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Weekend Challenge: White Elephants

Happy Holidays, everyone!

With the third post, today - Spoiler alert: you'll get two more from me, tomorrow - I bring you the actual Weekend Challenge! (the weather is starting to turn, for the third or fourth time, today, so here's to me typing fast, before we lose power!)

I have a list of 50 questionable white elephant gifts. If you're not familiar with the term, a white elephant is an impractical, generally-inexpensive gift meant more for fun.

Hit me with any number(s) from 1-50 and I'll hook you up with a sketchy object that may or may not end up under your favorite character's tree.*


*obviously, you are not beholden to the holiday season in your writing/artwork. ♥


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Dec. 21st, 2018 07:28 pm (UTC)
5, please! :D
Dec. 21st, 2018 07:31 pm (UTC)
Your white elephant is: Mini Curbside Trash & Recycle Can Set

This desktop set of pencil holders resembles the trash can and recycle bin that you take out weekly. It makes for a very cute office decoration, and it’s really a gift that will get talked about when it is revealed. Someone will definitely want it, while others might not want it at all.

Happy Writing!

Edited at 2018-12-21 07:31 pm (UTC)
Dec. 21st, 2018 07:53 pm (UTC)
May I have 9, please?

And FYI: I LOVE THOSE TRASH CAN PENCIL HOLDERS. I'd totally put those on my desk here at the office.
Dec. 21st, 2018 08:00 pm (UTC)
IKR, totally same. Was actually thinking of getting these xD (I'm p sure I could convince my boss to get them...)
Dec. 21st, 2018 08:04 pm (UTC)
Mine, too. He'd get a laugh and then ask where he could find them. :D

Of course, since I work for a plumbing contractor, my boys would be randomly having demolition derbies with them when I wasn't looking. *sigh*
Dec. 21st, 2018 08:13 pm (UTC)
Your white elephant is: World’s Largest Word Search Puzzle Shower Curtain

This word search puzzle claims to be the world’s largest, and it’s so big they’ve made it into a shower curtain so it stretches about 6 feet long. This is a Hollywood addition, so the puzzle is all about movies and celebrities. They’ve also given it a provocative cover, so it’s sure to cause a reaction from the crowd.

Happy Writing!
Dec. 21st, 2018 09:55 pm (UTC)
Ha. These are good. :)

I'll take 23 and 42, please.
Dec. 22nd, 2018 12:38 am (UTC)
Your white elephant is: Rockin Wooden Spoons

These rockin’ wooden spoons will have you jamming in the kitchen, playing spoon guitar instead of air guitar. They’re shaped like an electric and acoustic guitar so depending on which song is playing, you can pick the right instrument to play along. Just be sure you stop rockin’ long enough to finish making the meal.

Your white elephant is: Beard Head Stubble Populous Beard Beanie

If you’ve ever wondered how beardless men survive the winter without stubble to keep them warm, here’s the answer: this Stubble Populous Beard Beanie. Made from soft yarn, the knitted hat with detachable Velcro beard makes a fun white elephant gift for fuzz-free friends or colleagues.

Happy Writing!
Dec. 22nd, 2018 01:45 am (UTC)
I'll take one...36 please. Not sure I'll get to it this week, but you never know!
Dec. 22nd, 2018 02:25 am (UTC)
Your white elephant is: Spiked Tea Narwhal Infuser and Mug Gift Set

Tea lovers won’t be able to get enough of this Two For Tea gift set from Fred & Friends. The set includes a Spiked Tea Narwhal infuser, along with a ceramic mug that reads “Get to the point”… which could also be aimed your colleagues.

Happy Writing!
Dec. 22nd, 2018 03:00 am (UTC)
My wip doesn't really include christmas...but throw me 10 and 15 and I'll see if I can make use of them...either in the book or in my rp writing.
I have a lot of words to catch up on, so need to get started (did 5k today, but still about 6k behind...roughly :/ )
Dec. 22nd, 2018 02:20 pm (UTC)
Your white elephant is: Cliff the Climber Tea Infuser

Here’s a tea infuser that looks like a metallic man repelling down a mountain. Only the mountain is your cup of hot water, and he’s filled with tea leaves. This is a great gift for anyone that loves tea, and a horrible gift for anyone that doesn’t, making it a great white elephant gift candidate

Your white elephant is: Red Cup Shots

These red shot cups resemble the red Solo cups common at keg parties and get togethers. They are made into miniature size so you can fill them with liquor instead of beer, and they’ll coordinate well with the full size 16 ounce red plastic cups. They can also be used for mini games of beer pong.

