Homemade Gag Gifts for Dirty Santa

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Having a dirty Santa gift exchange has become a holiday tradition for many families and groups of friends. It gives the opportunity to exchange gifts and laugh, but does not require that anyone spend a lot of money during the holiday season or when going to a Christmas party.

To spend the least amount of money possible, you can easily come up with your own Dirty Santa gift ideas that will get just as many laughs, if not more, than if you buy one.


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Gag gift ideas can be just about anything that's simple and silly for this white elephant gift exchange.

Dirty dustpan cookies

For this dirty Santa gag gift, go to Wal-Mart or another discount store, and buy a plastic dustpan (you can also find these online of course, at Amazon or another retailer). Bake or buy a batch of colorful sugar cookies, or any similar type of cookies. Place the cookies in the new, clean dustpan, and wrap it with cellophane of any color, as long as you can see the cookies inside.


Attach a tag that says something like, "I'm sorry I was in a rush to get out the door and I dropped your cookies. They should still be good, though. My floor is pretty clean." Attempt to wrap this unique gift so that the recipient can't figure it out right away, but will be guessing at its odd shape.


Batteries as a gag gift

You've probably seen the phrase "Batteries not included" on toy boxes and electronic gadgets, especially around the holiday season. This homemade dirty Santa gag gift plays on that idea; plus it is simple and only costs a few dollars. Simply buy a small package of AA or AAA batteries and attach a note that says, "Toy not included." Wrap the holiday gift with the note inside. You're sure to get many laughs.



The nice thing about giving batteries as a gag gift is that the batteries have some useful purpose later on. This makes them a great gift.

DIY Dirty Santa pills

A common but always funny dirty Santa popular gift is to give a bottle of "fake" pills. You can use any round candy, but jelly beans, M&M's, Skittles or another small, round, colorful candy work best and are the perfect gift option. Remove the label from a pill bottle and wash and dry the bottle thoroughly, then pour the candy inside.


Make a new label for the outside of the bottle, mimicking the pattern of a prescription or over-the-counter pill bottle. Write something funny on the label geared toward the recipient, such as "Grumpy Pills," "Chill Pills" or "Grinch Pills." This makes a hilarious gag gift that guarantees a good laugh during the Yankee swap, so long as the recipient has a good sense of humor.



Melt a snowman

Another simple prank gift swap idea is to give someone a "snowman" as a present. Simply use a plastic or glass baby food jar, jelly jar or mason jar, and put a little water in the bottom. Add two small lumps of coal, which can be found at most stores around the holidays. Also put in a small button and a baby carrot.


Attach a tag that says "Melted Snowman." This is a simple, low-cost idea that can be created in minutes, and the other guests at the dirty Santa party are sure to love it. Be sure to present it as a wrapped gift so no one can guess the contents ahead of time.

The snowman who couldn't wait

A really funny gag gift for a white elephant party is snowman poop. Place a handful of marshmallows into any small glass jar with a lid. Write "Snowman Poop" on the lid with a marker. Add a handwritten tag if you wish: "You've been naughty, so here's the scoop—your Xmas present is snowman poop." Try this quirky, fun gift for a dirty Santa game during the office Christmas gift exchange.


No matter what gift ideas you come up with for this holiday party game, funny Christmas gifts bring a light-hearted spirit. The best dirty Santa gifts are hilarious, quirky, and funny. Merry Christmas!



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