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20 White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $20 Your Friends Will Fight For

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It's that time of the year where you have to think of unique gifts because  —you guessed it — it's white elephant season!

Get the best gift in the group that everyone will want to steal, even yourself, for your next white elephant gift exchange game

The game is typically played at a white elephant party or Holiday party gathering and the rules are pretty simple.

In order to participate in the gift exchange, you're supposed to buy a relatively inexpensive item — like white elephant gifts under 20 dollars — and everyone gets a chance at choosing what they want.

Everyone puts their wrapped gift in a pile and then each person draws a number from a hat one by one. Then members of the group select their gifts and unwrap them in numerical order. However, after the first person goes, once it's your turn, you can either select a wrapped gift or steal an unwrapped gift. The game ends when the last gift is unwrapped.

Here are 20 White Elephant gift exchange ideas under $20 that your friends will want to fight for:

1. Dash mini waffle maker

This mini waffle maker makes the ultimate waffles, soft fluffy, and small, so you can eat as many as you want.

It's easy to use and comes with a book of recipes inside! It's the perfect gift as anyone would want to steal it and have a new awesome kitchen appliance. 

 Photo: Target

Where to Buy: Target, $10

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2. Star Wars Light Saber Chopsticks

These Star Wars-themed lightsaber chopsticks bring your meal to another level and are a fun addition to your normal silverware.

Who cares if lightsabers are for kids, why not lightsaber chopsticks for adults?

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

3. The Screaming Goat Book & Figure

A 32-page illustrated pocket guide of fun facts and trivia about everyone's favorite farm animal accompanies a 3-inch tall mini goat that screams upon touching it. 

Where to buy: Amazon

4. AmuseNd USB Mini Size Cactus Humidifier

Who doesn't love a cute little cactus, especially when it's disguised as a humidifier? This mini cactus plant-inspired humidifier is perfect for someone who loves plants and wants their humidifier to blend in a little.

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

5. Sloth-shaped Coffee Mug

If you have a friend who loves everything sloth-based, then this office gift is a great gift as they will cherish this mug and think of your whenever they use it. Also, it's a super cute mug it's like having a little buddy on your side during the day. 

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

6. ParTea Pack Tea Infuser Set For Loose Tea

This cute tea infuser set includes five different animals, like a kitten, owl, platypus, and more. There's bound to be someone in your group who loves tea or might know of someone who loves tea, and in that case, then this is a perfect gift for them to give to someone else. 

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

7. Drink Tumblr

If you're a big drinker of coffee, wine, tea, or even water, having a Tumblr is essential. It can keep your drinks super hot or super cold and this one, in particular, is perfect for the theme of the white elephant, saying, "your argument is irrelephant."

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

8. Pet Sweep Dust Boots for Dogs

Turn your dog into the cleaning lady with this awesome white elephant gift for your friends with animals. Instead of you having to clean up the mud and snow your dog tracked into the house, have your dog do that themselves. 

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

9. Unicorn Ice Tray

Add some uniqueness to your iced coffee, iced tea, juice, and wine with some fun unicorn ice cubes. This ice tray is both a gag gift but also a useful gift, the best of both worlds.

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

10. Mini Desk Vacuum Cleaner 

Clean up your WFH office with this cute, compact, rechargeable desktop vacuum sweeper with a USB Brush for cleaning up fine particles and crumbs. Your office will never look this good. 

Where to buy: Amazon

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11. TriceraTaco Dinosaur Stand

Add some fun to your meals with this awesome Triceratops dinosaur taco stand. If someone in the group is a taco lover then this is the perfect gift for them.

  Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

12. Old Lives Matter Beer Glass

Make someone laugh with this novelty beer glass gift set. 

Where to buy: Amazon

13. Hot Sauce Set

There's nothing better than getting a gift that you can use while cooking such as special spices, herbs, or in this case some different hot sauce flavors. Give your friends the opportunity to test out their flavor palette and see who can handle the spice.

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

14. OURRY Selfie Clip on Ring Light​

Is anyone afraid of the dark? Instead of buying a nightlight, you can use your own phone as a nightlight with this cute little tiny light clip on. You clip it over your flash on your phone and voila, a homemade night light. 

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

15. Guy Fieri Outdoor Cook Book

Flavor Flav cookbook for the win! Guy Fieri's "Guy on Fire: 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking" is perfect for a grill master in the group who will get both a laugh and kick out of this cookbook. 

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

16. Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Get the party started by playing some good holiday music with this fun portable speaker. It may be small but this mini speaker is powerful, bring it on trips, to parties, and to friendly gatherings for some ambiance. 

 Photo: Amazon 

Where to buy: Amazon

17. Sushi Socks

Have a lover of sushi in the group? If so these are the perfect white elephant gift as these socks come in a container that looks like a sushi plate but are actually cozy socks. 

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

18. Coffee Mug Warmer

If you know someone who drinks coffee constantly but they like it hot, this is the perfect gift for them. This coffee mug warmer is perfect for the office and to put at your desk, just make sure it's not in a place where your arm or hand could touch. 

 Photo: Amazon 

Where to buy: Amazon

19. Popcorn Airpopper 

This gift is perfect for the movie fanatic in the group if they like to enjoy munching on something during a movie, why not some delicious homemade popcorn? This air popper is so much fun and easy to use. Get the most out of your movie-watching experience. 

 Photo: Amazon

Where to buy: Amazon

20. Siracha Keychain

If you know a friend who's the type to never go anywhere without their special sauce, why not help them out and buy them a portable sauce keychain. This siracha keychain is perfect for the condiment lover of the group. 

Where to buy: Amazon

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Megan Hatch is a writer at YourTango who covers news & entertainment, love & relationships, and internet culture. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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