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Old 12-14-2005, 08:54 PM   #1
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Question WORST Gift You Got in a "White Elephant" Xmas Gift Exchange??

Most of the time I really enjoy White Elephant gift exchange games (even when i get crap) cuz the fun is seeing the various reactions on people's faces. But I've really ended up w/some pretty lame gifts. I don't think I expect a lot, but some people don't see to put ANY effort/thought into buying their gifts.

Anyways, here are some of the things I received (and conversely, what I bought for the respective exchanges):

--some MINT green towels.....bought a AM/FM+CD clock radio ($50 limit)

--gift basket w/Hickory Farms beef stick, hunk of cheese, couple jars of jelly......bought a Pottery Barn stainless steel+leather wrapped drink set w/drink shaker, ice bucket, tongs, glasses +other assorted utensils ($100 limit)

and the 'best' one of all.........

--lint brush+rubber dishwashing gloves+4pack of D batteries (someone definitely hit Walgreens at the last minute!?).......bought 2 tickets for Beauty & the Beast play--got a good deal through a hook-up face value = $170 for the pair but still cost me $80!? ($100 limit)

I got a bunch more, but that's it for now.
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Old 12-14-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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i got a used fleshlight
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Old 12-14-2005, 08:56 PM   #3
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at least you had a place to put the beef stick.
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Old 12-14-2005, 09:10 PM   #4
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Once I got a used pair of bra and panites a guy took form a stripper the night before.
The funiest part was he put them in a used pizza box and wrapped the box.

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Old 12-14-2005, 09:11 PM   #5
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i got a used fleshlight
its not that u said it was used.. its the fact that its a fleshlight... do ppl actually buy those??
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Old 12-14-2005, 09:17 PM   #6
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I don't get it... you buy stuff for a White elephant exchange? Isn't that just a normal generic gift exchange? The premis of a "White Elephant" is to give away something you don't want which has been collecting dust at home... not go spend $100 at Pottery Barn. Sounds like you were in the bathroom during that part of the presentation.

I find this funny because we have a few family members who don't get the White Elephant concept. They go buy gifts to exchange and are upset when they recieve a used 6.5 foot Christmas tree.

My worst? A chandelier.

This year I exchanged six 18 foot lengths of garland. I received a piece of driftwood whittled into a desktop paperweight with a small flamingo sitting on it.

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Old 12-14-2005, 09:57 PM   #7
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We had one of these exchanges at my work's Christmas party. I got the Nintendo game Gyromite.
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:17 PM   #8
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oven mitt.

If you watch, the office, you will understand this joke.
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:38 PM   #9
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Dude you are totally thinking of a Yankee Swap. The ones you participate in you SHOULD get crap.
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Old 12-15-2005, 12:26 AM   #10
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I don't get it... you buy stuff for a White elephant exchange?
i guess some of my white elephants are a little on the boojee side...hence, I buy stuff from Pottery Barn, theater tix, etc. unfortunately, not everyone is as 'merciful' as me when buying the gifts.
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:31 AM   #11
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I don't get it... you buy stuff for a White elephant exchange? Isn't that just a normal generic gift exchange? The premis of a "White Elephant" is to give away something you don't want which has been collecting dust at home... not go spend $100 at Pottery Barn. Sounds like you were in the bathroom during that part of the presentation.
Yeah, this is how I understood it. Spending money is like normal gift exchange or secret santa type.

I gave away a DVD. Received small liquor bottles of Grey Goose and Baileys so I was happy.
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:44 AM   #12
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White elephant gifts are supposed to be stupid or funny or whatever but not real **** you'd give someone.

Worst I ever got was a nut cracker that was in the shape of a squirrel with two walnuts hot glued to his crotch.

And, in our family, the rule is you have to have it on display in the house until the next Christmas. However, you can regift the white elephant. The only caveat is if you end up with the same white elephant 2 years in a row, you're stuck with it for life. How does that happen? Well, after everybody picks their gift (which are all wrapped like a normal gift) and reveals what they got (big laughs), we have a couple rounds where we roll dice for 7s. You get a 7, you get to exchange with anyone. If you end up with what you brought, it's yours. Forever.

Christmas is a very complicated deal. Makes me wish for festivus.
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Old 12-15-2005, 02:08 AM   #13
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Old 12-15-2005, 02:10 AM   #14
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2 damn plastic piggy banks. I traded away a lousy picture frame for it.
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:03 AM   #15
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a bottle of dish soap. Dawn I believe.

I was pissed! it's supposed to be.. funny or POSSIBLY useful. this was $2.47 worth of crap in a $20 limit exchange.
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:15 AM   #16
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Agreed on what others chimed in on about white elephant gifts.

In my family a white elephant gift can not exceed $5. best white elephant gift I recieved: 5 x $1 lottery scratch tickets.
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:16 AM   #17
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a bottle of dish soap. Dawn I believe.

I was pissed! it's supposed to be.. funny or POSSIBLY useful. this was $2.47 worth of crap in a $20 limit exchange.
Dawn is a useful gift for those of us who don't live in squalor.
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:43 AM   #18
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I once gave a can of soup. Hahaha.

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Old 12-15-2005, 10:44 AM   #19
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I got a box of skipping stones. Evidently that box has been going around being exchanged for years. Can't wait until this year's party.
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:54 AM   #20
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I got a two person Fondue Pot that was heated with a single Votive Candle.

Gotta love the W/E parties
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Old 12-15-2005, 11:04 AM   #21
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My worst was at my family's exchange. I got a $20 gift certificate to the local bookstore.

My family lives in Idaho...there was no way for me to use it.

But I don't have it nearly as bad as my younger cousin. She's iin high school and always seems to end up with power tools, appliances (rice cooker, coffee maker), Home Depot Gift Cards, and even a BBQ Grill tool set.
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Old 12-15-2005, 11:15 AM   #22
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Quote:
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Once I got a used pair of bra and panites a guy took form a stripper the night before.
The funiest part was he put them in a used pizza box and wrapped the box.

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That is one of the funniest things i have ever heard.
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:29 PM   #23
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pollyanna?
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:33 PM   #24
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That's why my family hardly ever gives gifts, cold hard cash is so much more... convinient? Gift giving works when it's genuine and sincere, and I feel that it's been perverted by commercialism and materialism these days. Of course, if you can give out iPods as christmas gift though...

Chinese New Years roxors! Money in red packets from family and strangers > Lame gifts.
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:42 PM   #25
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Yankee exchange, or whatever you call it, we have a $10 limit. Last year I gave a Five VHS set of the Life of Christ, en espanol. It was the worst gift of the year. This year's offering won't be any better.
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