Think of all the times you’ve racked your brain trying to think of the perfect gift idea for a Christmas gift, or even a great gift for a co-worker. Or, perhaps you’ve perused Amazon for decent stocking stuffers until you were cross-eyed. Unfortunately, sometimes we give those gifts only to watch helplessly as a shadow of vague disappointment crosses your recipient’s face when they open it.
Enter the fun gag gift. Or prank gift. Call it what you like, as long as you can call it hilarious!
We have a list of funny gag gift ideas that’ll impress your friends, influence important people, and put you on a pedestal amongst the rock stars of gift-giving. Never again will you wear the shame of a sub-par gift giver — sorry, no whoopee cushion on this list!
But first, maybe we should delve a bit deeper into gag gift etiquette.
The Scoop on Gag Gifts
What is a gag gift? Or a white elephant gift, for that matter?
Thefreedictionary.com defines a gag gift as “A small gift that is meant to be humorous.”
A white elephant gift is a funny gag gift given at a party of the same name (also sometimes called a “dirty Santa” or “Yankee swap” party). There are plenty of ways to play, but all are super fun! Gather your friends, buy some tacky gifts, and draw numbers to see who gets to go home with the worst.
When is it appropriate to give a gag gift?
There are so many occasions besides elephant gift exchanges and dirty Santa Christmas parties when giving a gag gift is not only appropriate but absolutely preferred. Bachelor or bachelorette parties aren’t complete without them, kids (and grownups who like to laugh) love them as stocking stuffers, and retirement celebrations are often rife with hilarious gifts for the new retiree, to name a few.
Know your recipient!
Everyone loves a great gag gift or practical joke, right? In an ideal world, yes.
But alas, some people don’t love ’em. Why? who knows.
Sometimes a gag gift may not be 100% appropriate nor garner the endless laughs you expected. Make sure you know your recipient before you decide to gift those silly socks or emergency underpants.
Where can you find the perfect gag gift?
Well, we don’t know about perfect, but if you’re shopping online, there are plenty of places to find hilarious gifts and gift ideas!
Of course, Amazon has plenty of options, and there are entire Amazon shops dedicated to funny gifts, but it isn’t the only place to go. We found some great swag in quite a few Etsy shops and some neat stuff in Uncommon Goods to name just a couple of online spots.
Keep on reading. You’ll see what we mean.
Gag Gifts For Men (more or less)
1. Belly Waist Pack
This belly pack will get plenty of double-takes when he wears it to the next music festival, state fair, or anywhere else like-minded crazy people like to congregate outdoors.
2. Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster
If your dude isn’t a wildly successful fisherman but has an awesome sense of humor, he’ll want to break out this campfire roaster fishing pole on your next outdoor expedition. Why spend all day in a boat catching and cleaning smelly fish for dinner when you can just hang out with weenies and marshmallows over the fire with your fishing pole?
3. Chicken Wing Soaps
Like pretty much everything on this list, chicken wing soap doesn’t have to be for dudes only. We reckon there are plenty of ladies who like their chicken just as much as your next guy. They may not necessarily want to shower with it, but it’s still really funny.
4. Slang Flashcards For The Hopeless
by Knock Knock
Again, these could go anywhere on this list, but let’s face it, it’s frequently the case that dads need a lot more help in the hipster department than anyone else. (Sorry dad, love ya.)
So if your dad is like a lot of others and manages to make your hair cringe every time he tries to speak to your friends like he just wants to “chill”, maybe it’s time for these slang flashcards.
5. SPAM Candle
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on who you ask), this awesome candle doesn’t actually smell like SPAM. It does look pretty cool though! Give it to your favorite bachelor to display proudly in his kitchen to let everyone know he ain’t too proud to eat canned meat. Besides, it’s delightful when you fry it up with eggs. Just sayin’.
Gag Gifts For Women (We Think?)
6. Chill Pill Earrings
For the doctor or nurse in your life, these chill pill earrings will remind her that whenever life throws you crazy, take a chill pill and soldier on. They’d be especially great for a nursing school graduation gift!
