I’m sure you’ve been invited to one or two of those office get togethers or holiday parties over the years. You know the ones – where you play “Dirty Santa” or the white elephant gift exchange game and exchange ridiculous gifts that end up making everyone laugh but that, for the most part, no one wants to take home.
Want to be the hit of your next novelty gift exchange party? Here are my picks for some of the best creative and affordable funny white elephant gift ideas!
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Cards Against Humanity is the most totally inappropriate, and amazingly fun party game on the face of the planet. Which makes it one of the absolute best white elephant gifts around. (And one you’ll probably fight to keep for yourself. Or try to convince everyone to play after the gift swap is done.) If you've already played more rounds of Cards Against Humanity than you can take, try DRUNK STONED OR STUPID or Disturbed Friends on for size.
This "Asshole Repellent” is, quite possibly, the ultimate ridiculous office gag gift, especially for company parties. Sure, I doubt it’s going to ACTUALLY keep the jerkwads away from your desk, but it sure might lighten the mood around the office when you whip this can out and give a few quick spritzes.
Does it get any more kitschy than pink flamingo lawn ornaments? That's why these babies make the perfect white elephant gag gift!
Who doesn’t love roasting a bunch of delicious s’mores around the campfire? This fun and affordable microwavable s’mores maker lets you make ’em, easy-peasy style, at home. It might not garner any laughs, but it probably WILL be one of those Dirty Santa gifts that everyone is fighting over because they actually WANT to take it home!
You’ve probably seen these creepy horse head masks around. After all, there’s an entire Internet meme centered around them. Which makes them a great weird gift to creep all of your friends out with.
A holiday classic, everyone loves the weird leg lamp from the movie, A Christmas Story. Bring on the smiles with this A Christmas Story Nightlight, which is a perfect size and price for a gift exchange.
It’s the 21st century version of the 1970s classic: the pet rock. Just like the classic “pet” this version does absolutely nothing. The Amazon reviews for this product are worth a read on their own: comments range from brilliant satire to absolute stupidity.
If your white elephant gift exchange is at your place of work, you’ll need to find a PG-rated gag gift idea. Luckily there are plenty to choose from that are both work appropriate and useful around the office! Dress up a co-workers' desk with a Dragon Stapler, Cartoon Monster Electric Pencil Sharpener, Cosmo Cocktail Tape Dispenser or Mini Curbside Trash and Recycle Can Set.
Every office has that obsessive tea drinker or coffee fanatic, so get 'em the Hippo Tea Infuser or Death Wish Ground Coffee (which is fair trade, organic AND claims to be the world's strongest coffee).
Coloring books for grown-ups may be the latest craze, but some of these coloring books are truly adult options. While they may not be appropriate for your child’s after-school activities, they’ll be a perfect fit at your white elephant party.
Everyone knows about wine charms – they come in handy at parties (like a Dirty Santa party!) and let you mark your glass so you don’t mix up your drink with someone else’s. Enter the BeerMo – a fancy schmancy mustache shaped charm to slip over the lip of your favorite frostie beverage, whether it be a beer bottle or some girly wine cooler. They make a practical yet silly white elephant gift.
Gag gift for your favorite wino cougar friend? Check out this Sir Perky Wine Corkscrew, that looks like a very, uh, excited little man ready to open your bottle of Pinot Grigio! There’s also a Sir Perky Bottle Opener and a Sir Perky Novelty Bottle Stopper for the perfect trifecta of drunken gag gifts.
Need a funny gift for the ultimate wino in your life? This wine bottle glass holds a full bottom of wine, and you can drink straight from the bottle! If your favorite lush likes to drink on the go, this set of two Vino2Go Wine Tumblers is perfect. Pair it with a cheap bottle of Chardonnay for the perfect Dirty Santa surprise!
Whether you’re decorating your home for the holidays with food-inspired gifts or just want to make your friends smell like a greasy spoon, these food themed gag gifts are bound to be a hit at your holiday party!
A pizza Christmas tree ornament or pepperoni pizza Christmas stocking are a no-brainer, and really, who doesn’t want to smell like pizza? To be fair, DEMETER makes a wide array of weird scents that mimic everyday smells. Some are delicious smelling, like baby powder or vanilla cake batter, but pizza perfume?!? Sounds like a perfectly wacky white elephant gift idea to me!
