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Best white elephant gift ideas under $30

Win your next holiday gift exchange with these fun, wacky and hilarious white elephant gift ideas without breaking the bank

Written by
Annalise Mantz
,
Irene Monokandilos
&
Collier Sutter
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White elephant gift exchanges are supposed to make holiday shopping easier, but in reality, finding great white elephant gift ideas can be equally tricky. For the game also known as Yankee Swap, everyone brings one wrapped present and draws straws to see who gets to choose the first gift. After the first player unwraps their gift, each following player can choose to steal one of the previous presents or open a new one. The best white elephant gift ideas are fun, silly and something that everyone invited wants to steal—not so easy to come up with, after all. That’s where this list of cheap Christmas gifts under $30 comes in. Go the gag gift route with funny Christmas gifts like pop culture Chia Pets or opt for small stocking stuffer ideas like trendy enamel pins. These white elephant gift ideas are so good, you might just have to steal your own gift—hey, we're not judging. 

RECOMMENDED: See the full holiday gift guide

Best white elephant gifts

Ugly Baby hot sauce
Courtesy Ugly Baby/ Lauren Martin

Ugly Baby hot sauce

$15 in house at Ugly Baby

New York in Art Coasters
Courtesy Met Museum

New York in Art Coasters

$15.95 on metmuseum.com

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