The beauty of a Yankee Swap gift exchange is that you never know what you might find in that big pile of presents. Oh, you can bet that there will be a few goofy gag gifts and chocolate-covered something-or-others in there. But when you untie that bow and toss the sparkly wrapping paper aside, there’s always the possibility of seeing something new and unexpected.
You can thank the internet for that. New “swap-worthy” gifts are going online all the time, making it easier than ever to find something nifty, cute, funny, and fresh. Thus, as a result of sheer product proliferation, no list of great gift ideas can stay relevant for very long.
That’s why we’re here, highlighting our choices for the best Yankee Swap gifts of 2016. If you’re in search of a Christmas gift the likes of which your fellow swappers have never seen before, this is the place to start.
Curious about the top gift from last year’s list? With its naughty name and genuinely tasty recipes, this cookbook earned the most clicks of any item. If you’re looking for a tried-and-true gift idea, here’s one that will really give you something to crow about at the big holiday party.
No, this is not a real product. However, like other hilarious Prank Packs, it can generate some real laughs. No matter what your actual gift is, the spoof packaging practically ensures that it will get an entertaining reaction.
Electric wine bottle openers have been around for a few years, and it’s safe to say that these gadgets will always be welcome (and fought over) at gift exchanges. This Secura stainless steel wine opener is extra-attractive with its see-through design and blue LED light.
When it comes to holiday gifts, a coffee mug might not seem like the most inspired choice. Unless, of course, it’s a coffee mug that you can design yourself. Not only can you add an image of your choice to this cup, but it also has a neat color-changing feature.
This 2017 wall calendar combines two things people can’t seem to get enough of: 1) funny cat pictures, and 2) the 80s. Add in the fact that it fits most price ranges, and you have one totally paw-some Yankee Swap gift idea.
For some of us, the Christmas season hasn’t begun until the words “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” have been broadcast on TV. This collector’s edition of Monopoly features a game board and pieces inspired by that holiday classic A Christmas Story. It’s almost as good as a Red Ryder BB gun.
There’s no shortage of Star Wars-themed gift ideas, but few are as whimsical (and practical) as these salt and pepper shakers. There are fans in every group, so chances are someone will have their sights set on these.
You can never go wrong with candy. Even if the person who opens it doesn’t like it, you can bet someone else will. Featuring 15 different brands and many different flavors, this assortment has something for every sweet tooth.
Wine is a great unisex gift idea, but don’t just bring a plain old bottle of vino to your Yankee Swap. Dress it up in one of the holiday’s traditional garments – the ugly Christmas sweater. If that’s not to your liking, you can also find bottle-sized Santa, elf, and snowman outfits.
Useful as they may be, tech gadgets often don’t have the quirky vibe you’re looking for in a Yankee Swap gift. That’s not the case here. Shaped like the ever-popular poop emoji, this portable phone recharger is cute, fun, and functional.
Well, that wraps up our fourth annual list of the best Yankee Swap gifts you can buy. We hope you’ve found the perfect gift for your Christmas party – whether you’re celebrating with friends, family or coworkers. If not, be sure to check out our complete list of Yankee Swap gift ideas.