2015 Gift Guide: White Elephant Gifts That Don’t Suck

Please, think outside the nearest drugstore.

White Elephant Gifts That Don't Suck - Sarrandipity's 2015 Gift Guide

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the whole “white elephant” thing—usually because the whole buying-gifts-for-unknown-recipients means that everyone receives cheap, random tchotchkes that they’ll never use (but will collect dust and add to stressful household clutter). That said, if you’re part of a group who commits to doing the blind gifting tradition right, it can work. In my opinion, that means setting a budget of at least $15—but ideally $25—and making the effort to find cool, usable gifts rather than frantically shopping the “As Seen On TV” aisle at CVS. Here, my second-annual list of suggestions (I still stand-by the first annual round-up, too) for some quality white elephant gifts you can bring to your next exchange. (Just use your judgment: If the exchange is with your officemates and half of them are dudes, probably don’t go with the jewelry dish.)
White Elephant Gifts That Don't Suck - Sarrandipity's 2015 Gift Guide

1. Telestrations
This game is AMAZING. I recently bought it and tested it out with my (sometimes difficult-to-impress) friends at our last game night, and it was a hit. I’m obsessed.

2. Wine Glass Writers
I bought these because I have stemless wine glasses and thus can’t use the typical wine charms, but I love them more than the charms anyway. The metallic colors are pretty, they’re fun and easy to use, and three pens suffice for any number of people.

3. Umbrella Ring Dish
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These little trinket dishes are endlessly handy for anyone who wears jewelry (PSA: it holds more than just rings).

4. Ponytail Holders (Set of 15)
A slightly prettier, snag-free alternative to those ribbon hair ties that are everywhere (and that sadly, lose their elasticity too easily for my thick hair…).

5. Silicone Popsicle Molds
I know, I know, the listing says “For Kids.” But trust me, these things are awesome. Fill them with some mashed up fresh fruit (I highly recommend watermelon), or any other food and/or drink you want to experiment with, pop ’em in the freezer, and get some tasty treats out of it.

6. BeeSpa Hand & Foot Cream
This stuff is a dream, especially for those of us who live in cold-weather climates and have to deal with dry air and dryer skin for multiple months out of the year.

7. Country or State Slate Cheese Board

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Go state-specific if the whole group is big on local pride, or keep it general with the USA version.

8. ‘Maison Holiday’ Petite Candle Set
Voluspa candles are my absolute favorite. They smell so good; they’re pretty much impossible to resist.

9. Wood Appetizer & Dip Tray (With Glass Bowl)
Who doesn’t need a good chip-(or appetizer)-and-dip vessel? Even non-entertainers can use it to class-up their post-work snack times.

10. 90s TV Trivia Game
May as well buy one for yourself while you’re at it because, come on.

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Gift Guide: 15 Cat-Inspired Gifts

Cats are the source of so much love, whether it’s in the form of real-live pets, viral videos, or Lifetime movies. I myself have two cats who I love very much (admitted cat lady, right here), and I’m certainly not the only one who’s semi-obsessed with our four-legged, purring friends. If you’re shopping for the cat-lover in your life, take a look at these fantastically feline products. Right meow.
Cat Paw Sterling Silver Stud Earrings
Subtlety is the name of the game here.
Safari Animal Bottle Stopper
Wild cat for the wild wine drinker.
Cat Elbow-Patch Sweater
Elbow patches: Great. Cat elbow patches: A-meow-zing.
$42, ASOS
Cat Eye Mask 
Do not disturb this cat.
$24, Catbird
Pendulum Clock 
Retro amazing-ness.
Video Kitty Tumblers
And you can drink more than just milk out of them.
$35 for Set of 4, Uncommon Goods
Lovecats Ring
Dainty, just like a cat. Right?
$32, Catbird
Snow Tiger Crewneck Sweater
Purrr for the Brrrr
The French Cat Book
Classy catspiration
Antiqued Copper Yoga Cat
$32, Pier 1
Cat Eye Sunglasses
Cat eyes that look like cat ears.
$51, ASOS
Cat-MugMugtail Cat Mug
For sippin on that cat-feine.
Touch Screen Cat Gloves
For keeping those paws warm.
$11, ASOS 
Cat Detail Leather Flat Shoes
A pop of color and personality
$53, ASOS 
Jonathan Adler Salt & Pepper Shakers
Kitschy kitties for the home

Gift Guide: Unique White Elephant Gifts That Don’t Suck


I used to hate white elephant gift exchanges, because I was under the impression that the only inexpensive gifts you could get that would be universally appealing were, well, terrible ones. But, thanks to the Internet and stores’ increasingly creative check-out line displays, my eyes have been opened to the endlessly creative and awesome products out there. Here, just a few white elephant gift ideas that unique and not at all lame, all under $25.

Cocktail-KitOld Fashioned Carry-On Cocktail Kit
Making crying babies on flights more manageable for everyone. $24, Nordstrom


Scratch-Off Mini Wall Map
Perfect if you hang out with a bunch of globetrotters. $24, Flight001

Bluetooth Camera Shutter Release
Because it’s a selfie-obsessed world out there. $10, Nordstrom

Photo Clip String Set
The selfie-obsessed need somewhere to put all those snapshots. $14, Urban Outfitters

Ice Ball Flavour It
Because flavored water is the jam right now. $16, Brookstone

Spot It
I swear to you, everyone will love this game. It’s addicting. $9, Amazon

Smartphone Macro Photo Lens
It’s time your friends up their Instagram game. $20, Urban Outfitters

Balloon Modeling Kit
I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of becoming a balloon-animal expert? $12, Uncommon Goods

Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
Um, yum. $15, Amazon

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