11 Clever Beauty Gifts for a White Elephant Party

Lindsey Metrus

If you've never heard of a white elephant gift exchange, allow us to explain. Everyone comes to the party with a wrapped, unlabeled gift, and names (or numbers) are drawn to determine the order in which everyone will pick their new gift. The first person chooses a gift and unwraps it for everyone to see. Next, each succeeding person can choose to either unwrap a new gift or steal someone else's already opened one. Each time a gift is stolen, the newly giftless person can also either steal another person's gift or choose an unwrapped one. Turns pick up where they left off before the "steal." Each gift can only be swapped a total of three times, according to the Official White Elephant Rules (this is serious business, people).

What makes white elephant swaps so entertaining is that gifts are often funny, to make the exchange more interesting. This way, when you're stuck with a useless tchotchke and no one wants to trade with you, you end up being "stuck" (okay, maybe that wouldn't be fun for you, but it's amusing for all of the other guests). We decided to put a spin on the holiday gift-giving tradition with—what else?—beauty products. There are so many fun items on the market that are a little silly or strange, which makes sharing them with your friends a total riot.

See our favorite picks below!

Have you ever taken part in a white elephant gift exchange? What gift did you give/receive? Please share below!

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