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torrey
11-05-2007, 10:18
I'll be participating in a white elephant gift exchange in about a month and I'm looking for some cool, unusual, and/or unique gift ideas. $20-30 total cost. This is for a group with average age around 32, still somewhat childish, laid-back and hard to offend.

Any ideas? What kind of stuff have you gotten in the past?

Clanggedin
11-05-2007, 11:23
I have given an autographed and framed photo of myself. That usually gets big laughs.

I have received a book on how to properly hunt, skin and cook squirrels.

I have also given a new toilet brush with an opened baby ruth stuck in the bristles.

Wee Willy Winkie - a plastic boy who pees when you pull his pants down was a good laugh too.

Illini_Fan
11-05-2007, 11:31
Instant lottery tickets -- your choice on whether you leave the top one playable and have the remaining tickets all be already scratched-off and of course losers or if the entire set is already "used" or some combination thereof

totally inappropriate T-Shirts at: T-Shirt Hell: t-shirts, shirts, funny t-shirts, funny shirts (http://www.tshirthell.com/hell.shtml).

torrey
11-05-2007, 12:00
I have given an autographed and framed photo of myself. That usually gets big laughs.

Hehe, I saw that one on a photography forum...that's a possibility, then maybe hide a gift card in the frame or something. You'll know who your real friends are.



totally inappropriate T-Shirts at: T-Shirt Hell: t-shirts, shirts, funny t-shirts, funny shirts (http://www.tshirthell.com/hell.shtml).

This is a possibility as well...

Tableleg
11-05-2007, 13:45
I usually get Momma to make some jelly/jam or some baked goods. But everyone knows Momma and how awesome a cook she is, so they usually all end up fighting over it. I do this for my own personal amusement. :smiley15:

Illini_Fan
11-05-2007, 14:32
totally inappropriate T-Shirts at: T-Shirt Hell: t-shirts, shirts, funny t-shirts, funny shirts (http://www.tshirthell.com/hell.shtml).

This is a possibility as well...

I actually gave one of those shirts to a friend at her birthday party a few weeks back. The shocked look on her face was well worth the $20 bucks. Plus the rest of the group's reaction was priceless.

fyrediver
11-05-2007, 15:24
Somewhere, in the 60's or 70's, Lenord Nemoy put out a record with HIM singing popular tune of the era. The cover? he was standing in a grove of plants, that looked an awfull lot like hemp, and he was caressing one of the leaves. The album; "The touch of lenord Nemoy." I've heard some samples, and it was really something. That would be a funny gift.

Steve Scuba
11-05-2007, 15:48
Interestingly, some of these white elephant gifts have been in circulation in our office for years, and some of them have come to symbolize the group. Most famous are:

a high quality rubber chicken dressed in a suit (by far the most popular, and proudly displayed by each recipient, going on 10 years now)

an really old beat up bowling ball - the key to this one is that it is always wrapped in the best packaging. After a couple of years, it got to the point that people would avoid the heavy packages, so a "bowling ball gift card" was used instead.

Companion to the bowling ball - a bowling pin with a face drawn on it, and carpet for hair. Someone put a tie on it one year, and it now sits on one of the manager's shelves, probably never to be put back into circulation.

Nun-zilla. A wind up nun that walks and shoots sparks out of her mouth. Whoever thought that one up is going to hell.

Come to think of it, these aren't all that funny, but after seeing them year after year, it brings back memories. I guess its the recirculation part that makes them great. Shoot for something you'll hope to see again the next year.

dallasdivergirl
11-05-2007, 16:11
I would try mcphee.com for some great white elephant stuff.

I lost nunzilla in the divorce :(

From_Arizona
11-25-2007, 21:34
My standy-by is taking a roll of toilet paper and taping lottery scratcher tickets to the sheet and rolling it up.... another would be on eof those talking santa animated toys or a VHS tape of a kids movie....such as "Little Mermaid" can be a hoot when you are at an all adult party :-)

TxHockeyGuy
11-25-2007, 22:12
I am going to a work Christmas party this year where we're supposed to bring a gift of no more than $20. I've been considering getting a discover scuba gift certificate from ScubaToys (provided they can offer them) and wrapping that up. It's probably more than $20 but I don't care. Still debating, I'd hate to have someone get stuck with this who can't/won't use it.

