GiftFilter: prank edition
December 18, 2013 9:13 AM   Subscribe

Secret Santa draw asked for "something useful for playing pranks", and I' nothing. Help?

Gift limit is $20. Something online-orderable would be nice, so long as I can get it by Monday, but physical (LA-area) stores work too.
posted by kagredon to Shopping (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
a disguise? You know, so that they don't caught.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 9:17 AM on December 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

A $10 bill and a $10 fishing pole?
posted by rocketpup at 9:18 AM on December 18, 2013 [3 favorites]

This person is just ripe to have a prank played on him/her. Not entirely sure what that would be but it's a golden opportunity.
posted by ecorrocio at 9:21 AM on December 18, 2013 [3 favorites]

Pranks like office pranks? Stick-on googly eyes, Justin Bieber posters, rolls of foil.
posted by clavicle at 9:25 AM on December 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

$20 gift certificate to this catalog (and a copy of the catalog).
posted by jbickers at 9:26 AM on December 18, 2013

Several boxes of jello nestled deep inside a gigantic jello mold.
posted by phunniemee at 9:30 AM on December 18, 2013 [2 favorites]

I would get $20 worth of classic joke/prank stuff. A whoopee cushion, the can of nuts that has a spring-coil snake inside, fake bugs, one of those "disguise" glasses+nose+moustache things, etc.
posted by Sara C. at 9:32 AM on December 18, 2013

What you really need is something like this
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 9:33 AM on December 18, 2013 [2 favorites]

I'd go to amazon and search through the prankophile literature. And listen to ecorrocio.
posted by Namlit at 9:35 AM on December 18, 2013

I have a co-worker who loves to play pranks at work, and the best one she ever did was to replace the soap next to a (non-bathroom) sink with olive oil.
posted by ezrainch at 9:39 AM on December 18, 2013 [2 favorites]

Two words: whoopie and cushion.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 10:03 AM on December 18, 2013

Duct Tape. As much as you can get for $20.
posted by Big_B at 10:10 AM on December 18, 2013

Stuntology is nothing but pranks from cover to cover.
posted by headspace at 10:10 AM on December 18, 2013

I've been pranked with an annoy-o-tron, which was the earlier version of the eviltron that PuppetMcSockerson linked to. The problem is that it's too awful. It's not a good prank. It's a bad prank. The person you pranked may well kill you. And no jury in the world would convict them because the defense lawyer would just hide an annoy-o-tron in the jury room and that would be that.

Other than that, it's the obvious answer to this question.
posted by The Bellman at 10:17 AM on December 18, 2013 [3 favorites]

Whatever you end up getting, you can buy prank gift boxes to put them in: e.g..
posted by MuffinMan at 11:05 AM on December 18, 2013

A better link to prank boxes.
posted by MuffinMan at 11:07 AM on December 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

I couldn't sleep at night if I actually recommended the device PuppetMcSockerson linked to and that The Bellman referred to as "the obvious answer to this question". But, I don't think I can be faulted for simply calling your attention to the previous comments.
posted by she's not there at 12:44 PM on December 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

One of my favorites (I've never actually done this) is to acquire a number of fresh, new, serially ordered two dollar bills and glue them into a tear off pad with padding compound.

The prank part is where you carry the pad of $2 bills into a store and tear off several of them to make a purchase.

For extra fancy, you can glue them up with a folding cover, tissue paper between each bill, and a time-to-reorder sheet ten or twenty bills up from the bottom.

The gift would be a bottle of padding compound.
posted by Bruce H. at 4:36 PM on December 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

Update: party was last night. I ordered an Eviltron a few days before, mixed up some fake blood (corn syrup + red food coloring), and bought a roll of duct tape. Shortly before the exchange, I activated the Eviltron, taped it to the bottom, and wrapped the whole bottle in tape (with the manual for the Eviltron taped in a different place along the bottle, and the whole bottle nestled in the roll in a way that would further obscure the Eviltron. Unfortunately, the party was a little too loud for people to notice the spooky sounds before the giftee discovered it in the process of examining the package, but the presentation went over well and he seemed to approve of the possibilities.

Thanks Mefi!
posted by kagredon at 8:42 PM on December 24, 2013

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