36 Of The Best White Elephant Gifts Under $20 (2024)

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These are so great you might be tempted to keep them all to yourself (and not regret it at all).


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1. A funny soy wax Harry Potter candle for The Office fans that'll reveal who the Muggles are and who the escaped Azkaban prisoners are in your team 👀.

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CandECraftCo / Etsy

CandECraftCo is a couple-owned Pennsylvania-based business that sells hand-poured all natural soy wax candles.

Get it from CandECraftCo for $15.99+ (available in two sizes and 13 scents).

2. A daily mood desk flip chart so your coworkers (aka your roommate and your dog) will see what kind of day you're having and know whether to leave you alone or join in on the fun.


Promising review: "I love this thing. I got one for a friend at a white elephant party. I loved hers so much my mom bought me one, too. I always keep it out on my desk and everyone comes to check it daily. It's a huge office hit!" —Shae

Get it from Amazon for $16.68.

3. A pack of The Mandalorian playing cards featuring everyone's fave, Baby Yoda, which will make every game even cuter and entertaining.

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Get it from Toynk for $11.99.

4. A pack of super artsy socks they'll enjoy Gogh-ing everywhere in.


Promising review: "I bought these for a white elephant gift exchange. Everyone wanted these, including me." —Kristine Barnett

Get four pairs from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 10 combos).

5. A set of sweetgrass bath bombs to give them a luxurious and rejuvenating bath experience (which tbh everyone needs right about now). Olive oil and herbs moisturize, sweetgrass soothes, and Epsom salts loosen stiff joints. Skincare buffs will loooove.

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Sister Sky

Sister Sky is a certified Native American women-owned and family-owned company that makes body and hair care products inspired by ancient herbal wisdom with value of family, giving, and home. Started by Native American sisters, the company also donates a portion of sales to Native American nonprofits.

Get a set of four from Sister Sky for $16 (also available in a white willow and chamomile scent).

6. A prim and proper mustached gentleman who will primly and properly hold their razor — no need to put it on the side of the tub anymore.

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Promising review: "This razor holder is so fun and quirky. I absolutely love it. It was received quickly. It sticks very well to the tile and can be easily moved to different locations. Everyone who has seen it in my bathroom has a good laugh. This would be a great gift or stocking stuffer for those of us who love the strange and funny. The plastic is sturdy and the colors and details are great. It keeps my razor from sitting out. It also helps to quickly dry it after use. The price was a deterrent initially, but I'm glad to purchased it. I would definitely buy another." —Mindy

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

7. A funky set of colorful pencils so the writer in your team won't have any trouble figuring out the right collective noun for animals like giraffes and peaco*cks for their children's story.

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NewtonAndTheApple / Etsy

Based in a small studio in Nottingham, England, NewtonAndTheApple sells unique gifts and accessories inspired by science, space, nature, and math. Nerds unite!

Get a five-pack from NewtonAndTheApple on Etsy for $10.37.

8. A fuzzy sloth throw pillow that everyone will actually be pretty quick to grab and cuddle — just look at that face!

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Promising review: "Came compressed and vacuum-sealed but fluffed up throughout the day after opening it. The fur is softer than I expected and overall, this is just a really nice accent pillow/plush animal. I wanted a squishy pillow for my chair, the sloth factor is a bonus." —Socket

Get it from Amazon for $18.88.

9. A mini heart-shaped waffle maker because everyone needs a breakfast made with care and love (and, you see, care and love just oozes from this little machine).


Promising review: "I purchased this little waffle maker because 1, a friend shared a picture of the one they have and I was jealous, 2, we wanted another one so we are not just waiting on the one Belgium waffle maker, 3, I figured my son would love it! It takes about four mins to make one. It's so good! It's crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. Even my picky husband said he really liked how it came out. My son ate five last weekend (and he normally only eats maybe half a waffle for breakfast). I ended up making an extra batch and keep them in the freezer for him for weekdays. We just pop them in the toaster oven for about five mins and they come out nice and yummy. It's small and portable. Overall I am very happy with the addition." —Penny

Get it from Amazon for $16.60 (available in 19 designs).

10. And this bottle of organic gingerbread maple syrup they can pour on those waffles for the most delicious and envy-worthy breakfast ever.

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Maple Craft Foods

This family-owned small business began after tragedy struck in their community of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The founders wanted to reprioritize their lives and focus on something that would benefit the community — which led to this absolutely delish maple syrup collection. Maple Craft was voted the best syrup in Connecticut, so you'll probably want to get yourself a bottle as well and whip up a big batch of pancakes ASAP.

Get it from Maple Craft Foods for $12.99 and check out all of the other flavors here.

11. An art print the Oxford comma-defenders in your team will immediately grab, ready to argue their case because yes, this is a very grave issue, darn it!

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PaperSonata / Etsy

This print measures 8" x 10" and is printed on matte white paper. PaperSonata is an Asian woman-owned business that sells home decor and party supplies, blending traditional arts with bright colors and design.

Get it from PaperSonata on Etsy for $15.

