In theory, we all
want to go to White Elephant parties. In practice, however, most of us wish we could skip out on the festivities, solely because most of the presents we give (and receive) end up being big fat re-gifts. To be fair, it takes a ton of time and energy to find something that’ll be useful (and appeal to) everyone. And the fact that we’re on a tight budget only makes it that much harder.
Instead of tapping out or falling into the “I’ll just give a gift card” trap, this year, we’re embracing these bashes with a new mentality: Gifting something we’d actually want for ourselves. Ahead, we’ve rounded up a bunch of gifts (under $50) we’d be more than happy to unwrap come White Elephant season. And just think, picks this good can save your friendships
and the party. How many presents can you think of have the ability to do all that?
Très chic, non?
Lisa Says Gah, $38, available at Lisa Says Gah
Too cute to pass up.
Gap, $29.95, available at Gap
Morning coffee just got a lot more Instagrammable.
Workaday, $47, available at Garmentory
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In case you needed any proof the millennial-pink trend is still going strong. Gift this blush beanie to your bestie — and be sure to grab one for yourself, too.
Guess Tegan Logo Patch Beanie, $29.00, available at Guess.
That thing you never knew you needed.
Pop Socket, $20, available at Topshop
A pop of red is always a good idea.
Target, $29.99, available at Target
Bad hair days, be gone.
Wilfred Free, $35, available at Aritzia
An extra dose of inspiration.
Kikki-K, $35.95, available at Nordstrom
A new way to wear your heart around.
American Eagle Outfitters, $12.99, available at American Eagle Outfitters
This wall-art-meets-calendar will fit in any home.
Poketo, $28, available at Poketo
Your second-day-hair never looked so good.
J.Crew, $16.5, available at J.Crew
Just, don’t question the fluffy sloth.
Urban Outfitters, $49, available at Urban Outfitters
Madewell, $45, available at Madewell
Hydration is key.
Swell, $35, available at Swell
Brush it off.
Mason Pearson, $35, available at Need Supply
For the workaholic in your life.
Baron Von Fancy, $25, available at Art Markit
It’s not what you think it is.
ASOS, $32, available at ASOS
Even the most low-maintenance people love this muti-use spray.
Jao, $10, available at Project No. 8
Loud and proud.
Wildfang, $20, available at Wildfang
Marc by Marc Jacobs, $31, available at Yoox
Good penmanship isn’t overrated.
Poppin Pink Signature Ballpoint Pens Set of 12, available at Poppin.
For those hand-wash-only items that never seem to get hand-washed.
The Laundress + Le Labo Santal 33 Signature Detergent, $45, available at Net-A-Porter.
Anthropologie Vestige Lipstick Holder, $28, available at Anthropologie.
Go off the grid. It looks good.
Baggu Natural Grid Backpack, $38, available at Baggu.
Everyone could use a fuzzy throw blanket.
H&M Soft Throw, $34.99 $19.99, available at H&M.
Chances are high your giftee will either be a fan of shots or Mark Twain.
Izola Twain Shot Glass Set, $29.99, available at Izola.
Putting pencil to paper just got a lot prettier.
Rifle Paper Co. Floral Pencil Set, $12, available at Rifle Paper Co.
Take a trip to France without the $700 plane ticket.
Secret Paris: Color Your Way To Calm, $16 $10.53, available at Barnes & Noble.
Cute enough to eat.
Mokuyobi Burger, $5, available at Mokuyobi.
A print you won’t see on anyone else’s wall.
Valfré Plantas Print, $48, available at Valfré.
ban.do Pink Party Straw, $10, available at ban.do.
The Sill The Bird’s Nest Fern and August, $48, available at The Sill.
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