What’s harder than finding a gift that one specific person will love? Try finding a gift that will appeal to everyone at a party! White Elephant gift exchanges are traditionally held around the holidays, and now that we’ve officially entered the holiday season, it’s time to get shopping!
A quick refresh on how the White Elephant works before we get into the thick of the shopping. In short, White Elephant is a holiday tradition in which everyone brings a wrapped gift to a party (or office) and drops it anonymously into a large pile. When it’s time to play, participants each select a number, which determines their place in line. With every turn, White Elephant participants can either choose to unwrap a new mystery gift, or trade the still-unwrapped gift for an item someone else has already selected and unwrapped. White Elephant can be super-fun but also nerve-wracking, which means it fits right in with the rest of the holidays. There’s pressure on you to make good trades, but what’s even scarier is the pressure to buy a good Whtie Elephant gift, since everyone will know which one you purchased.
Usually, everyone’s agreed on a relatively low price limit, which actually makes for very high stakes. People generally go one of two ways with White Elephant gifts: a gag gift, which no one wants to end up with, or a really awesome gift, which everyone winds up trying to acquire. It can be fun to give the gag gift, but there’s definitely a pride that comes with giving the more desired White Elephant gift. But something that everyone wants can be hard to find, especially at a relatively low cost, which is why MASSE is here to help with the Best White Elephant gift ideas for $50 and under, which is the general price limit for White Elephant gifts. The low price point keeps the game fun while also making it a bit of a challenge!
What constitutes a good White Elephant Gift idea for under $50 does somewhat hinge on the crowd at the party you’re attending — a White Elephant game filled with seniors will be different than one filled with young people, while White Elephant gift ideas are going to vary a bit depending on the gender makeup of the crowd, too — some will love self-care treatments, others might be into cool new technology. Luckily, MASSE is filled with recommendations from people of all walks of life, united by their love of shopping and sharing their expertise. That means when you’re shopping for White Elephant gift ideas under $50, you’re going to get great advice from the kind of people who will be at your party. You can thank us when you have the most popular White Elephant gift of all.