I mean… who doesn’t love bacon? (Vegans, obviously.) That said, I’m not sure if I know ANYONE who loves bacon enough to brush their teeth with it. But maybe you do? Either way, bacon flavored toothpaste makes for a pretty hilarious gag gift!
If you know someone OBSESSED with bacon will be at your white elephant gift exchange, you could opt for a cute but funny gift, like this Kawaii Bacon & Fried Egg Bathroom Set featuring an adorable soap dispenser and toothbrush holder, or you could go for something cruder, like this Makin’ Bacon Funny Coffee Mug. Your call.
I feel like this road kill cookbook belongs to the Dirty Santa gift exchange hall of fame. It’s the perfect gift for this kind of event – after all, it’s the kind of thing no one really buys for themselves, but everyone loves to share the pleasure of browsing what’s inside, like cars slowing down to ogle a wreck. It’s human nature to want to gross ourselves out, right?
That said, Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook and Cookin' with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price are cookbooks with funny names that actually appear to be useful. At least according to the reviews on Amazon, they seem to have legitimately tasty recipes.
There’s bound to be at least one person trying to go gluten-free at your white elephant gift exchange party, so Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free is sure to be a topical choice!
50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! offers a healthy dose of chicken history and recipes in a hilarious package. And while Breaking Bad has been off the air for a few years, this television classic is still totally worth of a parody cookbook like Baking Bad.
Emojis!! Who doesn't love them?!? One of the all-time best emojis is, of course, the poop emoji! Lucky for you and everyone else at your Dirty Santa party, there's now a poop emoji pillow or a poop emoji travel mug, perfect for gift-giving!
This portable toilet also has its practical uses – after all, it’s made for outdoor activities such as hunting and camping. But just because it’s functional doesn’t mean it can’t be a funny gift! For bonus white elephant party points: wrap up this big 5-gallon bucket in a big box, but hide a bottle of booze or fake poop inside, to keep things interesting at the party!
When you think of celebrities everyone loves to laugh at (rather than with) who comes to mind more than everyone’s favorite Baywatch hunk and German pop music star, David Hasselhoff? Seriously, if unwrapping this collection of the Hoff’s greatest musical hits doesn’t get a few chuckles or nervous laughs, I don’t know what will. (Okay, maybe unwrapping a life-sized cardboard cutout of David Hasselhoff instead...)
So… I’m sure this Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush was created with the best of intentions. I’m sure that many pre-pubescent girls actually use it to brush their teeth and that somehow The Bieb’s sweet, melodic voice encourages those kids to brush a little longer. That doesn’t mean that this still doesn’t make a hilarious white elephant gift.
Clearly what your next Dirty Santa party needs to liven it up is this rainbow colored pillowcase depicting Nicolas Cage. I mean… this thing is a National Treasure. You’ll want to make sure it doesn’t get Left Behind at the party. (See what I did there?) I don't know if I'm more afraid of the fact that people are creating this stuff or that someone is purchasing it.
I'm sure that the Paris Hilton Siren Eau De Parfum Spray smells just lovely, but really Paris? Was this just an excuse to pretend to be a mermaid?
Is your office all about their funny cat memes? Clearly this Space Cats Funny Kitchen Towel or "Are You Kitten Me Right Meow" Mug would make a hilarious Dirty Santa gift for your holiday party. Better yet, create your own weird cat memes with the DIY book, Crafting with Cat Hair or read the poems from I Could Pee on This out loud to your favorite cat ladies.
In need of a purr-fect scratching post? Let your kitty rock out on this Cat DJ Scratching Deck. And endless array of hilarious cat pictures will ensue.
This faux “sweater” is just what the doctor ordered for those ubiquitous hipster holiday parties where vintage ugly Christmas sweaters are de rigueur. New Orleans based Skip N’ Whistle offers up a whole line of “Ugly Christmas Sweater” inspired tees and sweatshirts, but I gotta say... this dinosaur version is my fave of the bunch! Designer Alex Stevens also has lots of hilarious ugly Christmas sweaters like this Bye Felicia Ugly Christmas Sweater and Gonna Party Ugly Christmas Sweater.
