14 fun white elephant gifts under $20 that will make your friends smile

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Like Secret Santa, White Elephant gift exchanges never get old. I mean what could be more fun than opening a bunch of amusing, yet totally awesome, gifts in front of friends and family? For example, Snoop’s Dogg soul food cookbook or a pair of bread slippers are two that come to mind.

Now, of course, White Elephant gifts should be cackle-worthy. But if you want to be crowned gift master, then it’s best to bring something that could also be useful as well.

To help give you some inspiration, I’ve provided a list below of some of our favorite gifts on Amazon to bring to your socially-distanced gathering this year.

1. “Guy On Fire: 130 Recipes For Adventures In Outdoor Cooking“, $16.29

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Let your friends by inspired by America’s unofficial favorite chef. This Guy Fieri cookbook details recipes you can take on the road during camping, tailgating events and family barbecues.

2. Dash Mini Maker: The Mini Waffle Maker, $9.99 (Orig. $14.99)

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A handy tool to have during breakfast, this best-selling Dash Mini Waffle Maker can cook waffles and a few other favorite morning dishes in less than three minutes.

3. Merrycolor Keanu Reeves Reversible Flip Sequin Pillow Case, $9.99

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I’m not sure that this gift needs an explanation. Keanu Reeves is just one of those celebs, much like Nicolas Cage, that has become a sacred pop culture icon. So, yes, it makes sense to have his face photocopied on a gold sequin pillowcase for all to enjoy.

4. AmuseNd USB Mini Size Cactus Humidifier, $14.39

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The cool thing about this cactus humidifier is that it fits right into a USB outlet. So, whether you’re working on your laptop or charging your phone, you can use it immediately to help moisturize the air around you.

5. ParTea Pack Tea Infuser Set For Loose Tea, $14.99 (Orig. $15.99)

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These cute animal tea infusers help put a fun spin on making your tea in the morning. Just fill them with loose tea leaves, place them in your cup of hot water and watch them bring your tea to life.

6. Light Saber Chop Sticks, $12.97 (Orig. $29.99)

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If you want to spice things up with your sushi or ramen, these LED lightsaber chopsticks can be one way to bring the force to the dinner table.

7. Leado 32oz Motivational Tracking Water Bottle, $18.99

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Send your friends a cheeky reminder to drink their daily dose of agua with this inspirational water bottle. It even breaks down how much you should drink hour by hour.

8. CM Vintage Retro Telephone Handset, $12.99

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To return to a much simpler time when landlines ruled the home, you can plug in this retro headset to your smartphone and imagine once again.

9. Kikkerland Desktop Cornhole Bean Bag Game, $13.56

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Maybe you can’t play cornhole at full scale with coworkers anymore, but you can do so at home. In fact, this is just like the real thing, only made for your desk.

10. People Of Walmart.com Adult Coloring Book, $11.99

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Quarantine and social distancing have given rise to adult coloring books, and this one is perfectly cringeworthy. A best seller, the “People of Walmart.com Adult Coloring Book” is filled with the “37 of the most insane and wacky people of Walmart.”

11. Presto PopLite Hot Air Popper, $19.99 (Orig. $29.99)

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With over customer 14,000 ratings, this small popcorn maker is easy to use and cooks gourmet popcorn in less than two and half minutes.

12. Quarantine King Card Game, $19.99

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There may not be a more fitting game for 2020 than Quarantine King. Essentially, the game’s objective is to collect the most supplies by any means necessary.

13. Best Light Motion Activated Toilet Night Light, $9.99

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Let your toilet lead the way when nature calls. This toilet light turns eight different colors and can bend to match many toilet shapes. So, when don’t want to disturb anyone during those late night bathroom runs, this could be a handy gift to have on deck.

14. Lenrue Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, $13.59 (Orig. $16.99)

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And perhaps, one of the most useful gifts on this list is the wireless Bluetooth speaker from Lenrue. You can connect your smartphone or tablet from up to 33 feet away and it can last up to five hours at a time.

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