One of my favorite fun games at holidays parties is the white elephant gift swap.  However, in the past few years my friends and I have gravitated towards gifts that people would actually WANT rather than gifts that people don’t want since I hate spending money on a gag gift that would get thrown away when the night is over.

I was just discussing gift ideas with a friend and I thought I’d blog them since I always seem to scramble for gift ideas when I’m in a time crunch!

White Elephant gifts you'd actually want!
White Elephant gifts you’d actually want!

Gift Ideas


If you’re going to a party with girlfriends, makeup is always a hit.  Though makeup can get expensive really fast, here are a few ideas that are budget friendly.

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings

Tocca Handcream Trio

Nail Polish


There are tons of great budget friendly kitchen items that are also gift friendly too.  Here are a few of the ones I’ve tried in the past.

Cutting board

Cast Iron Skillet


Tea towels

Wine Charms

Cake Pedestal

Food and Drink

Sharing a favorite gourmet food or drink item is usually a hit.

A box of your favorite tea and a tea ball (my favorite is Genmaicha!)

Gourmet hot chocolate

Travel Mug


Here’s some ideas if kids are involved as well.

Puzzles (big kids and for little kids)

Board or Card Games (a fun party one)

Puzzle Games (one of my faves)

Hand or Finger Puppets

Odds and Ends

Here’s a few ideas of things that didn’t fit anywhere else!

Mini Speakers


Christmas Ornament

Bracelet or Earrings

Where to Shop

While you can always shop online, if you’re just buying 1 small thing shipping costs can add up quickly.  I find that going to places like TJ Maxx or Marshall’s is a good place to find budget friendly gifts.

There are also a number of retailers who have a list of items that ship free without any minimum purchase. Here’s links to each one:

Sephora – everything on this page ships free with the code HOLIDAYSHIP

Pottery Barn Kids Ornaments – all ornaments ship free

Nordstrom – all purchases ship free

Crate and Barrel – everything on this page ships free

Target – everything ships free if you have a Target RED card


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