When choosing something for a gift exchange, a lot of people go for the funny gift. But honestly, the most hilarious part of any gift exchange – whether it’s a Yankee Swap, White Elephant, Dirty Santa, or whatever you want to call it – is watching people fight over the good stuff while trying to rid themselves of tasteless or inappropriate junk. In other words, bringing something nice not only scores some brownie points with whoever walks away with your gift, but actually increases the humor level of the party.
With that in mind, here are our picks for the year’s best Yankee Swap gifts – you know, the kind of presents that people might actually want to take home. Some of these are new in 2013. Others are popular every year. Most can be had for $10-20.
Of course, people are likely to have different opinions on what makes the best Yankee Swap gift. If you haven’t found the perfect item yet, be sure to have a look at the other gift ideas on this site.