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38 Things Under $20 That’ll Win At White Elephant Gift Exchanges

White elephant gift exchange (or Yankee swap) is not a competition... but if it were, you'd win. #jussayin

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1. A mini cactus humidifier even the ~prickliest~ co-worker would love.

It automatically shuts off after four hours. Promising review: "This little thing did wonders for my skin in my office. I'm right next to a window so I often have to run my space heater, which dries the daylights out of my skin. This thing is easy to set up, well worth the money, and super cute. My eyes and nose stay moisturized and my skin looks better than it ever does in the winter. It's made for small spaces, so make sure you're within a foot or two of the mist so you can benefit fully." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $15.89.
Amazon

It automatically shuts off after four hours.

Promising review: "This little thing did wonders for my skin in my office. I'm right next to a window so I often have to run my space heater, which dries the daylights out of my skin. This thing is easy to set up, well worth the money, and super cute. My eyes and nose stay moisturized and my skin looks better than it ever does in the winter. It's made for small spaces, so make sure you're within a foot or two of the mist so you can benefit fully." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.89.

2. A breakfast sandwich maker because who can say no to homemade Egg McMuffins? No one, that's who!

Promising review: "I bought this as a white elephant gift, but my son ended up with it at the end of the game so it came home with us. I’m surprised at how convenient this little sandwich maker is. I was really worried about cracking an egg into it, but the plate is so hot, there is no spill-over. As someone who tends to skip breakfast, this is a great way to make something quick with a good amount of protein. My favorite combination so far is an English muffin, pre-cooked sausage patty, cheddar, egg, and spinach leaves. Not only do all the ingredients come together nicely, but the muffin gets nice and crispy on the outside. Clean up is easy since the stacking segments come out so everything can be wiped down." —Leona DeleneGet it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).
Hamilton Beach

Promising review: "I bought this as a white elephant gift, but my son ended up with it at the end of the game so it came home with us. I’m surprised at how convenient this little sandwich maker is. I was really worried about cracking an egg into it, but the plate is so hot, there is no spill-over. As someone who tends to skip breakfast, this is a great way to make something quick with a good amount of protein. My favorite combination so far is an English muffin, pre-cooked sausage patty, cheddar, egg, and spinach leaves. Not only do all the ingredients come together nicely, but the muffin gets nice and crispy on the outside. Clean up is easy since the stacking segments come out so everything can be wiped down." —Leona Delene

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

3. A set of mini lipsticks that'll make them say, "~Pill-ease~ don't steal this from me!"

Promising review: "Love these little guys. The lipstick is gorgeous. I love how small they are. Everyone who sees them wants them. A total win!" —AnnaBanan789Get it from Nordstrom or Sephora for $16.
Nordstrom

Promising review: "Love these little guys. The lipstick is gorgeous. I love how small they are. Everyone who sees them wants them. A total win!" —AnnaBanan789

Get it from Nordstrom or Sephora for $16.

4. A Death Star kitchen timer so their food never goes over to the dark side (aka burnt).

When the timer goes off, it emits a green LED superlaser light and plays sound effects inspired by the Star Wars films!Get it from Amazon for $17.99 or BoxLunch for $19.90.
Amazon

When the timer goes off, it emits a green LED superlaser light and plays sound effects inspired by the Star Wars films!

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 or BoxLunch for $19.90.

5. A very elegant mustached gentleman who will kindly hold their razor.

Get it from Animi Causa for $14.99 or Amazon for $17.99.
Amazon

Get it from Animi Causa for $14.99 or Amazon for $17.99.

6. A spinning mood enamel pin for expressing how they feel in every ~Stitch-uation~.

Get it from BoxLunch for $7.92.
BoxLunch

Get it from BoxLunch for $7.92.

7. A wonderfully random screaming goat figurine (that actually screams) everyone will want ~baaaadly~.

It even comes with an illustrated pocket guide of fun facts and trivia about goats!Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.95 or Barnes & Noble for $7.69.
Urban Outfitters

It even comes with an illustrated pocket guide of fun facts and trivia about goats!

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.95 or Barnes & Noble for $7.69.

8. An adjustable neck phone mount so they can enjoy an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel hands-free.

