Christmas is the season when gift-giving reaches its all-time high. Gifts are exchanged with family and friends and even with total strangers in the office Secret Santa. On some of those gift-giving occasions, a long-held tradition is the White Elephant gift exchange. Gift exchanges can be loads of fun. They go by many names including White Elephant, Dirty Santa, Yankee Swap, Swiping Secret Santa and Thieving Elves depending on what part of the country you happen to live in.
This fun way to exchange Christmas presents is a party favorite, and no matter what it is called, it has similar rules. The participants bring wrapped gifts that are placed in a designated area. All the participants draw a number to see the order the gifts will be chosen. The participant with number one goes first, chooses a gift and opens it. Then the person with number two picks a gift and opens it and if they like what number one chose better they exchange gifts with them. It goes on until the last gift is opened and all people have had a chance to choose among the opened gifts. In the end, the person with number one can steal anyone’s gift. It is all good fun and usually, much laughter ensues. So making sure that you choose a gift that will appeal to everyone is important. At the Basketry, we have many gift ideas and here are a few that are appropriate for White Elephant Gifts or Dirty Santa Gifts.
This great can cooler will keep drinks cold for up to 3 hours and comes in four colors, including two neutrals and two fun colors. Depending on what you want to spend you could add a six-pack of craft beer.
Bonfolk New Orleans Socks
These fun socks are a great gift for both men and women. This is a feel-good gift with a pair going to the homeless for every pair purchased.
Christmas Stemless Wine Glasses
No one could open this gift and not smile. Choose the saying that fits best, Until I Get Blitzen, Gettin’ Elfed Up or It’s 5 O’Clock at the North Pole.
Fleur de Lis Acrylic GoVino Set
This pair of wine glass makes the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of your favorite red or white wine.
Ho Ho Homemade
Santa will thank you for this charming mug with a slot for a cookie. This gift comes with some chocolate chip cookie love and you can supply some cocoa mix to take it over the top.
Hand-Painted Oyster Wine Glasses
Depending on the value of the White Elephant gift you are supposed to bring you could buy a pair of these charmers. No two are alike since they are hand painted. The gold trim provides the perfect festive holiday touch.
Liquor Bottle Tag Set
These four tags are pure class. Made of brass-finished cast aluminum they are etched with gin, vodka, tequila and whiskey. No matter what their preference they should find these are a gift that is stylish as well as useful.
New Orleans Juice Glasses
This pair of glasses is New Orleans inspired. Jackson Square, The Garden District, streetcars and St Louis Cathedral are all portrayed.
We hope that these 8 gift ideas for a White Elephant Gift Exchange have inspired you. If we haven’t we invite you to come into our store or visit our website and look at the many items that we carry. We have something for every budget and every taste, If you have something in mind, give us a call and we will be happy to put it together for you. Gifts can be delivered if you can’t get into the store and we will happily wrap your gift for you. With our 20 years of experience, our staff is dedicated to making sure that you can find exactly the right gift to give.