With the Holidays just around the corner, it’s the time of year when offices start hosting their White Elephant gift exchanges. Sometimes it can be hard to bring a gift worth fighting over. Here are 10 gift ideas for your next White Elephant gift exchange in your office!
Alcohol is always a crowd-pleaser, so you can hardly go wrong with this gift idea. You can definitely find one, or multiple bottles within your gift budget. Spend a couple dollars on some dollar store ribbons and tags to decorate your booze, and off to the holiday party you go! This is one gift idea your coworkers will want to fight over–especially if your office party is okay with libations.
2. Office Coffee Mug
Nothing says Monday morning in the office like going to reach for your coffee mug and you realize it’s not there. Whether it’s been misplaced, or a coworker snatched it, there is a certain kind of anxiety and dread that comes along with not having access to caffeine in the early office hours. This is a great office gift idea that will be sure to please a coworker or two who’ve run into this exact problem. Try to pick a mug that has a very recognizable design, so everyone will know who owns the mug.
3. Adult Party Games
This gift idea is not only a great deal of fun for the person who wins the game, but it can make for a very interesting office holiday party once all of the gifts are swapped. There are plenty of adult themed card games and party games that will fit in an office gift budget, and you may even have enough left over to buy a card expander pack for the game you pick. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving once everyone’s had a few drinks.
4. Indulgent Foods
Food is a gift idea that will always be a safe choice. Try to pick a seasonal treat, or take a whack at making something yourself. Fudge, candied nuts, gourmet popcorn, or even just a bag of assorted candies will grab the attention of the office sweet tooth. Just be sure that the person picking your gift doesn’t have any food allergies, and you’ve got a winning gift idea.
5. Scented Candle
Candles are gift ideas that are always a safe bet if you’re not sure what to buy. Seasonal scents are good choices, but don’t shy away from scents that may not fit the season. You may be able to score a great deal on multiple candles if you’re buying scents stores are trying to get rid of. Consider buying a warming plate to add to your gift, so the lucky coworker to pick this gift could use it in the office. Your coworker will be happy, and you’ll be happy when you smell freshly baked sugar cookies every time you walk through the office.
6. Mulled Wine/Cider Kit
I know wine was already mentioned, but these gift ideas need their own spot. There is something so much more distinct about mulled wine and mulled cider. They’re truly in a league of their own. Warming and comforting, they are completely different drinks compared to their spice-less counterparts. Cardamom, cinnamon, anise, orange, ginger, cloves…your coworkers will definitely fight for this peak holiday gift.
7. A Plant
Did you know that plants can help improve overall productivity? They can also improve the ability to concentrate, and general well being as well. With all of these work related benefits, it only makes sense to add plants to your list of gift ideas. Your coworkers will definitely be drawn to picking a gift that will remind them of the world outside of the office, and everyone needs that little something to brighten their desk area.
8. Office Supplies
Have you ever found yourself wandering your office, scanning your coworkers desks for that pen, white out, tape dispenser, stapler, pad of sticky notes, etc., that you needed? Have you been the victim of the aforementioned, supply seeking coworker? Office supplies may just be a better gift idea than you think. If you work in an office that’s constantly short on supplies, your coworkers will be scrambling to snag a gift that will make their day that much easier. Sometimes it’s the little things that keep us going. Nobody likes to have things taken from their desk, and nobody likes to be the person that’s forced to “borrow” your coworkers gear.
9. Lottery Tickets
This gift idea is a surefire way to start a fight at your next office gift exchange. People love money, and people love the idea of getting more money. Lottery tickets are a fantastic office gift because they offer the perfect amount of excitement and opportunity. Try buying multiple, dollar tickets and presenting them in a cute design like a wreath or a bow. To add mystery and a fun twist to your gift idea, try putting the tickets in an unmarked envelope. It will add intrigue to the office festivities when it’s time to fight over gifts.
10. Something Home Made
Maybe you didn’t feel like shopping in all of that holiday rush. Maybe you forgot all about the office holiday party, or you were on a budget. Or maybe you just have a real knack for DIY. Whatever your reason may be, nothing makes a better gift idea than something made from the heart. Do you have a knack for crocheting or knitting? Can you throw pottery like nobody’s business? Or are you a real baking wizard? The possibilities of home made gifts are endless. Your coworkers will appreciate the time and care put into your gift idea, and you can walk away from the holiday party knowing that you made an awesome gift.