The first time I went to a White Elephant party, I was surprised by the whole thing. To be honest, I thought I had read my amiga’s invitation wrong — but I was delightfully surprised that it turned out to be even better than I could have initially imagined. For those that aren’t aware, a White Elephant party is a gift exchange party in which everyone brings a gift to add to a “common pool” and then take turns picking based on whatever number you are assigned. Here’s the rub, though: If your gift opening comes after someone else’s, you can actually “steal” their gift and force them to take something new.
Sometimes also called a Yankee Swap or Dirty Santa, the fun of a party like this is that you never really know what you are going to get. You might have your eye set on an awesome makeup set that your girlfriend #2 opened (and since you’re #5, you can totally steal it) but then your amiga #12 ends up steaking THAT from you. Either way, though, it’s a pretty fun way to spend the holidays with your friends. So, for some inspiration, here are 21 White Elepahnt gifts that you can get for under $25.