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I’m Having an Online White Elephant Gift Exchange Party

If you plan to get something crappy for Christmas, this is the place to be.

We here at Nanny Goats in Panties are hosting an Online White Elephant Gift Exchange Party and YOU are invited.

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What is a White Elephant Gift?

This is usually something you have in the back of your closet because you never use it or you don’t like it. Or a Christmas gift you got that you would love to re-gift. It is usually something inexpensive and hopefully hideous. At least to you. The crazier the item the better, but non-crazy is welcome too.

I don’t live in the U.S. Can I still participate?

Yes! As long as there are enough people who can ship to your country, you will be able to participate. I will try to match people up within their country, but if you’re willing to ship internationally, please indicate that on the RSVP Party Form.

NOTE: In addition to Americans, we currently we have Canadians, Brits, and Australians on the RSVP list, so if you’re from any of those places, we can keep it within the country for you!

How do I participate?

Fill out the RSVP Party Form at the bottom of this post. A week after Christmas, I will match people up and privately send you the mailing address of a fellow blogger/participant. Then you mail off your gift!

Can I blog about the White Elephant Gift I receive?

Absolutely. In fact, this is encouraged. Take a picture and show everybody how funny or ugly or awesome your gift is. Link back to the sender as a Thank You card. I will host a Mr. Linky blog post around gift arrival time showing off my White Elephant Gift and inviting everyone else to link up to their own posts showing off their gift.

What else?

Feel free to help promote this gift exchange by tweeting, blogging, emailing, Facebooking, etc.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below, or send me an email.

Please RSVP by Friday December 31, 2010.

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  2. […] mail a few days ago — the white elephant gift from Boom Boom Larew. It is part of the White Elephant Gift Party that is being held by Margaret from the Nanny Goats in Panties […]

  3. Ausetkmt says:

    Hey Margaret – I didn’t get a name and I don’t know what to do now ?
    can you re-pair me and let me get this elephant on it’s way.

    Happy 2011

  4. Teri C says:

    bwahahahahahahhahhahaha I cannot wait!

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  7. OK, I’m willing to join in the fun. I’m sure I’ll have something appropriately naff!

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  9. Sparkle says:

    My human and I will try to pick a really fine piece o’crap to our partner!

    P.S. It will probably also be a jillion years old.

  10. Sparkle says:

    My human and I will try to pick a really fine piece o’crap to our partner!

    P.S. It will probably also be a jillion years old.

  11. OMG. How cool is this!? So cool!

    1. I hope you can make it, Meleah! It’ll be a real scene, man.

      1. Im seriously considering it!!

  12. Thomas C. says:

    I’m in! Is this a contest? I think this should be a contest. I’m very competitive, especially when it comes to blog contests. Last year, I won dinner for all of my friends by embarrassing my elderly Aunt on a food blog. To wit,

    1. First of all, for YOU, yes, this is a contest. Good Luck and may the best blogger win. Um…oh yeah,…and you have to pick a number between 1 and 100.

      Also, embarrassing the crap out of your elderly Aunt is something to brag about and I wish I’d thought of it first, you clever devil. Hey wait, I guess that means I’m competitive, too. 😀

    2. OMG! You’re Christmas dinner story? Horrifying!

  13. Fear the horror of my thrift/costco shopping family. Who wants a 5000 pack of wooden pencils? How about the stupidest cookbook on the planet? Ugly ugly accessories and outerwear? I will find something amidst the horrors for you that you will WISH you could forget. Oh yes.

    1. Yes! Oh, whoever gets you is SOOO lucky, I’m jealous already!

      1. cardiogirl says:

        NannyG can I get Karen’s gift? Please? Pretty please?

  14. This is going to be awesome! I’m so in.

    1. Can’t wait to see you there! Bring wine!

  15. Rachele says:

    Can’t wait. Going to find some hidden treasure now.

    1. Yay! I look forward to seeing you at the party!

  16. Ginger says:

    Is this a local tradition? My class did this recently. And it was suggested by my American classmate. The most ‘blargh’ gift was a box of condoms from different parts of the world. The fun part was that..It was wrapped so awesomely that everyone was angling to pick it. Guess that’s what makes it qualify as a White Elephant!!

