The fast-paced, trade-based holiday gift swap goes by many names: White Elephant, Pollyanna, or, where I’m from, a Yankee Swap. While it’s always called something different, one thing remains the same: You don’t want to be the person that brings a boring gift that no one wants. To help ensure your status as the cool, fun person at the party, we rounded up the best things to bring to the swap this year, all under $20.
Like any good White Elephant gift, these are not thoughtful, long-lasting presents that will make the receiver feel cared for. They’re silly, over-the-top items that are meant to make everyone laugh without breaking the bank.
Of course, you may find yourself playing Pollyanna at a work party or with your new in-laws you don’t know that well, so we did throw in some budget-friendly, non-offensive and even practical items that are crowd-pleasing but still fun.
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A roll of money that's also toilet paper
A tiny ladybug vacuum cleaner
Nachosaurus, the prehistoric snack dispenser
Bandages bearing Shakespearean insults
Two pairs of sushi socks
The world's smallest violin
A very faithful $19 version of the Stanley cup
A timeless Tamagotchi
The ever-beloved Yodeling Pickle
A fabulous pair of flamingo scissors
A set of dino-full bath bombs
Fancy salt in a pretty jar
A build-your-own slice of pizza
A reusable to-go cup from the Big Apple
A cute mini waffle maker for cute mini waffles
SpongeBob SquarePants Kraft mac & cheese
Tennis-inspired tongs that will cause a racket
Gift not included
A tortilla blanket, to become a burrito
A toilet mug
A puffer for your Pilsner
A kitschy seltzer-themed dog toy
AirPods ear hooks
A set of sleek glass tumblers
The Kitsch heatless curling set
A Kasa smart plug