Have you ever been to a White Elephant party before? Or perhaps you call it a Yankee Swap or a Dirty Santa party?
They’re a lot of fun – folks bring gifts to trade, and guests have the option to “steal” gifts from other people. It can get heated, and it’s even more fun when there are totally inappropriate presents involved!
If you’ve been to these parties, these will look familiar. If not, get yourself to one this year if you can!
1. You don’t say!
Teen came home wearing a fluorescent alligator around her neck she won from a white elephant exchange. She's shocked no one else wanted it.
— Jessica Watson (@JessBWatson) December 13, 2011
2. Uh oh…
A white elephant gift exchange is a great way to secretly resent someone for swiping the dollar store bath bomb you didn't think you wanted until you were stuck with the dollar store candle.
— Stephanie Ortiz (@Six_Pack_Mom) December 24, 2018
3. Not gonna make it this year.
Whether you call it the Dirty Santa game, call it the White Elephant exchange or call it Yankee Swap, I will call to cancel my attendance.
— Emily Volman (@emilyvolman) December 21, 2014
4. Some might even call it trash.
White elephant gift ideas: fuzzy toilet seat cover, half-eaten box of risotto, other stuff you have lying around…
— Abbi Holidays Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) December 6, 2012
5. Might as well.
An easy, festive way to dump someone at the holidays is box up all their stuff and stick it in the pile at a White Elephant gift exchange.
— Elizabeth Hackett (@LizHackett) October 30, 2014
6. Swap with the Big Boss?
Just hear me out: paycheck Yankee swap.
— Pickles (@plee_mcc) July 8, 2011
7. Might turn into a free-for-all.
You don't know hysteria until you've played Dirty Santa with 10 girls under 13 and a One Direction toothbrush gets in the game.
— Robin O'Bryant (@robinobryant) December 26, 2012
8. Just like The Hunger Games.
Every time I play White Elephant, I always say I’m not gonna get too intense. But 10 minutes in, I’m already yelling at people I’ve never met. Then by the end, I’m chasing Nikita down the block, in the pouring rain, for a pair of sunglasses. I need help.
— Rachel Ballinger (@MissRBaller) December 7, 2019
9. They always dreamed of this.
I wonder if my parents' dreams for my future included making things awkward by bringing a sex book to the neighborhood white elephant party.
— Amy Dillon (@amydillon) February 7, 2015
10. Conspiracy theory.
I think that White Elephant gift exchanges are a conspiracy started by Goodwill to rotate stock from store to store. But it sure is fun.
— The Captain (@acjlist) December 12, 2015
11. Could be your meal ticket.
My teen went to a white elephant party and gave a wind-up worm that inches along, which was stolen several times during the exchange. Now my other teen is seeing that worm all over her snapchat. If that worm gets famous and we just let it inch right out the door I will be pissed.
— Mary (@AnniemuMary) December 11, 2019
— Hepsi…. (@serdargoknur) January 10, 2016
13. Trying to tell you politely…
I won handmade soap in the Dirty Santa game at my husband’s office party & TWO different ppl said, “That’s perfect for you!” Soooo, I smell.
— Emily Volman (@emilyvolman) December 9, 2012
14. I’m here to file a complaint.
Bitch i bought a fucking $60 coffee maker for white elephant and ended up with popcorn. I’m going to HR in the morning
— vern (@DopeChubbyChick) December 21, 2018
15. You won 2019.
Went to a white elephant party tonight & I’m gonna say I was the big winner… pic.twitter.com/2vi0niIw7Y
— Amber (@AmberGlowYoga) December 8, 2019
Tell us all about your holiday parties this year!
How’d they go? Any drama? Any hilarity?
We’re dying to hear from you!