10 White Elephant Gift Ideas That Will No-Doubt Be A Hit At Any Holiday Party

10 White Elephant Gift Ideas That Will No-Doubt Be A Hit At Any Holiday Party
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Listen, getting gifts for somebody—whether you’re close with them or just acquaintances—is never not a stressful situation. Not only are you spending your hard-earned money on something that could potentially turn out to be a flop of a present, but you’re also putting in the effort to get someone an item that seemingly represents them.

Oof, our anxiety is spiking just talking about it.

Some of the hardest gifts to shop for are the ones that seem the simplest, too. For example, white elephant gift exchanges are quite literally supposed to be all fun and games, but finding something that fits within a pre-determined budget that anybody can enjoy is nothing of the sort. So, we put our expertise to the test and scoured the internet for some truly incredible gift ideas.

These are the sorts of things that can hit at any party, whether it’s one filled with your besties, co-workers or family members (or all of the above!). They include self-care essentials, hilarious gag gifts (that can actually be useful) and chic décor for the home. Below, check out our 10 favorite white elephant gift ideas that are each under $40.

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Beautycounter Good Scents Hand Cream Trio

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Beautycounter Good Scents Hand Cream Trio

You can’t go wrong with a set of ultra-nourishing hand creams like this one from Beautycounter. Formulas filled with shea butter, grapeseed oil, jojoba seed oil and squalane sound like a dream and will help avoid dry winter skin. Not to mention, all of the hand creams are clean (meaning they’re free from any harmful chemicals), so you know they’re getting the best of the best. The scents—Jasmine & Citrus, Coriander & Cucumber and Bergamot & Cedarwood—are all new and limited-edition, too.

Drop this hand cream trio into your cart while it’s still discounted to $24 instead of $34 during Beautycounter’s flash sale. The sale lets you save 30 percent on holiday gift sets like this one and so many others. If you still have more shopping to do, check out the brand’s other holiday gift offerings, which include everything from shiny lip glosses to skincare must-haves.


Clinique Power Lashes Eye Set

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Clinique Power Lashes Eye Set

Do you have a friend who’s lash-obsessed? (Hint: It’s me! Pick up this ultimate eye set that includes full-size mascara, eyeliner and eye cream to boot.


Premium Bamboo Bathtub Tray Caddy

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Premium Bamboo Bathtub Tray Caddy

Nothing says “I care” quite like gifting somebody the perfect accessory for a night of relaxation and rejuvenation. This adjustable bath tray
can hold all of the essentials: wine, phones, soaps, and candles.

BeautyFIX Fall Weather Favorites

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BeautyFIX Fall Weather Favorites

Any beauty or skincare obsessive will appreciate the goodies in this gift set. It includes Dermalogica’s multivitamin eye power, Bioderma’s moisturizer, and SkinCeuticals’ Phyto Plus serum, to name a few.


Grecian Bust Pot

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Grecian Bust Pot

Going to a gift exchange with your friends, who you know are possibly the most extra people on the planet? This plant pot is the bedroom/ bathroom/ hallway/ whatever accessory they’ll love to display. It’s a statement piece that’s also functional. Plus, it’s on sale for $20 right now. Boom.

Jade Roller & Gua Sha Kit

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Jade Roller & Gua Sha Kit

There’s no need to stress about finding a gift
when the gift you get is de-stressing in itself. This kit includes all of the facial tools that anyone could want. Plus, the under-$20 price tag is ideal for budget-friendly gatherings.


Capri Blue Diffuser Oil

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Capri Blue Diffuser Oil

You know the heavenly scent of every Anthropologie store? You can bring that home and gift it in a non-candle form. This diffuser oil is the secret to a serene-smelling room, and will undoubtedly be a much-appreciated gift.


Dwight Schrute Mask Sequin Pillow Cover

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Dwight Schrute Mask Sequin Pillow Cover

This gift guide was getting a little too serious. To liven it up, and to do the same with whatever exchange you’re going to, we’ve got to recommend this hilarious Dwight Schrute pillow cover.
The sequin design looks chic at first, but when you run your hand along it, it unveils the most iconic sitcom character ever.


Baby Foot Easy Pack

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Baby Foot Foot Peel Mask

This disgustingly satisfying foot mask
pack is a homerun for anyone—uncles, cousins, co-workers, you name it. The reason? We all have gross feet that could use some TLC, and we all secretly love to watch icky happenings (like peeling feet) IRL.


Kendra Scott Addison Stretch Bracelet

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Kendra Scott Addison Stretch Bracelet

If you’re on the hunt for a gift that looks so much more expensive than it actually is, this is the one. This bracelet is timeless and looks as if it were picked up right from Tiffany’s.

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