What is a White Elephant?

This time of year, holiday parties abound! Family parties, work, school, church, and more. Parties are everywhere!

A popular activity at these parties is a white elephant gift exchange. But what is a white elephant???

The term 'white elephant' refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift. It comes from the legend of a king of Siam who used to give white elephants to people who displeased him. A gift that seemed great, but was really tough to care for.

Today, a white elephant is a random gift, and can be a lot of fun to exchange. But choosing the right gift can be tricky. While usually within a certain price range, a good white elephant needs to be one of the following:

Funny - quirky humor makes them fun to receive. Examples: reindeer that poops jelly beans, gag gifts, stuff like that.

Weird - something that is kind of off the wall. Great examples I've seen: a giant tee-shirt with several small stuffed animals sewn to it, a big box of mayonnaise packets, homemade artwork.

Nice - a gift that would be in demand. These can include gift cards, geeky or cool gifts, chocolate, or something that is highly desirable.

Have a great holiday season!

  •   https://www.whiteelephantrules.com/
  •   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant_gift_exchange

    Brenda Lower
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2015
    Email the author! brenda@dvo.com

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