A beloved favorite of ironic hipsters everywhere, the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your holiday parties. Not a fan of wolves? Don’t worry, because you could always opt for a similarly ridiculous tee featuring a unicorn, kitty cats, a dinosaur or even an Abe Lincoln tee. Need a different hipster mainstay? The Size Matters! trucker hat is your best bet.
If there is one thing hipsters love, it’s facial hair. Beards, mustaches, sideburns, you name it… But what if you’re that guy who can’t quite grow a full beard? Or maybe you’re a girl and testosterone-ly challenged? Or maybe you just need an utterly ridiculous gag gift? Never fear: the Beardo Original Foldaway Beard Hat is here! This knitted beanie hat comes ready to keep your whole face warm with a detachable, foldaway beard! You can even get the beard part to match your natural hair color, plus a Respect the Beard can koozy to go with it.
If it’s mustaches that make you laugh, there’s plenty of funny gag gifts to choose from. Hide your stash in the My Stache Funny Ceramic Cookie Jar, or get your drink on with the Moustache Rocks Glasses, Mustache Corkscrew & Bottle Opener or Great Moustaches Mug.
A perennial favorite, anything zombie-related is always sure to be a big hit at parties. And this zombie ammo can is actually functional – YES, you can store gun ammunition in it and everything! Or you could use it to pack your lunch along with this Zombie President Reagan Hot Sauce, or even as a travel case for toiletries and cosmetics. The perfect compartment for zombie hunters on the go, especially when paired with The Zombie Survival Guide!
While the ammo can may be somewhat practical, if you want to go for some TRULY weird stuff instead, check out this Zombie Garden Gnome. Better yet… if your white elephant gift exchange is part of an office party, try this Creepy Headless Family Portrait Mousepad or Haunted Zombie Edgar Allan Poe Notebook on for size.
One part gag gift, one part gift they might ACTUALLY want? Once they unwrap this vanilla scented rainbow cake pillow (or a cupcake pillow, cookie pillow or gumball machine pillow), they might never want to let it go! This is going to be a funny white elephant gift worth fighting over!
This boyfriend body pillow serves as a warm arm around your shoulder, at bed time, or during a plane ride. (You can imagine all of the weirded out glances from fellow passengers already, can’t you?) This bizarre pillow also makes a funny gift idea for a holiday Santa gift exchange!
Let’s face it: during the holiday season we ALL over-indulge. This “I Got Fat For Christmas” funny pillow calls it like it is, but you can also customize this pillow, with fonts and background colors to suit your style! (You can even customize the text!)
It tastes delicious! That’s because this Bag of Unicorn Farts is actually a bag of cotton candy. Even better? 10% of all profits from this cute gag gift are donated to charities that support children with neurodiversity.
This Unicorn Snot Glitter Gel is a funny gift that will bring a little magical sparkle to the party. Smear this fun lightly-scented glitter gel on your body and face - don’t worry, it becomes translucent once applied to skin and it washes off easily! You can also clean up with the handcrafted vegan Unicorn Poop Soap!
So this canned unicorn meat is in no way edible or delicious (really, it’s just a stuffed, dismembered toy unicorn in a can), but it WOULD make a hilarious white elephant gift that is sure to get some laughs at your next office Christmas party!
I hope this list has inspired you with some funny gift ideas for your next Dirty Santa gift exchange or white elephant office party!! If you're looking for more ideas for your office buddies, check out my fun gifts for co-workers guide, or take a look at these funny Christmas cards I found!
Need even more funny Dirty Santa gift ideas? Check out this collection of even more funny white elephant gift ideas I’ve found!
Mallory Whitfield has been making things and performing for as long as she can remember. She started blogging at MissMalaprop.com in 2006, and currently hosts the Badass Creatives podcast. Throughout her journey as a creative entrepreneur, Mallory has worn many hats, including blogger, visual artist, upcycled clothing creator, performance artist, jewelry designer, craft show vendor, creative strategist, speaker, teacher and consultant to other small business owners.
She worked as Content Analyst at FSC Interactive, a leading digital marketing agency, prior to taking on her current role as Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based startup studio which builds digital products and visionary companies.
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