Yesterday was Wpromote’s in-office party and white elephant gift exchange to celebrate the holidays. I ended up with a pretty spiffy DVD set of part 2 of season 1 of the original GI Joe animated series. I know what you’re thinking, “What about part 1, Mike? Won’t you be lost?” The answer, of course, is that it absolutely doesn’t matter because I will be re-gifting this for some other unlucky schmuck at a future white elephant party. I don’t even own a working DVD player!

The gifts weren’t all bad, though. Our own Ryan Farrell came up with a pretty ingenious idea for a white elephant gift. He hollowed out a loaf of bread (see below) and shoved a bottle of vodka inside. At first glance, this may not sound like a very big deal, however, if you’ve ever been to a white elephant party, you’ll realize that a savvy white elephant player would know that he is the only person aware of the unexpected weight of the loaf of bread and would quickly come to the conclusion that something special and bread-shaped is being kept inside. If the player realizes this before saying anything, he would do well to feign disappointment over having received a seemingly normal loaf of bread; after all, nobody would steal a loaf of bread, right? Once all of the thievery is done and gifts are selected, it would then be time to reveal the glorious booze inside!

The truly brilliant aspect of this maneuver is that it’s a completely altruistic endeavor. The giver of the hidden booze is doing something awesome not for himself but for the opener of his gift. And isn’t that what the holidays are really all about? Of course, he could always steal his own gift back when his turn arises but, as anyone who has participated in a white elephant party knows, that is the ultimate jerk move and he would summarily lose the respect of his peers that he just ruined a perfectly good loaf of bread to gain. It’s a beautiful and self-correcting system.

For those interested in trying their hand at this, check out Ryan’s instructographic below: