21 Useful White Elephant Gifts Everyone Will Fight Over

Article by Jennifer Lee. Last Updated: Monday, Nov 16, 2020.

White Elephant Gift exchanges come in 2 varieties, the traditional ones where everyone brings random junk nobody really wants, and the more modern type where people go out to find a really interesting, useful, or cool item to give away. For the second type, it can be tough to know what to get since you don’t know who the recipient will be. But that’s where we come in to help!

We’ve rounded up a bunch of useful white elephant gifts everyone is sure to fight over! Creative items that will be the hit of the party!

Useful White Elephant Gift Ideas

  • A Personal Food & Protein Blender
  • Some of the most fought over white elephant items are the ones that are actually useful and practical. This blender is both! It can help people get in shape, or even just enjoy a delicious milkshake or other unhealthy treat if they prefer! It's excellent for mixing protein, fruits, and other items, and the detachable cup means they're ready to take it on the go to the gym or just over to the couch!


  • A Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle
  • These highly rated insulated water bottles keep drinks ice cold for 24 hours or piping hot for 12 hours. With our innovative MiraGuard Technology, your thermos maintains its temperature for hours and provides a sweat-free exterior. The item is tough enough for any adventure! Whether you’re hiking on a trail, practicing your yoga at the gym or catching swell waves, your hydro canteen is up to the task! Constructed from 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, it will always ensure a pure, clean taste that won’t retain or transfer flavors.


  • Urban Map Glass
  • Something about sipping a full-bodied bourbon after work brings you right back to that local watering hole where everyone actually did know your name. Whether you had your initials carved on the corner bar or you simply miss your favorite metropolis, this glass set lets you raise a toast to hidden gems and great memories with designer detail. These glasses feature an intricate city map that sprawls along the curves of the vessel. Interspersed street names and the locale's coordinates offer an unexpected way to show off your own stomping grounds. Useful Yankee Swap gifts are always a hit, and these glasses are a perfect alternative to useless junk!


  • A Wine Accessories Gift Set
  • This 5 piece deluxe wine accessories gift set come with an elegant gift box. The high quality and all-in-on set is a perfect gift for any enthusiast or connoisseur, and makes an excellent gift for Christmas, or other occasions. Content of this set includes corkscrew opener, stoppers, foil cutter, pourer, drip ring, all displayed in a bottle shaped case, which makes it convenient to carry for travel or picnic. The whole family will be fighting over this practical white elephant gift!


  • 12-Piece Knife Set
  • These intelligently designed Eatneat knives will enhance the cooking and kitchen of most any level of chef, while their beautifully vibrant design and sharp colors will brighten your kitchen as well as your meal. All products in this set are made from BPA free environment friendly food-grade materials. Each of the 5 sharp knives come with it's perfectly fitted protective sheath that will protect you and your children from any harm while the knives are stowed away in kitchen drawers. The knife sharpener will keep them from going dull and you'll never worry about buying another knife again!


  • Original Bamboo Tumbler with Tea Infuser
  • These high capacity 17oz Tumblers are made of Bamboo, giving them a unique and stylish look. All of the flask's interior are made from 18/8 Food-Grade Stainless Steel, which helps the insulated water bottles utilize the latest Vacuum Insulation Technology to keep coffee, tea and all other beverages piping hot for 12 hours or ice cold for a whole day! As a bonus, they get a 2 piece detachable Tea Infuser and Strainer. Brew your favorite loose leaf tea, use it as a fruit infuser or even brew herbal beverages!


  • An Insulated Picnic Basket
  • This high quality fully insulated basket has a heat sealed leak-proof lining for easy cleaning, and is incredibly versatile! Not just great for picnics at the park, you can use it for grocery shopping (keep food cold until you get home) or any other use! It's constructed with rugged polyester canvas with a sewn in aluminum frame with padded handles and carries up to 65 lbs! Plus it folds flat to save space for storage using an innovative design incorporating sewn in side support strips that remove the problem of basket sag! A truly useful gift!


  • A Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
  • Did you know that 75% of the American population falls short of the 10 daily cups prescribed and are considered to be chronically dehydrated? Dehydration can affect your mood, your mental performance and focus. It also affects your general level of energy and your health on the long term. Therefore keeping hydrated is key, and this is the perfect white elephant gift to help them get there!


  • Dual Foot Massager Roller
  • This awesome foot rolling massager is a life saver and a perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day on your feet. It's a great gift for anyone with a variety of medical conditions, or even just a stressed out person who needs a chill pill. Family and friends will love to see this enter the Dirty Santa arena, and might just try to take it home for themselves!


  • Rechargeable Hand Warmers
  • Help them keep their hands nice and toasty all winter long with this rechargeable electric hand warmer! They use a premium chipset to control the heat levels, with no liquids, and flame retardant materials to ensure product safety. It provides protection against over discharging, over charging, overheating, and short circuit. It comes with a free portable gift bag, so it's ready to give away as soon as you receive it!