Promising review: "Works great. Ever wanted to lie in bed and watch Netflix or YouTube on your phone? Yeah, me too, and now I do." —John W. Vaught IIGet it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).
Amazon

Promising review: "Works great. Ever wanted to lie in bed and watch Netflix or YouTube on your phone? Yeah, me too, and now I do." —John W. Vaught II

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

9. A pack of artsy socks the recipient will enjoy wearing very ~Munch~.

Amazon

You could say that they're well worth the ~Monet~. These cotton-blend socks fit men's shoe sizes 5–10 and women's shoes sizes 6–11.

Get four pairs from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 10 combos).

10. A clip-on selfie ring light for anyone who wants to up their Instagram game in the new year.

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Promising review: "Great product and works as described. Light has three settings that gradually get brighter as you click the power button. Definitely makes a difference in your pics." —eryckahvii

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

11. A mug with an adorable little animal hiding inside that can brighten anyone's day.

Get it from Amazon for $10.20 (available in 14 designs).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $10.20 (available in 14 designs).

12. A hilarious adult coloring book you might be tempted to keep for yourself.

Promising review: "This coloring book is awesome! It's one picture per page, so colors will not bleed through! I bought it for a white elephant gift and the person loved it! All the pages and quotes are hilarious, and it is definitely worth the price!" —Rhea PhilipGet it from Amazon for $4.48.
Amazon

Promising review: "This coloring book is awesome! It's one picture per page, so colors will not bleed through! I bought it for a white elephant gift and the person loved it! All the pages and quotes are hilarious, and it is definitely worth the price!" —Rhea Philip

Get it from Amazon for $4.48.

13. A quirky set of colorful pencils so they'll always know the right collective noun for animals like giraffes and flamingos.

Get a five-pack from NewtonAndTheApple on Etsy for $9.93.
NewtonAndTheApple / Etsy

Get a five-pack from NewtonAndTheApple on Etsy for $9.93.

14. A waterproof speaker for turning their shower into a karaoke chamber.

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Promising review: "This was a white elephant gift for work. Turned out to be the most popular and sought-after gift! The winner told me the next day that the speaker worked perfectly, and she loved it. I plan on buying one for myself soon!" —Sylvia Sanchez

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four colors).

15. A sticky note packet that can help them get their life in order.

Get it from Amazon for $12.55.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $12.55.

16. A unicorn tea infuser no one will want to pass ~oolong~ to another person.

It's made of 100% pure food-grade silicone and heat-resistant up to 250℃/482°F.Get it from Amazon for $11.49 or Firebox for $19.99.
Firebox

It's made of 100% pure food-grade silicone and heat-resistant up to 250℃/482°F.

Get it from Amazon for $11.49 or Firebox for $19.99.

17. A pair of Dwight and Michael necklaces (or keychains) so you can win the Dundie award for "Best White Elephant Gift-Giver."

Get one for $8+ or both for $10.99+ from ShopBenji on Etsy (available as necklaces or keychains).
ShopBenji / Etsy

Get one for $8+ or both for $10.99+ from ShopBenji on Etsy (available as necklaces or keychains).

18. A cat night light to pounce on before someone else does.

Get it from Apollo Box for $19.29 (available in two styles).
Apollo Box

Get it from Apollo Box for $19.29 (available in two styles).

19. A knotted velvet scrunchie that'll make them say, "Don't mind if I 'do!"

Promising review: "Makes simple buns look really cute especially with the added bow. I bought it in six colors. Obsessed with these velvet scrunchies — no more boring ponytails." —NatwalshyGet it from Free People for $8 (available in 15 colors).
Free People

Promising review: "Makes simple buns look really cute especially with the added bow. I bought it in six colors. Obsessed with these velvet scrunchies — no more boring ponytails." —Natwalshy

Get it from Free People for $8 (available in 15 colors).

20. A corgi desk calendar for the cutest way to keep track of the dates.

Get it from ModCloth for $15.
ModCloth

Get it from ModCloth for $15.

