How to Buy a Gift for a White Elephant Party

Posted by PartyWeDo on Saturday, July 25, 2009

How to Buy a Gift for a White Elephant Party

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Gift Exchange parties are engaging social experiences. Most of the fun and conversation is created from the gifts that are opened and shared. We often become anxious and a little stressed over our gift selection. After all, aren’t there lots of choices out there, with tons of possibilities. So, where do you start?


  1. Ask the host if there is a theme for the party. Themes give you a hint as to what gifts might be appropriate. Your gift selection will be quite different at a baby shower or a bridal shower.
  2. Ask the host the age range of the guest list. You want to bring age appropriate gifts.
  3. If there’s no theme, silly or tacky gifts are OK. In fact, the more creative the gift, the more it will add to the fun of the event.
  4. Don’t bring junk. Assume that all the attendees will be thoughtful and creative. You can really hurt feelings or damage your gift exchange reputation with junk.
  5. Ask the host if there is a spending limit. If there is stay within the budget. Don’t attempt to impress with your superior spending power.
  6. Remember to pick something that you wouldn’t mind taking home yourself. Again, what you are going for is a creative conversation starter gift that will add to the fun.
  7. If you know the group that will be attending, pick the gifts will be appropriate. If you don’t know the attendees, err on the side of caution.
  8. Be creative! Pick something with a good conversation factor! The objective of the white elephant gift exchange is the fun banter that results from opening and sharing great gifts.


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