So I think White Elephants are hilarious. I normally put little or no money into them so I don't feel bad throwing away what I get out of the exchange. I just find the game of opening, stealing, swapping, and laughing to be... well, awesome. My MOPS group has done ornament exchanges White-Elephant style. But... what if we wanted it to be useful, funny, AND cheap?
So here's my idea: Eating White Elephant. How about each person brings a recipe and a non-perishable item that goes into that recipe (no more than $5)? Bring a dessert recipe and a bag of chocolate chips, bring a soup recipe and a can of tomatoes, bring a main dish recipe and a jar of seasoning.... whatever is in your cupboard that is non-perishable and goes into that recipe! Let the recipe exchanging/stealing/laughing begin!
I'm feeling pretty original with this idea. Maybe someone else has done it, but I've never heard of it. I'll let you know how it turns out though cause I talked the MOPS leaders into this for our Christmas party. So excited to see what I end up with! :-)