My husband loves to pull fast ones on people. Because of his reputation for pranks and gags, friends and family – myself included – like to beat him at his own game by giving him gag gifts for Christmas. My personal method is to mix in a gag gift somewhere between the more thoughtful presents I have bought or made him, just to keep him on his toes. If you have a prankster you want to prank, or if you are shopping for a White Elephant or Yankee Swap, the following list of my top ten gag gifts (in no particular order) might make your job easier.
1. Paper Email
My husband is technologically challenged. The last time he attempted to use the computer, he ended up deleting system files (no joke!) and costing us a couple hundred dollars in repairs. This is why I love this gag gift idea. Paper Email is a notepad with all the components of an email, such as spaces for “To,” “BCC” and “Subject,” all without booting up. You can nab a pack at Think Geek (click here) for under five bucks. Much more affordable than registry repairs.
2. Complimentary Cereal Bowls
Forty is looming around the corner for my hubby, so I thought one of these breakfast bowls might boost his fragile male ego. With phrases like “Chicks Dig You!” and “You’re the Man!” around the edges and in the bottom of the bowl, he’ll be feeling those Wheaties. There are other bowls as well, such as a “You’re a Goddess!” version, and a DIY one that comes with a permanent marker so you can write your own compliments. Find this gag gift for under twenty bucks at Gifts.com (click here).
3. Puzzle Alarm Clock
Actually, this next gag gift is one my honey might get for me, because he’s up with the roosters and me, well, mornings just are not my gig. Good thing he doesn’t shop online! Remember the game “Perfection,” where you had to put the puzzle pieces correctly on the board before the timer went off or else they would all pop up? This alarm clock works on the same premise. When the alarm goes off, three puzzle blocks shoot into the air. The clincher is that you can’t turn the alarm off without putting them back. Grab one quick at PerpetualKid.com (click here) for around twenty-five dollars.
4. Shocking Mp3 Player
Know somebody who is dying for an iPod? The Prank Store (click here) sells everything from Mp3 players to books to cell phones and more. Sound too nice to be a gag gift? Not on your life. These goodies give off a mildly painful jolt when the user presses a button.
5. Confetti Cash
If I could give my husband a cool ten grand for Christmas, he would be over the moon. Especially if I got it for under a hundred smackers! That is why this gag gift made my list. GoAntiques.com (click here) sells five-pound bags of shredded dollar bills from the Department of Treasury. Each bag contains a minimum of ten thousand (useless) dollars in old, shredded money.
6. Mini Guitar Hero
If that special someone is begging for the latest rock music video game, promise them it will be under the tree. Then watch his or her face upon opening this pocket-sized gag gift version, available for around fifteen dollars at GlammaGems.com (click here).
7. Dress for Dinner Napkins
My husband’s idea for getting gussied up to go out is a clean pair of Wranglers and a shirt without holes. At least with this gag gift I can have the illusion of a sharp-dressed man across the table! Pick up a pack of twenty napkins in four different designs that, when tucked into his shirt, will make your man look like he is donning a necktie. Available at SpoonSisters.com (click here) for just over five bucks.
8. Backwoods Blow Drier
Some of the best gag gifts are those made oh so lovingly with your own two hands. The remaining list entries will be homemade ideas. Buy a bag of balloons at your local dollar or discount store. Place a single balloon in a small box with these instructions: Step 1) Inflate; Step 2) Release on hair.
9. Hillbilly Bubble Bath
Place some dry beans in a decorative jar. Hang a tag on it that reads “Hillbilly Bubble Bath. Step 1) Cook beans; Step 2) Eat beans; Step 3) Wait two hours; Step 4) Take a bath. Under five dollars for the beans and jar.
10. Gift Not Included
Wrap a pack of any type of batteries (pick them up at your neighborhood dollar store) with a note stating “Gift Not Included.”