Need a White Elephant Gift? Here Are 5 Affordable Options

Does anyone else feel like Christmas just comes sooner and sooner every year? The past two years, my friend group has participated in a white elephant gift exchange and it can be quite challenging to find a gift that everyone will be happy with under a $25 budget constraint. However, after some research I found some pretty good options for white elephant gifts that I wanted to share.

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So if you are in need of a white elephant gift, I got you covered. Here are five white elephant gifts under $25:

1. Tortilla Throw Blanket ($24.29)

I understand this looks a little weird; however, I bought one of these for a white elephant at work and it was the first item to go. With this tortilla blanket you can get cozy and look like a burrito at the same time. All white elephant parties are different, but if you know that your friends and family appreciate a good gag gift, the tortilla blanket is a solid choice.

2. Trunk of Drunk – 8 Greatest Drinking Games ($19.99)

Trunk of Drunk combines eight popular drinking games in one box including: King’s Cup, Never Have I Ever, Ring of Fire, and more. The box contains all the supplies you need, minus the booze, to have a fun night with your best friends. The board game enthusiasts in your group will definitely enjoy this gift.

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3. Essential Oil Diffuser ($16.99)

Not all white elephant gifts are created equal and sometimes I would rather buy a gift my friends will actually use rather than buying a gag gift to get a quick laugh. I actually have a diffuser and love it because you can customize the essential oils and use it for some mood lighting. Find some essential oils to pair with this diffuser and call it a day.

4. Cinema Light Box with Letters ($24.99)

Every basic girl may have one of these already, but if not a light box could be a good option for white elephant. I like this one in particular because it includes letters, symbols, and even emojis to make fun messages. A light box is extremely customizable and anyone can use it. You can even leave a fun message for your friend who ends up with the gift.

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5. Tasty Ultimate Cookbook ($16.23)

I may be the only one that loves a good cookbook, but Tasty has some really awesome recipes. My friend group gets together once a week if we have the time which means we are always cooking food for a crowd. Whether you are cooking for yourself or a crowd, a cookbook provides a lot of opportunities to try new dishes. The Tasty Ultimate cookbook along with some utensils will be the perfect gift for the cook in your group.

Do you have any other ideas for white elephant gifts that turned out to be real crowd pleasers? Share your gift ideas in the comments section!

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5 Gifts Under $20 for the Beauty Buff in Your Life

Christmas is officially two weeks away and it’s time to start finalizing the gifts for all the loved ones in your life. I spend plenty of time each year preparing a list of potential gifts for my friends and family. Recently, I was searching for a beauty set that I could give as a gift and found a ton of options. Check out these five gifts under $20 perfect for any beauty buff in your life.

1. Freeman Peace, Love, Glow 10 Piece Kit ($13.99)

This set includes three of the best selling masks Freeman has to offer: Clearing Sweet Tea + Lemon Peel-Off Clay Mask, Hydrating Glacier Water + Pink Peony Gel Cream Mask, and the Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar Mud Mask. In addition, you will receive six other single use masks ranging from the Anti-Stress Dead Sea Mineral Clay Mask to the Soothing Watermelon + Aloe Cooling Gel Mask. Give your loved ones a spa day in a box with this amazing Freeman 10 piece set.

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2. The Body Shop Vanilla Marshmallow Delights Gift Set ($17.63)

Body Shop has a ton of festive gift sets to choose from. The Vanilla Marshmallow Delights Gift Set consists of four sweet surprises: Shower gel, body scrub, body butter, and hand cream. Each item features a mix of vanilla from Madagascar and toasted marshmallows perfect for the holiday season. To top it all off, these products come in a cute, reusable sack that will fit right under the tree!

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Winter Gift Set ($19.99)

Harsh winters can lead to dry skin. Give the gift of hydration this winter with the help of Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Winter Gift Set. Featuring the Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer, Hydrogel Face Mask, Overnight Gel Mask, and Lip Treatment; this set will leave skin looking smooth and moist.

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4. NIVEA Pamper Time Gift Set ($12.50)

Nivea has put together the ideal set for any woman in your life. Don’t worry, there’s a kit for men too! The Nivea Pamper Time Gift Set includes five luxury products: The original NIVEA Creme, body lotion, Foaming Silk Mousse Creme Moisture Body Wash, In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion, and lip balm. All these products are packed in a beautiful travel bag perfect for a romantic getaway.

5. Body & Earth Rose Spa Gift Set ($15.99)

Body & Earth has prepared a beautiful spa gift set with all the products necessary for a luxurious bath experience. This set includes soap, body butter, body lotion, hand lotion, and shower gel infused with the scent of rose. The rose soap petals are my favorite part of this box. This set will leave your loved one feeling relaxed and pampered.

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My First Thoughts on Starbucks’ Irish Cream Cold Brew

After the wild success of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Starbucks has added the Irish Cream Cold Brew to the lineup of holiday beverages. Now, I loved the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew because it was such a great alternative to the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte. Most of the holiday drinks at Starbucks will cost you over 400 calories for a grande so I definitely appreciate that Starbucks offers other lower calorie options that I can choose instead.

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According to Starbucks, this drink features, “Irish cream syrup, topped with vanilla sweet cream cold foam and a strike of cocoa powder.” A grande Irish Cream Cold Brew will cost you 200 calories, which amounts to about half the calories of any other holiday drink on the menu. If you need a jolt of caffeine, one grande Irish Cream Cold Brew will provide more bang for your buck. Compared to a grande Caffe Latte which contains 150 milligrams of caffeine, the Irish Cream Cold Brew contains 185 milligrams.

I never tried the original Cloud Foam Cold Brew when it debuted because I thought that the cold foam took up significant real estate in the cup, meaning you received less coffee at the end of the day. Boy, was I wrong. Since there is more caffeine in the cold brew than a regular latte, this drink makes me extra jittery. The Irish cream syrup adds rich, almost chocolaty notes of flavor to the cold brew and the vanilla cream cold foam tops it all off.

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Honestly, I could sit and eat a cup of the cream itself. The vanilla sweet cream cold foam is light, fluffy, and delicious. It compares to fresh whipped cream in my opinion, adding and extra bit of sweetness to the beverage. The sprinkle of cocoa powder on top adds a nice touch to the overall beverage and compliments the rich taste of the Irish cream syrup. Not to mention, the cream mixing with the cold brew is very aesthetically pleasing.

This marks yet another win for Starbucks in my book. The collection of cold foam cold brews are my favorite new menu items by far. I am curious to see how Starbucks will continue to innovate with this concept of cold foam. Possibly a Gingerbread Cream Cold Brew in the future? I don’t know maybe I am just missing the gingerbread latte, but I do see so many opportunities for this amazing drink. Head to your local Starbucks to try the Irish Cream Cold Brew for yourself!

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