White Elephant Gifts!

Christmas is coming and I can’t helping singing “Here comes Santa Clause…” Except my version is “Here comes Amazon, here comes Amazon, right down my driveway!”

Yes, I’m addicted… Thanks, Covid! Thank YOU for locking me in my home, making me afraid of the outside world, making me discover Amazon’s overnight, next day Prime shipping! Like I needed THAT??? I don’t even have time to change my mind and cancel anything! And me, a shop-in-my-sleep shopper – this is dangerous. We had to buy ahuge, plastic box to sit outside of our gate for my packages. (Yes, I know the postman hates me. I can tell when I see grip marks on some of my boxes.) But each time I go check the big box, it’s like Christmas for me, for I know not what all I may have purchased! For example:

Why I needed this, I do not know? Maybe if I’m caught in a snowstorm somewhere and need to survive??? Better to be prepared than not!
Why, yes! A webcam! Because I’m always doing those live Facebook things… Not!
And who doesn’t need some spy glasses? Me! But there was a special and I was asleep, and my asleep self couldn’t pass it up!

This is not to say everything I purchased in 2020 and beyond was a sleeping, dumb purchase with no thought behind it! I’ve found some amazing things that have surpassed my expectations. Those are just a few of the 179 Prime purchases I’ve made since I found that Prime, next-day shipping Goddess starting with an A – like me!

Well, whether I did or didn’t need to discover the amazing world of Amazon, I did, and I could literally build something amazing with all of these boxes! You know, when you were little and you would make one into a car? Or use a bunch and make a castle or a fort? I could probably make a small kingdom at this point.

While perusing Amazon today, I noticed some really cool things that could be White Elephant Gifts. We, as a family, choose to do this for the adults. We don’t want to lose sight of what Christmas is really all about, of course! No, not the food or the presents, silly… It’s all about the birth of baby Jesus and celebrating the real meaning of Christmas. But it is also a time to come together as a family and break bread, enjoy each other’s company, and have fun! And what is more fun than a White Elephant Gift Exchange? And actually, it is not limited to Christmas! It can be done with any occasion.

If you’ve never done one, I’ll help you out. There are a few rules that are either really the rules or someone has made them up along the way. I think we do both? Maybe? But the premise behind the exchange is to bring something you, yourself, would want. Easy! Families usually set a given amount to spend around, say $20, $25, or up to $100 per person. This way it stays fairly equal amongst the fighting for! Or – add a twist to it – bring a ”like new” item you no longer want that someone else may want. Or, get totally twisted and have everyone bring an item NO ONE would want! A gag gift! We once fought over a Fossil watch wall clock about 3’ tall!

The typical way it’s played is by initially drawing numbers from any kind of container. Put the amount of people who will be playing, 1 through ?. Each person draws a number and that’s the order you play in! All gifts are wrapped and placed in the middle of the room. Now, the key here is to not let people know what the gift is when you’re wrapping it. If you want to be quick, grab a bag and stuff it so there’s no peeking. If you want to be clever, wrap a gift card in a huge box. Either way, all wrapping should be somewhat generic, gender neutral (as the gift should be), no tags, etc.

The basic rule we always use is “3 steals and it’s dead.” A gift cannot be stolen from the third person who holds it. So number 1 opens a gift. Number 2 can steal that gift or open another one. Number 3 can choose to open or steal, and so on. If yours is stolen, you can open or steal. And, if you’re number 1 and you don’t get the advantage of stealing, you get to go again at the end. Number 1 can’t steal a frozen present, but they can steal from someone else, placing their gift back in the middle. Or, they can always choose to keep their present and the game is over. If they steal from someone, then that person can choose the gift placed back or steal from someone, and it continues on.

Hopefully everyone has a lot of fun, no one fights too badly. and all go home with an enjoyable gift. As for THE gift, you know your family more than I do, but I did happen upon some really funny/fun gifts on Amazon that I’m going to share with you for this year! How about I do it by price range? Yes, I’ll do that!

*** These links are OLD and probably won’t work but are still searchable ideas!

So in the $10 and under range, here are some good finds, many of which I find to be fun gifts, useful, or just a fun read. There are some items for Trekkies, some with questionable humor, and even cool things for survivalists!

Wine2Go – The Foldable Wine Bottle
by Wine2Go
Ladybug Portable Corner Desk Vacuum Cleaner Mini Dust Sweeper
Chop Sabers Light Up LightSaber Chopsticks
by ChopSabers
Dad Life: A Manly Adult Coloring Book
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty)
by Andrews McMeel Publishing

The Golden Girls Mad Libs
by Mad Libs
Personalized Chalkboard Ceramic Coffee Mug – Start Each Day with a New Message (Chalk Included)
by Paladone Product
Star Trek Spock with Ears Crew Socks
by Bio World
Married Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book
by Papeterie Bleu

Funny Nose Pencil Sharpener – Great Gag Gift and Stocking Stuffer (1 Pk)
by WackyWhims
Fred and Friends Slow Brew Sloth Tea Infuser
by Fred & Friends
Mom Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Archie McPhee Crazy Cat Lady Coloring book
by Accoutrements

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