The primary purpose of a White Elephant (otherwise known as Secret Santa, Yankee Swap) is a gift swap. Everyone brings a present (which can be a good present or a “‘gag”’ gift, depending on the host’s preference), and then everyone participates in a game of chance to determine what present they take home. Depending on their number, guests may either “steal” a gift from a person who has selected before them, or they may select and unwrap a new gift. The game ends when each person has had a turn.
I have two White Elephant parties coming up, one will be for all ladies and the price point is $30 or less. The second one will be a gift of $100 or less and targeted to a mixture of kids and adults.
Here are 5 gift picks for your Mermaids at $30 or less:
1.) This vase hurts my feelings. "Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase", $28.00. anthropologie.com
2.) I love this! You could even go one extra step and have it monogrammed. "Boyfriend Signet Ring", J. Crew, $25.00. jcrew.com
3.) You may actually wear all that great jewelry you own if it's organized and displayed in a place where you see it. "Cast Metal Jewelry Tree", $29.00. westelm.com
4.) Why not really live the theme and bring this sweet porcelain teapot? $15.99. amazon.com
5.) For the girl forever attached to her laptop, dress up a dreary work station with this "Royal Owl Mousepad", $16.00. alexapulitzer.com
I will post more gift ideas for $100 or less tomorrow. And, thank you to Nina Choi (ninachoi.com) for shooting that gorgy photo of our White Elephant.