12. A tub of pumpkin gooey butter cake ice cream for a yummy fall twist to everyone's fave dessert. Or get the miso maple flavor, which is a vegan option! The sweet tooths in your group will jump on this immediately.

Clementine's Creamery

Clementine’s Creamery is a woman-owned ice cream shop that ships nationwide, and is the only microcreamery in Missouri serving unique small-batch handcrafted ice cream flavors. Tamara Keefe founded the company out of a desire to unite communities through ice cream, as she grew up in an impoverished Irish-Italian household and couldn't afford to join other families on trips to the ice cream parlor as a child. The profits for select ice creams go towards nonprofit organizations, like Tribe All Good (TAG), a nonprofit focused on building more inclusive communities.

Get them from Clementine’s Creamery: the pumpkin flavor for $10 and the maple flavor for $15, and check out more flavors here (available in 30+ flavors, with vegan and alcoholic options).

13. A mini cactus humidifier that'll have your coworker prick up the moment they see it. They'll appreciate the cactus puns and hydrated skin this winter!

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It automatically shuts off after four hours.

Promising review: "This little thing did wonders for my skin in my office. I'm right next to a window so I often have to run my space heater, which dries the daylights out of my skin. This thing is easy to set up, well worth the money, and super cute. My eyes and nose stay moisturized and my skin looks better than it ever does in the winter. It's made for small spaces, so make sure you're within a foot or two of the mist so you can benefit fully." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.89+ (available in three designs).

14. A Bob Ross Funko figure to remind everyone to ~chillax~ (even though they may not chillax once someone steals this).

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Promising review: "Ordered this little Bob for my office. Sometimes you need a peaceful reminder at work ;). He appears as expected from the picture. It was nicely packaged and new (as expected.) One of these would be great office gifts or white elephant gifts." —Toodles

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

15. A golden brownstone chocolate bar that's probably way too gorgeous to eat but that doesn't mean chocolate-lovers won't find their way to it anyway.

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Harlem Chocolate Factory

The ingredients in these chocolate bars are organic and sourced locally from New York. The company is Black woman-owned — the founder and head chocolatier Jessica Spaulding has been working with chocolate since she was 9 years old! She and her co-founder Asha Dixon's products were even selected as one of Oprah's Favorite Things — AKA, they're the real deal.

Get a bar from Harlem Chocolate Factory for $12.99 (available in milk or dark chocolate) or six from Amazon for $59.99.

16. A boba tea light because there's always that one person looking for any excuse to treat themselves to bubble tea. Well, might as well get it in lamp form too. It's so realistic the boba moves around inside!

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Urban Outfitters

This is battery-powered so no messy wires to deal with.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

17. The most adorable Pokémon bubble tea-themed enamel pins ever to decorate their fave jacket and show off their Pokémon + boba love to the world. Watch everyone challenge each other to a Pokémon battle over these!

LoveMichiBB / Etsy

LoveMichiBB is an Asian woman-owned business selling cute Pokémon-themed enamel pins, stickers, and keychains.

Get them from LoveMichiBB on Etsy for $9.99: the Boba-saur one here and the Squirtle one here.

18. An adjustable neck phone mount so they can catch up on The Haunting of Bly Manor without having to worry about their phone falling flat on their face.

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Promising review: "Works great. Ever wanted to lie in bed and watch Netflix or YouTube on your phone? Yeah, me too, and now I do." —John W. Vaught II

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six colors).

19. Fifty Shades of Chicken, a parody cookbook with hilariously seductive chicken recipes guaranteed to make them laugh — especially with names like "Dripping Thighs" and "Mustard-Spanked Chicken." So much better than their mom's basic cookbook, I daresay.

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Clarkson Potter

Get it from Amazon for $9.95, Bookshop for $18.39 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

20. A secret journal much better than traditional ones because not only is this filled with prompts that help them reflect, explore, and question new things about themselves but when they're done, they can keep it, bury it for their grandkids to find, throw it in the trash, or, ya know. Burn it.

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Get it from Amazon for $8.39.

21. A visual grocery list they can stick on their fridge and simply circle whatever they're out of instead of writing it down somewhere random and losing it. In one glance, they can see what they need. It's great for people who are more visual. Economical, efficient, and fun!

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This has 50 tear-off sheets and 50+ icons of all the grocery products you'd need.

Promising review: "This is my favorite way to make a shopping list. It saves time and I know what I need at a glance! Absolutely will be using for all my grocery list needs!" —Emily

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

22. A Nicolas Cage sequined throw pillow cover because it makes a perf gag gift they can cackle and chortle about.

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Promising review: "This thing is THE BEST! Got it for white elephant and it was the hit of the party. The quality is high and makes for a unique gift. I love Nic but even if you don’t, this will be sure to stand out. My friends couldn’t stop passing it around and playing with it!" —Anonymous

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in eight colors).

23. A hilarious farting animals coloring book anyone with a sense of humor will ~clear the room~ for.

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Promising review: "The kids AND the adults were after this white elephant gift at Christmas! Put it with a couple boxes of markers and crayons and it was the biggest hit!" —Rachelle

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

24. A Starbucks candle that'll have their home smelling like their fave coffee all the time. Caffeine-lovers will def fight over this one — especially with the cute recycled bottle!