  • A Wine Tote Bag
  • This cute bag set is amazingly lightweight, with padded insulation to protect your favorite bottle of wine or champagne, plus it even includes two insulated stainless steel cups, making everything from going to beach to a day at the pool fun, comfortable and convenient. Wherever your adventure takes you, you'll always have the perfect purse with this stylish all in one carrier.


  • YETI Rambler 14 oz Vacuum Insulated Mug
  • The YETI Rambler 14 oz. Mug is the toughest, most over-engineered camp mug out there. The full-loop Triple Grip Handle is comfortable for wider hands, so you can fit your mitts fully around your morning joe. The thick gauge 18/8 stainless steel makes for stronger, more durable drinkware to resist dents and dings. Finally, the double-wall vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip. It's a useful white elephant gift they'll love!


  • An Electric Wine Opener
  • This electric wine opener sports a modern and luxurious design that will radiate opulence in any home, bar, or kitchen. It removes the cork from the bottle on contact, then automatically spits it out from the corkscrew without the push of a button! It works on all cork types, including plastic and synthetic. A secret magnetic foil cutter is included as the top cover of the corkscrew so you always have one handy. What a great gift!


  • Succulent Gift Box
  • These boxes make affordable, memorable, and adorable gifts for every occasion! They hand-make most of our products or partner with responsible suppliers to bring you the best gift ideas around! These boxes include a 4oz 100% soy candle, vegan, hand-poured in a glass container (choose your scent), a 2.5inch succulent (types will vary) in a white high-quality ceramic pot, a succulent patterned box of matches, a Greeting card as pictured and an elegantly printed gift box.


  • Bluetooth Speaker and Color Changing Lamp
  • This cool lamp has multiple functions to make it the perfect Dirty Santa gift! Not only is it a powerful bluetooth speaker, it's also a powerful LED lamp that changes colors to provide an ideal ambiance to any room. Let them unwrap this and let the fight begin! Who knows, you might even want to try to sneak off with this white elephant gift yourself!


  • YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler
  • What better gift for the cold winter months than this insulated stainless steel travel tumbler from Yeti. Each one is capable of keeping cold and hot drinks at the perfect temperature hours longer than a traditional mug or glass. Plus, the outside remains exactly at room temperature, so your hands won't feel a thing! Many of the items on this list aren't particularly practical, but this one certainly is!


  • Drink More Water Bottle
  • If you're not already keenly aware that you should stay well hydrated, you might be a camel. But as card-carrying procrastinators everywhere know, awareness and action are two different things. This water bottle is marked with motivational messages (Keep Going! Getting Close!) to remind you to sip your way through two full bottles of H2O per day. The clear markings and clever graphics on a sturdy glass and stainless steel container make this design a friendly hydration helper. A useful gift for kids and adults!


  • A Cozy Throw Blanket
  • The winter months are ice cold, and Christmas is an excellent occasion to stock up on cozy blankets to see you through. Put some warmth in their heart and a spring in their step when they unwrap one of these luxurious and soft throws! That is, if they can manage to hold on to it until the party is over! Check online for a coupon code, they tend to have quite a few!


  • Bourbon Infused Coffee
  • For the finale of a great meal, you may be torn between two fingers of bourbon, or a comforting cup of coffee. Why not have both? These 100% Arabica beans are infused in small batches with just a touch of Kentucky's signature spirit, giving them an irresistible aroma and unique flavor profile. Brew a pot to accompany post-dinner party conversation or for a Sunday brunch kick. Caffeinated, but contains no alcohol. Roasted in Tennessee.


  • Merlot Infused Coffee
  • For the finale of a great meal, you may be torn between the accompaniment of another glass of wine, or a comforting cup of coffee. But why not have both? These merlot-infused beans make the perfect after-dinner brew. The 100% Arabica beans are aged in oak barrels for a unique profile of fresh, red berry flavors and subtle hints of currants and blackberries. For the best flavor, add a small amount of sugar to this medium roast coffee. Caffeinated, but contains no alcohol. Made by John Jenkins in Orange, Virginia.


  • A Camping Hammock
  • With this Double Camping Hammock from Legit Camping, you’ll have everything you need to relax in complete comfort on your next camping or hiking trip. Heading to the beach or taking in a festival? Don’t leave home without your parachute hammock. With its lightweight, spacious design and 400-pound capacity, it’s the camping companion you can’t go without. No need to take along a bulky pad and heavy sleeping bag; just stuff the hammock into the small attached sack, put it in your pack and off you go.


  • Natural Bamboo Cheese Board Set
  • Perfect for the cheese connoisseur, this beautiful set is great for parties and entertaining, creating a stunning centerpiece on any dinner table. Designed with a concealed slide out tray, which stores the specialist cheese tools neatly until you need to use them. It'll be the envy of your White Elephant Party and everyone will vie for it! A fantastic item that makes a fantastic gift!


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