But first: What is a white elephant gift? If you’re not familiar with this popular holiday ritual, white elephant rules involve purchasing a relatively inexpensive gift to present anonymously at your holiday get-together, office party, or family gathering. (It's a good idea to establish a set budget when the party invitation goes out!) Each attendee places their wrapped gift in a pile, draws a number, and selects a gift from the pile in that order. The subsequent numbers can either choose a white elephant gift from the unwrapped pile, or ‘steal’ from anyone who has already opened a gift. The game continues until every wrapped gift has been opened. The more unique the gifts, the better—the point is to have a little fun!
Similar to a white elephant gift exchange, a yankee swap follows the same rules but with one caveat: gifts are often coveted as items to keep, rather than trade off (aka steal) for something better.
No matter which version of the game you choose for your party, we're here to help you think outside of the box. Here, clever ideas sure to be the most coveted gifts in the game.