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The Best White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $50 You Can Still Snag In Time For Christmas

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The Best White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $50 You Can Still Snag In Time For Christmas

White elephant gifts are one of the best kinds of gifts to give because they can either be really basic or really wacky.

Sometimes the funnier the better, and when there's a bigger budget there's more room to get more creative especially with last-minute gifts. 

The best gifts to gift someone for a white elephant gift exchange are funny gag gifts or something useful — like a banana phone, Himalayan salt tequila glasses, and a foot bath.

Some funny, handy and unique gifts under $50 that would be fun to give or receive at a white elephant party, whether in person or over zoom, are quirky or amusing — like a Bob Ross Chia Pet, a grilled cheese sandwich toaster, and a Nicolas Cage reversible sequin pillow. The options are endless!

If you're looking for some good white elephant gift ideas under 50 dollars, here's a list of ideas to inspire you. Just make sure to grab them before the last-minute shipping deadline for the holiday season, which is typically December 15th if you want to get your Christmas gifts or holiday gifts on time for Christmas. 

The 30 best white elephant gift ideas under $50:

Bob Ross Chia Pet

Who doesn't like Bob Ross? The answer is nobody and we all know him for his happy little trees but also his fro. Grow your own Bob Ross Plant fro and get into planting or painting at the same time. 

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Merrycolor Nicolas Cage Mermaid Pillow Cover Sequin Pillow Case

The Nick Cage pillow is not only a meme but a real thing. Get your friends or co-workers what they think is a cute sequin pillow until they glide their hands over the sequins to find a familiar face. 

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Bower Selfie Ring Studio Light

Even if you aren't an Instagram influencer or a TikTok star, sometimes having a ring light is fun to take selfies and for group photos. It can make your photo game even better.

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Where to buy: Walmart, $19.88

Bluetooth Banana Phone

If you want to get the best gag gift, this is it. This Banana actually is a phone and you can use it for calls by connecting it to your phone over Bluetooth for an easy wireless connection.

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Where to buy: Uncommon Goods, $40

HoMedics Bubble Spa Elite Footbath

Ever had a long day at work and all you want is a nice foot massage? If you have, there's no question your friends or co-workers haven't either. Give someone the gift of a footbath with a 2-in-1 removable pedicure center that includes a pedicure brush and a pumice stone, where they can sit, relax, put a face mask on and let the machine do its work.

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Where to buy: Walmart, $40

Nostalgia TCS2 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Toaster

Who knew there was a toaster that lets you make grilled cheese at the same time?! This vintage-inspired toasted allows you to make the perfect grilled cheese with options to pre-heat bread before toasting or defrost frozen bread. 

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Where to buy: Walmart, $24.99

Brentwood Appliances Non-Stick 12 Cake Pop Maker in Purple

One of the best treats during Christmas is the deserts. One popular one during the holidays is cake pops, and with this easy cake pop maker, you can make cake pops galore. 

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Where to buy: Walmart, $44.11

Creative Motion 7" Plasma Ball - Black and Purple

Do you know anyone who was ever fascinated as a kid with the plasma balls or lava lamps? If so then this is the perfect gift for them or anyone who is interested in science. 

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Where to buy: Walmart, $34

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

With this gift, your friends will thank you in seconds. Breakfast is the meal where you either get up early and make or you're in a rush to eat something before you get out the door. This breakfast sandwich maker makes your job in the morning so much easier. 

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Where to buy: Amazon, 

Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses

Salt, shot, lime is how it goes when taking tequila shots. But what if you could make it easier and less salty on your hands? These salt shot glasses are just made for that. 

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Where to buy: Uncommon Goods, $30

Raining Men Clear Bubble Dome Umbrella

Do you know the classic song "It's Raining Men"? If so, then you'll get this reference in this funny and perfect white elephant gag gift. 

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Where to buy: Amazon

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Help your friends and co-workers become the VSCO girl they always wanted to be. But really, this water bottle is really all the hype with five-star reviews from more than 18 thousand happy customers.

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Where to buy: Amazon

Embroidered Thank You Tote

You have seen the thank you plastic bags that are usually given out at Chinese restaurants, street vendors, and more. Everyone will get a kick out of seeing that you found a reusable version of that bad and some might fight over it.

