9 Clever Beauty Gifts for a White Elephant Party
If you've never heard of a white elephant gift exchange, allow us to explain. Everyone comes to the party with a wrapped gift, and names are drawn (or numbers) 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. What happens next is that each succeeding person can choose to either unwrap a new gift or steal another person's gift. Each time a gift is stolen, the now-giftless person can also either steal another person's gift or choose an unwrapped one. 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" (ok, 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 unique, which makes sharing them with your friends a total riot.
See our favourite picks below!
We love intriguing product packaging and these hilarious face mask packages really deliver the laughs.
In the spirit of the holiday season, this advent calendar actually yields little beauty products instead of trinkets or candy. A new beauty product behind every door? Sounds like something we can get behind.
What's better than a glass of wine? How about bathing in it? While these bars aren't technically made with actual wine (don't we wish), they're each crafted with the notes you'd find in a bottle of chardonnay or pinot noir for a seriously intoxicating cleansing experience.
A white elephant party is the perfect occasion to make light of a rough situation, like our dreaded time of the month. This oil actually helps alleviate cramps though, so it's not so much of a gag gift as it as a total saving grace.
Talk about a unique beauty product! While sheet masks are all the rage lately, this mask is infused with egg white and egg yolk, making it perhaps a good gift for the beauty enthusiast friend who's also a foodie.
Some days (ok, most days) are messy hair days, even if we're going for that messy-on-purpose look. However, this mirror lets us know it's okay to embrace our inner free spirit.
This product just sounds magical. Get an otherworldly beauty experience by sipping (yes, you read that right) a spoonful of this powder in your favourite hot or cold beverage.
The ultimate cat collection where femme meets feline. The lucky gift recipient will receive five eyeshadow sheets (colour-transferring sheets that can be used upwards of 100 times), a creamy cheek colour, eyeliner, lip balm, and a zippered cosmetic bag.
How adorable is this honey bear shampoo and conditioner? Just make sure you don't leave them in the kitchen or someone could be in for a big surprise!
Have you ever taken part in a white elephant gift exchange? What gift did you give/receive? Please share below!