Don't miss a deal!

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Throw the Best White Elephant Gift Exchange | Use Our Free Printable Invitations & Game Rules

Hip2Save may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. Read our full disclosure policy here.

More Christmas Crafts

white elephant party tips

Hosting a White Elephant Gift Exchange this Christmas?

Be sure to check out our tips and free printable invites plus game rules to help with this fun Christmas tradition! A White Elephant Gift Exchange is a popular game where each member of a group brings a funny/interesting wrapped present.

It’s highly entertaining with lots of laughter as people exchange and steal gifts. And ultimately, everyone ends up a winner!

woman opening white elephant gifts

Tips for hosting the best White Elephant Gift Exchange:

  • The game usually works best with at least 4-6 people and even more fun with larger groups!
  • Decide on a dollar amount for gifts AHEAD of time so all of the gifts are roughly the same value and communicate this information on your invitation. Click HERE to print our free invitations!
  • Want to make your white elephant a specific type or themed gift exchange? Some examples would be only exchanging Christmas ornaments, kid’s toys, handmade crafts, or books! Some people even choose to only bring re-gifts or small items they may not use at home any longer which involves no spending at all.

free printable white elephant gift exchange party


framed white elephant gift exchange rules

What are the rules of a White Elephant Gift Exchange?

  1. Check out our basic White Elephant Gift Exchange Game rules that you can print and display at your event!
  2. Place limits on exchanging or stealing gifts so the game will have an ending point. Visit WhiteElephantRules.com for more detailed directions.
  3. If you are thinking of planning this activity for very young children, first read the rules and then decide if your kids should participate.

I made this mistake once and there were tears because some kids were too young to understand the concept of picking a present and then having it taken away.

how to throw a white elephant gift exchange party


What do I bring to a White Elephant Gift Exchange?

In general, most White Elephant gifts are under $20. You could go with a funny or functional gift, it’s really up to you and the audience at the party. Usually, I find that the more interesting the gift, the more fun the game will be!

Here are some fun suggestions:

woman holding golden girls coloring book

Be sure to check out all of our fave White Elephant Gift ideas here!


What food should I serve at a white elephant gift exchange? 

I host a White Elephant Christmas Ornament Exchange each year for my friends and I try to incorporate some delicious holiday appetizers, drinks, and desserts for a fun evening!

Here are some of my favorites: 


Have you played this popular Saran wrap ball game?!

Join The Discussion

Comments 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

It's not your Grandma's coupon site!

OOPS! Be sure to login or register to access this feature. It's FREE!

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Register

Forgot Password

Don't have an account? Register

Become a Hip2Save Insider

Don't Miss Out! Join our large community of insiders - it's totally free! Once you join, you'll be able to save & share your favorite deals, rate posts and recipes and add items to your cookbook! What are ya waiting for?!

Already have an account? Login

Become a Hip2Save Insider

Don't Miss Out! Join our large community of insiders - it's totally free! Once you join, you'll be able to save & share your favorite deals, rate posts and recipes and add items to your cookbook! What are ya waiting for?!



Already have an account? Login

Thank you for rating!

Would you also like to leave us a comment?