Oh, April Fools’ Day. Who do trust? What do you believe? You don’t have to be clever to get a friend, loved one or stranger with a great prank. A good gag gift can make someone’s day, or just make you laugh like crazy. Either way, these local stores have what you need to make sure the funniest day of the year doesn’t go to waste.
Known as a great local option for gift-giving on any holiday, Patina’s selection of hilarious gifts are perfect for April Fools’ Day. A selection of gifts from high to low brow are fun just to look through, and even more so when presented to an unsuspecting friend. Fashion accessories, tongue-in-cheek books and toys, edibles… it’s all here. And it’s all in good fun. For a truly great gag gift, Patina has a smile and wink for you this April Fools’ Day.
30 Watt: Makers Of Amusing
A local success story, 30 Watt offers some of the funniest, most creative gifts from its online store. You can order a “Prank Pack” which disguises gifts in hilarious fake boxes, choose from the selection of Awkward Family Photos (which are truly cringe worthy in the best way possible), or find something else from the massive selection of wacky gifts and gadgets. There is even a section for you to submit your own ideas, so if you come up with something great this April Fools’ Day, be sure to let them know.
General Store Of Minnetonka
14401 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345
You can find anything Minnesota here. Want to make your loved one laugh this April Fools’? The selection of local gifts will hit any true Minnesotan right in the funny bone. The “How To Talk Minnesotan” book is a classic and gut-bustingly funny look at our unique way of speaking. Other fun gifts, like the Das Horn Drinking Vessel, a mug in the shape of a Viking horn, is sure to get a smile. You could spend hours looking through all of the merchandise here, so give yourself time to find that perfect present.
Mostly Moose And More
8 Sheridan Street E
Ely, MN 55731
All the way up north in Ely, Minnesota, this gift shop specializes in local products. You can find all sorts of goodies, and for April Fools’, quirky gifts like the Moose Soap Spitter or the “Don’t Bug Me” balm for campers put a funny spin on classic Minnesota. It’s true that if you’re coming from the Twin Cities, it’s a bit of a trek, and the Iron Range isn’t known for its sense of humor, but this store is worth it. Maybe make an April Fools’ Day road trip out of it, culminating in some seriously awesome gifts.
This website knows “Minnesota nice,” and knows how funny it is. From T-shirts with all our favorite sayings, to post cards poking fun at our extreme weather, to hot dish-inspired coffee mugs, you can find just about anything to fool your favorite Minnesotan. We might know that we’re the greatest state in the union, but sometimes it’s good to poke a little fun. These gifts are the perfect way to do exactly that.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.