Anyone know exactly where the term ‘white elephant” came from to describe today’s office gift exchange party? Today’s your lucky day. The backstory, according to Wikipedia, is that the term “white elephant” refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift which cannot be easily disposed of. Story has it that the King of Siam gifted rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him so that they might be financially ruined by the animal’s upkeep costs.
Fortunately, no one was as mean-spirited at our own white elephant party. (Besides, we’re pretty sure a rare albino elephant would have blown out the maximum $15 gift budget.)
Instead, this is what our lively, no-animals-were-hurt-in-the-making-of-this-party looked like:
And from all of us here at Spendgo, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season. Up and up in 2015!