11 Funny Gag Gifts You Can Buy on Amazon

Chia Pet/Amazon
Chia Pet/Amazon

Buying gifts for a friend or loved one can be stressful, but a funny gag gift can bring a little levity to any occasion. Whether you’re looking for the perfect hilarious birthday present, or just want to give one as a prank, we’ve got gag gift ideas for a range of different types of humor—and they prove there's no present sweeter than the gift of laughter.

1. Thor’s Hammer Bottle Opener

Thor's Hammer Bottle Opener.
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This model of Thor's hammer won’t grant you dominion over thunder and lightning, but it will make short work of bottle caps: It's equipped with an opener at one end and a chain on the other for easy attachment. It comes in silver and bronze, with the famous line, "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor," emblazoned on the side. And because it's fairly lightweight, you don’t need the strength of a demigod to wield it.

Buy It: Amazon ($12)

2. Burrito Blanket

A burrito blanket gag gift you can buy on Amazon.
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Available in a variety of styles and sizes, the burrito blanket is the perfect gag gift for the foodie in your life. Rolling yourself up inside one of these circular, tortilla-patterned numbers is a riot—and since they’re made with extra-soft flannel, it’s a comfy experience to boot!

Buy It: Amazon ($25)

3. UFO Plant Holder

A UFO plant holder gag gift on Amazon.
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Instead of little green men, this UFO-shaped container holds little green houseplants. Hang the tiny mothership from your ceiling with the silver cord—or prop it up at ground level, if you prefer. At 5.25 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall, it’s the ideal size for cacti, jade plants, and other popular greens.

Buy It: Amazon ($18)

4. How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You

The Best Gag Gifts to Buy on Amazon.
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You love your cat—but do you really trust your cat? How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You shows you all of the warning signs that your favorite feline might, in fact, be a tiny killer. Full of hilarious comics from Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), this book is a twisted little gag gift perfect for cat lovers with a sense of humor.

Buy It: Amazon ($15)

5. Golden Girls Coloring Book

A Golden Girls coloring book gag gift.
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You’re not going to prank your friends with a Golden Girls coloring book gag gift, but they’ll definitely get a laugh out of it. Get your friend some colored pencils and watch them do their best to add life to the pantsuits and gourmet cheesecakes of Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia.

Buy It: Amazon ($12)

6. Toilet Coffee Mug

A toilet mug gag gift you can buy on Amazon.
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Feeling flushed? Perk yourself up with a swig of your favorite beverage from this toilet-shaped coffee mug gag gift. It holds over 15 ounces worth of liquid and is pretty much guaranteed to make your co-workers do a double take.

Buy It: Amazon ($13)

7. World’s Smallest Vacuum

A vacuum gag gift you can buy on Amazon.
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This gag gift literally sucks. Despite being a little over 5 inches long, it’s a functional vacuum cleaner perfect for tight spaces. Just plug it in and suck up all those crumbs that mysteriously appeared on your desk. The mini vacuum is also a great tool for cleaning keyboards—and should get some hearty laughs in the process.

Buy It: Amazon ($14)

8. Poop Emoji Chia Pet

Poop Emoji Chia Pet Gag Gift.
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Look at the sneaky smile on this Chia Pet's face. OK, so it might not be the puppy or kitten Chia Pet that you're used to, but this poop emoji pet ;should absolutely be a contender if you're searching for the best gag gift for a friend who views toilet humor as high art.

Buy It: Amazon ($17)

9. “Cat Bods” Toy Box

The best gag gift to buy on Amazon for a cat lover.
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Like moths drawn to a flame, cats can’t resist cardboard boxes. But they’ll never find a cooler one than this little beauty. Four of the outside walls are decorated with dynamic pictures of daring astronauts, muscle-bound bodybuilders, and other go-getters. Carefully placed holes allow your cat to become a part of these scenes when it pokes its head through. Keep a camera handy and enjoy the show.

Buy It: Amazon ($9)

10. Unisex Bass Sandals

Bass slipper gag gift on Amazon.
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Talk about going against the current. Vibrantly colored, slack-jawed fish sandals are unlike anything else you’re likely to see at the beach (or anywhere, really). Just like real fish, their sizes and colors vary.

Buy It: Amazon ($18-$22)

11. Pooping Pooches 2020 WalL Calendar

Pooping Pooches 2020 Wall Calendar.
Pooping Pooches

It's just man's best friend doing their business, but now you can put it right on your wall. This Pooping Pooches calendar is just offbeat enough to bring a smile to the face of any animal lover. And they'll be even more thankful once you tell them that $1 from every calendar sold is donated to the Maui Humane Society to support animals in need. So get a gag gift for a good cause.

Buy It: Amazon ($17)

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13 Wholesome Gifts for Mister Rogers Fans

Funko / Universal Studios / Amazon
Funko / Universal Studios / Amazon

Fred Rogers didn't watch television until his senior year of college, and when he finally did, he hated it. He told Karen Herman during a 1999 interview for the Archive of American Television, “I saw people throwing pies in each other’s faces. And I thought this could be a wonderful tool for education. Why is it being used this way?”

Interested in helping the medium fulfill its potential, he told his parents he would be postponing his prior plan of becoming a minister to pursue a career in television. Despite their initial protests, he forged on, eventually becoming a household name as the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which would stay on the air for nearly 30 years and help change the perception of what children's television could (and should) be.

On November 22, 2019, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood will premiere in theaters, with Tom Hanks taking on the iconic role of Mister Rogers and Matthew Rhys playing a cynical reporter named Lloyd Vogel who is tasked with writing a profile on the wholesome TV star. The film takes a look at the life of Rogers and the impact he had on viewers and the people around him.

So, in anticipation of the film, and with the holidays on the horizon, here are some unique gifts you can pick up for the Mister Rogers fan in your life.

1. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History; $25

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Book
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Have you ever wished you could journey behind the scenes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood? Well, now you can. This book chronicles the show's timeline—from its modest start on WQED in Pittsburgh to its film debut in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs, a visual guide to the characters, and stories from those who devoted their lives to the show, this book will give readers insight into both the program and Rogers himself.

Buy it: Amazon

2.The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember; $11

The World According to Mister Rogers Book
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Carry Mister Rogers’s wisdom around wherever you go. With a forward written by his wife, Joanne Rogers, this book allows readers to explore the life of Fred Rogers through his speeches, interviews, anecdotes, and some of his never-before-published writing.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Mister Rogers Color-Changing Mug; $16

Mister Rogers mug
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There’s a lot to love about Rogers, especially his never-ending wisdom and extensive sweater collection. Now you can have both on a mug. At first it appears he’s wearing a suit jacket, but fill it up with a hot beverage and watch it change to a yellow sweater. The mug is also covered in some of his classic sayings, such as "I like you just the way you are,” to help you get the morning started off right.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mister Rogers's Bath Soap; $6


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Rogers taught viewers a lot of things, especially the importance of washing one’s hands. Make him proud with this cocoa butter-scented soap that features his reassuring smile on the wrapper, alongside his pal, Daniel Tiger. The same company also has Bob Ross soap to add even more serenity to your bath.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Mister Rogers Magnet Set; $22

Mr Rogers magnets
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Coming in four vibrant colors and featuring different quotes from Rogers himself, these magnets will brighten up your day, whether you stick them on your refrigerator, locker, or wherever else you need a little positivity.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Mister Rogers Encouragemints; $5

Mister Rogers Breath mints
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If you’re going to be taking a stroll around the neighborhood, then these will enable you to do so with peppermint-fresh breath.

Buy it: Amazon

7. King Friday Oven Mitt; $15

King Friday oven mitt
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King Friday XIII was originally created to show kids that Friday the 13th should be fun, not frightening. And with this oven mitt featuring the king, you can take that same positive mindset into the kitchen next time you've got an important dinner to make.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Mister Rogers Sticky Notes Booklet; $8

Mister Rogers sticky notes
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These sticky notes allow you to inject some wholesome Rogers charm anywhere you'd like. Let his serene smile adorn your grocery list and slap his trademark yellow sweater on your kitchen counter anytime you need to be reminded of an important errand to run. However you use the book is up to you.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Mister Rogers Funko; $11

Mister Rogers Funko
Funko / Amazon

Available for pre-order now, this figure features Rogers in that famous red sweater with Daniel Tiger right by his side. The figure will be released on November 25, 2019, right around the time the film premieres.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Mister Rogers Pins; $16

Mr Rogers pins
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If you’re looking to dress up your favorite sweater or jacket, then make sure you’re doing so in a way that says “Won't you be my neighbor?”

Buy it: Amazon

11. Mister Rogers Magnetic Dress-Up Play Set; $15

Mister Rogers magnet set
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You're in control of Mister Rogers's wardrobe with this magnetic dress-up kit from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. Want him a green sweater? Go for it. Want him to be a fireman while wearing roller skates? You're more than welcome to try. You can even bestow Daniel Tiger with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, because, well, he's earned it.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Won’t you be my Neighbor? Documentary; $13

Will You be My Neighbor documentary
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This award-winning documentary from director Morgan Neville—which has an incredible 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes—offers a glimpse at the legacy of the venerable TV star. It's perfect for both lifelong fans and newcomers simply looking for something to smile about.

Buy it: Amazon

13. Mister Rogers Socks; $14

Mister Rogers socks
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Walk around with Mister Rogers and King Friday wrapped snugly around your feet. The socks have a reinforced heel and toe and are safe to machine wash. You can always buy the same socks in women's sizes for $14.

Buy it: Amazon

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Rosetta Stone Is Offering Up to Half Off Language-Learning Software for Black Friday

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone

It’s no secret that learning another language has numerous benefits. But if going back to school and memorizing lists of vocabulary isn't an option—or something you particularly want to do—you can turn to Rosetta Stone, which now offers subscriptions to their language-learning software. And through November 27, language enthusiasts can take advantage of the company's Black Friday pre-sale deals and receive up to half off Rosetta's regular prices by heading here.

These deals include a three-month subscription for $39.50, a one-year subscription for $89.50, a two-year subscription for $124.50, and a lifetime membership for $199. Over 30 languages are offered on Rosetta Stone, such as Spanish, Japanese, and French, and your online subscription to the language courses comes with numerous other perks, including:

  • Phrasebooks: These teach you quick expressions and greetings that are perfect for traveling
  • Mobile app: Get access to Rosetta Stone's iOS app, where you'll find conversation practice and short 10-minute lessons that fit your schedule.
  • An audio companion: Download and listen to lessons even while offline.
  • Stories: Written and narrated in the language you're studying, these stories include poems, tours, and narratives that expose you to new words and help you understand the culture better.
  • Games: Practice your language skills by yourself or with other users (available on all devices but mobile).

For an additional fee, you can also get live sessions. The sessions are 25 minutes long and are taught by a tutor who is a native speaker of the language you’re learning.

Rosetta Stone language program on mobile
Rosetta Stone

Mastering new languages can open up new ways to communicate with others you may have not been able to before, and over the past few years, studies have shown that being multilingual can help slow cognitive decline and strengthen neural pathways as you age.

Alongside using a program like Rosetta Stone to learn a language, it can help to have periodic conversations in the dialect you’re studying—even if they are with yourself. Check out our other tips for mastering another language.

Sign up now for the three-month ($39.50), one-year ($89.50), two-year ($124.50), or lifetime ($199) subscription.

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