25 Best White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $50

November 4, 2022

Move over ugly sweaters! Here are the best gift ideas for white elephant game nights and more.

When it comes to giving memorable gifts that people actually want to receive, you’ll want to make sure you pick something not only fun but useful too. The best white elephant gift ideas $50 and under are out there and we can help you find them. 

25 Creative White Elephant Gift Ideas $50 or less

Our list features gift ideas for all budgets (including the best white elephant gifts under $10) and even items your young players will enjoy. Plus, many of these make great last-minute gifts.  

White Elephant Gift Ideas $20 or Less

These items are proof that the best gifts don’t have to be expensive. Plus these are perfect for players of all ages. 

1. Festive Bath Salts 

For an inexpensive gift idea with spa-like finesse, you can't beat festive bath salts. These make perfect white elephant gift ideas for women!

Tip: Want more white elephant gift ideas under $10? Talk to your Gemnote rep! They can create a curated collection to fit your brand.

Shown: Botanical Bath Salts $7 

2. Compartes Chocolate Campfire S'Mores Chocolate Bar

Not just a summer staple, this S’mores Chocolate bar is definitely one of the sweetest white elephant gift ideas under $10 that’s perfect year-round!  Find S’more great ideas here →  

Compare to Ritual Chocolate S’mores Bar, 70% Cacao or Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar.

Watch the 25-year-old founder make Mexican Hot Chocolate → 

Shown: Campfire S'Mores Chocolate Bar

3. Noshinku Eucalyptus Pocket Hand Sanitizer

Before the pandemic hand sanitizer was nice to have, now it’s thought of as more of an essential. If you’re thinking of gifting one this year, look for features like this clever travel-friendly one from Noshinku that smells divine, is moisturizing and uses organic ingredients. These are useful white elephant gift ideas for women and men. 

Compare to Touchland Hand Sanitizer, $10. 

Shown: Eucalyptus Pocket Hand Sanitizer starting at $10

4. An Areaware Puzzle 

Not just for the kiddos, these food-inspired puzzles from Areaware offer are some of our favorite creative white elephant gift ideas $50 or less! Plus, at these prices, you can stock up and use for stocking stuffers too!  

Tip: Want to create your own branded puzzle to distribute as white elephant gift ideas under $10? Talk to your Gemnoite rep about customization options. 

Shown: Areaware puzzle starting at $15  

5. The North Face® Pom Beanie

For serious white elephant gift ideas $50 or less, you can’t beat this pom beanie from The North Face. It’s the gift everyone is going to want to steal!

Shown: The North Face® Pom Beanie starting at $18 

6. A Kinto Mug

When it comes to useful white elephant gift ideas $50 and under, this Kinto mug is a winner! With a minimalistic, modern design everyone can appreciate, it’s perfect year-round for coffee, hot chocolates, teas, and just about anything else you want to sip on.  

Compare to Lund London Skittle Espresso Mug.

Shown: Kinto Mug starting at $18.80 

Stanley Adventure Tumbler

For useful white elephant gift ideas $50 or less, why not stock up on a couple of these Adventure tumblers with a rotating lid for use with and without the reusable straw

Compare to a Coleman Tumbler.  

Shown: Stanley Adventure Tumbler starting at $20

White Elephant Gift Ideas $25 or Less

8. BELLA+CANVAS ® Unisex Jersey Long Sleeve Hoodie 

Few people can resist a soft hoodie! It’s the one basic you can never have too many of and there are many great styles under $25. 

Compare to an AS Colour Hoodie.  

Shown: BELLA+CANVAS ® Unisex Jersey Long Sleeve Hoodie starting at $20.30

9. Modern Sprout® Grow Kit Champagne Poppies

For white elephant gift ideas 25 dollars and under, who can resist something that actually grows? With Modern Sprout grow kits you can have everything you need to start growing herbs, flowers, or in this case, champagne poppies!  


Compare to W&P Hydropod.

Shown: Modern Sprout® Grow Kit Champagne Poppies starting at $22.55

10. Tile Mate Key Finder!

Gift ideas for white elephant game that are perfectly practical do exist! For example, we all have those days… you know the ones where you’d lose your head if it wasn’t attached to your body? Well, thankfully there’s a Tile Mate to help you find your keys or wallet or whatever you stash or add it to. Best of all, it comes in at under $25. 

Compare to the Orbit Key Tracker. 

Shown: Tile Mate starting at $24.99 

11. Nike Heritage Hip Pack

For a gift that gives the added appeal of hands-free storage and convenience, a waist pack is just what you need! Plus, if you choose a name brand like Nike, you know it’s the gift they’ll want to steal!

Compare to a Baggu Waist Pack.

Shown: Nike heritage hip pack starting at $25

White Elephant Gift Ideas $50 or Less

12. Pocketo Erasable Marker Set

These erasable highlighters are fun and affordable! They’re the perfect gift for brightening someone’s day and getting creative with highlighter art. 

Compare to Customized Sharpies. 

