What’s The Best/Worst White Elephant Gift You’ve Ever Received?

by Broke Grad on December 19, 2008

After having my second white elephant gift exchange (a.k.a. Yankee Swap or Dirty Santa) at work the other day, I thought it’d be entertaining to ask everyone to share the best/worst white elephant gifts you’ve ever received.

If you’re not familiar with a white elephant gift exchange, the basic premise is that you’re allowed to steal gifts from each other, which makes it awesome. Everybody plays with slightly different rules, but the outcome is always the same — hilarity ensues.

The best gift I’ve ever ended up with is part of ThunderCats Season One on DVD. Unfortunately, it’s the second half of the season, so I’m still missing the first half.

The worst gift I’ve ended up with is bacon adhesive bandages. Or wait, maybe this is the best gift I’ve ever received, and the other one is the worst.

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1 jim of Blueprint for Financial Prosperity December 19, 2008 at 7:34 am

My friends did White Elephant for the first time this year, it had always been a Secret Santa beforehand, and I lucked out with the last pick so no bad gifts. However, the worst gift of the night, we all voted on, was one of those kitchy penguin dolls covered in fake snow and glitter. The look of utter distraught on face of the person who “won” it was priceless.

2 Broke MBA December 19, 2008 at 8:02 am

I really can’t remember receiving a cool white elephant give. I still feel guilty for a gift I gave 5 years ago. One of my female college classmates received my 3 year old running sneakers. I hope I have grown up a little since then. :)

3 Broke Grad Student December 19, 2008 at 9:48 am

jim: We also voted on the worst gift at the last white elephant, and it was a close call between breast pump accessory wipes and Jane Fonda workout videos.

4 Patricia West December 19, 2008 at 10:20 am

In the first class, I got a miniature office set by Cisco. Second class, a glass checkers and chess set.

I think the best gift was a moose who, when you moved his tail, pooped out brown mini-jelly beans. Worst was a light bulb.

5 J. Money December 19, 2008 at 5:21 pm

haha, YES those bacons are def. the BEST gift ever ;) I think the worst i got was a bag of old hardened gum balls circa 1975….the best? a Busted Tee with “I’d hit that” written below a pic of a pinata. haha…doesn’t get classier than that my friend.

6 Kiirah2008 December 19, 2008 at 7:32 pm

The best was a 50 dollar gift card to starbucks and the worst was lip balm but I still used it!

7 KBR December 21, 2008 at 3:06 am

This year:
Best gifts: Footy pajamas, lottery tickets

Worst gifts I saw: Rotten caramel apples, Ramen noodles

8 Ron@TheWisdomJournal December 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Nothing comes to mind for the best gift, but the worst, BY FAR, was deer meat in a cooler (wrapped with dry ice) and my brother in law wanted the cooler back!!!

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