The Best White Elephant Gifts Under $40

Lil break pouches sitting on the fireplace with pine garland

Whether you’re shopping for family, friends, or coworkers, these fun swap gift ideas won’t break the bank.


Finding the perfect white elephant gift for a holiday exchange can be tricky. You want something that’s fun and will grab people’s attention, but you don’t want to drop too much money or give something that’ll get tossed in the trash as soon as the swap is over. Never fear: We’ve got ideas for gifts that your friends or coworkers will actually want—and they’re all under $40.


A Game for Social Media Stars

Are your group texts full of memes and GIFs? Then you and your friends will excel at What Do You Meme?, a game that delves into internet humor and pop culture. It’s super easy to play, (even if you don’t know anything about memes), and it’s sure to have everyone cracking up within minutes. You’ll want to break this out as soon as the white elephant swap is over!

Cost: $30


Bags for the Essentials

If your friends are always on the go, they could probably use a cute new bag to help them carry the important stuff (including hand sanitizer and an extra face mask!) on their adventures. The Fifth Avenue Waistpack and Weekender Mini Bag are both stylish and practical, making them perfect for everything from a trip to the grocery store to a socially-distanced gathering with friends.

Cost: Fifth Avenue Waistpack: $17

Weekender Mini Bag: $20


A Reminder to Breathe

It’s been a long year, and most of us are looking for ways to chill out a little. The Zen Garden Litter Box may be meant for laughs, but it serves a self-care purpose too: Raking sand around those cute cats can help encourage mindfulness and meditation, which will make your gift recipient feel calmer in no time. They can thank you later.

Cost: $9


A Unique Stand for Binge-Watching

Ever had your hand fall asleep while you were watching video after video on your phone? (We’ve all been there.) This eye-catching banana phone stand can solve that problem—and provide a bright pop of color for your desk at the same time.

Cost: $10


The Bag That Does It All

Our SuperBreak Plus backpack is iconic for a reason: It’s durable, has plenty of space for all the essentials, and comes in a variety of fun colors and prints. Whatever your gift recipient gets up to—whether it’s going to school or heading to the park for a picnic—this bag will help ensure that they’re prepared.

Cost: $35


An Unforgettable Karaoke Session

If your friends are always singing along to Spotify playlists, a Bluetooth karaoke microphone may be the winning gift. Different tone options let users change the sound of their voice, and built-in LED lights flash and flicker with the music. Get ready to feel like real rockstars!

Cost: $23


Guaranteed Cuteness for the Year

Who doesn't like sloths? (OK, maybe no one likes them as much as Kristen Bell does, but you can’t deny that they’re adorable.) With this sloth calendar, your recipient can look forward to

amazing photos of these laidback creatures every month. Bonus: The money from your purchase goes to The Sloth Conservation Foundation, so you’re making a difference too.

Cost: $16


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By: Mandy Carr