12 White Elephant Gifts That Are Hardly Appropriate

The true gift of White Elephant is the element of surprise. It is the promise of opportunity, the expectation of the shock and awe of your gift recipient when they open your carefully chosen prank gift. For those of us who like to keep an eye on what makes the “appropriate” gift, White Elephant is our time to shine.

When it comes to the art of giving jokes, your goal is to find items that are bizarre and obscene, but that don’t make people uncomfortable. And so, while the following gifts will definitely not be the most desired item at your White Elephant party, they are sure to generate the most hilarious reactions. Each item was chosen for their price (around or under $30) and their ability to bring a smile-slash-grimace to someone’s face.

(A word of warning: if you’re exchanging gifts with family and co-workers rather than longtime friends, make sure you trust your ability to read a room. A joke gift isn’t worth making people genuinely uncomfortable.)


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