White Elephant Party Ideas

Invite your friends to something different this holiday season

This year, offer a change of pace from the typical holiday parties with giftsgiving, a get-together that doesn't involve seasonal sweaters. You can think of it as an elevated take on a white elephant party—only instead of ending up with a gag gift, you're exchanging things you'd actually love to get. The key is to keep your guest list light, limiting it only to your inner circle, and to keep the champagne flowing.

As for gifts, an exceptional way to experience the finest champagnes, wines and spirits can be found in Clos19. From drink experiences to exquisite cocktail accessories, these are the presents they'll never forget.

Gift a Night to Remember

Give the eternal host the night off with this experience, where Clos19 experts come over to teach guests the art of cocktail crafting—and a new game to add to their entertaining repertoire.

Get Lit

The key to giving a candle that doesn't disappoint lies in choosing one with a unique scent. The soy wax candles from Hawkings New York feature unexpected fragrances inspired by interesting places—like Marfa, Texas, which has a woodsy scent that evokes a desert campfire.

Plan a Scottish Escape

Retreat to the Gleneagles estate for a weekend of Scottish pursuits, fine dining, Scotch (of course) and champagne tastings.

Plan on It

Planners are having a moment right now, but we've always felt that it's best to keep things simple. This classic Smythson is small and sleek, yet has just enough space for keeping track of even the busiest social calendar.

Scotch & Sniff

Glenmorangie 18 Years Old isn't just an exceptional whisky. It's also an exceptionally complex single malt.

Tote the Line

A high-quality leather bag can be hard to find, making this a gift that's sure to be much appreciated. Portland Leather Goods crafts their totes from English Bridle Leather, a material that develops a beautiful finish over time. Each is completely handmade, which means you can also customize a tote for your recipient.

Discover French Provenance

With stays in five-star châteaux in Cognac and Bordeaux, this experience will immerse you in French culture, cuisine and luxury.