19 clever white elephant gifts worth a laugh and a steal

If you’ve never joined in a white elephant gift exchange, you’ve never lived. Or at least, you’ve never lived with the particular brand of merriment, greed, envy, snark and revenge that one of these exchanges can inspire.Here are some gifts that might work for your next white elephant exchange, either because you’ll love them or you’ll love handing them to somebody else. If you make a purchase using some of our links, the L.A. Times may be compensated.

99 per 12-ounce bottle from Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. You’ll need to order in multiples of eight sodas if you order online from Galco’s. $3.25 per bottle (online) at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop What’s the perfect gift for someone who already loves typewriters, vinyl and film cameras? Maps on paper. (Bound to be the next big thing, right?) This spiral-bound compendium, once an Angeleno necessity, includes 504 pages of street maps in great gridded detail.

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