How to: Hold Your Own White Elephant Gift Exchange (Pinnacle-Style)

At Pinnacle, we hold a White Elephant Gift Exchange for our employees around Christmastime each year. Every employee that wants to participate brings in a wrapped present (we set the budget around $10 per gift, but you can instruct your guests to spend any amount of money, as long as it is standard across the board). The presents are organized in a designated area and left untouched until each participant has had the chance to pull a slip of paper with a number on it out of a hat; the count of numbers is based on the total number of gifts contributed to the game.

Once everybody has their number, the person who draws #1 can approach the gifts and choose one to unwrap. Then, the person who drew #2 can either “steal” person #1’s gift or bring a new gift into play by choosing one from the pile to unwrap. As the game continues, each player can choose to “steal” a gift that a previous player has unwrapped (up to 3 “steals” per gift, at which time it is considered out of play and remains with the third participant to “steal” it from its original owner) or select a new gift from the pool.

A few of the amusing gifts that made it into Pinnacle’s White Elephant Gift Exchange this year were:

-an entire set of mismatched dishes

-a statue of monkeys depicting the “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” saying

-a dragon incense burner

-several store giftcards

-a bag of 850 gumballs

-a book of “Awkward Family Photos”

-a giant remote control + VHS tape of “Saved by the Bell”

-bumble bee promotional stress ball

-and more!


To view photos from the Pinnacle Promotions White Elephant Gift Exchange, visit us on Facebook.

1 comment

I have been to a few white elephant parties and most of the time the gifts that were being stolen the most were anything out of the ordinary. Usually something you don’t see every day that is still somewhat useful. With a gift limit of only $10, I was amaze at all the weird and wacky things I could get while keeping my bank account happy. I found this online store while doing a Google search containing many things that are just perfect for a white elephant party. The link is below and hopefully this helps with your future white elephant gift parties!

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