Whether it's with co-workers, friends, or even relatives, you've undoubtedly been smack-dab in the middle of a white elephant situation at some point in your life. Or, let's put it this way, in the holiday parties to follow, you'll definitely be privy to one. From cheeky cocktail napkins and vintage brooch-inspired soap to a seriously stylish origami set and a macaron-shaped pouch for all your pretty little things, we've found 15 quirky, colorful white elephant gifts that you may actually have some trouble giving up. The best part? They're all priced under $15, which means you can have some fun (and then some).
Are you familiar with the "white elephant" gift exchange? It's a veritable tchotchke swap. The premise is that you show up with one totally useless wacky gift, draw numbers to see who goes first, and then let the opening begin. As subsequent participants unwrap their gifts, they can steal away the other's newly acquired goods. (I once obtained one of those sad-looking Charlie Brown Christmas trees this way. Score.) Do you have a white elephant party coming up, or perhaps you merely have friends with goofy senses of humor? Then let the gag gifting begin.
White elephant gifts are tricky; they can't be too personal, since you don't know who they're going to end up with, be it man or woman, senior citizen or college student. Still, you don't want to give something too common and boring, either, for fear of your present ending up in a regifting box. The solution? Look for items that have universal appeal but stand out in a clever and design savvy way. I've rounded up 10 ideas to get you started, almost all at around $20 or less.