Gag gifts from your uncle.
February 24, 2014 11:02 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for examples of a category of novelty/gag gift that I'm having trouble articulating precisely. The best I can do is that it's the kind of kitsch that your uncle (Or Michael Scott/David Brent) would find hilarious.

Good examples: Those wind up penguins that poop out candy; those singing, wall-mounted fish; those liquor dispensers that have a guy peeing out the liquor.
posted by cmoj to Grab Bag (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Are you looking for an online store? Johnston Smith Catalog still sells that kind of novelty stuff. As does Spencers Gifts. Archee Mcphee seems to be a popular one.
posted by cazoo at 11:07 AM on February 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

I always give people punching nun puppets.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 11:08 AM on February 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

The ubiquitous pooping dog/pig/cow keychain.

Staple of Hibachi grills everywhere, that peeing kid toy thing.
posted by jeffjon at 11:09 AM on February 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Coffee mugs shaped like toilets.
posted by PussKillian at 11:09 AM on February 24, 2014

Are you looking to name this type of gag gift, or are you looking for more examples? If you're looking for examples, it helps to know something about the intended recipient. Some people are amused by crude sex jokes, while others prefer the ever-classy boxing nuns (thanks for the reminder, Ray Walston!)
posted by filthy light thief at 11:10 AM on February 24, 2014

These are pretty much all alcohol-oriented, including silly bottle and can holders, but try Home Wet Bar.
posted by janey47 at 11:12 AM on February 24, 2014

The remote controlled fart machine!
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 11:24 AM on February 24, 2014

Squirrel underpants.
posted by Area Man at 11:24 AM on February 24, 2014

Cow pie candy.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:24 AM on February 24, 2014

Sorry, I'm looking for more examples.

There is no specific intended recipient, nor am I asking for a source for these things.

The general direction of examples given so far is what I'm looking for.
posted by cmoj at 11:26 AM on February 24, 2014

What On Earth has this kind of thing. My grandfather (who enjoyed his singing fish very much) got me a Pi plate with 3.14159etc written around the rim from there, so I got the catalog for a while. Boxers with "Fartacus" written in fakey-Roman font across the butt, quirky garden gnomes, "beer-o-clock" clocks, headbands that make it look like you have a mullet--a quick perusal of their online catalog should be rich fodder.
posted by tchemgrrl at 11:28 AM on February 24, 2014 [2 favorites]

Signage? We don't swim in your toilet, please don't pee in our pool

If you sprinkle when you tinkle
Be a sweetie
Wipe the seatie


Gas, grass, or ass -- nobody rides for free

If this van's a-rockin'
Don't come a-knockin'


Novelty voodoo dolls
posted by kmennie at 12:01 PM on February 24, 2014

My "Uncle Charley" had this baby on his bar. Hilarious!

Long live the clown cacuts planter.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 12:16 PM on February 24, 2014

I long to own the very NSFW UNT mug.

The same people will also sell you an awesome action figure of yourself.
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth at 12:47 PM on February 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Damn Seagulls hats.
posted by usonian at 1:11 PM on February 24, 2014

Nunzilla is a windup nun that walks forward and shoots sparks from her mouth. A great crowd-pleaser.
posted by Garm at 1:42 PM on February 24, 2014

My elderly, former nun Art History advisor had this switchplate on her office lightswitch.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on February 24, 2014

Can of snakes? ("Mixed nuts")
posted by Huffy Puffy at 4:01 PM on February 24, 2014

Souvenirs! Novelties! Party tricks!
posted by Tom-B at 4:28 PM on February 24, 2014

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