Some white elephant gift ideas include speakers, applications, gift vouchers, fun toys and DVDs. Because of the anonymous nature of white elephant gift exchanges, the best gifts are usually gender neutral. There is also typically an agreed price limit to keep in mind.
Gifts of food are ideal because they will be of use to anyone, and substantial and attractive food items can be purchased relatively cheaply. Ideas include chocolate, popcorn or other confectionery items that a recipient will appreciate over the holidays.
For a more creative twist on giving food items as gifts, the ingredients to make gingerbread or hot chocolate could be packaged inside a jar or mug for the recipient to make themselves.
Wine is another good gift idea for a white elephant gift exchange, which can be made into a more substantial gift by presenting it with glasses to drink it from.
If the price limit is set low, gifts can still be creative. Thrift stores might be worth checking for high-quality secondhand items.
Although buying sensible, genuinely useful gifts might be appreciated, there is a tradition among white elephant gift exchanges for giving wacky novelty items. Some ideas include ugly clothing, fake lottery tickets or an oversized Nerf gun.