Pranksters Paradise: The Best Gag Gifts Are On Melrose Ave.

Pranksters Paradise: The Best Gag Gifts Are On Melrose Ave.

April Fool’s Day may have come and gone, but a good gag gift brings laughs all year ‘round. But where can you get the gift that makes both the giftee and the giver crack up? Melrose Avenue of course. Here are a few amazing shops with ideas that will fill you with gift-giving glee.

House of Intuition

Can a gag gift also be useful? We think it can. For example, if you have a friend who needs clarity – or you think he or she does – how about a Clarity Bath Bag? The bag holds a thoughtful mix of house-blended minerals and herbs for a rejuvenating bath that influences the mind with magical synergy, calms anxieties, and helps relieve sore muscles and joints in the bargain. Get some clarity, now! And for that friend that just doesn’t quite “believe” in astrology, what about a House of Intuition astrology T-shirt? This month, the sign of Aries is all fired up in combed ring-spun cotton that’s attractive enough to inspire a new way of thinking about the sun signs.

7449 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
(213) 413-8300


Squishies! Brightly-colored donuts. Griddle-fresh waffles. They’re yours to give at Japan LA, where the joke is on anyone who imagines they might be edible. These Hello Kitty-brand treats make the perfect present for someone who wants to be “kneaded.” And squishies aside, what about the perfect gift for the chef who has everything – a Rilakkuma rice mold shape that comes with stencils to cut out Rilaakuma’s face? Don’t know who Rilakkuma is? So much the better. Hint: it’s from San-X and it looks like a cute little bear.

7320 ½ Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
(323) 934-5201


Looking for the ultimate house warming gift? Then look no further than the beautifully-crafted but sometimes alarming native masks in ceramic, wood, and mixed media from Maya. Perfect when you want to impose a little edgy decorative touch for a housewarming gift, or simply startle your pal when he or she opens the box. Just watch your Hummel-collecting friend figure out where to put a shrieking, fanged bird mask in bright red and green.

7360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-2708


For the gag gift that makes the giver go “say what?” but also becomes a keepsake, Necromance is your store. How about Coyote Toe Bones in a dram screw top vial? Or literally jump the shark with your gift – present a real megalodon fossil shark tooth in glass top riker display box – don’t forget, Megalodons are an extinct shark species. Don’t miss other choices like a plastic face skunk doll circa 1965 or a vintage kitty tapestry which beats those dogs playing poker paint-on velvet wall hangings by a landslide.

7220 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 934-8684

Spitfire Girl

What’s the gag gift to end gag gifts? Possibly the Eww Gross! Bag from Spitfire girl, a spiffy and fun bag filled with gags such as gummy eyeballs, a whoopee cushion, fake poo, rub on tattoos and more. Or go for the more retro Bag of Jokes, featuring classics like a Whoopie cushion, fart bomb, snake in a peanut can, squirt camera, and hand buzzer. This isn’t just a gift, it’s an evening’s entertainment. So too is the Happy F—-ing Birthday jar, with a metallic gold balloon, party blower, and 10 metallic gold candles, complete with a resume relating that happy wish. For the man in your life, how about the Outdoors Man Gift Set with a survival tool, cool wooden flask, a Toblerone Chocolate, and a set of wood coasters plus gift card, all in a galvanized tin? If only Bear Ghryls had one.

7401 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own