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Old 12-06-2019, 07:07 PM
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I have 3 white elephant exchanges in 1 week! What is something that is cheap, yet fun AND useful?


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Old 12-06-2019, 07:35 PM
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I just bought some small decorative bowls, dip mix and crackers to go with them.
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:51 PM
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Are they true white elephant gifts? Our staff does this but most gifts are nicer or gift cards for coffee, Target, etc.

Otherwise, Id hit Bed Bath and Beyond with coupons
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Old 12-06-2019, 08:03 PM
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I'm going to a party with a white elephant tomorrow and I got this paint by sticker cats book: https://www.amazon.com/Paint-Sticker...5691315&sr=8-7

I figured it was kind of funny but also at least a few people there will want it. I have one for myself as well and I love it- very relaxing! They have a lot of other themes if you don't want to do cats. Ours was supposed to be $15-20 so I paired it with a set of cat socks I also found on Amazon.
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Old 12-06-2019, 08:10 PM
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I always take a bag that has a really quality six pack of beer, peanuts, chips and salsa, and other snacks that go along with beer. Many people fight over something like that, because it's good, and it's not something cluttery that takes up space and is not really needed.

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Old 12-06-2019, 08:22 PM
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Old 12-06-2019, 08:35 PM
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Thanks, yeah there's no real specifications. I think for the work one I'll do something nicer. I like the food idea, you can't go wrong with that! And the cats one is good, too!
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:46 PM
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Anytime I've ever been to a party with "white elephant gifts" the white elephant is a joke gift. I've gotten a plastic sheep that pooped jelly beans, a six pack of turkey-and-gravy-flavored soda, and numerous t-shirts and hats with inappropriate sayings on them. they usually get re-gifted!
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Old 12-07-2019, 05:47 AM
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Apple Annie - Yes, in this area a white elephant gift exchange is where you try to bring the funniest, ugliest, or most useless gift. It is a lot of fun and hilarious. What the others are describing sounds
like what we call a "naughty Santa" exchange where we draw numbers and people can steal the gifts that have already been revealed or choose an unwrapped one.
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:52 AM
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In my neck of the woods, a white elephant exchange is to bring something from around your house that you no longer need or want. No shopping allowed, except in your own drawers and cupboards. The more ridiculous, the better. In fact, we are doing this for Christmas Day with my family. (11 adults, no children)


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Old 12-07-2019, 07:28 AM
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Let's see...places such as HomeGoods, TJMaxx, Ross, and Marshalls may be good to get these:

- essential oil diffusers can probably be $15-20 at TJMaxx, Marshalls, etc.

- kitchen tool set

- set of teas

- tea kettle

- set of coasters

- lotion(s)

- knit hat/scarf set
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Old 12-07-2019, 03:45 PM
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One year, I googled "awkward Christmas photos" and printed the one I thought was the funniest. I framed it in a nice, but inexpensive picture frame, and hid a $5 Starbucks gift card behind the picture in the frame. Cheap, fun, and useful!
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