Sometimes I struggle with what to buy people as gifts. It seems like gag gifts over the years have gained more and more popularity. Gag gifts tend to be little and inexpensive by nature and are intended to get a laugh out of the receiver of the gag gift. In most cases these gifts are impractical, but that is their purpose. They are usually bought on the spur of the moment when an individual sees something that brings to mind a memory of someone, usually related to an inside joke.
I love when I see something at a store which reminds me of a good memory I share with a friend. I tend to get these little gifts often, as it shows my friends that I am thinking about them and our relationship. Since these are a different and unique kind of gift, there isn’t real etiquette that goes along with when you should give these gifts to others. There is no holiday associated with them, or any particular rules you should adhere to when engaging in this activity. However it is important to keep in mind the gift receiver’s feelings. You don’t want to give them anything offensive or something that might hurt their feelings. While it is fun to joke around, it is never good to intentionally hurt another person. Focus on an individual’s special talents or hobbies they enjoy when considering what gag gift suits best.
A fun idea for an avid golfer might be gag golf balls. These are balls that have a mind of their own and the player has no ideas what’ll happen next. Wouldn’t it be funny if the person didn’t know they were rigged and just got up to the tee to hit them? What a surprise they’d be in for. Another idea for someone who can’t live without their morning cup of coffee is a coffee scented air freshener for their car. This would allow them to always smell those sweet aromas that they so crave. Someone who has a signature phrase they are always saying might appreciate it screen printed onto a t-shirt they can wear around town. This would be a great conversation starter if people around them were to comment on it.
For a friend who is in the hospital, one might consider buying fuzzy bunny slippers which will get a laugh from whoever sees them and bring smiles to a seemingly dismal situation. Who knows, laughter might even help the patient to recover quicker. Some other ideas of gag gifts that work for women include: a ladies tool kit, your photo in Andy Warhol style, themed measuring cup sets, crochet headphones or a go away doormat. Some ides of gag gifts that work for men include: a rubber belt, ceramic coffee mugs, recycled speakers, wetsuit Ipad sleeve or dog tags. Another fun idea for a gift you can send anyone is Cookies by Design gifts.
These cookie sets can work in any situation from thank you, to getting well, to just because. So whatever the gift make sure it is given in friendly jest and makes the person smile. These gifts can help to make someone’s day and solidify your friendship that is why they are great for anyone.