<span style="font-weight: 400;">A white elephant gift is an outlandish gift, but is wildly impractical. Funny but frivolous. Unique but useless. A Megadeth album for a Chopin fan, a basketball for a ballerina, a and steak for a vegan. It’s something that makes you laugh when you open it, and don’t know where to put it when you get home.</span>

White Elephant Gifts

A white elephant gift is an outlandish gift, but is wildly impractical. Funny but frivolous. Unique but useless. A Megadeth album for a Chopin fan, a basketball for a ballerina, a and steak for a vegan. It’s something that makes you la... Read More
A white elephant gift is an outlandish gift, but is wildly impractical. Funny bu... Read More

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Where did the term ‘white elephant gifts’ come from?

The term white elephant gifts based on the gifts of a former King of Thailand. Occasionally, people of his court would upset him. And he wouldn’t be the bigger man, he was petty. So what did he do? He gifted them a rare albino elephant. The courtiers, of course, couldn’t refuse the King’s gift, and would then go broke, due to the huge upkeep costs of keeping a white elephant. So, white elephant gifts are something epic, but impractical. But of course, these days we give silly gifts, but would never think of trying to hurt somebody's financial situation. We’re not petty Kings.

What does the term ‘white elephant gifts’ mean?

A white elephant gift is an outlandish gift, but is wildly impractical. Funny but frivolous. Unique but useless. A Megadeth album for a Chopin fan, a basketball for a ballerina, a and steak for a vegan. It’s something that makes you laugh when you open it, and don’t know where to put it when you get home.

What are some Yellow Octopus white elephant gifts?

So really what you want to know is, what are the silliest, funniest and most impractical gifts Yellow Octopus have? You can find many examples above, but here are three classics. A giant pencil. Silly? Yes. Funny? Yes. Impractical? Always. You could also gift a Slide to Unlock Mega Magnet so their car looks like you open it the same way you open an iPhone. Or you could buy a self Stirring Mug. Actually, that last one’s kind of practical…

What are white elephant parties?

Excellent question. Although you might already know what they are - they’re also known as a Yankee Swap or a Dirty Santa. So how does it work? When you have your party, everyone brings a white elephant gift. Something silly, something fun, something impractical. The gifts are then put into a central location, perhaps the middle of a circle. Count the people playing the game, and put that many numbers in a hat - e.g. 1-10. Everyone draws a number, which becomes the order they pick presents. The first person picks a gift and unwraps it. But the second can either open a new gift or steal the first persons (if they steal it, the first person can pick another white elephant gift). This continues until everyone has a gift. It gets intense. Loud. Fun.

Why buy white elephant gifts?

That’s like asking why have fun? Why be silly? The question answers itself! White elephant gifts and white elephant parties are a way to get creative and be silly with your colleagues, family or friends. Instead of receiving another boring pair of socks, an ugly sweater, or an annoying gift card, you can guarantee some fun. And you don’t have to spend a fortune. White elephant gift parties are as fun whether you buy a $10 gift or $50 gift.

What are some of the funniest stories about white elephant gifts?

One time a guy gave his coworker a very expensive bottle of Scotch. Sounds great right? Not exactly. Here comes the white elephant gift idea… he encased that bottle in a metal cage that was welded shut - you couldn’t get to the bottle without breaking it.

How to pick a white elephant gift they will actually love?

Let’s say you know who you’re buying a white elephant gift for. And let’s say you want to get them something fun, but NOT impractical. Something they will use. Something they will love. Firstly, focus on fun. When you’re browsing this page, which products do you notice that will make them smile or laugh? Then once you’ve found those gifts, which of those can you see them using in their day-to-day life? That’s the gift they’ll love. That’s the white elephant gift for them.

How else can you have fun at your white elephant gifts party?

Parties are all about fun. White elephant gifts are part of that. In fact, they’re so silly that you could consider them a prank. So, what other pranks can you do at a party? You can make a toffee apple… except beneath the toffee is an apple. You can wear something weird to the party… but don’t acknowledge it’s weird. Tape a ‘Do Not Use’ sign on the only bathroom. Scrap out the filling of Oreo cookies and replace them with toothpaste (at least their breath will smell good). Change the alcohol to non-alcoholic without telling anybody… and see who still acts drunk. Put a fake stain on the carpet. If it’s a work party, use the distraction to ‘decorate’ a colleagues desk (but maybe not your bosses!). Okay, okay, enough pranks. Don’t forget the best ways to have fun are with lively music, good food, and exaggerated stories.

How has social media changed the white elephant gift exchange?

Social media has taken the white elephant gift exchange to the next level. It’s made it more intense, more fun, and more rewarding. Instead of only getting to share your creativity with your friends at the party, you can share your awesome ideas with everyone you know. You don’t only get a few laughs at the party, you can get hundreds of likes, shares and smiley faces. You could even end up going viral. Maybe Ellen will interview you. And it’s made it more fun when we’re scrolling through our feed. We can see the awesome, terrible, and crazy white elephant gifts our friends have chosen or received. So when you’re watching a friend or coworker open your gift, or when you’re opening your gift, remember to record it so you can share it with your friends and maybe even end up on Ellen.

What if you want to buy them a white elephant present that is awesome in every way? What if you want to buy them something special? Something they really want. Something that is NOT a normal ‘silly’ white elephant gift. You can - and still have fun. Really. You can still prank them, while actually buying them something they will love. How? Trick them. Do the reverse white elephant gift. Buy that awesome gift they’ll love - but give it to them inside a box that would be a terrible gift for them. Put an iPad inside a microwave box. Put a mens watch inside a womens jewellery box. Put a skateboard inside a vacuum cleaner box. Put some expensive jewellery inside a cheeseburger box.

Now you know everything about white elephant gifts, go and pick your favourite!