White Elephant Gifts 2018: The 3 Best Secret Santa Gifts

By: Olivia Schneider | Segun Oduolowu Posted: 3:05 PM, Nov 29, 2018

One of the biggest challenges of the holiday season is the office party – in particular, what white elephant gifts to get. That’s why The List is reachedout to etiquette expert Thomas Farley from Mister Manners who shared types of Secret Santa gifts for every kind of holiday party.

1. Funny White Elephant Gifts

For an office party,  your white elephant gifts can be silly and impersonal! “There’s no way to really personalize a white elephant gift, so be funny and don’t be offended if your gift doesn’t make it out of the office and winds up in the trash after the exchange,” Farley says. So, we went straight for potty humor with custom toilet paper. This Polaroid toilet paper dispenser comes complete with photo-printed paper for instant fun “on the go.” This is one of those secret Santa gifts sure to stir up laughs! Find it online for $16.


2. Thoughtful Secret Santa Gifts

Next on our list of white elephant gifts is something that’ll keep you warm and toasty. If you’d like to make your Secret Santa gifts a little bit more thoughtful this year, here’s a pro tip that will help. If it’s not somebody you know particularly well, do a drive-by of their desk, and let’s say you notice they have a space heater under their desk. “This is probably somebody that’s always cold,” Farley explains. So, how about the Batman comfy throw for all those cold “dark knights” of winter. Find it online for around $15.


3. Special Colleague/Friend Gifts

Last on our roundup of best secret Santa gifts? Something special for a colleague who’s also a friend! You want to show that you’ve put in the time and consideration into your gift, so here’s an idea for something they’ll love. They’ve likely seen the movie A Christmas Story, so something from the film is the gift that keeps on giving. Like a cool-looking lamp! Find it online for $40.


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