7. Tortilla Blanket
Sometimes our day’s been so yucky, we just want to be wrapped up like a burrito. No? Just us? Well, even if you’ve never felt that way, give it a shot. Guarantee once your giftee rolls up and plops down on the couch in this cozy tortilla blanket, everything’s gonna be ok.
8. Dark Side Socks
by Blue Q
For the lady who’s… complicated. We all have a dark side (well most of us, anyway), so why not flaunt it to the world? If not flaunting, consider it a warning.
9. Not Your Ordinary Strawberry Lip Balms
Bacon? Pizza? Pickles? Do you want to put those on your lips and walk around all day? Probably not. That’s exactly why you should give them to someone you love! Plus, you never know, they may end up tasting amazing and you’ll be jealous as heck. If you’re a good girl, maybe you’ll get some in your stocking next year.
10. Snarky Coasters for Sarcastic Ladies
IMHO, probably the best thing on this list. HILARIOUS. Remind her of how fabulous she really is by giving her these retro coasters featuring truly fabulous ladies who give zero, um, cares. We’re trying our best to keep it PG-13 in this article. It’s been really hard.
11. Tinkle Belle
by Tinkle Belle
Listen, ladies how many times have you been somewhere and WISHED you could pee while standing up. If you’re a dude, try your best to put yourself in her hiking boots. Can you picture it? See?
That’s why this is a gag gift with a very useful purpose. She can take it camping, hiking, or anywhere her only other option would be a portapotty full of toxic waste (usually, let’s be honest, depostied by a bunch of dudes.) Sorry. Not sorry.
Gag Gifts For So-Called Adults
12. Toilet Paper For Thought
For the dentist/dental hygenist in your life, or just someone who enjoys a little potty humor, this embroidered TP will have them cracking up!
13. Dammit Dolls
by Dammit Doll
At some point in our lives, we’ve all wanted to beat the crap out of something because we’ve just had enough. Can’t take it anymore. We need to freak the freak out. That’s what Dammit dolls are for! They come in all kinds of themes to accommodate all kinds of foul moods. Give one to someone you love, they’ll thank you for it! Plus they’re pretty freakin’ funny.
14. Drawing Without Dignity Game
Give this game to your bestie with the dirtiest mind and the best artistic eye, and let the hilarity ensue! Definitely NOT for the whole family and NSFW, so avoid co-workers and limit gifting to friends who think a little depravity is a fabulous way to spend a Friday evening in.
15. Analog Memory Backup Notebook
Elevate an average journal to something much more official with the analog memory backup notebook! Do we sound like a commercial? We certainly hope so! Really clever though, no? Also, everyone needs a journal, period.
16. Highly Offensive Crayons
Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh. These are AWESOME!!! These are HORRIBLE! These are BOTH. It doesn’t matter, get them now for the person in your life who has a dark sense of humor and can take a seriously offensive joke like a champ. (Hint: Any of us who works here at L&L.)
17. Anthropomorphic Mini Vacuum
Cute cute cute! If you’ve got a college grad moving into their first place (or anyone in the fam moving into their first place, for that matter), this adorable little vacuum will keep them company. He’s perfect for a small space and super happy to help out.
18. Subtle Butt Gas Neutralizers
They’re just what they sound like: fart dampeners. And let’s face it, everyone needs them sometimes.
Passing gas in class? They’ll be silently (but deadly) thanking you. Tooting at the office? They’ll be grateful for your thoughtfulness!
We’re around other people + we all fart + no one wants to smell them = useful funny gift.
19. Prank Gift Box
by Prank Pack
Finally, we give you the prank gift box. It’s by far one of the best ideas for turning a perfectly normal gift into something hilarious, and we guarantee your recipient won’t see it coming. If you want to give them something funny, but aren’t sure if it’s appropriate, this is your solution.
So Many Prank Ideas, So Little Time
If you look forward to gift-giving opportunities just because it gives you an excuse to shop for gag gifts, you’re our people. If “funny gifts” is the first thing you enter into your browser when looking for the perfect gift for someone you care about, you’re our people. If there’s no such thing as “too inappropriate” when it comes to an adult gathering, you’re our people.
So go forth, have fun, and give gifts that bring laughs. Now I’m off to get a snack — who took my bag of unicorn farts?!