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White elephant gifts are in a league of their own. The holiday tradition allows players to unwrap a present and either keep what they got or “steal” an item from someone else. Most participants secretly hope to contribute a steal-worthy item, but coming up with a good white elephant gift on a budget is easier said than done.
The ideal pick is the perfect combination of fun and useful, something your gift’s recipient would genuinely be excited to receive and unwrap in front of everyone. Since you don’t know who will choose your item in the end, it also needs to be suitable for anyone in your circle, playing to a wide range of personalities and ages. A goofy gift is sure to get a reaction, but you also want it to be something people will actually want to take home. (Does anyone really need more unusable trinkets to stuff away in the corner of their closet?)
To help you find the perfect, budget-friendly white elephant gift, we rounded up 18 items that’ll entertain your family or friend group for $50 or less. Our ideas span the gamut, from delightfully random gifts like a puzzle covered in pooping dogs, to more practical selections like handy wine gadgets and a comfy-cozy blanket they’ll use all season long. Which will you decide to buy: a fun gag gift, or a present that everyone will want to steal? Check out our picks ahead.