Upcycle Unwanted Gifts with a White Elephant Party

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Now that the holidays are over and we are well into January, you might find yourself with a few gifts you probably don’t need. What to do? You can always haul them to Goodwill, but a more adventurous idea might be to throw a white elephant party. The Daily Meal has a good guide to hosting a successful one.

Typically, a white elephant party requires that everyone bring a gag gift that costs less than the set amount. But The Daily Meal puts a twist on the old tradition, asking that everyone bring a gift they received for the holidays but that they don’t want or need. This kind of gift exchange becomes entertaining and useful; after all, you might not need a third salad spinner, but someone at the party might be aching for one.

Check out all of The Daily Meal’s guidelines for the party here.

Have you ever hosted a white elephant party? What do you do with unwanted gifts?

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