21. A parody cookbook they'll definitely get a ~cluckle~ out of — and some pretty awesome recipes, too.

Promising review: "White elephant gift for a restaurant work party, but not gonna lie... I definitely wrote down some of the recipes! Not only is this absolutely hilarious, but the recipes sound amazingly delicious. This is the best buy I've made in a long time. Great quality hardback, smaller than regular printer paper, about 150 pages long. Highly considering trying to snag my own gift!" —KaylaGet it from Amazon for $16.98, Barnes & Noble for $17.75, or Indiebound.
Amazon

Promising review: "White elephant gift for a restaurant work party, but not gonna lie... I definitely wrote down some of the recipes! Not only is this absolutely hilarious, but the recipes sound amazingly delicious. This is the best buy I've made in a long time. Great quality hardback, smaller than regular printer paper, about 150 pages long. Highly considering trying to snag my own gift!" —Kayla

Get it from Amazon for $16.98, Barnes & Noble for $17.75, or Indiebound.

22. A pretty water tumbler sure to be a popular pick because everybody has to stay hydrated.

Promising review: "Oh my goodness, I can't say enough good things about these tumblers! We initially bought a few to have around the house. We thought they would encourage us to drink more water. Since then, we've been giving them to friends as gifts, and everyone is raving about them. I've even brought one to work, and my coworkers keep stopping by to pick it up and admire it!The silicone, wood, and glass parts are all very well-made — thick, sturdy, and beautiful. Every piece comes apart for easy hand-washing. I think you can put these in the dishwasher, too, but we just wash by hand. The silicone jacket keeps the glass from sweating, and it makes it easy to grip and carry. The silicone seal under the wood lid is removable and seals nicely to the glass to protect from 1) major spills, and 2) things dropping into the tumbler when outside. The straw is sturdy, too, and is easily washable with a straw brush." —Stevi88Get it from Amazon for $9.14+ (available in four colors).
Amazon

Promising review: "Oh my goodness, I can't say enough good things about these tumblers! We initially bought a few to have around the house. We thought they would encourage us to drink more water. Since then, we've been giving them to friends as gifts, and everyone is raving about them. I've even brought one to work, and my coworkers keep stopping by to pick it up and admire it!

The silicone, wood, and glass parts are all very well-made — thick, sturdy, and beautiful. Every piece comes apart for easy hand-washing. I think you can put these in the dishwasher, too, but we just wash by hand. The silicone jacket keeps the glass from sweating, and it makes it easy to grip and carry. The silicone seal under the wood lid is removable and seals nicely to the glass to protect from 1) major spills, and 2) things dropping into the tumbler when outside. The straw is sturdy, too, and is easily washable with a straw brush." —Stevi88

Get it from Amazon for $9.14+ (available in four colors).

23. A donut lunch tote that can actually fit a ~hole~ lotta food inside.

Get it from Tillys or Amazon for $14.99.
Tillys

Get it from Tillys or Amazon for $14.99.

24. A pack of Harry Potter playing cards (featuring the four Hogwarts houses) both wizards and muggles will ~wand~.

Get it from BoxLunch for $9.90.
BoxLunch

Get it from BoxLunch for $9.90.

25. A mini LED light box perfect for displaying their mood of the day.

It runs on four AA batteries and comes with 60 black letters and character options.Get it from Forever 21 for $9.90.
Forever 21

It runs on four AA batteries and comes with 60 black letters and character options.

Get it from Forever 21 for $9.90.

26. A tabletop vacuum shaped like a little cow that no ~udder~ gift can compete with.

Promising review: "Can't believe these little guys work so well. Table crumbs, spilled salt, and small seeds are all whisked away. Not only cute but actually do a great job. Also, did I mention CUTE?" —harlow's momGet it from Amazon for $11.39+ (available in three designs).
Amazon

Promising review: "Can't believe these little guys work so well. Table crumbs, spilled salt, and small seeds are all whisked away. Not only cute but actually do a great job. Also, did I mention CUTE?" —harlow's mom

Get it from Amazon for $11.39+ (available in three designs).

27. An adult party game to play as a group after the gift exchange is over — it doesn't really matter who gets it!

Amazon

Promising review: "Bought as a white elephant gift, and it was a hit. Better than Cards Against Humanity in my opinion." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

28. A Bob Ross Funko figure everyone will lose their chill over.

Get it from Amazon for $10.97.
amazon.com

Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

29. A microwave s'mores maker that won't require a campfire to deliver delicious results.

Promising review: "This is a real crowd-pleaser at Christmas! Affordable and fun — who doesn't love s'mores? Great to take for a white elephant exchange or any event where you need to bring a gift for someone you don't know!" —AliciaGet it from Amazon for $14.43.
Amazon

Promising review: "This is a real crowd-pleaser at Christmas! Affordable and fun — who doesn't love s'mores? Great to take for a white elephant exchange or any event where you need to bring a gift for someone you don't know!" —Alicia

Get it from Amazon for $14.43.

