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50 White Elephant Gifts Under $25 

From surprisingly practical to laugh-out-loud funny and everything in between. 
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November 22, 2021
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The stakes can feel high when choosing a White Elephant gift (also called "Yankee Swap" or "Dirty Santa") — the goal is to bring a gift that people will want to steal, so the pressure's on to find something that's novel yet still useful. And with a typical price limit of $10 to $25, even the best gift givers are forced to get creative. 

Fortunately, we've scoured the internet for the best white elephant gifts, all of which are under $25. These gifts run the gamut from hysterical to office-appropriate to luxe (because there are a lot of ways to approach this classic holiday gift exchange). Anyone would be happy to leave with one of these unique yet surprisingly practical White Elephant gifts.  

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Dark Humor Misfortune Cookies 

Everyone will have a laugh over these doom and gloom fortune cookies that reveal messages such as, "There are no certainties in life, except that you will have another terrible day tomorrow." And just wait until they bite into the not-so-sweet-treat — it will turn teeth temporarily black. 

Buy it: $12-17; uncommongoods.com

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Ronxs Candle Accessory Set 

I own this candle accessory set, and now I rarely go a day without using it. It includes a candle snuffer to eliminate excess smoke, a wick trimmer to prevent soot and lengthen the lifespan of your candle, and a wick dipper to reposition your wick after burning or to put out the flame. 

Buy it: $17-19; amazon.com

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Essential Oil Shower Steamers

Unwind with these shower steamers. Choose between four different oils blends, including Breathe, Stress Relief, Wake Up Call, and Sleep Tight. 

Buy it: $15; uncommongoods.com 

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
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Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

This inexpensive and compact breakfast sandwich maker is the gift that keeps on giving. Use it to create custom sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Buy it: $25; amazon.com or target.com

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What to Watch Streaming Decider Dice

For those paralyzed with indecision over what to stream on movie night, this dice set does the choosing for you. The first two dice decide the genre and media (TV show or movie). Roll the third die to determine the row and column where you'll find this evening's picture. 

Buy it: $15; uncommongoods.com or etsy.com

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Casofu Burrito Blanket

This hysterical blanket gives new meaning to the phrase "wrapped up like a burrito."

Buy it: $21; amazon.com 

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Surprise 3D Coffee Mug

As you drink from this adorable mug, a surprise character is revealed. Choose from a number of Christmas options for your White Elephant exchange, including Santa Claus, as well as a Christmas bear, cow, monkey, and squirrel. 

Buy it: $10; amazon.com 

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Origins Merry Masks 

Everyone will want to steal this set of Origins' most-loved face masks. 

Buy it: $20; origins.com, macys.com, or sephora.com

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Funny Food Plastic-Free Produce Bags

These eco-friendly produce bags feature adorable food puns for the foodie with a sense of humor. 

Buy it: $15; uncommongoods.com 

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Mini Desktop Vacuum Cleaner

Your coworker who's always leaving crumbs on their desk could benefit from this mini rechargeable desk vacuum.  

Buy it: $20; amazon.com 

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Peanut Butter Spoon

Why didn't someone think of this sooner? This ingenious spoon was designed to scrape that last bit of peanut butter from the jar. It can also be used for jams, mustard, mayo, and more. 

Buy it: $12; uncommongoods.com 

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Sistain Bee's Wrap 

Made with cotton and beeswax, this set of reusable wraps makes a stylish and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap. 

Buy it: $19; shop.thesistain.com 

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Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

This professional-quality ice cream scoop uses the natural warmth of your hand to conduct heat, which makes scooping even the hardest ice cream a breeze. 

Buy it: $20; williams-sonoma.com or crateandbarrel.com

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Glimmer of Hope Sparkle Maple Syrup

Whoever ends up with this all-natural Vermont maple syrup is sure to have lots of sparkly pancakes in their future. 

Buy it: $18; uncommongoods.com or runamokmaple.com

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OXO Better Batter Dispenser

Never drip pancake batter again thanks to this ultra-precise batter dispenser. It can also be used for muffins or cupcakes as well. 

Buy it: $21; amazon.com, williams-sonoma.com, or oxo.com

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Dash Mini Waffle Maker

I gave this mini waffle maker at a previous White Elephant exchange, and the recipient held onto it tightly throughout the night. It's the easiest way to have delicious homemade waffles in a matter of minutes. Not to mention it's super compact so it won't take up precious cabinet space.

Buy it: $13; target.com or amazon.com

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Owl Soup Bowl

Slurping up noodles or soups has never been more adorable. These watchful owl bowls even feature built-in storage for the included chopsticks. 

Buy it: $15; uncommongoods.com 

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Harry Potter Pancake Molds

Potterheads will fight over this set of magical silicone pancake molds. 

Buy it: $20; williams-sonoma.com 

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Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer

Consider this automatic stirrer your new sous chef. Simply place it in a pan with any simmering liquid, set the timer, and go about your life. 

Buy it: $25; thegrommet.com or uncommongoods.com 

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World's Smallest Vacuum

Because miniature versions of things are always fun. This little guy is actually a functioning vacuum for your tiniest messes. 

Buy it: $16; urbanoutfitters.com 

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Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener

This top-rated wine opener removes corks with the touch of a button. 

Buy it: $16 (originally $25); amazon.com or target.com

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Here's a brilliant solution to an everyday problem: This weighted cup holder keeps your drink snug and in-reach while you're lounging on the couch. 

