Gift exchanges really bring out the best and the worst in gift giving. These are terrible white elephant gifts that really ruin the holiday spirit.
Terrible White Elephant Gifts
- Expensive Items
- Expired Gift Cards
- Dusty Knick-Knacks
- Bad DIY Project
- Expired Food
- Personalized item with giver’s name on it
- Present that needs batteries
- Toilet Paper
- Real lumps of coal
One of the main rules of a white elephant gift exchange is to not have expensive items in it! Giving something that is over the budget of the exchange is a big budget foo-foo.
Expired Gift Cards
Ugg, getting a gift card that is no longer valuable is not fun. I’ve been grinched by that trick before when I thought I had a gas card with so much money on it. Only, I was blessed by a card that was decreasing in value each month. When I finally got around to using it, I only had enough on the card to cover a gallon, instead of the 10 gallons that I was expecting.
Dusty Knick Knacks
Umm, no one wants another person’s dust. That is dust gross. Yeah, clean off the old shelf items before passing them on during a terrible white elephant gift exchange.
Bad DIY Projects
If you do a project, do it right. Practice your crafting skills before throwing something together that looks like it was made by a kid. Unless truly, the gift is made by a child.
Check the date on the package before giving it as a gift. Moldy bread is not good for anyone to eat.
Personalized gift with giver’s name on it
And if you try to pass off a gift that was given to you for you to someone else… that is not a good thing to do. Appreciate what you have been given, especially if someone gave it to you personalized!
Present that needs Batteries and no batteries were included
Giving a noise making gift that needs batteries and you didn’t include any. Ugg, now the receiver has to go out of their way to actually use the terrible white elephant gifts!
Ok, this is something practical that everyone needs, but its not fun to get.
Lumps of Coal
Don’t be a grinch and actually give lumps of coal for a white elephant gift. Unless, of course,it comes with a barbecue and some meats to cook on the grill.
What is the worst white elephant gift you’ve ever been given. Have you ever given one of these items on this list?