A “white elephant gift” is one that is useful, but not necessarily to the person receiving it. It’s odd name comes from India. There, elephants are considered sacred animals by many people. And a white elephant is even more rare. While they are helpful animals, their care is extensive, and their diet is enormous. So it is a very expensive gift that doesn’t necessarily help the person who received it. Office parties have adopted this as a funny holiday tradition to inspire high morale amongst the employees. If you have a holiday party that has asked you to bring a white elephant gift, here are some sports related suggestions that will make your co-workers laugh for a long time to come.
The traditional rules of a white elephant gift exchange ask that you bring a wrapped gift. The gifts are set on a table, and people draw numbers from a hat. The first person chooses a gift and unwraps it. The next person can choose to unwrap a gift, or “steal” someone else’s present. If your present is stolen, you choose a new gift, and unwrap it. Each gift can only be stolen three times, and whoever has it at that point gets to keep it. You continue until everyone has a gift, and laugh over the choices that people brought to the white elephant gift exchange party.
A set of hula hoops in many different colors is a hilarious white elephant gift. First, not many adults use a hula hoop. Second, even if they use a hula hoop, why would they need more than one? This is a gift that many people will laugh over, but many people may also fight over it. They may want to give it to their kids, or they may want it because they consider it to be better than a fruitcake. Whatever their reason, it’s a hilarious present to give to someone at a white elephant gift party.
A unicycle. This is a true white elephant gift in every sense of the phrase. A unicycle is too unique and bizarre to throw out, and too complicated for most people to ride. This, more than any other gift, will be stolen. It’s one of those gifts that everyone wants, but once they own it, they won’t necessarily know what to do with it. If you decide to bring a unicycle, your fellow party-goers will be impressed with your amazing choice of a white elephant gift.
Weight lifting gloves make an interesting gift. It’s not that they aren’t useful. It’s that there’s only going to be a small number of people who would use them, and those people probably already have a set. After all, how many weightlifters do you know? And even if you do know some, if they engage in weight lifting at that level, they probably already have their own set. The fun of this white elephant gift is not that it’s a silly gift. The fun comes from the fact that the tiniest secretary in your office might get them.
No matter what you choose to give as your white elephant gift, keep it light-hearted and interesting. Use these ideas, or let them inspire you, so that you can give a white elephant gift that will be the topic of office conversations for years to come.