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These TikTok inspired themes for your White Elephant party include so many festive ideas.

7 TikTok-Approved Themes For Your White Elephant Party That Are So Unique

The gift exchange is about to get wild.

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The holidays are all about giving, but let’s be real, getting gifts is also a ton of fun. That’s one of the reasons a White Elephant party is always a good time — you get to do both. If you’re looking for a way to change up your Secret Santa celebration and make your get together even more special (and fun) this year, you definitely want to check out these TikTok-inspired themes for your White Elephant party.

Getting any kind of gift is great, but you also don’t want to be the one left with something you can’t use... or you just don’t like. By adding a specific theme to your White Elephant party, you can go in with a good idea of what kind of item you’ll bring home. Instead of Aunt Kathy’s homemade craft project, you may end up with a Taylor Swift-themed gift, or even all the ingredients you need to make your favorite Christmas cocktail. Plus, you also get to pick out themed gifts, and that’s always a good time.

But coming up with a fun and unique theme isn’t exactly easy. That’s where social media comes in. Browse through these unique White Elephant party ideas from TikTok and put your own spin on it to make your holiday party truly unforgettable.

Winter Wonderland White Elephant Theme
@princesspullen

TikToker @princesspullen went above and beyond with this gorgeous winter wonderland theme party. Everything is decked out in ice blue and silver, and there’s even a balloon-filled wall for you and your guests to snap a few pics in front of. If you don’t want to go that far, you can still opt for a winter wonderland-themed gift exchange byy encouraging everyone to bring wintery gifts. Think scarves, mittens, gourmet hot cocoa, and all the coziness that comes with cold weather.

Wear Something You Normally Wouldn’t Wear

In this TikTok trend by @kaseymeads, it doesn’t matter what kind of White Elephant gift you bring so much as you change up your attire for the party. Tell your guests they can bring any gift they want (within budget) but they have to wear something out of their comfort zone for the exchange. In @kaseymeads’ TikTok, guests wore everything from bathrobes to leotards, making for a lot of laughs.

Quarantheme

Tons of TikTokers are hosting self-care or lockdown-themed White Elephant parties to continue with the warm and cozy vibes. Ideas include everything from gifting “soft and cuddly” presents like stuffed animals and blankets, spa-themed items, or board games. Truly, the possibilities are endless with a quarantheme gift exchange.

Make Your Own Cocktail For Your White Elephant
@zrrrrrod

What’s not to love about a cocktail gift exchange, similar to this one by @zrrrrrod? Here’s how it works: Ask your guests to gift the non-alcoholic ingredients to your favorite holiday cocktail, including the bitters, syrups, and toppings they’d need to make it on their own. Everyone can pitch in for a variety of alcohol, and after the white elephant exchange, you can all make and try your cocktails.

Dungeons & Dragons White Elephant Theme

If you and your crew love to game together, this D&D-themed gift exchange by @joan_de_art is sure to be a blast. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts, you actually make a gift that the recipient could use in the game. Examples include physical versions of potions, weapons, food items, and more. When the exchange is over, you could even start up your game and put your new items to use.

Sorority Sisterhood White Elephant Theme

Whether you have a sister or friends that feel like sisters, a sisterhood-themed party like the one hosted by Alpha Phi at Iowa State is a great way to express your love for them. You could have your sisters wear matching holiday pajamas, bring each other’s favorite food, and otherwise show them you care. You could even ask your guests to bring White Elephant gifts that you can all share or experience together.

Taylor Swift Discography Theme
@maryiedtothemoney

While TikToker @maryiedtothemoney and her friends call this party “Taylor Swift Drinkography”, you don’t have to use alcohol to partake in this gift exchange for Swifties. Ask each of your guests to bring a White Elephant gift inspired by or related to one of Swift’s albums and write the name of the album on the package. Everyone can choose their fave album, you can play T. Swift in the background, and wear red lipstick to celebrate.