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WickedWickOfTheEast / Etsy

WickedWickOfTheEast is a Pennsylvania-based business that sells handmade soy wax candles poured into recyclable containers and packaged with eco-friendly materials.

Get it from WickedWickOfTheEast on Etsy for $15 (available in three coffee scents).

25. Tequila Mockingbird, a funny co*cktail book based on famous novels so they can indulge themselves with endless literary jokes, witty comments, and titles like The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose until they're just squealing with delight. While attempting to make said co*cktails of course.

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Running Press Adult

This book features 65 drink recipes as well as bar bites, illustrations, and drinking games.

Get it from Amazon for $7.39, Bookshop for $13.80 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

26. A set of cat butt magnets so claw-some and cute they should be illegal. You just might be tempted to take one.

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Promising review: "I got these for a white elephant party and they were a HUGE success. They're damn strong magnets, too." —Alexandria Tikalsky

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $17 (available in four styles).

27. This cute set of mini lipsticks too cute to deny! Heck, maybe they'll even be fought over.

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Promising review: "Love these little guys. The lipstick is gorgeous. I love how small they are. Everyone who sees them wants them. A total win!" —AnnaBanan789

Get it from Nordstrom for $16.

28. A miniature wacky inflatable tube guy ready to give them a laugh whenever they feel down in the dumps.

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Promising review: "He is really awesome in person. Love this little guy! He waves and waves, flops over, pops up and waves some more! I got this for a white elephant gift at an upcoming party. I can't wait to see expressions on people's faces and to see if there is a fight to get it! Great gift really for anyone who likes this kind of stuff. Its great! I want one of my own!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

29. A mini screaming goat figure so they can have their own version of those viral screaming goat videos everyone loves. Press the button to hear it shriek and make everyone go "ahhhh!" in surprise!

Amazon, amazon.com

The figure comes with a 32-page illustrated pocket guide filled with fun facts and trivia about, well, goats!

Promising review: "This was hilarious! Both the figurine and the book. Bought for a co-worker, we all laughed and laughed each time we made it scream! We even played it over the loudspeaker for our warehouse workers to hear, and hearing it over that loudspeaker had us cracking up the rest of the day! Wouldn't have thought it be so popular but everyone loves it, especially the guy who it's for!" —Ashley

Get it from Amazon for $7.40.

30. A clip-on selfie ring light great for anyone looking to vamp up their selfie game. Sometimes your yellowish room light just ain't it.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "Great product and works as described. Light has three settings that gradually get brighter as you click the power button. Definitely makes a difference in your pics." —eryckahvii

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

31. A handy sticky note packet because really, these can come of use to anyone.

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Promising review: "Perfect for an office gift! Got these for my coworkers and they LOVED them. Good quality, too. I would highly recommend." —Melanie Cooper

Get it from Amazon for $12.55+ (available in six versions).

32. A functional water tumbler to remind the recipient to drink their water!

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Promising review: "Oh my goodness, I can't say enough good things about these! We've been giving them to friends as gifts, and everyone is raving about them. I've even brought one to work, and my coworkers keep stopping by to pick it up and admire it! The silicone, wood, and glass parts are all very well-made — thick, sturdy, and beautiful. Every piece comes apart for easy hand-washing. The silicone jacket keeps the glass from sweating, and it makes it easy to grip and carry. The silicone seal under the wood lid is removable and seals nicely to the glass to protect from 1) major spills, and 2) things dropping into the tumbler when outside. The straw is sturdy, too, and is easily washable with a straw brush." —Stevi88

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available inthree colors).

33. A woven wall hanging for an effortless and dreamy exhibit of pattern on their rather plain (read: dull) room.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "These are adorable. When I purchased them, I planned to only use the larger one, but they look great next to each other. They are a really nice contrast to framed art and family pictures, as well as really add that textural soft feel I wanted. Also, these are super inexpensive. The quality is nicer than I expected especially for the price. I hung mine with little nails. I get many compliments on them!" —Kar Star

Get it from Amazon for $15.98+ (available in two sizes).

34. A scratch-off poster for 100 classic movies that the film buff will ~reely~ have a great time getting through!

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Get it from Uncommongoods for $15 or from Amazon for $19.50.

35. A fun animal-shaped tabletop vacuum that'll keep their desk clean and also function as decor when it's not on the job!

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Promising review: "Can't believe these little guys work so well. Table crumbs, spilled salt, and small seeds are all whisked away. Not only cute but actually do a great job. Also, did I mention CUTE?" —harlow's mom

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three animals).

36. A cable yoyo so their headphones never get tangled again.

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Promising review: "I've been looking for something like this forever. Cord wraps up neatly, unwinds even more neatly. Wrapping a cord up the old way gives me loose or tight coiling, and eventually results in damaging the cord at the jack. Plus it would still tangle part of the time. This is hardly any larger in your pocket than the earbuds alone." —D. Jones

Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in three colors).

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