The 13 Best White Elephant Gifts for 2019
Each year we spend what feels like an eternity agonizing over the perfect gift. The best slippers for dad, the perfect necklace for mom, the random t-shirt to go along with our little brother’s newest hobby—each option has its difficulties that can feel insurmountable. However, in our opinion, the hardest gift to find is the classic white elephant gift. You try to find the right blend of comedy and practicality, but somehow you always end up walking into the party with a Vegemite cookbook re-wrapped in the bag you picked up at last year’s soiree. Well, this year, we’re here to tell you that white elephant gifts can be fun, light-hearted, and highly sought after. Here’s our list of 13 white elephant ideas that will have your friends aggressively trying to bypass the party’s steal limit to end up with your gift.
Roo Balls Bottle Opener
For the more, ahem, ballsy of us (sorry, low hanging fruit, we know), look no further than the Roo Balls Bottle Opener. We weren’t sure what to think when we first saw them, but year after year we have sold out of Roo Balls, and it seems that they have become an all-time favorite gag gift.
Dangerous Experiments After Dinner Game
Dinner has ended, cocktails have been poured, and everyone sits on the couch wondering what is next. If you’re feeling a bit devil-may-care that night, you’ll want to have Dangerous Experiments After Dinner Game on hand. With 21 cleverly drawn challenge cartoons to choose from, you’ll have to be a bit careful to be sure things don’t get out of hand, but you can rest assured that everyone goes home with something to talk about.
“As a hopeless extrovert, I’m up for anything that keeps the party going a little longer. If I pull this game out, I know no one is going to want to leave early. Plus I can’t wait to find out if we can actually open a bottle of wine with a shoe (and hopefully reward ourselves with a few glasses).”
— Miranda Smith, Journal
Amola Salt Smoked Bacon Salt
So every once in a while, you have to eat something you can’t actually put bacon on. It’s a shame when this happens, but now you don’t have to worry. Just top off the dish with a dash of Smoked Bacon Salt and you’ll elevate the bacon-free meal to heights previously unimagined.
Toadfish Outfitters Sucker Can Cooler
We all have that one friend (okay, maybe more than one friend) who is constantly tipping over their beer. Whether they bump the beer pong table or drop the can when the boat hits a particularly surprising wake, fear no more with the Toadfish Sucker Can Cooler. A suction cup bottom keeps the can in place on any surface and uses double-wall vacuum insulation to keep the brew cold.
When the child inside all of us needs to come out, there is the ultimate living-room-battle weapon, the Marshmallow Crossbow. Launch ‘mallows up to 60 feet with this bow handcrafted in Vancouver. Finally, you have something to do with those leftover marshmallows from the sweet potato pie.
“We usually reserve marshmallows for s’mores or hot cocoa, but when things get heated during holiday festivities in the Sapp household, the ‘mallow crossbow is the only true line of defense from my older brother.”
— Ryan Sapp, Copywriting
Deluxe Ice Cream Scooper
The days of bending your biggest spoons in concrete-hard ice cream are over. Insert That! Inventions Deluxe Ice Cream Scooper. With a thermal capacitive handle that transmits heat from your hands to the scoop, the protein-pounding Hulk of your friend group will no longer be the one who always ends up dishing out the ice cream after dinner.
Ombraz Armless Sunglasses
Whether on the slopes or on the seat of the car, sunglasses seem to always find a way to lose an arm. For the accident-prone friend, think about gifting some Ombraz Armless Sunglasses. Polarized lenses and a bombproof design pair with an adjustable cord to keep these glasses on your face and your eyes protected, regardless of the conditions.
Black Truffle Infused Hot Sauce
Ok, so your friends think they know the best hot sauce to exist. Sriracha, Cholula, and Tapatio all receive votes around Huckberry HQ, but once we got our hands on Truff’s Black Truffle Infused Hot Sauce, we realized there was more to hot sauce than we ever knew before. After numerous taste tests at HBHQ, we can assure you that your foodie friends will be arguing over this sauce all night long.
“This is the hottest gift for that spicy someone in your crew who is never without hot sauce in their purse or pocket. In my crew, that person is me, so I’m treating myself by stocking up on as much of the Truff as I can get my hands on.”
—Trish Hood, CX
DIY Christmas Sweater Kit
Some of us just can’t make it to the thrift store early enough to snag this year’s Christmas sweater, so we thought we’d check out the DIY Sweater Kit to create a masterpiece of our own. Whether you’re the friend who likes it ugly and ridiculous or the refined one of the bunch, this kit allows you to dress up this holiday season in your own way.
RokBlok Wireless Portable Record Player
For all those times your friends have complained about having records but no record player (a shockingly frequent issue these days), there is now the perfect gift. The RokBlok Wireless Portable Record Player can fit in your jacket pocket and be pulled out and set down on any record to get the music started.
Chili Lab Homemade Hot Sauce Kit
We introduced you to Truff, which is obviously a great choice, but some friends just want to take things one step further. We all know someone who insists on making everything from scratch. This Homemade Hot Sauce Kit is the perfect gift for the hot-sauce-loving, sauce-pot-scientist in your life. With multiple pepper options and a handful of vials for distribution, the limits are endless with this set up from W&P Design.
“To quote Gucci Mane, ‘If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can get lost in the sauce.’ But since I get to make this hot sauce myself, I don’t think I’ll mind getting lost in it.”
— Donta Santistevan, Design
Grow Your Own Christmas Tree
If you’re looking to give a gift that pays off in the future, consider the Urban Agriculture Grow Your Own Christmas Tree. With everything needed to start growing a full-sized Christmas tree, this kit is the gift that truly keeps giving year after year. Use it as an excuse to keep your friends coming back each year to see how their little tree has grown up.
Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwiches
If you’ve ever been to space, you know that good food is hard to come by. Okay, we admit, we haven’t been to space, but we love these Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwiches for an indulgent dessert worthy of an Apollo mission. They may not be the same as the real deal, but protect your friends from melted ice cream during the party and keep things (freeze) dry with these instead. Plus, if they get lost in a cupboard, they’ll still be good next year.