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Here are 10 goofy, great white elephant gifts for your friends and family
If you cant think of a good gift for an upcoming company or family gift exchange, here are some products ideal for getting a good laugh out of your friends. - photo by Sam Bigelow
As the holiday season approaches, dont be surprised to find yourself involved in a white elephant gift exchange.

The popular gift-giving activity revolves around trading joke and novelty items with friends and family, and often results in laughs, devious trading tactics and the occasional hurt feelings. The phrase white elephant is taken from Southeast Asian culture. explains how in Buddhist mythology, Buddha's mother received a lotus flower from a white elephant the night she gave birth. Since the lotus flower is a symbol of purity and knowledge, the white elephant became a symbol of holiness, and of Buddha himself.

According to The Phrase Finder, white elephant refers to a legend involving a monarch who kept a menagerie of albino elephants, which were considered holy. The monarchs subjects revered the elephants and worshipped them.

When a subordinate offended the monarch, they would have a white elephant bestowed upon them. While this gift would initially seem like a great honor, it quickly became a burden due to the sheer number of hoops the elephants owner would be forced to jump through.

According to Bustle, the monarch would require white elephant owners to feed their elephant immense quantities of special foods, and their owners often found their private lives interrupted by those looking to pray to their god through the elephant.

Fortunately, todays white elephant exchanges are considerably less daunting. The practice involves purchasing inexpensive, humorous gifts, which are then exchanged within a group. Some versions of the game allow for opened gifts to be swapped or stolen, introducing an element of strategy to the game.

If you cant think of a good gift for an upcoming company or family gift exchange, here are some products ideal for getting a good laugh out of your friends.

A jumbo Toblerone

This giant sweet, crispy chocolate weighs almost 10 pounds, and is sure to put any chocolate lover into a sugar coma. Recently, its become the subject of several internet memes. See it on Amazon.

A Mullet on the Go headband

This headband provides an instant influx of business in the front, party in the back. Spice up any gathering with this instant do. See it here.

Emergency Horse sound speakers

If your horse is out to pasture and you dont have any coconuts nearby, this speaker will provide a snort, whinny, gallop and the ever-popular neigh at the press of a button. See it here.

A Nicholas Cage cardboard cutout mask

Whether you love the always-zany character actor or are just looking to terrify a friend, a Nicholas Cage mask would make for a great surprise. For double the fun, consider throwing a John Travolta mask into the mix to re-create what AV Club calls the ultimate John Woo experience. See it here.

A 3-gallon tub of Dippin Dots

Dippin Dots were invented by Curt Jones in 1988, and are created by flash-freezing drops of ice cream mix in liquid nitrogen. Chances are one of your co-workers will be pleasantly surprised by this sweet treat, unless their name is Sean Spicer. See it here.

Live miniature Madagascar hissing cockroaches

In case you dont have any friends to share your Dippin Dots with, these little guys will do in a pinch. The cockroaches will grow up to 1.5 inches in length, and can live up to four years. Unfortunately, they cannot be shipped to Tennessee or Florida, according to the store description. See them here.

Glow in the dark toilet paper

Glow in the dark toilet paper is perfect for anyone who needs to use the restroom late at night, or cant find extra toilet paper in a dark storage room. See it here.

Hand finger puppets

Recreate a genuinely frightening scene from Marvels Doctor Strange and boggle the minds of others with these hand finger puppets. Unfortunately, there doesnt seem to be any hand finger puppets for your finger puppets, so one set will have to do. See them here.

A plush white elephant

Give a meta gift in the form of a cuddly 10-inch plush elephant from TOLLION. Thankfully, the recipient wont be ruined by this little guy. See it here.