15 Hilarious & Unexpected White Elephant Gifts

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Every year we host an epic Thrift Store Formal Christmas Party for some of our closest friends. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds and I highly recommend doing one with your friends. Truly one of the highlights of my year, every year.

As a part of our party, we have a White Elephant gift exchange. After a few years, I have collected quite a catalog of impressively awesome ideas, that are far from expected. If you have a white elephant party on the horizon, check out this list of show stoppers. I think you’ll find something good. I only included things that have the potential to be fought over. Those are the winners in my book.

If you just want to shortcut to an Amazon list, here it is. Otherwise, keep scrolling for the magic.

Can you imagine all of the fun that could be had with this horrifying and hilarious mask?

This air gun is always a party hit. When Grandma gets hit with a big puff of air from across the room? Nothing better.

Maybe I just want my husband to get this one. It’s selfish. Selfish and funny.

Obviousy, this goat one is a great choice, but any marionette proves to be a good time.

Can you imagine all the people you could sneak up on with this mask? It will be fought over for sure.

Nothing like a candle at Christmas time. This one has a good chance of being stolen…..and maybe re-gifted, it’s that good.

This peel and stick decal is bound to get some good use. Can you imagine how awesome this would be left as a surprise in basically any bathroom?


8. Live Goldfish

Maybe throw in a bottle of food? Someone is about to get so lucky.

Because it’s Christmas time and it’s the right thing to do. Hey, Santa.

You can’t be everything for everyone, this should help.

Wouldn’t these beast legs look amazing with a dress? I mean, with anything really. I would be willing to bet these are a party hit.

Is this one crossing a line? I figured everyone could use a little more Jesus. Fingers crossed a teen ends up with this one for some moral support.

Fun for kids and adults, just hope Grandpa gets this lounger so you can see watch the fun that comes next.

Does making fun of The Donald ever get old? This button will be a huuuuge hit.

Pretty good. Everyone gets a kick out of a nose swap with these “pick your nose” cups.

Well there you have it. I gave it my best. Hopefully you can find something that will suit your party and add to the good times! Happy partying!

Rough Hands

I don't have an amazing memory.   I count on my sister to remember most of the things from childhood, but there are a few things I remember vividly. I remember sitting in church one Sunday, playing with my Mom's hands.   I was tracing the lines in her palms to keep my hands busy and quiet.  I remember looking at her hands and realizing the roughness of them.  There was no fresh manicure or polish, her nails were hard and strong and her palms were callused.   At that moment, I didn't think much of it, but I noticed and I remembered.  I have recalled those rough hands many times.  


I also remember sitting in our old station wagon, watching her rototilling a big, rocky lot my real estate broker Dad had listed for sale.   For some reason, it had to get done that day and Dad was working on another project so without hesitation, Mom got it done.


I remember driving past an older woman's home in summer months. It was hot outside and she was out mowing her small lawn.  Again, mom had a station wagon full of little kids, but she pulled the car over and talked to the woman for a few minutes.   The next thing we knew, the woman headed back inside and we watched as Mom finished mowing her lawn.   


I watched her stand on a ladder to hang Christmas lights when she was 7 months pregnant with twins.  I remember all of her weekend projects--painting, moving furniture, yard work and chopping and stacking wood at her parents home.  


I watched her gracefully endure the ups and downs or marriage, finances and life.   She protected her kids from the hard things while working endlessly to make them better.  

I have watched my mom "mother" countless friends and family members.   Being wise and gentle, firm and encouraging.    Being a soft place to land and the motivation to get back on your feet.   

I watched her send her 2 sons away.    One into the coast guard for long periods of time and one to serve in Italy for 2 years for a church mission.   I watched her smile through it all and be nothing but supportive and loving as they pursued the things that set their souls on fire.     


I watched her bury a son that she loved with her whole heart.  I saw her love my Dad through that enormous pain and watched her gracefully navigate that trial.  She was (and always is) a soft spot to every aching heart that needed her-- although her heart ached the same.

I remember watching her lose her own wonderful Father unexpectedly.  She sat by his bedside and held his hand as she comforted her grieving mother.  


She has supported her siblings and children in every trial, big or small.  She always shows up.    You can count on that.  

As it turns out, she earned those rough hands.  I am so thankful for her unending example.  To be hers is my biggest blessing.  Nothing in this whole world can compare to a good Mother.  I do my best to keep callused hands, in her honor.  Happy Mother's Day, Mom.