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Where to buy: Uncommon Goods, $38

Shrimp Neck Pillow

This is the most disgusting yet comfy pillow you might have ever seen. This is a perfect white elephant gift because it's so weird but also useful someone will surely want it. 

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Where to buy: Amazon

Knit Throw Blanket

Nothing's better in the winter than cuddling up on the couch or in bed with a warm blanket and watching a holiday film. Give someone a comfy blanket that they will love this holiday season.

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18" LED Light Up Wall Decor

Sometimes people either light a night light or they don't. If you know somebody who has been needing a cool lighting fixture then this is the perfect gift. 

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Where to buy: Target, $30

Holiday Reed Diffuser

Lighting candles in the winter can be fun and add some wonderful smells to your house. However, something else that can add a good smell is reed diffusers.

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Where to buy: Nordstrom, $50

Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Portable Suitcase Record Player with Built-in Speakers

This will be an epic white elephant gift because a record player is super fun to have. If you know someone who has been starting to collect records but doesn't have that record player yet, this is the perfect gift. 

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Where to buy: Amazon

Chefman 2.1qt Analog Air Fryer 

If you don't have an air fryer in 2021, then that's rare. The new cooking appliance has taken over and if somebody you know doesn't have one, then this is a perfect gift to fight over. 

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Where to buy: Target, $36.99

The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook: 10th Anniversary Edition

If you know someone or multiple people in your group that love Trader Joe's, then this is a perfect gift. It includes 150 recipes using all things from Trader Joe's. 

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Where to buy: Walmart, $15.99

Ozeri Nouveaux II Electric Wine Opener with Foil Cutter, Wine Pourer and Stopper

Sometimes all you need after a long day is a glass of wine, and nothing adds more frustration than not being able to open the wine. This wine opener does that for you, as well as having the ability to cut any foil around, pour wine, and be used as a wine stopper.

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Where to buy: Walmart, $17.75

DASH My Pint Electric Ice Cream Maker

This is the perfect gift because everyone loves ice cream and if you buy this for a friend they will love it. It can be used for making their own custom ice cream but also for parties as a fun activity. 

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Where to buy: Amazon

Tabletop Cornhole

Cornhole is such a fun game to play at gatherings, parties, and more but the original game can be planned in only wide spaces. That's why this mini cornhole tabletop game is perfect to play at the table while having drinks with a few friends. 

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Where to buy: Uncommon Goods, $50

Amazon Smart Plug

Ever wanted to control your lights with your voice? If so, you can now do that with an Amazon Alexa smart plug that allows you to schedule lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off automatically. You can even control them when you're away.

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Where to buy: Amazon

Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder

Bath time is for relaxing, bath bombs, and wine? If one of your friends loves to bring their wine into the tub then this wall wine holder for the shower is perfect for them. 

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Where to buy: Uncommon Goods, $38

BigMouth Inc Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass

If you have a friend who loves to occasionally drink or gets a good laugh out of drink-related gifts then this is perfect. The ultimate wine glass for a very long night is this glass that's able to hold an entire bottle of wine.

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Where to buy: Amazon

True Cubes Clear Ice Cube Tray: 4-cube tray

Ever wondered how ice cubes in drinks at bars are so clear? This is how. These ice cube trays are able to create crystal clear ice cubes that nearly disappear in your glass. It's the perfect gift for someone who loves a good cocktail.

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Where to buy: Amazon

Art Naturals Essential Oil Diffuser and Top 8 Essential Oil Set

Have a friend or co-worker who might need some destressing? This is the perfect gift for them as this top-rated essential oil diffuser works to help you through aromatherapy benefits including relieving stress, joint pain, nasal and chest congestion.

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Where to buy: Amazon

Yankee Candle Value Bundle with 18 Votive Scented Candles

A Yankee swap will surely happen when someone opens this box of 18 classic Yankee candles as a white elephant gift. This set includes all fan-favorite mini candles that all burn for up to 15 hours. 

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Where to buy: Amazon

RAISEVERN Ugly Christmas Sweater

Lastly, no white elephant gift exchange would be complete without an ugly Christmas sweater. Make sure to get a wacky but also cozy one that someone will genuinely like or hate so much they love it. They can also wear it to their next ugly sweater Christmas party so it's a useful gift. 

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Where to buy: Amazon

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