If I had a dollar for every White Elephant holiday soiree that I've been invited to this season, I could knock $10 off those fab D & G pumps below. Once you get to the party, it's always, always great but the drama which leads up to the actual swap can be ulcer-inducing. TBS to the rescue!
Price:On average, I see that the price limit is $20 or so; this isn't so bad. I've gotten a couple of invitations with $50 gift limits...ummm, yeah, no. I had to decline (gracefully, no doubt). After all (and let's say it together again), I AM The BROKE Socialite.
What To Bring:So, assuming the target limit is $20, I thought I'd offer some gift ideas (ohhh, you're very welcome!):
*If there are lots of cube dwellers involved in the swap, try the Cubicaller(tm), a cubicle doorbell. What a cool idea, huh?
*Nesters in the fold? Who doesn't love natural kitchen cleaners? For $11.25, Caldrea offers a sweet set with dish soap, countertop cleanser and two sponges. Doesn't the ginger pomelo sound lovely?
*If the audience is comprised of women, who doesn't love a nice wrap? Target offers a nicely weighted wraps. Opt for a neutral color.
*Desk Calendar = A Year's Worth of Inspiration.
*Amongst friends who like takeout? Isn't this the coolest? This takes organization to a whole new plane.
Tips:-Don't bring anything that you wouldn't want to receive. Simple.
-Understand the notion of gift limit. If you find a great contribution that's $15, you've saved $5. Don't be pressured to spend exactly $20.
-Be creative. Candles and wine are always nice but can be overdone in this environment. And certainly (though at a point, it may seem tempting) do not come bearing a $20 gift certificate. That's just...well...lazy.
-Don't forget to wrap the gift.
-Discreetly place your contribution on the "gift table".
-Eliminate the pressure by picking up items throughout the year and it will be breeze.
Have you participated in any White Elephant parties this holiday season? Any gift ideas to share?