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Gag Gift

Funny gift ideas to help you share a laugh

Funny, unique gifts are one of the most fun things to shop for. Gag gifts make people laugh and can be a great for a number of occasions, from birthdays and holidays to anniversaries or even Valentine's Day, so long as you're with someone with a sense of humor.

Gag gifts are also generally small and very affordable, so they make a great addition to other gifts or can be added into a gift basket with more practical, serious gifts. They can also be a fun way to add personality to less personal gifts, such as gift cards or gift certificates.

Types of Gag Gifts

There is no shortage of gag gifts online and in stores, but typically they fall into two categories:

  • Occasion gag gifts. Gag gifts are often sold for special occasions, such as 50th birthday gag gifts about being over the hill or senile (as well as other non-specific birthday gag gifts), or wedding gag gifts, playing on the ball and chain notion of getting married.
  • Hobby gag gifts. Gag gifts are also often given based on a person's interests. If there's a beer drinker in your life, he or she might get a laugh out of a beer helmet or a t-shirt that jokes about their love of beer. For someone with a fondness for bathroom humor, funny toilet paper, toilet seat covers or bathroom humor books are a good choice.

Of course, along with these two groupings, there are plenty of everyday gag gifts that can be used to get a laugh anytime. Props like fake vomit, ice cubes with flies in them, fake money and many others have stood the test of time.

How to Give a Gag Gift

When looking for a funny gift idea, it's good to get an idea of the person's sense of humor before you give it to them. While a gift may seem funny to you, if they don't share your definition of funny, a gag gift might come off as offensive.

It's also important to remember that, while gag gifts are fun, sometimes nice to give someone something they may actually use or that shows you appreciate them in a more serious way, besides just getting a laugh. In these cases, you may want to pair a gag gift with another more practical item. For example, you might give a funny beer mug with a case of the person's favourite beer, or give a set of novelty golf balls along with a round of golf to the golf-lover in your life.

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