Happy Writing!
Dec. 22nd, 2018 04:49 pm (UTC)
Here's a section of my WIP/NaNo from this year, where I've managed to use the first item ;)
Hopefully will get the second one used somewhere.

Five more minutes. Ten. A second cup of tea while Zara’s first cup grew cold. Men and women moved in and out of the establishment, including a couple of laser-eyed bugorra wary about any congregated group of individuals in the aftermath of that small riot. The buggers looked about, but upon noticing a gaggle of tingers shuffling past, chose to return to their patrol, to break up the group and send them each their own way.
The tension, the possibility of another violent outbreak was too high.
The order had been given. Grainger was not taking any chances.
Disappointed groans at the bar announced Zara’s success as she closed the Echo’s lid; Neoma’s face was abruptly replaced by the more mundane fair of a repeated bowling broadcast from the day before.
“That ought to keep them out for now…” Zara said, setting aside the metal, man shaped infuser to casually drink her cold tea in the hopes of distracting anyone’s notice of her closing the Echo in tandem with the broadcasting change.
“Will they be able to…?”
“In time…maybe. They’re good…I’ll grant them that…but I’m better. Any attempts to get around my coding is going to set off an alert notice…I’ll cut them off when that happens.” How soon such an effort might come would depend on their determination. Perhaps that one repeated broadcast would be all there was.
It might have already done the job it was intended to do.”
Dec. 23rd, 2018 10:41 pm (UTC)
I did it! Little red cups for the win!
(John Constantine...and a little bit of language...of course)
He had tried the most rudimentary spells he knew, lotus root and moonwort and chicory, and still the door of the Mill House remained sealed. He knew another, an Egyptian spell via an old Greek text, but who the hell kept a baboon heart and a crocodile’s navel lying about? He’d tried the more questionable ‘abracadabra’ type spells that he had heard over the years, thinking one of them might work as well.

But nothing.

Thinking then that the binding was not in fact a lock but some other sort of magic, John had settled at his table with books spread out before him and a bottle of whiskey at his side, following every twist and turn his alcohol fueled imagination devised. Without knowing if something was trying to keep him in from the inside, or something outside did not want to release him, it was difficult to devise a course of course of action. Everything he tried, failed.

He found the old collection of keys Jasper had gathered, and that he had added to through the years, but none of them fit in any of the locks, and his house key, having unbolted the lock and deadbolt, did not allow the door to be opened either.

“Come on, old son,” he said to the air, to his reflection in the mirror that he hoped might reveal a snippet of history…Jaspar setting that lock, that unspecified trap that perhaps John had triggered…or someone else coming in and doing so. But there was no one, not even Gary Lester, to keep him company or provide a revelation. What he wouldn’t give for Zed or Chaz…hell, even for Anne Marie…to put in an appearance and give him some clue.

Sure, he could try to summon a demon to break through it for him…but he didn’t fancy the idea of being trapped inside the Mill House with something he might not be able adequately control. Best to keep the demons on the outside. Too much inside that he would rather keep out of their filthy, stinking hands.

Hours he spent. The bottle was empty now, an answer no clearer, and though he had forgotten to eat since those earlier eggs, it was not the first time that he’d enjoyed whiskey as a meal.

Not enjoyed, exactly. Drank out of habit.

Maybe it was habit he ought to consider giving up. That and the cigarettes he had lit to smoke and that had burned themselves out in trays all around the Mill House as he’s moved about testing one spell after another. Ash trays and little red cups, empty of the whiskey they’d contained, left a disjointed trail that no one in their right mind would be able to follow.


Nope, he wasn’t giving up shit.

If he was going to die and rot down here, he was going out in style.

Just as soon as he slept off the day and evening’s binge and found some bloody way out of here.
Dec. 22nd, 2018 06:33 am (UTC)
I'd like to check out 26 & 38. Thank you.
Dec. 22nd, 2018 02:22 pm (UTC)
Your white elephant is: Outdoor Inflatable Lounger Couch

Give a couch potato some fresh air with this inflatable lounger couch, made for the great outdoors. The double layer fabric and two-port design make this super comfy lounger virtually leak-proof, meaning hours of relaxation in the sun, on dry land or water. No pump required, just a few swishes through the air.

Your white elephant is: Lobster Claw Oven Mitt

This lobster claw oven mitt is sure to brighten up dinner time. Printed on both sides, the quilted cotton mitt will protect hands from hot pots and pans in the kitchen, making it a practical as well as fun gift for a white elephant exchange.

Happy Writing!
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