Looking for funny white elephant gift ideas for under $20? Then you’ve come to the right place.
For seven years running myself and Mrs Bacon throw a white elephant party. Our goal is simple, drink beer with friends and give each other gifts that are $20 or less that make the night one to remember.
Despite the premise being the same every year people still screw up their white elephant gift. Before I give you some funny white elephant gift ideas I’ll give you some simple do’s and don’t that’ll make your white elephant gift a hit of the party.
- Don’t buy anything normal. Normal is boring. This includes anything from the Container Store, Crate & Barrel, or can be used to serve food at a later date.
- Do buy things that people can wear at the party and/or bar afterwards. Nothing takes a white elephant party to the next level like a few drinks and a Chewbacca mask.
- Don’t treat your white elephant gift like an opportunity to give junk to Goodwill. Giving away crap that you don’t want only makes you look lame and is against the spirit of the white elephant party.
- Do buy things that light up. They make the Instagram pics and Snapchat stories more fun and visually appealing.
- Don’t give booze. On the surface this seems like a good idea but it’s actually not. You should just bring a bottle of booze to the party to begin with and bring a white elephant gift on top of it. This gift lacks creativity and is redundant.
- Do put in effort with your white elephant gift. The goal of the party is to be creative, have fun, and make the party better with your gift. When that happens you increase the Charlie Kelly Wildcard factor by 10.
- Don’t give food or condiments. That’s lame dot com and yes, someone has given condiments before.
- Do spend the extra few dollars if your gift is going to be over $20 if it is guaranteed to crush. You’ll make up for it with the beers people buy you at the bar afterwards.
- Don’t buy Toilet Golf or any of those cheap bathroom sport gifts. In theory they seem funny. In reality the idea falls flat as there are much more creative and funny gifts that add to the party. There is a 100% chance that this gift does not get opened up or used.
- Do expect that your white elephant gift will end up in the broken, lost, or anything in between. Once it is out of your hands it is up to the white elephant party Gods as to what happens to it.
Funny White Elephant Gift Ideas
This is a white elephant party Hall of Fame worthy gift as it is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is the person who gets it incredibly excited to get it, but it’s likely to be stolen multiple times. Once it finally settles on an owner then it’s time to get the shot roulette party started. Combine this with some costumes and masks and things are about to get lit.
This is also the rare gift that gets used at the white elephant party and the person who won it wants it back the next day (sticky shot juice and all.) It is that awesome.
The hit white elephant gift of last year’s party was a Chewbacca Mask that made noise when it was worn. Not only does it work for both guys and girls, but it is the most Snapchat worthy gift possible. Hilarity ensues when you try and eat and drink with the mask on, which only gets better as the night goes on. Bonus points if there are two of them as you can create Olan Mills like photos as a happy Wookie family.
Giant Fist Beer Kooler
While we are at it, in that same pic was another fan favorite, the Giant Fist Beer Kooler. This gift is definitely going to get stolen as it instantly makes drinking and taking pics more fun. Channel your inner Incredible Hulk with this white elephant gift and watch as you and Chewbacca go on a magical adventure. It will also get you tons of dap at the bar afterwards and you’ll be disappointed the morning after when you wake up and somehow it didn’t make it home with you.
This is a classic white elephant gift that never fails. It’s not a gift that is likely to get stolen or get you a ton of dap but it is one that will be a huge contributor to sending the party to the next level. The key to Das Boot is once it is opened to immediately start using it. This is a great white elephant gift for a party veteran that cares more about the larger picture of amping things up a few levels.
As a rule of thumb, if you want people to get weird then you should buy an animal mask. Sure 50-75% of people at the party won’t put it on. However, you are focused on the 25-50% that will. Once that happens get your camera out because it’s time to start horsing around.
This is also a gift that has a great shelf life as it makes bachelor parties and tailgates much more fun.
While not everyone is willing to put on a mask, about 90% of people are willing to put on a onesie. What makes this white elephant gift so awesome is that most people are dressed relatively nice for the party. Once this is opened all of that gets thrown out the window and you instantly become the life of the party. “Hey, look at Curious George over there playing shot roulette and using a banana as a telephone.”
This gift will 100% be stolen multiple times so if you get it first don’t get too comfortable with it as it’ll be gone quickly.
Inflatable Unicorn Costume
Inflatable costumes are as rare as seeing a unicorn, which is exactly why you need to buy one as your white elephant gift. It checks all of the boxes that you are looking for as everyone will want it, it makes photos better, and you become the life of the party. If your crew follows my suggestions then you’ll have a unicorn, Chewbacca, a horse, and a monkey getting down. Sign me up for that!
Poop Emoji Slippers
These poop emoji slippers are another crowd favorite. They are creative, different, funny, and surprisingly comfy as shit (pun intended.) You never knew you wanted poop emoji slippers until you wore them, and then you never knew how you ever lived without them.
Another bonus about this gift is they are easy to wear to the bar afterwards where you’ll become a true party champion. The problem is 50% of people will want to keep them for their everyday use.
World’s Hottest Hot Sauces
One of my white elephant gift do’s and don’ts is to not buy food. However, there is an exception to that rule and it comes in the form of the World’s Hottest Hot Sauces. I learned the power of this gift from personal experience. I was actually the one to buy this as my white elephant gift. My thought process was as everyone is getting all tuned up it was inevitable that someone would open it up. When that happens the odds of a Wildcard moment happening are very high.
Well the white elephant party Gods must have a sick sense of humor because it came back to bit me in the ass. Someone opened up the World’s Hottest Hot Sauce and it spilled on our counter. Knowing that this was like touching lava, I put on a hazmat suit to clean it up (or what felt like one.) Despite my every precaution of safety, including washing my hands five times and not actually touching the hot sauce with my skin, it found a way to get me. Unfortunately this happened a few minute after I took a leak when I noticed my junk was on fire. DAMN YOU WORLD’S HOTTEST HOT SAUCE!
Then the next morning Mrs Bacon was cleaning up the kitchen and unbeknownst to her she got some on her fingers. She then went and put her contacts in. Yep, she put the World’s Hottest Hot Sauce in her eyes.
And it is because of this story that you need to buy this as your white elephant gift. There is no telling what will happen when you play with fire hotter than the furnaces of hell.
If you want a white elephant party gift that is unique and will 100% get stolen multiple times then get these Tupac socks. A few years ago my gift was Orlando Magic Shaq & Penny Stance stocks and they were a hot commodity. Yes this gift doesn’t add to the fun of the party, but it is one that has a long shelf life as they will now become a staple in the new owner’s wardrobe.
You can’t have Tupac socks without Biggie socks. “It’s all good baby baby!”
Other White Elephant Gift Ideas Also Receiving Votes:
This category of white elephant gift ideas aren’t on the same level as the others but are still worth consideration.
Kelly Kapowski Shirt
You can join Zack Morris and Johnny Dakota as the next person who wants to wear some Kelly Kapowski. Go Bayside!
Toilet Bowl Mug
Novelty mugs are traditionally a bad white elephant gift. However, drinking brown liquid out of a toilet bowl mug made me laugh. This will land better as a gift at a work setting.
Moose Oven Mitt
Because it’s only $9 you would want to pair it with another white elephant gift. While it’s not as cool as the Giant Hand Beer Kooler, you can certainly rock this moose proudly as a fun drink holder. As the drinks start flowing I would be entertained by moose impressions. I also wouldn’t be upset if this was left at my house after the party as I’d 100% use it after the fact.
People of Walmart Calendar
This gift makes the list as a shout out to the crew from Three Ring Focus, who designed the Bacon Sports website and also happens to be the creators of People Of Walmart. If you want a daily laugh at some of the absurdity that shops at Walmart then this gift will do the trick. This would do better for a work white elephant party than it would a house party among friends.
If you end up purchasing one of these awesome white elephant gifts then let me know how it goes and bonus points for sending over a pic or video of it. You can hit us up @BaconSports on all social media platforms. Have fun!
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