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10 Best DIY White Elephant Gift Ideas

Have an upcoming holiday party that requires a white elephant gift? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered with these clever, simple and most importantly cheap DIY best white elephant gifts.

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Have an upcoming holiday party that requires a white elephant gag gift? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered with these clever, simple and most importantly cheap DIY best white elephant gifts.

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Crazy Pills

The holidays can make people crazy and this DIY white elephant gift plays right into that idea. To make this “Crazy Pills” prescription, simply take an old prescription bottle and create a new label that reads something like this: “Crazy Pills: Extra Strength. Take one every hour to prevent choking really stupid people. Take two to stay out of jail. WARNING: If you see me without this bottle…” Then fill the bottle with mints.

Check out these perfect gifts for your favorite DIYers, whether they’re gadget geeks, tool freaks, or they just like to get the job done right!

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Roadside Emergency Kit

For this hilarious but useful DIY white elephant gift, grab a roll of toilet paper (or a couple of rolls) and tape on a paper hat that reads, “Roadside Emergency Kit.” The lucky recipient of this gift will be prepared for all fluid emergencies. Here’s how to make a real winter car survival kit.

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Used Gift Cards

Have a bunch of gift cards with small remaining balances? Or gift cards to stores you no longer shop at? Random gift card balances, like $5.83 for a home improvement store or $12.34 for Target, really add up to make a great white elephant gift. Simply use a marker to cross out the original amounts and write the new balance on each card. And check out these 50 awesome gifts for DIYers under $50.

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Cold Hard Cash

Give the DIY white elephant gift of cold hard cash. Cash is always something that everyone wishes they had more of this time of year.

To make this gift, just drop the amount of money that you want to give (include change and bills) into a freezer-safe container with a lid and fill it with water. Then put it in the freezer, wait until it’s frozen, wrap up the container and it’s ready to give. Check out these nifty handy hints for cheapskates.

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Snowman Poop

Our message reads, “Heard you’ve been naughty so here’s the scoop — all you get for Christmas is snowman poop.” Here are 20 great ideas for less than 20 bucks.

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Lottery Tickets

Make a run to the local gas station and buy a bunch of different lottery tickets. Simply wrap this gift up with a note that reads, “Thought you could use some luck to help you get through the holidays.” Hopefully the ticket winnings are lucky!

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Stress Relief

Shopping for the holidays is stressful, and this gift is anything but! Wrap up some bubble wrap to make a DIY stress relief white elephant gift. Include a note that reads, “Stress Relief: Simply pop capsules every 4-6 hours as needed as symptoms are alleviated.” Check out these DIY projects that will help you de-stress.

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Traveling Important Decision Kit

Forget carefully thought out gifts. Everyone has decisions to make, so for this white elephant gift put together a simple portable game of rock, paper, scissors. Start with an empty mint tin and fill it with a small note pad, a small pair of sewing scissors and a rock. To finish, add a label to explain how it’s used.

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DIY Coupon Book

A coupon book is one of the best DIY gifts you can give someone. It’s simple to make, the materials are cheap, and it’s a gift the receiver will love. Cut paper to equal sizes and write out your coupon ideas on each card. Some ideas include do their laundry, walk their dog, buy them a coffee, etc.

Plus, check out these 45 last-minute gift ideas that are perfect for DIYers.

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Pet Dust Bunny

Have you ever wanted a pet? This DIY white elephant gift allows you to give the gift of a pet bunny — only not in the way that you think.

Gather some dryer lint to make a couple of “pet” dust bunnies. Place your pet bunnies in a bag with a label that explains what they are. You also might want to include some dust bunny care instructions.

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