Gifts That Keep on Giggling: 20 White Elephant Books Everyone Will Love

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Ah, the White Elephant gift exchange – that delightful dance of surprise, amusement, and sometimes, sheer bewilderment. It’s the one time of the year when the quirkier the gift, the better. But what truly makes a great White Elephant gift? Is it the shock value, the chuckles it elicits, or perhaps the unexpected utility of something seemingly absurd?

A perfect White Elephant gift strikes a balance between humor and surprise. It’s that item which, upon unwrapping, causes a burst of laughter, a gasp, or a playful “I need that!” exclamation from across the room. While the origins of the White Elephant exchange revolve around gifting something burdensome or extravagant, modern iterations often focus on the fun, the funny, and the fantastically odd.

But there’s a subtle art to selecting that perfect gift. It shouldn’t just be a random item; it should evoke a reaction, whether that’s amusement, surprise, or even faux outrage. The best White Elephant gifts are memorable, sparking stories and jokes that last long after the party ends.

So, as you embark on your quest for the ultimate White Elephant gift, remember: it’s all in good fun. Seek out the unique, the hilarious, and the utterly unexpected, and you’ll be the talk of the party. Happy gifting!

Table of contents

“The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead” by Max Brooks

This book is a comprehensive guide to understanding and evading the undead. Written in a deadpan style, Brooks offers “practical” advice on everything from weaponry to safe zones. It’s a hilarious take on the zombie apocalypse trope, making it a perfect conversation starter and a memorable White Elephant gift.

Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat

For the cat lover (or the allergy sufferer) in your group, this quirky crafting book offers projects that use, you guessed it, cat hair. From finger puppets to fluffy badges, it’s a whimsically weird gift that’s sure to raise eyebrows and elicit chuckles.

Fart Dictionary

The Fart Dictionary is a cheeky illustrated collection featuring 100+ definitions of flatulence for every occasion. From the “boomerang fart” to the “Jedi fart,” this stinky little hardcover book spans a hilarious range of gaseous topics including pop culture, literature, politics and more. Pairing whimsical artwork with smart-alecky definitions, The Fart Dictionary offers a witty celebration of the everyday phenomena we all know (and smell) so well. Perfect as a gag gift or an educational tool for the intestinally challenged, this pun-filled compendium proves that a fart by any other name would smell as pungent. So go ahead, let one rip!

“How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You” by The Oatmeal

This humorous book, filled with comics and insights, delves into the “sinister” world of our feline friends. With witty observations and hilarious illustrations, it’s a delightful read for cat owners and those who’ve always suspected cats might be up to something.

“Dancing with Jesus: Featuring a Host of Miraculous Moves” by Sam Stall

This interactive board book showcases a series of “divine” dance moves inspired by Jesus. Complete with pull-out levers that make the Son of God groove, it’s a lighthearted and irreverent gift that’s bound to get a reaction.

The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm: A Lexicon for Those of Us Who Are Better and Smarter Than the Rest of You” by James Napoli

A hilarious and snarky guide to the world of sarcasm, this dictionary is a treasure trove of witty definitions and observations. It’s the perfect gift for that friend who always has a sarcastic retort at the ready.

“Toilet Paper Origami: Delight Your Guests with Fancy Folds & Simple Surface Embellishments” by Linda Wright

Elevate the bathroom experience with this unique guide to toilet paper origami. From flowers to fans, this book offers step-by-step instructions to transform the humble toilet roll into a work of art.

“Images You Should Not Masturbate To” by Graham Johnson and Rob Hibbert

This book is a collection of bizarre and decidedly unsexy images, presented as a humorous challenge to the reader. It’s a quirky, offbeat gift that’s sure to get laughs and raised eyebrows in equal measure.

“Awkward Family Photos” by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

A compilation of some of the most cringe-worthy family photos ever taken, this book is a celebration of life’s most uncomfortable moments. It’s a hilarious reminder that we all have that one family photo we’d rather forget.

“Unicorn Being a Jerk” by C.W. Moss

This illustrated book offers a humorous twist on the typically graceful and majestic unicorn. Depicting these mythical creatures in less-than-flattering scenarios, it’s a playful poke at pop culture’s current unicorn obsession.

“Why Is My Cat Doing That?” by Sarah Heath

Cats are mysterious creatures, and this book attempts to decipher their most baffling behaviors. From knocking over vases to sitting in boxes, it’s a humorous exploration of the quirks that make cats so endearing (and sometimes infuriating).

“The Book of Bunny Suicides” by Andy Riley

This darkly humorous illustrated book showcases various imaginative scenarios in which cute bunnies attempt to end their lives. It’s morbidly funny and is sure to be a conversation starter.

“How to Speak Wookiee: A Manual for Intergalactic Communication” by Wu Kee Smith

For the “Star Wars” fans (or those utterly confused by it), this book offers a hilarious guide to communicating with the galaxy’s hairiest co-pilot. Complete with sound bites, it’s both quirky and interactive.

“Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price” by Coolio

Yes, the rapper Coolio has a cookbook! Filled with his unique takes on classic dishes and peppered with his signature style, it’s a culinary journey that’s as entertaining as it is delicious.

“The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions” by Kenji Kawakami

This book showcases the world of Chindogu, or “unuseless” inventions. From umbrella-tie hybrids to noodle splash guards, it’s a hilarious look into the world of bizarre yet somewhat functional Japanese inventions.

“The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification” by Julian Montague

This book offers a pseudo-scientific guide to identifying and classifying abandoned shopping carts. It’s a quirky and humorous take on urban decay and consumer culture.

“The Museum of Bad Art: Art Too Bad to Be Ignored” by Tom Stankowicz

A celebration of the world’s least masterful artworks, this book showcases pieces that are so bad, they’re good. It’s a delightful exploration of artistic endeavors gone hilariously wrong.

“The Pop-Up Book of Phobias” by Gary Greenberg

This interactive book brings common phobias to life with pop-up illustrations. From fear of spiders to fear of dentists, it’s a humorous (and slightly terrifying) look at what scares us.

“How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack” by Andrew Shaffer

Inspired by the cult classic film “Sharknado,” this guide offers survival tips for a range of improbable disasters. It’s a hilarious take on the disaster-preparedness genre.

“The Manly Art of Knitting” by Dave Fougner

Originally published in the 1970s, this book offers a guide to knitting specifically for men. From knitting a hammock to a saddle blanket, it’s a quirky and retro take on the craft.

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