Tableleg
11-25-2007, 22:39
I lost nunzilla in the divorce :( Geez... I thought I had a rough time divnig stuff up durnig my divorce. :smiley36::smiley20:

ScubaJenn81
11-26-2007, 05:50
I am going to a work Christmas party this year where we're supposed to bring a gift of no more than $20. I've been considering getting a discover scuba gift certificate from ScubaToys (provided they can offer them) and wrapping that up. It's probably more than $20 but I don't care. Still debating, I'd hate to have someone get stuck with this who can't/won't use it.

I agree with your concern, I think it is a great gift, but if you get someone who is like my mom and afraid of most water, it is just a waste of money.

WV Diver
11-26-2007, 05:52
Fake lottery tickets worth about 10K always livins up the party.

scootermcfly
11-26-2007, 09:23
I usually do movie passes at one of the local theaters, tends to be safe cause someone always wants to go to the theater.

Scooter McFly

BuzzF117
11-26-2007, 10:10
Gave an old railroad spike as white elephant gift a few years back.

Mtrewyn
11-26-2007, 10:30
I am going to a work Christmas party this year where we're supposed to bring a gift of no more than $20. I've been considering getting a discover scuba gift certificate from ScubaToys (provided they can offer them) and wrapping that up. It's probably more than $20 but I don't care. Still debating, I'd hate to have someone get stuck with this who can't/won't use it.

I agree with your concern, I think it is a great gift, but if you get someone who is like my mom and afraid of most water, it is just a waste of money.


At my house, we take this a step further, we can steal someone else's gift, or take one off the table, so if you gave a discover scuba card, someone that was interested would take it.:smiley20:

torrey
11-26-2007, 11:41
That's how we play as well.

Ohmdiver
11-26-2007, 17:18
I do not know where my brother got it from but he once got a Buffalo Chip all packaged up.

I searched the web, quickly, but didn't see what I was looking for.

Lumps of coal are always good for a laugh.

BeachBunnyCrissy
11-26-2007, 17:38
I gave a "Worst Case Scenario Survival Board Game" for a white elephant... everyone loved it because you never know when you might have to escape a a stampede of boars :smiley2:

BoardGamesUSA.com Family Board Games and Card Games: University Games Worst Case Scenario Survival Board Game 103019 (http://www.boardgamesusa.com/cgi-bin/item/103019)

This is a great gift for the co-worker who is always late...

Carpool Kenny - Inflatable HOV Buddy (http://www.prankplace.com/carpoolkenny.htm)

torrey
11-27-2007, 08:30
Carpool Kenny - Inflatable HOV Buddy (http://www.prankplace.com/carpoolkenny.htm)

I'm loving this site...I'm sure I can find what I need here.

Thanks! :smiley20:

torrey
12-10-2007, 08:37
Well, I ended up going with THIS (http://www.newburycomics.com/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=103&upc=103-0483521NEWBU). Unfortunately, it didn't arrive on time, so I had to go with my backup plan and bought a "Superbad" dvd instead. I guess I'll save the lamp for next year. For anybody else considering gift ideas, here are some of the items at the party:

Fast Times at Ridgemont High/Dazed & Confused dvd pack
1gb mp3/flash drive
midget porn movie (yes, midget porn)
Corona bucket & glasses
Chip & dip bowl
World of Warcraft calendar
USB pole dancer (http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/usb-pole-dancer-220912.php)
USB humping dog (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/japanfan/9c89/)
random grocery items (summer sausage, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, etc)
skull & crossbones liquor pump
toilet seat w/ can of chili & paper (with $50 hidden under seat - nobody knew until all exchanges had been made)
lipgloss

All in all it was a good time and a lot of laughs. I'm really disappointed my lamp didn't show up in time as I think it would have gone over pretty well.