    1. I hadn’t thought about it, but maybe it is one of those silly American things. Like Tuna Noodle Casserole with crunched up potato chips on top. 🙂

  17. cardiogirl says:

    I’m searching for my tiny thimble but I might have to go to the Salvation Army if I can’t find it or something else hiding in my basement.

    1. I was going to suggest some ugly shoes, but I’m supposing for you there’s no such thing as ugly Converse footwear in the back of your closet?

      1. cardiogirl says:

        You are correct, young lady. There is no such thing as an ugly Converse. Hang on. There is *one* animal that’s associated with Converse that makes me cringe.

        There’s actually a high heel Converse. Yeah, it’s got a somewhat stiletto heel and a pointy toe and it’s a high top. It’s hideous. I might have to go to the Salvation Army and buy the pair I saw the other day.

        They’re criminal, really.

        Here’s a photo:

        1. But are they comfortable? I can see them being appropriate on the right day. In the right dystopian stripper bar.

          1. cardiogirl says:

            p.s. You know how jacked I am for this gift exchange to happen? I started to look for the email you sent me to find out who my person is. And then I realized that was a DREAM that I had last night.

            This is going to be fun.

            And to answer your question: No, I do not have any flesh and blood friends who I associate with on a regular basis.

            1. Ha haaaa! You’re killing me, woman!

    2. Oh the tiny thimble! Love it.

      1. cardiogirl says:

        I am now going to rip my house apart to find that thimble. I know it’s in here somewhere and when I find it I am going to photograph it next to a kernel of corn, a pencil eraser, a Hershey Kiss, a dime, etc. so you can see its relative size.

        1. I can’t wait to see Thumbelina’s thimble!

          1. I know, Babs!
            Cardiogirl, how the heck do you have a Thumbelina thimble? Did it come with your Barbie Sewing Quilting Circle Dreamhouse?

            1. I know, I know! Her sister gave it to her for a Christmas present, having acquired it from an elderly relative (aunt?) that had passed away!

              You see, I am in the ‘know’

              1. cardiogirl says:

                Indeed, you are Babs.

                She’s absolutely right, Nanny. It did come from a great aunt who died before I was born. My sister snatched it when she was picking all the good furniture after my uncle died and decided I should have that thimble — just that thimble and nothing else — as a gift.

                It was awesomely craptastic, to quote Kathy.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I did this years ago with a group of SAHMs on a message board! We scheduled a live chat and opened the gifts one by one. What great fun we had!

    1. A live chat, wow! I don’t think I could pull that off. Unless we get the Brits to agree to a 4am party – ha!

  19. What happened to my comment?!?!
    I am totally “in”. I’ll email you my address.
    Thanks! jj

    1. Disqus ate it. Thanks for trying again and I look forward to seeing you at the party!

  20. Kate says:

    I am so in. Giving hideous gifts…sounds right up my alley.

    1. sweet! glad you can make it!

  21. Oh, yeah! Now we’re talkin’! But seriously, are we limited to sending one item? I have all sorts of crap in my house that I need to get rid of! Of course, I’ll need a semi to deliver it all, but that could be arranged.

    1. I don’t think you’re limited to one item. Just call it a “care package”. 🙂

  22. Heather says:

    Yay! I am so in! Can’t wait! We are doing a WE with my extended family for the first time ever this year. The presents should be……………. interesting. MWAH HA HA HA HA!

    Thanks for organizing this!

    1. So glad you’re playing, Heather!

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  24. Nicky says:

    What a great idea! Consider this post “liked”.

    1. Thanks Nicky! This should be fun. I hope I don’t F&CK it up.

  25. Michelle DuQuesnay says:

    we’re doing white elephant at my house this Christmas. I’m sure to get some crap.

    1. Ha! Awesome! Thanks for playing!

  26. Pricilla says:

    Can I send Abby?

    1. Of course you can send Abby, but be prepared to possibly receive an interrupting cow in return.

  27. Nezzy says:

    Ya’ll are gonna have a blast and a half. One of the best was the preacher who got a pair of hubby’s old holy long johns. I think his wife got the old potty chair that year.

    God bless and have a fantastic time!

  28. Kat says:

    Please tell me you have seen the spitng goat video on youtube. I just posted it on my blog today and thought of you.

    1. Yes, I HAVE seen that spitting goat and he’s even been featured for the Goat Thing of the Day. That goat is now famous and is probably just resting on his laurels of fame. 🙂