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All the Gag Gifts and Supplies You Need to Build the Ultimate Pranking Kit

What to get and what to forget for pranks that are fun for everyone!

Sarah Burns · 8 months ago

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Fake Outs

Classics become classics for a reason! No pranking kit is complete without a few of these classic fake outs. 

Rubber Snakes

Their rubbery bodies wriggle just enough to look pretty believable, especially if your mark is already snake-squeamish. Try popping one in a boot or a box with just its little head sticking out. Subtlety is key with fake-out snakes and bugs; you want your mark to not see the little friend you’ve left waiting for them until they’re way too close for comfort.

Poops

A poopy left on a toilet seat might not be peak-pranking material, but on this list, it’s a solid number two. If the person you’re pranking has a new puppy, this prank is super effective on the couch, or a white rug. But make sure to come clean on your dirty deed before the clueless pup becomes your fall guy.

Pukes

These are great for public places, like park benches or patio tables — places where your prank victim won’t worry so much about who got sick, but will worry and be grossed out that they almost sat in it. Pro-tip: Spray it with water first for an extra icky look.

Insects

Cockroaches, centipedes, and spiders have the best payoffs. Think about where you might actually find one of these uninvited visitors: Cockroaches and centipedes like water and hang out around drains or lurk in medicine cabinets. Spiders like to hide in and between things, so stick these in an often used bookcase, or fold some into the next tissue in the box and wait patiently for someone to sneeze. 

Rodents

These little critters like hanging out in pantries, or anywhere dry goods are kept, but they’ve been known to pop up in any room of the house. Some even wind up, so you can send a few flying past a doorway and watch your victim scratch their head as they investigate, or send them running with a mouse scurrying right towards them!

Spills

Pour Elmer’s Glue onto a sheet of wax paper, and let it dry. Peel the glue off the paper, and set it on a laptop keyboard, then remind your prank victim not to cry over spilled milk. Not milk drinkers? Make some “water” instead by squeezing hot glue onto a sheet of thick plastic. 

Fart Sounds

It doesn’t matter what age you are — farts are always funny!

High-Tech Farts

The Gift Republic Fart Sound Box is the gift that keeps on giving. Used sparingly and strategically, you can get a lot of mileage out of one of these babies. The trick is to be sneaky with these squeakies — a little acting will go a long way, so start practicing your “whoever denied it supplied it” face. 

Low-Tech Farts

No prankster’s kit would be complete without the iconic Whoopee Cushion. This deceptively simple prank only works if the sit-ee doesn’t notice the cushion is there, so keep them distracted while they're sitting down, and the payoff will be a real blowout!

Super Low-Tech Farts

Fill a balloon and squeak the air out slowly for a high-pitched cheek-sneak, or let it all out in one raging blowout. This works best if you're pranking someone from around a corner or in a bathroom where your faked gastric distress will be very loud and very believable. Go the extra mile and show off these It’s OK to Fart socks when you’re done in there. 

Scentsational Pranks

Pranks that really stink.

Fart Spray

This is a fantastic way to clear out a room, and it always makes for a memorable pranking experience. Just make sure you’ll be able to de-stink the place when the prank is over; areas with lots of ventilation are best. This evil concoction comes in a spray bottle, but if you’re interested in making your own — or in the science behind the stank — check out this potent stink bomb recipe

Prank Stank Candle

This innocuous candle looks harmless enough — it even smells harmless, at first. The layer of wax at the top of the candle is a pleasant, fresh apple scent that lasts just long enough to lure anyone breathing in the vicinity of this candle into a false sense of scented security. After the apple layer melts away, the next layer is revealed to wreak havoc on nearby noses with its pungent “flatulence” fragrance.

Switcharoos

When expectation collides with reality.

Prank Boxes

These work best if you’re giving someone a gift. If you’re an aunt or uncle, I recommend wrapping all gifts for your niblings in these boxes; if they can’t read yet, you’ll get some hilarious raised eyebrows from your in-laws, and if they can read, it’ll quickly solidify your status as their funnest family member. 

Donut Disappointment

Hiding a veggie tray in a box of donuts is a breakroom classic, but it works equally well in buckets of fried chicken, boxes of Girl Scout cookies, or bags of potato chips. You can tailor this prank to whatever treat your prank victim prefers — unless it IS veggies, in which case, joke’s on you

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Sticky Situations

These are the pranks that will stick with you.

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Saw the sign

Sticking a “Kick me” sign on someone’s back is mean, and not funny, but writing, “High five me!” will cause a lot of confusion and awkward giggly moments, and it’ll get others in on a joke that doesn’t hurt anyone.

Get Clingy

Window clings make for a great, easy to set up gag. Slap a couple bird poop clings onto a freshly washed windshield. Try casually playing with a baseball for a bit — make sure your prank victim sees you with it, but don’t be obvious about it — before psyching someone out with this realistic-looking baseball-busted window cling.  

Visual Pranks and Creative Wordplay

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Elicit groans of agony without actually hurting anyone with some super silly spoofs. Use your imagination, and aim for references your prankee will understand, or they might miss the joke. 

A few examples:

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    Show someone a picture of your “Pride and Joy” — the ones you use to wax furniture and do dishes, that is.

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    Print out a bunch of letter “B”s; cut them out, and leave them in a room. Before your mark enters the room, warn them that you saw a swarm of Bs in there.

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    Tape a photo of Slash from Guns n’ Roses to someone’s tires, and tell the owner their tires look like they’ve been Slashed.

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    Cut some brown letter Es out of construction paper, and put them in a brownie pan covered in foil. A candle that smells like baked goods can really help sell this one when you tell everyone to “Come get a brown E!”

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    Hang images of Burt Ward in a tree and ask a birdwatching friend if they’ve spotted any Robins.

Get LOTS of One Little Thing

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Photo: Patrick Hartford, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

These take some planning and dedication, but the end results are typically hilarious ... and sometimes awe-inspiring.

Consider:

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    Sticking googly eyes on everything in the fridge.

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    Filling someone’s closet to the brim with balloons.

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    Covering an office entirely in sticky notes.

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    Getting 750 paper clips and clipping every single one of those suckers together.

Leave the Water Outside

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At home water pranks might be okay, but if you’re pranking indoors you might have to contend with a soggy rug, or water dangerously close to an electrical outlet (yikes!). Consider swapping out water with confetti, or its evil sibling, glitter. If you’re going the glitter route, make sure it’s biodegradable glitter, since your victim will likely get it on their hair or skin. It’s also way easier to wash away than the plastic stuff, which you can literally never get rid of entirely.

Pranking Do’s And Don’ts

  • DO help your prank victim clean up if the prank was messy.

    DON’T be mean. If you have to tell someone, “It was just a joke!” it wasn’t a good joke.

    DO get creative.

    DON’T mess with someone's food.

    DO be funny.

    DON’T use whipped cream for a pie-in-the-face gag. It will get cheesy in a bad way very quickly.

    DO use shaving cream in place of whipped cream — it’s way easier to clean.

    DO have fun!