35 Delightful White Elephant Gifts to Exchange This Year (2024)

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A white elephant is the perfect holiday game to play if you don't necessarily know someone's style but want to spread the good cheer through a festive gift exchange. So we've pulled several items for you to keep in mind when you're ready to shop. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make the recipient feel special...and there's also a chance that another player could swipe their pick! Believe it or not, that's actually fair game here.

Out of ideas? Not to worry. We've rounded up a hearty list of 35 of the best white elephant gifts to pass out this holiday season—including several selections from Oprah's Favorite Things 2023 List (and beyond)! Does a trio of hot chocolate flavors sound good to you? Read on for more. We've also included a variety of other food and food-related items, like a mini waffle maker, a candy bento box, and a white truffle gift set. Enjoy giving out candles? There's more than one on this list. More into game equipment, like a mini bean-bag toss? We've got you covered. Prefer something the recipient can add to their bar cart? Take a look at the stainless steel champagne stopper and wine glass chiller below.

By the time you've finished checking out our white elephant selections, you'll probably have added a few items to your own holiday wish list as well—but hey, we won't judge!

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Best Travel Gift

Benevolence LA Plush Velvet Travel Jewelry Box Organizer

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Best Travel Gift

Benevolence LA Plush Velvet Travel Jewelry Box Organizer

They can hit the road—or the skies—with this smooth travel jewelry box organizer. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, like cyan blue, red, emerald green, orange, magenta, and midnight purple. This is an easy way to stash precious items while away from home, and was featured on Oprah's Favorite Things 2022 list.

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Best Socks

UGG Women's Darcy Cozy Sock

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Best Socks

UGG Women's Darcy Cozy Sock

Get them a pair of super-soft, machine washable socks that they can wear while reading a book at home on a bitter cold night. At 9 1/2” tall, they fit shoe sizes 5-10. They're made of polyester, nylon, and elastane, and come in cream, charcoal, marlin blue, mauve fog, and purple punch.

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Best Candle Gift

Harlem Candle Co. Purple Love Luxury Candle

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Best Candle Gift

Harlem Candle Co. Purple Love Luxury Candle

This luxurious, hand-poured candle from Harlem Candle Co. will fill their space with the scents of roses and sandalwood. It's made from vegetable soy wax and has two cotton wicks. The brand also offers a variety of themed candles honoring historical figures, including Ellington (Duke Ellington) and Josephine (Josephine Baker).

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Best Gift for Phone Addicts

Urmust Desk Cellphone Stand Holder

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Best Gift for Phone Addicts

Urmust Desk Cellphone Stand Holder

This aluminum alloy phone holder is a convenient option that has silicone pads so won't leave scratches on your phone as it charges. The rubber cushions on the bottom will preserve the surface it rests on. Whoever receives this gift will probably feel super productive, whether they're following a quick recipe in the kitchen, or taking a video call with loved ones.

There are 365 cards in this inspiring set. Each one features a thought-provoking quote from Oprah or another thought leader, a breathing exercise, striking imagery, and can rest on the small bamboo stand that's included. This gift landed on Oprah's Favorite Things List 2022. This set will help the giftee regularly carve out time for deep reflection.

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Oprah Daily Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Finding Your Purpose Journal

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Oprah Daily Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Finding Your Purpose Journal

“Our journals are one of the best things we do at Oprah Daily—and Finding Your Purpose is a great, great, great gift for anyone who wants to fulfill the highest, truest expression of themselves," Oprah said when picking this item for her Favorite Things List 2023. "I worked on every page, and I’m leading an online class based on it in the New Year.”

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Best Tote Bag

Brouk & Co The Capri Everyday Stripe Tote

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Best Tote Bag

Brouk & Co The Capri Everyday Stripe Tote

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“You get a lot of bang for your buck with this cotton canvas tote: smart-looking, with vegan leather accents," Oprah said when selecting this gift for her Oprah's Favorite Things 2023 List. "Doesn’t it look like a more expensive bag? It’s just right for the person in your life who needs to schlep a lot of stuff. Gayle, are you listening?”

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Most Nostalgic Gift

The Color Purple Movie Ticket

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Most Nostalgic Gift

The Color Purple Movie Ticket

“It started with a book, became a film, then two Broadway musicals,” Oprah said about this item on her Favorite Things List 2023. “Now a fresh new, hugely cinematic version of The Color Purple arrives in movie theaters Christmas Day—a universal story of independence, love, resilience, the bonds of sisterhood, and hope. Give a ticket and it will arrive in a custom box (or via email for last-minute shoppers).”

