The Yankee Swap Gift Exchange may not be one of the oldest Christmas traditions, but for many people, it’s one of the best. Of course, a lot of people don’t know it as Yankee Swap. Depending on where you live, it might go by the name White Elephant, Dirty Santa, or any one of a dozen or so colorful monikers. But aside from name differences and the occasional rules variation, it’s pretty much the same wherever you go – a game where people wrangle for the best gift from a common pile.
Yankee Swap gifts can be funny, bizarre, obscene, worthless, cheap, or even valuable. The best Yankee Swaps have a mixture from all categories (well, obscene may not be appropriate if your boss or mother-in-law is present). Having different sorts of gifts – some desirable, others appalling – leads to active trading and lots of laughs.
But where do you find great Yankee Swap gifts? Almost anywhere. Many people simply re-gift presents they have no use for (perhaps one they received at a previous gift exchange). Others go the do-it-yourself route, making a gift that’s nothing if not unique. Others take advantage of the vast weirdscape of the internet to find items that make you go “WTF?”
This site is devoted to helping you find amazing Yankee Swap gift ideas, in a variety of prices and styles. We highlight the best (and worst!) gifts from all over the online world.
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When picking Yankee Swap gift, most people opt for something funny. This parody cookbook is a good example of something that’s both hilarious and topical.
If you’re the creative type, you can make your own Yankee Swap gift, or find innovative ways to package otherwise humdrum gifts. Novelty wrapping paper like this can make any old present seem funny.
Most gift exchanges have a particular price range or limit. Finding something at the right price is one of the biggest challenges when shopping for a great gift. This geeky pizza cutter falls right into the typical price range for a Yankee Swap.
When nothing else will do, go for the awesome. You might be surprised at the amazing products you can find for $20 or less – including this sweet George Takei talking pen.
What Type of Yankee Swap Gift Should I Get?
When it comes to shopping for gifts, the internet is both a blessing and a curse. With the mind-boggling number of items for sale online, the perfect gift is always right at your fingertips. But that begs the question, what is the perfect gift?
If you’re picking up something for a gift exchange, things are even more complicated because you don’t know exactly whom you’re shopping for. Here are a few general tips on finding the right gift for different groups:
- For coworkers, consider playing it straight with an awesome gift that anyone would like to have. In office gift exchanges, people often expect to walk away with something that’s as valuable as the gift they contributed.
- If you’re buying for a group of friends, on the other hand, feel free to pick up a funny gift. Of course, it really depends on what your friends are like.
- A gift for family members should be something that expresses your personality. Members of the family will appreciate receiving something that represents you, even if it’s goofy. And if not, well, what are they going to do – disown you?
Keep in mind that the best gift exchanges often have a variety of presents in the pool. So don’t be afraid to go with something a little different.