30. A movie bucket list scratch-off poster they'll actually enjoy using, for ~reel~.

Get it from Uncommongoods for $15.
Uncommongoods

Get it from Uncommongoods for $15.

31. A larger version of everyone's favorite cable accessory to prevent their charging cords from breaking. But more importantly, it's cute.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in six designs). Or, check out the smaller version.
Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in six designs). Or, check out the smaller version.

32. A ~dino-mite~ taco holder people might take ~Jurassic~ measures to claim as their own.

Promising review: "So much fun. I got this for a white elephant gift at work. It was the most stolen gift in the group. Everyone wanted it. My boss ended up with it, and three months later he's still saying how his grandson only wants tacos when he comes over so he can use the Tricerataco holder. The best unique gift I have ever found." —Paul KGet it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three designs).
Amazon

Promising review: "So much fun. I got this for a white elephant gift at work. It was the most stolen gift in the group. Everyone wanted it. My boss ended up with it, and three months later he's still saying how his grandson only wants tacos when he comes over so he can use the Tricerataco holder. The best unique gift I have ever found." —Paul K

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three designs).

33. A sloth car decal that won't be slow to get picked from the pile.

Promising review: "The sloth decal is super cute! Looks exactly like the photo — couldn’t have come out any better. Every time I go through a drive-through, the employee gets a good laugh, and the sloth has also received an abundance of compliments." —lexicfigGet it from Urban Outfitters for $8.
Urban Outfitters

Promising review: "The sloth decal is super cute! Looks exactly like the photo — couldn’t have come out any better. Every time I go through a drive-through, the employee gets a good laugh, and the sloth has also received an abundance of compliments." —lexicfig

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8.

34. A mini print any Oxford comma-defender will proudly show their friends, family, and colleagues.

Get it from Pop Chart Lab for $20.
Pop Chart Lab

Get it from Pop Chart Lab for $20.

35. A pair of oven mitts you can't ~bear~ to see given away. (Is it wrong to pick your own gift?!)

Promising review: "I bought this as the white elephant Christmas present. It's super cute and was immediately 'stolen'." —P. LuuGet them from Amazon for $20.
Amazon

Promising review: "I bought this as the white elephant Christmas present. It's super cute and was immediately 'stolen'." —P. Luu

Get them from Amazon for $20.

36. A pair of light-up lightsaber chopsticks several people will duel over. May the force be with them.

Get two pairs from Amazon for $15.97.
Amazon

Get two pairs from Amazon for $15.97.

37. A cable yoyo to solve the universal problem of tangled headphones.

Promising review: "I've been looking for something like this forever. Cord wraps up neatly, unwinds even more neatly. Wrapping a cord up the old way gives me loose or tight coiling, and eventually results in damaging the cord at the jack. Plus it would still tangle part of the time. This is hardly any larger in your pocket than the earbuds alone." —D. JonesGet it from Amazon for $8.99.
Amazon

Promising review: "I've been looking for something like this forever. Cord wraps up neatly, unwinds even more neatly. Wrapping a cord up the old way gives me loose or tight coiling, and eventually results in damaging the cord at the jack. Plus it would still tangle part of the time. This is hardly any larger in your pocket than the earbuds alone." —D. Jones

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

38. A five-year journal for a meaningful gift they can enjoy for years to come. It only requires one line a day so it won't be too much work to fill in!

Promising review: "I love this journal and think it would make a great gift for just about anyone. It's small and only gives you a few lines to keep your entry simple. There is a string attached as a bookmark to help you find your place. It's a very beautiful blue color and the outside edges of the pages are gold." —SaraGet it from Amazon for $10.17.
Amazon

Promising review: "I love this journal and think it would make a great gift for just about anyone. It's small and only gives you a few lines to keep your entry simple. There is a string attached as a bookmark to help you find your place. It's a very beautiful blue color and the outside edges of the pages are gold." —Sara

Get it from Amazon for $10.17.

You, watching everyone fight over your white elephant gift:

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