Life is for laughter, and gag gifts are a great way to show your friends, family, and co-workers that all they really need is a good old laugh. The right gag gift will leave your friends in stitches.
With gifts ranging from naughty, to funny, to edgy, and even to practical, you'll find something that tickles your funny bone on our list of 10 outrageous gag gifts for this year. The Electronic Yodelling Pickle from Archie McPhee is our favorite, because it combines pointlessness with hilarity in equal proportions. Check out the rest of our list, and read our buying guide so you know what to consider when choosing the right gag gift for your recipient.
Surprising your friends or family with a gag gift can often enhance the atmosphere and bring a lot of laughter to a party. They can also show a personal connection since usually, you would want to find something with a connection to that person.
On special birthdays, like a twenty-first or fiftieth, receiving a funny gag gift is a lighthearted reminder that you've reached a milestone. There are plenty of funny gag gifts for birthdays with round numbers. So, instead of a funny birthday card, take it one step further and go with a gag gift!
In many relationships, you'll find inside jokes, and these are humorous situations or understandings between people. They probably don't make sense to the outside world, but who cares? They can be hilarious and nostalgic within your close-knit circle. Gag gifts are a great way to recognize and play on these inside jokes.
On April Fool's Day, pranks go on all over America. If you want to play a prank on your sibling, best friend or co-worker, then a practical joke is a must. But if it's meant to be a gift too, look for something that they can re-use on others once the joke is over.
There are plenty of funny gag gifts on the market, everything from silly dad jokes to offensive gifts for your boss. Some are even on the edge of being inappropriate. The first and most important thing to consider is: who is it for?
Age can play a big part in whether or not the recipient will get the punch line, so here's a rough guide on how to choose a gag gift based on age.
For young ones, a funny and practical gag gift is probably the best choice. A gift they can also play with and reuse for other play dates would be good, like the classic snake in a can, whoopie cushion, or fake poop.
Buying a gag gift for adults is a bit easier. There is a whole range of different gifts that can be appreciated. A typical practical joke might be enough. For the ones with a more naughty and risqué sense of humor, an R-rated gift can be a perfect choice.
Funny gag gifts are good for family members, since you may not need to worry about crossing lines as much as with, say, a coworker. Risqué gag gifts can work better for close friends or special occasions like a bachelor or bachelorette party.
From grandparents to young kids, there are gag gifts that fit everyone! Funny and practical gifts don't have an age limit, and gag gifts are not an exception.
Harmless gag gifts that suit everyone no matter the age include gifts with straightforward humor or silly items that won't cross any boundaries or insult anyone, like a pack of batteries with a note that says "Gift not included."
If you have a close relationship with the recipient, you can consider it pretty safe. Buying a gag gift for a boss or co-worker, on the other hand, should be done with care. Sticking to a funny and harmless gag gift might be the best choice.
Make sure that the recipient has the same humor as you or will laugh at the gift you are getting them. Do you have an inside joke with him or her? Even better!
Be extra careful if you're looking at gag gifts that could be related to controversial topics like religion or politics to avoid misunderstandings!
Have you cracked any general jokes around the person you want to buy a gag gift for? That's a good way to feel out how much leeway you have in terms of humor. Do you get the impression of their humor being slightly sarcastic or naughty? Then you might be able to buy an explicit gift.
It's always a good idea to hold off on any gift that may be considered offensive if you're not sure you know the person well enough. If so, go for a safe gag gift, or it could change the mood in the office!
Is your gag gift just funny or can you actually use it? A gift that gives more than just a smile is serving a double purpose. Sometimes you can be surprised what a funny gift can do for you.
A funny accessory in your handbag, a funny coffee mug at work, or even a cookbook that will make you smile are great gifts that can continue to bring joy to the recipient of the gift even after it's been opened.
We've compiled a list of some hilarious gag gifts we found to suit a wide range of targets, based on careful research and the points in our buying guide. Hopefully, you'll find something you like!
Our Friendly Forest
Earth's Essence NC
Raj Haldar, Chris Carpenter, Maria Beddia
Electronic Yodelling Pickle
Self-Inking Novelty Message Stamp
Poop Emoji Farting Pen
Burrito Blanket 2.0
Bottle Stopper, Corkscrew and Bottle Opener
P Is for Pterodactyl (New Edition)
The Original Toilet Mug
Chicken Nugget Pet
Chia Richard Simmons
Best Universally-Appealing Gift to Delight and Annoy
Best for Coworkers or Your Boss
Best for Kids and Teens (or Adults...)
Best Practical but Still Ridiculous Gift
Best for Subtly Pranking Someone
Best for a Naughty Joke That Isn't Too Explicit
Best for Kids and Those Who Love How Wacky English Is
Best Way to Enjoy High-Class Toilet Humor
Best Useless, Cute and Odd Gift That'll Make Anyone Smile
Best Retro Gift That Never Stops Being Cheesy
|Best for||Anyone||Coworkers, bosses, anyone who needs to delegate||Kids, teenagers, and anyone who appreciates scatological humor||Anyone||Someone you don't live with||Adults||Children||Anyone||Anyone||Anyone|
|Practical||Depends how you define "practical"||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Practical||Depends how you define "practical"|
|Best for||Coworkers, bosses, anyone who needs to delegate|
|Best for||Kids, teenagers, and anyone who appreciates scatological humor|
|Best for||Someone you don't live with|
You may have read this article and are now thinking, "Maybe I shouldn't get a gag gift after all," as it can be a bit too personal or too touchy of a subject. Luckily, we have plenty of other great gift ideas for you to consider!
A gag gift can be almost any category, from clothing to collectible items to art. But if you're looking for practical jokes in particular, try seeing what Amazon shoppers recommend.
Author: Vicky Taylor
Updated by: Susan Lucier-Ogawa, 11/17/2021
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