Shown: Pocketo Erasable Marker Set starting at $28 

13. Native Union Stow Lite Tech Organizer

For traveling or just keeping your essentials nice, neat and in order, who wouldn’t love a stylish organizer like this one from Native Union? We’re pretty sure, everyone. Just check the 5 star reviews

Compare to Topo Designs Organizers.

Shown: Native Union Stow Lite Organizer starting at $34.99

14. Go Big Rechargeable Power Bank 

How many times would this gift have come in handy? If you’re looking for a gift that is useful and fun, a nice power bank tops the list.  Plus this one from My charge (which also carries waterproof styles) provides up to 4 extra charges and is 65% faster than the rest. 

Compare to an Anker Power Bank. 

Shown: Go Big Rechargeable Power Bank starting at $29.99

15. An Adult Game: Confessions card game

This 18-and-up Confessions game features 100 cards and dice to help players confess or just kick off some daring conversations. Ask your Gemnotre rep for more game ideas. 

Shown: Confessions card game starting at $30

16.  Topo Designs Drop Kit  

Need gift ideas under 50 dollars, this Topo Designs drop kit will be a hit! Not only does it help keep your essentials organized, but its triangular shape is meant for standing up when not in use for a handy space-saving design. 

Compare to Small Rains Wash Bag

Shown: Topo Designs drop kit starting at $34 

17. A CORKCICLE® Coffee Mug

What makes this one of our favorite useful white elephant gift ideas $50 or less? For starters, the triple insulation keeps your fave bevs hot for up to 3 hours! Not to mention this quality mug from Corkcicle is dishwasher-safe on the top rack. But our favorite feature? All Corkcicle products help bring clean water to people in need.  

Compare to S’well and Miir. 

Shown: CORKCICLE® Coffee Mug - 16 oz. starting at $37 

18. Trailside Daypack

Backpacks are a great option! Look for features like this one from Trailside that features a padded back panel and shoulder straps, plus stretch pocket holders for water and essentials as well as inside pockets. 

Compare The North Face backpack. 

Shown: Trailside Daypack starting at $39.98

19. Nike Dri FIT Polo 

Who couldn’t use a sport-friendly polo for work and play? While it helps to know the size of the recipient you may want to gift a card that carries cool brands like Nike. 

Compare to Lacoste and Adidas Classic Polos.

Shown: Nike Dri FIT polos starting at $39.98

20. Anker® Soundcore Mini 3 Pro Bluetooth® Speaker 

For a gift that’s sure to be a hit, you can’t beat a Bluetooth portable speaker, like this one from Anker® that offers 15 hours of continuous playtime. For major bonus points, order one for everyone and have it customized! Talk to your Gemnote Rep for details.  

Shown: Anker® Soundcore Mini 3 Pro Bluetooth® Speaker starting at $39.99

Shown: Anker® Soundcore Mini 3 Pro Bluetooth® Speaker starting at $39.99

21. Adidas 3-stripe backpack

For a gift even your younger partygoers will love, a name-brand backpack like this one from Adidas is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Perfect for school and day trips to quick  weekend getaways, it’s another useful gift idea.    

Compare to Nike and The North Face backpacks.


Shown: Adidas 3 stripe backpack starting at $42.92

22. Areaware Coasters

A colorful coaster that delivers on style and saves furniture from unsightly water stains. Talk about a gift that’s a win-win! For a hands-down favorite, this textured coaster from Areaware lives up to the hype.  

Shown: Areaware coasters $45 

23. Brooklyn Candle Studio 'Santorini' Candles

Candles are those wonderful household accessories you can never have too many of. For insta-love, choose a style like this one from Brooklyn Candle Studio that’s pretty on the outside and 100% soy wax on the inside for an eco-friendly clean burn.


Compare to the Anecdote Candle, Comfort Zone. 


Shown: Brooklyn Candle Studio 'Santorini' starting at $48

24.  Vibe 200TWS True Wireless Earbuds

When it comes to gift giving, air buds like these from JBL are always a crowd favorite and make some of the best gifts! 

Compare to True Wireless Earbuds with Charging Case by Supersonic.

Shown: Vibe 200TWS True Wireless Earbuds starting at $49.95

25. Host Your Own Murder Mystery - Reusable Game Kit

How about a cool game that can keep the fun going long after your white elephant game is through? This Host Your Own Murder Mystery Reusable Game Kit keeps the fun going with 1920’s themed mysteries. One of the 50 hilarious creative white elephant gift ideas you’ll enjoy playing!

Shown: Host Your Own Murder Mystery - Reusable Game Kit starting at $50

If your host stipulated white elephant gifts within $50-$100, no need to worry! Just pick two or more gifts from the list above and wrap them in the same box for a generous and unforgettable gift! And, if you were hoping to provide all the gifts for your group to give, talk to a Gemnote rep about how you can save on your bulk order and get customization options too! From 50 hilarious creative white elephant gift ideas to creating a curated collection, they can help you with all your swag needs. 

Best of all they are schooled in swag. From design and approvals to orders and fulfillment, they can even help you create your very own swag store in time for the holidays! 

Now that you have your gift ideas for an upcoming white elephant game, how about a little refresher on how to play the game? Get your game on with the Official White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules→ 

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