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Best Gift for Taking Notes

Kate Spade New York Take Note XL Vegan Leather Notebook

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Best Gift for Taking Notes

Kate Spade New York Take Note XL Vegan Leather Notebook

This preppy, 168-page lined notebook has tons of space for them to write out goals, reflections on their day, and more. It's 11" x 7" with attached bookmarks, plus an elastic band to keep it closed. It also comes in other fun prints.

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Best Book about ‘The Color Purple’

Purple Rising

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Best Book about ‘The Color Purple’

Purple Rising

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Oprah selected this for her Favorite Things 2023 list, saying, "This is an oral history—and then some—of everything The Color Purple. With never-before-seen images and never-before-shared stories from Alice Walker, Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Erivo, and so many others, it’s got everything you ever wanted to know about the book, the original movie, the Broadway show (and revival), and now the new film, of which I’m proud to be one of the producers."

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Best Soap Gift Set

Beekman 1802 Eight-Piece Bar Soap Gift Set

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Best Soap Gift Set

Beekman 1802 Eight-Piece Bar Soap Gift Set

“This hydrating goat-milk bar soap set, with grapefruit, lavender, and fig scents, is a beautifully packaged hostess gift," Oprah said when picking this gift for her Oprah's Favorite Things 2023 list. "Each bar fits perfectly in your hand. And look at the company’s tagline: ‘There is beauty in kindness.’ Why, yes, there is!”

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Most Motivational Gift

Build the Life You Want

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Most Motivational Gift

Build the Life You Want

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"I collaborated with Arthur Brooks on this book because I think the topic is so important," Oprah said about this book on her Favorite Things 2023 list. "If you want to be happier in 2024—or help those you care about build happiness every day—this is the gift to give yourself and others."

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Best Bubble Bath

Lollia Elegance Bubble Bath

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Best Bubble Bath

Lollia Elegance Bubble Bath

"I chose a Lollia bubble bath—my absolute favorite—two decades ago, and I still have the original bottle by my tub," Oprah said when picking this option for her Oprah's Favorite Things 2023. "This year’s White Amber & Mirabelle offering is just as luxurious—and comes in bath salts, too."

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Best Room Spray

Brooklinen Room Spray

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Best Room Spray

Brooklinen Room Spray

This room spray comes in a silver frosted glass bottle and will fill their room with a pleasant scent all year long. The top note is cardamom, the middle note is geranium, and the base note is vetiver. It also comes in the scents Happy Hour and Restore, and in packs of two and three.

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Best Office Gift

ODISTAR Desktop Vacuum Cleaner

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Best Office Gift

ODISTAR Desktop Vacuum Cleaner

Use this plastic acrylic vacuum cleaner to quickly clean everyday surfaces like your desk or computer. All you need to do is charge it for two to three hours. This cordless, quiet device can rotate 360º, will automatically turn off after 15 minutes of inactivity, and has a battery life of 400 minutes maximum.

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Truff White Truffle Gift Set

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Truff White Truffle Gift Set

This set from Oprah-loved brand Truff comes with one bottle of olive oil and one bottle of hot sauce. The kicker? Each one is infused with white truffle. They're also certified vegan and certified gluten-free. They'll be able to taste the added layers of flavor in any dish they add these to.

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Best Hairstyling Gift

Kitsch Spiral Hair Ties for Women

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Best Hairstyling Gift

Kitsch Spiral Hair Ties for Women

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This set of eight waterproof plastic spiral hair ties will help them keep their hair back in style. This set comes in a variety of colors—brunette, black, blonde, and transparent. They also work for each hair type—including textured—and each one can expand up to six times in size.

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Best Gift for Wine Lovers

Gray Malin x Corkcicle Stemless Wine Cup

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Best Gift for Wine Lovers

Gray Malin x Corkcicle Stemless Wine Cup

Now 50% Off

This 12 oz. stainless steel cup is a Corkcicle collaboration with fine art photographer Gray Malin. It's triple-insulated, so it can keep drinks hot for three hours, and chilled for at least nine hours. It also has a silicone base to keep the cup in place, and a shatter-proof lid.

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Dash Mini Waffle Maker

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Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Waffles of any size are always a delicious option—this waffle maker with a dual nonstick plates makes small ones that are 4" in diameter. It also has an indicator light showing when it's heated. The recipient can also create sweet and savory options with the recipe book that comes with the device.

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Truff Gourmet Mayonnaise Set

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Truff Gourmet Mayonnaise Set

The Truff Gourmet Mayonnaise Set is a high-quality way to elevate an ordinary sandwich. Both of the vegan, gluten-free mayonnaise flavors in this two-pack are made with black winter truffles, but one is a spicy version with red jalapeños. Each jar contains 8 oz. of mayonnaise.

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