight Over
Although the holidays are really about spending time with friends and family over hot cocoa and home cooked meals, gifts matter too — don't pretend otherwise. Picking out something for your dad (socks), or sister (earrings) may be manageable, but with a white elephant gift exchange, the search is a bit trickier (read: no socks, please). But, play things right and your cool white elephant gift will go down in holiday history.
"A top tier white elephant gift is one so embraced or hated by the group that it reappears year after year, an annual ceremonial trading of hands if you will," explains Ruthann Clawson, Merchandising Director at perennial gift destination ban.do. She adds that a gift's price and usefulness don't necessarily have to align — it's about presents that delight the crowd. "People also enjoy trading legitimately good gifts with their loved ones during the holidays," she adds. "One size fits all is the best." With that in mind, skip shoes in favor of hair accessories, sparkly jewelry, or small trinkets.
Before you decide what to buy, take into account the group attending the exchange to help guide you in your search, "this will inform how age of gender specific you want to be with your gift." And lastly, don't break the budget if your party sets a specific price limit, play by the rules. Below you'll find a range of gifts that fit the occasion, and will have all your friends fighting over who gets to finally take them home.
Want a gift that will immediately be put to good use? Mansur Gavriel's Moon Wallet will do the trick.
Brooklyn-based vintage shop The Break launched its own candles, which are ideal for gifting. They carry the caché that will have even your Manhattan friends fighting to bring home.
If you're looking for a practical, eco-friendly gift that still grabs attention, this trendy tote is it. Perfect for grocery shopping and running errands, it'll be a hot commodity at the exchange.
Whether it works or not is beyond the point. Your friends will be hydrated with the added promise of positivity and purification.
Who doesn't need extra rest? This silk sleep mask will comfortably shield the dreadful morning sun away.
It's hard not to love an accessory that takes the wearer back to their crafty childhood.
A cool oversized headband will complete any holiday look this season. Plus, the accessory is perfect for bad hair days, so whoever receives the gift will surely thank you later.
For the coffee addict (or perhaps hot chocolate) this tumbler makes a warm winter beverage seem even more like a happy hug.
Instead of an earring or necklace, bring an anklet to the gathering. The throwback piece reemerged as a must-try trend, and it's likely something your crew will want to wear for months to come.
Whether worn around your neck or in your hair, a silk scarf is just the right mix of practical and cool, especially when it's from Gucci.
Gift a minimal, yet amusing necklace because everything may not always be fine, but at least the jewelry will be.
With winter on its way, gift a cozy, oversized beanie. It's just as practical as it is stylish, so don't be surprised if it's fought over at the exchange.
A printed AirPod case is equally cute and functional. And it'll be harder to loose track of the headphones when they're in an intriguing case.
If you live in a cold location, you know owning a cozy blanket scarf is a game changer. This gem from Acne Studios will be essential in the next few months ahead.
Everyone should own a chic pair of sunnies, right? This retro-inspired style by Mars will be a cool addition to a sunglass collection.
If you're going to bring socks, consider bringing a fun pair. A velvet option is an exciting addition to a loafer and jeans look.