With the arrival of the Christmas season comes a wealth of Christmas parties to attend. Among the most popular, and fun, is the tried and true, white elephant party, also known as a Yankee swap. There are various takes on the white elephant party, such as the all gag gift party, or the “only things that you already have at home” type of white elephant party, while other white elephant parties have no rules as to whether the gift is naughty or nice, but the basic premise is the same.
Each party attendee brings one wrapped gift to be exchanged with other party guests, perhaps several times over. Generally, numbers are drawn and the person with the lowest number goes first, choosing one of the wrapped gifts. From there, the next person may choose to “steal” the first persons gift, of take their chances by choosing a wrapped gift. And so it continues, higher numbered guests either steal a gift from someone, or choose an wrapped gift until it’s all finished. Your gift isn’t yours to keep until the proverbial Jolly Santa sings, and no one is left to steal your gift.
Now that you have a brief outline of how the white elephant gift party works, I am going to give a few, well thought out recommendations for an all women’s white elephant party. Having attended numerous white elephant parties, I can tell you that some of the gifts I have seen, and even ideas out on the web, seem a bit stale to me…toilet paper, half empty bottles of perfume or lotion, a mug with hot chocolate mix…all have been over done, to my way of thinking. I am going to offer some ideas that, I hope, are a bit more creative. Once you’ve read some of my ideas for creative white elephant gifts for women, then it will be up to you to choose whether you want to be naughty or nice.
White Elephant Gifts For The Naughty Gift Giver
If your a woman who likes to give a gift that will invoke a chuckle or two, then you are a naughty gift giver. This year, forgo the Depends and the toilet paper for one of the following ideas. Most of these items can be found at WalMart, and most are under $20. Let’s begin in the lingerie department.
What could be naughtier than a five pack of the plainest, white cotton granny panties in the very largest size available? What to aim a bit higher? Then proceed to the bra section and select the ugliest, most industrial looking bra with a cup size large enough to become the party punch bowl. Conversely, you might choose to gift someone with a lovely, little training bra, complete with a tiny pink bow. How about some nice, very opaque support hose in the most gawd awful shade available? All of these gifts are certain to delight the naughty gift giver, and, if not the gift recipient, then the party onlookers.
If you don’t wish to dish out dainties as your white elephant gift, then it’s time to check out the health and beauty section. Perhaps, an adorable little make up gift bag would appeal to your naughty gift giving spirit more. Find an inexpensive cosmetics line, such as Wet N’ Wild, then proceed to choose the most garish and gaudy eye shadow, lip color and nail color shades that you can find. Make sure that the chosen shades will be so very far from the same color family, that there is no way in the North Pole that they could be worn together, let alone in public.
Other health and beauty choices might include a clinical strength deodorant and dress shields, dandruff shampoo for severe suffers along with a snug hat, or a box of the most uncomfortable looking and sounding feminine hygiene products, thick enough to be used as a flotation device, in the unlikely event of a water landing.
Be sure to wrap your naughty white elephant present in the best, shiniest, wrapping paper that you have, done up with the nicest bow that you can afford. This will surely, and unwittingly, attract many a woman to your naughty, little secret.
White Elephant Gift For The Nice Gift Giver
For those of you who love to give gifts that will be loved, Bath and Body Works will appeal to your nice gift giver senses. Fragrances, and fragranced body products, such as lotions can a bit risky to give, as each sent smells differently on any woman, tastes do vary, and some people are just plain allergic. See a nice, big lot of various BBW lotions on eBay? Take a look and you’ll find, written in the description, “I got these as gifts, but….(on me, they stink)”
Therefore, I have chosen some very nice white elephant gifts that won’t offend noses and will be the envy of all of those gals who are stuck with rolls of toilet paper, and half empty bottles of shampoo. As with the naughty gifts, I have tried to keep the cost of these nice, white elephant gifts under $20, as well.
If you can’t fragrance a body, why not fragrance a home? A large variety of seasonal candles, scented oils and oil burners can be found at BBW. This years offerings include the Large 15 ounce, Real Essence candles in Vanilla Bean Noel or Winter Candy Apple. Slatkin & Co., also offers smelly good candles in two sizes, and in Christmasy scents such as Tree, Spice and Winterberry
Yes, I agree that candles are a bit less than creative, but I love them. If you’d rather be a bit more unique, why not select one of the Slatkin &Co. oil warmers and a fragrance oil or two? The oil burners available are very decorative and the selection of fragrance oils is large. The Right At Home Gift set includes a room spray, fragrance oil, and a wallflower diffuser. This great, $20 home fragrance gift set comes in either Evergreen or Cinnamon and Clove Buds, perfect for the Holidays.
The BBW Spa collection is another excellent nice gift choice, with little gifts that will please most any woman. With winter upon us, soon many will be seeing more dry skin flakes than snow flakes. Why not butter up one lucky gift receiver with a special hand cream, such as Look Ma, New Hands, or Glove Me Tender in pretty Holiday packaging? For the woman with shopping worn feet, a gift of Shea It Isn’t So foot cream and a cute pair of The Sweetest Softest socks would be very welcome gift. I would love to receive the BBW Aromatherapy Milk and Honey gift set, complete with an adorable sleep mask, toss in a little Do Not Disturb sign, and help a lucky merry gentlewoman rest, surely with no dismay.
As with the naughty gifts, presentation is everything. Be certain to wrap up your very nice white elephant in something to throw the gift hungry throng off of the scent of sweetness. Here’s where you can use that toilet paper. Mummify your pretty gift in toilet paper, then tuck it neatly into a well used plastic bag from the grocery store. Close with a twist tie, and you’re set. No matter how you wrap it, any one of these super nice white elephant gifts is sure to be highly coveted, stolen and fought over many times before the game ends. The other women will be red and green with envy! Happy Holidays!