Buy it: $25; amazon.com 

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Maldon Sea Salt Flakes 

Maldon's finishing salt transforms everything from chocolates to avocados. This 1.25-pound tub is the gift that will keep on giving all year long. 

Buy it: $17; amazon.com

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Cocktail Inspired Soap Set

Lather up with these spirit-themed soaps, available in scents including Elderflower Mimosa and Mint Mojito. 

Buy it: $16; uncommongoods.com 

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Stay Chill Slim Can Parka

These eye-catching puffer jackets are designed to keep slim can hard seltzers or beers looking stylish and staying cool. 

Buy it: $16; uncommongoods.com 

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The Office Sequin Pillow Cover

Be sure to reverse the sequins on this pillow cover prior to wrapping — then when your recipient opens it, they'll get to discover the surprise "Prison Mike" for themselves. 

Buy it: $13; amazon.com 

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Eat What You Watch Cookbook

For the movie buff + home cook, this cookbook features over 40 recipes from classic films, such as the birthday cake from "Sixteen Candles" and Charlie Chaplin's dancing dinner rolls from "The Gold Rush."

Buy it: $15; amazon.com or uncommongoods.com

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Tile Mate

Never lose your keys again with the help of this compact bluetooth tracking device. 

Buy it: $25; amazon.com 

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BruMate Hopsulator Bott'l

Designed to fit a stand 12-ounce beer bottle, BruMate's insulated bottle cooler keeps hands comfortable and drinks cold until the last drop. 

Buy it: $20; amazon.com or brumate.com

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Travel Cord Roll

This travel cord roll will save you the future headache of having to untangle endless charging cords and headphones. It can also be used to store various items such as hair clips, watches, or anything you don't want running loose in your suitcase. 

Buy it: $20; uncommongoods.com 

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Star Wars Ice Mold

For the Trekkies, these ice molds transform water into incredibly detailed ice sculptures of Darth Vader. Fans of The Mandalorian will want to check out this one.  

Buy it: $22; williams-sonoma.com

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Collapsible Popcorn Popper

This fast, no-oil popper will free you from microwavable popcorn bags for good. 

Buy it: $20; uncommongoods.com 

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Le Bon Garçon French-Style Caramel

Who can resist French-style caramels? Choose from a number of flavors, including Spiced Gingerbread, Holiday Mint, or Classic Sea Salt Caramel. 

Buy it: $20; food52.com

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Recycled Wine Bottle Platter with Spreader

Upcycled wine bottles make a one-of-a-kind platter that will transform wine-and-cheese nights. 

Buy it: $24; uncommongoods.com 

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Llama Head Planter

This adorable llama planter is the perfect home for your growing houseplant. 

Buy it: $15; westelm.com 

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Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin

Milk Bar, the iconic New York City bakery with more than a few fans, curated a collection of their best cookie flavors, covering all the bases from fruity to salty-sweet. 

Buy it: $22; milkbarstore.com 

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Margarita Diagram Glassware Set

What's the formula for the perfect marg? This set of margarita tumblers will remind you of the right ratio every time. 

Buy it: $25; uncommongoods.com 

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Stojo 24 oz Box

This collapsible food storage container slips right into your purse for taking leftovers, snacks, or sandwiches on the go. 

Buy it: $16; stojo.co or amazon.com

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UGG Leda Cozy Socks

Lounge in comfort and style with these ultra-cozy socks from UGG. 

Buy it: $18; nordstrom.com or ugg.com

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Dessert and Baking Salts

Finish off all your favorite treats with these unique dessert salts, including Vanilla Cardamom, Espresso, and Vanilla Lavender. 

Buy it: $22; uncommongoods.com 

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Dapper Animal Rocks Glass Set

These charming rocks glasses were created in collaboration with artist Rachel Kozlowski. 

Buy it: $23; westelm.com 

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NEST New York Eau de Parfum Holiday Set

Reviewers rave about how long-lasting these luxury perfumes are — it's hard to believe this set of three rollerballs, which includes Wild Poppy, Indigo, and Sunkissed Hibiscus, is just $22. 

Buy it: $22; sehpora.com 

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Small Snow Globe Picture Frame

Put precious memories on display in a swirling, glittery snow globe.  

Buy it: $8; urbanoutfitters.com 

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ohii Super Dewey Nano Facial Mister

"Total game changer," says one five-star reviewer of this mini facial mister. "I keep this near me at work and it helps sooooo much with the awful, DRY air conditioning. It even helps my sinuses too!" 

Buy it: $10; urbanoutfitters.com

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Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker

This trendy coffee maker is as functional as it is stylish. And it looks great sitting in an office or on a desk. 

Buy it: $20; amazon.com 

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Smart Music Flower-Pot Planter

This plant pot is a three-in-one: It's also a bluetooth speaker and light display! 

Buy it: $10; walmart.com

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Cat Cheese Board

What better way to display cheese and charcuterie than with these adorable cat-shaped serving board with ear, nose, and whisker accents?

Buy it: $18; urbanoutfitters.com

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TRUFF Black Truffle Oil

This black truffle-infused olive oil has somewhat of a cult following, including that of Oprah Winfey, who featured TRUFF's oil on her 2021 Favorite Things list, as well as two of the brand's best-selling hot sauces. 

Buy it: $22; amazon.com or truff.com

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Washabi Sponges 

These charming sushi-inspired sponges will make a fun addition to any kitchen sink. 

Buy it: $9; amazon.com

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Baby Nessie Loose Leaf Tea Infuser

Make tea time more fun with this novelty Loch Ness loose-leaf tea infuser!

Buy it: $17; amazon.com 

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