For the most part, holiday gifts are supposed to be thoughtful, useful, or at least fun. You want the recipient to enjoy what you're giving. But there's one situation in which presents are supposed to be as weird as you like, and that's a white elephant gift exchange. If you're on the hunt for something bizarre, then these funny white elephant gifts are sure to help. They're gag gifts on a whole other level.
In general, white elephant gifts are lavish but burdensome, according to Bustle. The origin of the term may date back to a time in which literal white elephants were given as gifts but not permitted to do any work, as further noted by Bustle. The gift recipient was stuck with the cost of caring and feeding for a large beast who provided no real benefits in return. These days, though, the white elephant gift tends to be a useless, weird thing and the actual gift exchange becomes a competition to bring the most random, where-on-earth-did-you-find-that present of all.
If you want to win the white elephant gift party this year, then you've come to the right place. All of the gifts featured here are safe for work or family functions, but they're still silly, strange, or even a little disturbing. Basically, if you've ever wanted the excuse to purchase a yodeling pickle, then you're all set.
1Meditating Cat Keychain
Meowditation Keychain Cat, $8, Urban Outfitters
OK, so there's bound to be at least one person at your party who will love the idea of a cat in shavasana pose. Everyone else, though, will be pretty confused. Please note that you will receive one keychain cat at random when you order, so hope for the quirkiest one.
6Handihorse Finger Puppet
Handihorse Finger Puppet, $8, Stupid
Few novelty gifts manage to look so adorable and so disturbing at the same time. There's nothing outright wrong about the Handihorse, but something about it is incredibly eerie. In other words, it's the perfect white elephant gift.
7Fries Lip Balm
Fries Lip Balm, $5, Amazon
Sure, there's a lot of variety in lip balm flavors these days, and I may or may not have a pumpkin spice balm in my desk drawer right now. But something about the idea of combining junk food and lip balm is equal parts appealing and revolting. Is it delicious or gross? Not sure but someone is about to find out.
9Silicone Wine Glasses
12Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster
15Itty Bitty Owl Snow Globe
This is seriously the cutest little snow globe I've ever seen. It's perfect for anyone who collects owls or tiny things. Wait, isn't that all of us?
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