White Elephant Gift Ideas
Finding White Elephant gifts can be a daunting task. If you don’t know what a white elephant gift is, it’s basically a gift exchange where people try to walk away with the best present. It is also known in other parts of the world as a Yankee Swap (maybe a little politically incorrect, hmm?) and Dirty Santa.
The rules can vary but how it generally works is like this:
- Each player brings one wrapped gift to contribute to a common pool
- Players draw numbers to determine which order they will go in. First and last is most desirable best because you have had a chance to look over all the gifts before making your final selection.
- The first player selects a gift from the pool and opens it – Everyone needs to see the gift
- The following players can choose to either pick an unwrapped gift from the pool or steal a previous player’s gift. Anyone who gets their gift stolen in this way can do the same – choose a new gift or steal from someone else.
But the problem with White Elephant gifts is you don’t know exactly who you are buying a present for so you have to find gifts that both a man or a woman could enjoy. So I have put together a small list of gift ideas under $50 that your Dirty Santas will probably be fighting over. Believe me, they will probably prefer one of these gifts to a silly toilet bowl coffee mug any day of the week. Who says white elephant gifts can’t be nice?
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While I am by no means a clean freak, I love products that can help with organizing your home. And this might sound weird, but I love hanging things on hooks. I am lazy when it comes to putting things on hangers, but with hooks, you just throw your item on there and go. So when I had the opportunity to try this product out in exchange for my honest review, I thought this would be a really nice gadget that can help with organizing the closet that I share with my husband. He doesn’t have a lot of ties (he is more of a T-shirt and jeans kind of guy) but I have a lot of belts in all sizes and colors and fabrics. How fun would it be to put them on this revolving rack?
What I like about this product is how little space it takes up in your closet. And it can hold 72 freaking ties! And if that’s not all, it even has 8 stationary hooks for belts as well. But since my husband only has 2 ties, I have taken up the rest of the revolving hooks with my belts. One thing I want to mention, the hooks are plastic and very light. I don’t suggest putting anything heavy on them or they might break. To put belts with wider buckles on them, you will probably need to take up 2 hooks and hang them horizontally. And make sure you space them out. I wouldn’t put two of them next to each other like that. I tested it with several belts hung in this way and while it was spinning, I thought they would get knocked off. But surprisingly they stayed on! If you are hanging belts on this gadget, make sure you have enough clearance to the floor so that the belts don’t get caught on anything below it.
It is so easy to install! I have created a little video to show you how to install it into your own closet. And I suck at stuff like this. But if I can do it, then anyone can.
This motorized revolving tie rack is a practical idea which also provides a little luxury for your very own closet. I think it makes a great gift for any man or woman.
The Kovot Motorized Revolving Tie Rack is available on Amazon for around $40.
Do you hate doing work in the dark? So do I. But this desk lamp brings task lighting to a whole new level. Not only is it sleek looking and matches practically any decor, but it’s very high tech as well!
This lamp features a touch pad on the base with 3 different light settings. There is a button with a little moon symbol on it and the light gives off a golden glow. Then you have a button with the book symbol, and the light is a soft white (I’m guessing they recommend this one for reading), and finally you have a little coffee cup symbol which replicates daylight or natural light.
And what’s even cooler is that you can make it brighter or dimmer depending on your mood or how much lighting you need for a particular task. The neck bends up and down and the top swivels also bends and swivels, raises, and lowers to direct the light wherever you need it. There is even a nifty USB port built in so you can charge your electronics just by plugging it in. How cool is that?
I think this lamp would also make an excellent gift for a man or woman of any age.
You can find this Adjustable Dimming Desk Lamp from Oak Leaf for around $40-$45 on Amazon.
I am in my early 40s, and my skin is a huge concern of mine. I experience hormonal breakouts and am also battling wrinkles at the same time. I am always on the look out for exciting new products to help with my skin so when I received the opportunity to try this Lift Bar All-In-One beauty device complimentary for review, I was very excited to try it.
This product has a vibrating handle that holds a 24 karat gold plated head with a hematite stone inside. Hematite is widely known as a grounding, calming stone and is supposed to help cool the body, aid with blood disorders, Reynaud’s Syndrome, nervous problems, stress and insomnia.
Next up you can switch to the brush, get it wet, and pour on a small amount of your facial cleanser. The product is waterproof, so you can use this to really get deep in your pores to wash your face and dislodge any makeup. It is a much less expensive alternative to a Clarisonic that is so popular right now.
After washing your face, you can switch to the exfoliating pumice head. When I saw the pumice head, I was a little scared. It is just like the type of pumice that you would use to scrub your feet. However it doesn’t feel that way on your face at all! In fact, it is very gentle and really leaves your skin glowing.
Overall, I think this makes a luxurious gift either for yourself or a friend or family member of any age who has concerns about their skin.
You can find the Lift Care Essential Lift Bar for around $36 on Amazon.
Here is another great gadget that anyone would enjoy. This electric knife sharpener has 2 separate areas with automated blade guides for sharpening. The left side has angled slots which sharpens the edges, and the right side is for honing and polishing the blade.
I use it about 4 times on each side and that seems to work really well. It is a little noisy and my kid runs away from it when I use it. But it’s definitely not unbearable. We have gone through many different styles of knife sharpeners from manual to electric and even my husband agrees that this one is the best one we have ever tried. It works super fast and it’s also fun to use! It’s a nifty kitchen gadget that even looks nice on your counter and it has suction cups on the bottom to keep it from sliding around when in use. It makes a great gift too! Check out my how to video below…
You can purchase the LINKYO Electric Knife Sharpener on Amazon for around $30.
My feet are so yucky. They are always dry and full of calluses and while I love to walk around barefoot, I don’t want anyone to ever see them. But of course without them we can’t walk, so might as well try to make them look as nice as possible – right? I have been seeing a lot of advertisements for callus removers lately so when I had the chance to try one free for review, I thought I would give it a try.
This Callus remover from Lift Care Essentials comes with the rechargeable callus remover with a coarse head, an extra grinding head, a brush to remove the dust, and a USB cord that you can use to plug into your computer or wall outlet. No batteries are needed! It can be used for up to 30 minutes on a full charge.
Before you get started, I suggest you soak your feet for a few minutes, just to soften your skin. Then you will probably want to have an old towel or newspaper under your feet to catch the dust. Once you are ready, turn the product on and gently rotate it back and forth over the callused areas for a few seconds at a time. You don’t need to push too hard, just let the grinding wheel do the work for you. It is a little noisy, but effective. After you are happy with the results, finish the job with a little cream or lotion for soft, smooth feet!
When you are finished with the callus remover you will want to use the little brush to dust off the grinder head, then you can just rinse off the remaining powder under the sink. Put the protective cover back on and then let it charge up for your next use. Easy!
This product makes a great gift or just buy one for yourself. You can find the Lift Care Essential Rechargeable Wet/Dry Callus Remover right now on Amazon for less than $30.
What do you think of these gift ideas? What was the best Dirty Santa gift you ever got? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Disclosure: These products were received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**