Everyone loves a good gag gift, except for the ones that make you literally gag — that’s a different post! In this case I’m talking about gifts that make people guffaw (that means laugh in case you’re wondering.) I am sure you have gotten and given a few novelty gifts in your time; not all of them land well but these four are sure to make the receiver smile and might even fetch a giggle or two.

And They’re Off!

Racing Grannies Wind-Up Toy Gag Gift Funny

Is someone you know retiring or just having a hard time with their upcoming birthday? 40? 50? GASP! Just kidding and the joke’s one them with these Racing Grannies. It is a two-piece set and you simply wind them up. Can you imagine 20 or so of these racing at the same time? Why imagine? You could easily turn these into a fun party game where the prize is…you guessed it! Another gag gift!

Ooh, Ouch!!!

Foot in the Door Doorstop

Freak people out at home or the office with this Foot in the Door Stopper. It’s realistic and looks painful so it’s sure to garner a wince from even the toughest guy in sight. or, get creative with that job search and literally send a foot in the door to your prospective new employer. Talk about impact and memorability. Your ingenue will be appreciated even if you don’t get the job!

A-B-C Gum aka Already Been Chewed

Chewed Gum Magnets
Gross right? Hardly! These Chewed Gum Magnets will catch the eye of anyone that sees them. I am sure many will think the gum is real, buy since they are just look-a-likes there are no germs and no grossness, just generous  laughs by those that receive or see them.

88m secret toilet water squirting potty prank gag giftWhat’s in the Secret Toilet and why is it a secret? Well maybe it’s not a secret so much as it is a way to get back at those nosy enough to take a peek. Watch out if that means you or, at least grab a pair of goggles because you’re about to get sprayed right in the face when you lift the lid to peek inside..

I remember growing-up in Colorado and crossing a freeway to go to the local mall just so I could go to the gag-gift store. Now, with the internet, just about any prank you want to pull is at your fingertips via the Internet.

What was the last gag gift you gave or received?

Hammocks are the epitome of summer; what could be better than outside naps in the shade with lemonade and a slice of watermelon? Have you ever wanted a hammock of your very own and either couldn’t afford one or never got around to doing anything about owning one? (If you’ve never had a hammock because you have no space for one, I’m sorry: I can’t help you there!)

Naval Hammock 2

Choosing canvas or heavy duty fabric in bright colors and patterns will also add flair to your backyard!

I’ve got a remedy for your hammocklessness! How about building your own? (Note: this article will not cover building a hammock stand; that’s for another time!) All right, so here’s what you’ll need for a standard naval hammock:

  • 2 meters x 1.2 meters (6.5×4 ft) or longer (if you’re tall) canvas or heavy duty fabric (something that will hold your weight, basically)
  • 60 meters (200 ft) rope (recommended: braided clothesline or climber’s rope)
  • Sewing machine and polyester thread (why polyester?)
  • 40 grommets, #1 burred
  • Grommet die, punch, or press
  • 2 large metal rings

Now that you’ve collected everything, here’s how to make your very own naval hammock.

First, make sure your canvas is 2×1.2 m (6.5×4 ft). Lengthen the measurement if you’re taller than most, and bear in mind that 15 cm (6 in.) of fabric will be lost from sewing the sides.

Turn in the long edges of the canvas 3.8cm (1.5 in.); sew a seam. Then, turn the short ends of the canvas in 3.8 cm (1.5 in.) and press into place. Repeat once, and then sew the pressed ends together using at least two or three rows of stitching. Keep the stitches at least 2.5 cm (1 in.) from the end to leave space for the grommets.

Mark 20 evenly spaced spots along each of the shorter ends of the hammock to mark your grommet placement. (Any kind of marker is fine, but if you don’t want the marks to show, use an invisible fabric marker or tailor’s chalk.) Using the grommet die/punch/press, punch the grommets into place along the marks. Set aside the canvas for a moment.

Cut your rope into 10 smaller ropes, each 2.7 m (9 ft) long. Fold five of the smaller lengths in half and and attach to one of the metal rings using a lark’s head knot. Then, make a clew knot with them and attach the ends to one side of your canvas through the grommets using a bowline knot. Repeat on the other side of the canvas using the second metal ring and the other five rope lengths.

Naval Hammock 1

Grab a pillow and a good book and take it easy this summer.


Finally, hang your hammock from two trees or a hammock stand. Make sure to test the hammock before putting your full weight on it so that you don’t hurt yourself! If you follow these steps, take a picture of the result and post here so that we can see what great craftsmen and women you are. Happy napping!

Class up your next party with classy ice cubes. No kidding: these trays will have your guests ooooohing and aaaaahhhing over more than just the mixed drinks you’re serving.

For the gentlemen who enjoy their whiskey (or Dr. Pepper, or root beer) on the rocks, the Whiskey Barrel Ice Mold will do just the trick. Because it’s just one piece of ice, it won’t dilute the drink as quickly as multiple cubes or crushed ice would.

 Whiskey Barrel Ice Mold

Fun fact: “whiskey” and “whisky” are both correct spellings!

For the ladies drinking Watermelon juleps (see recipe below) or sparkling strawberry water, Cool Jewels ice will hit the spot.

Cool Jewels Ice Cube Tray

Dishwasher-safe tray makes six ice gems.

For a great Watermelon julep, you’ll need: 1/4 ripe watermelon, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, 3 sprigs of rosemary, and 2 oz. Grey Goose vodka. Directions: smash watermelon till it turns to juice. Pick out seeds. Muddle 2 sprigs of rosemary with syrup. Add 3 oz. juice and 2 oz. vodka and shake with ice. Strain, and garnish with sprig of rosemary.

For the punk rock party (maybe your evening’s theme, or maybe you’re just making your teenager’s bash that much cooler), stick with the Spiked! Ice Tray. Each silicone rubber tray makes 14 spikes, so stock up on trays before your party to keep the spikes coming!

Spiked! Ice Tray

Also great for vampire-themed parties!

Finally, for the guest who can’t decide between the above options, shower them (not literally) with Ice Spheres instead of cubes! Believe it or not, spheres of ice are more efficient than cubes. Spherical ice takes longer to melt and keeps your beverage colder for longer periods of time, so drink up without worrying about getting watered down.

Ice Cube Sphere

The Small tray makes three spheres; the Large makes ten.

If you can’t decide, consider trying all these great ice shapes by mixing them together in your ice bucket. Your guests will be charmed when they discover jewel ice, spikes, or spheres in their drinks, whatever those drinks may be.


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