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Best White Elephant Gifts for 2020

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With how this year has gone, everyone is in need of some extra cheer this holiday season. If you’re ramping up for a White Elephant Gift Exchange, don’t settle for the same-old gifts that are passed around every year.

There’s no need to break the bank, but you can get creative and quirky with your choice. Here are some of Sip & Savor’s favorite white elephant gift ideas for 2020!


Codenames is a social word card game with a simple premise and challenging gameplay. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. We are all kind of over Cards Against Humanity so bring a new fun game to your next party.

Rambler Stainless Steel Mug

Everyone loves a Yeti mug! Enjoy your evening whiskey or wine by the fire, and refill with coffee the next morning. Then throw your Lowball in the dishwasher, lid and all.

Shower Glass Wine Holder

Be prepared to bring the most stolen item at your white elephant party. Both practical and funny, using this shower wine glass holder is an easy way to relax after a long day.

Did You Feed The Dog?

Pet-owning friends will love this feeding tracker, which easily mounts on a refrigerator (it’s magnetic) or sticks to a wall to demonstrate if the dog has or has not received food. Anyone without a pet might not understand, but those with a dog—especially those with multiple household members charged with feeding the dog, or those with not-so-great memories—definitely will.

Bedside Shelf

When it comes to gift exchanges, you can’t go wrong with a practical gift that’ll be put to good use, and that’s exactly what we love about this bedside shelf that has more than 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. Simple in design, the BedShelfie is a game-changer for small rooms that don’t have space for a full night stand. Available in four different sizes, the compact shelf can hold up to 15 pounds and has built-in groves along the sides so you can keep your devices connected and your cords organized.

Hallmark FRIENDS Central Perk Ornament

If you and your pals have already binge-watched Friends on Netflix, this commemorative ornament will be a hit at your next gift exchange. Reminisce on all the days the Friends crew hung out at the Central Perk cafe—without having to relive Phoebe's infamous “Smelly Cat” song.

Coffee Mug Warmer

This coffee mug warmer with more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon is the desk accessory you never knew you needed. For those times your coffee gets cold too quickly, this handy, portable, and on-budget gadget was made for coffee lovers who are in constant need of a warm cup of Joe. Plus, the indicator light lets you know when your beverage is warm and ready to drink.

Mindfulness Card Set

Bring this one to the white elephant gift exchange among your yoga-going, matcha-drinking friends. This deck of 50 cards includes prompts and exercises that encourage peace of mind and body. Your strung-out or peace-seeking friends can pull out a card whenever they’re feeling stuck, but someone has to win the deck in the gift exchange first.

Brainteaser Puzzles

Test logic and creative minds with unique brain teaser puzzles. These brain games are perfect for passing time, fidgeting, and avoiding gadgets and electronics. They’re a healthier way to practice focus and concentration will have your party trying to solve it the rest of the night!

Dad Joke Books

The joke that’s so bad, it’s kind of good. Everybody loves a good dad joke and these will have the party laughing the rest of the night. Easily found on Amazon or in stores like Urban Outfitters, Target, and more!

Insulated Champagne Flute

Raise a perfectly chilled glass of bubbly wherever you go with this insulated flute, which looks great in any setting and keeps your celebratory drink of choice cool for hours. In your white elephant gift exchange, this one’s sure to get stolen and make the rounds a few times until the game is done.

Pet Grooming Glove

This is the kind of thing you might imagine is a good idea while brushing your pet the regular way, and then completely forget about. Well, someone went ahead and made them, and by all accounts, they’re a great way to de-fluff any kind of animal, while also doubling down on the actual petting. Plus, seeing the hair collected on them afterward is weirdly satisfying. Everybody wins!

Wine Advent Calendars

A new spin on and age-old tradition! While chocolates and candy are nice, wine is good for the soul! Sip & Savor has a variety of holiday gifts that you can choose from.

From our traditional Wine Advent Calendars and 12 Days of Christmas packages to our Celebrate The New Year Gift Pack, you can find something no matter what day your gift exchange is. Looking for something to really set the gift standard? Order a quarterly wine subscription and watch the carnage amongst your friends ensue.


No matter what you decide to go with, just try to be as unique and clever as possible. The most memorable gifts are never the candles or gift cards.

If you’d like more information on how Sip & Savor can help you get the best white elephant gift, feel free to reach out to us! You can also learn more about our themed advent calendars and subscriptions here.

Happy Holidays!

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