April 1 is a favorite day for many of those who love to prank their family and friends. Better known as April Fools’ Day, it is the one day of the year where pranksters get a free pass. If you want to make it a memorable day, you will need to do some shopping to find the perfect gag gifts. Cleveland has some great places where you can track down just the right items to add to your April Fools’ Day arsenal.
1814 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Opened in 1990 in Coventry, Big Fun is filled with cool toys from the past, plus some gag gifts and wacky t-shirts. If you come in here looking for April Fools’ gag gifts, you will definitely be walking out with a bag full of goodies. Chinese finger traps and whoopee cushions are just a couple of the things that will help you make it a successful April Fools’ Day. If Cleveland Heights is out of the way for you, Big Fun has a second store located at 11512 Clifton Blvd. in Cleveland.
Off The Wagon
152 E. Main St.
Kent, OH 44240
This so called “toy store” is filled with gag gifts that would be perfect for April Fools’ Day. It has a large gum selection that will get you giggling, including a pack called “Coffee Makes Me Poop” and “Instant Irish Accent” gum. Or why not serve up some chocolate-covered insects and dill-flavored mints on April 1? Then you can wash that down with draft beer-flavored jelly beans and exploding wasabi candy. All this and much, much more can be found at Off the Wagon in downtown Kent.
4816 Ridge Road
Brooklyn, OH 44144
You don’t have to break the bank when purchasing gag gifts. Five Below at Ridge Park Square is a huge store with a wall full of silly gifts. And the best part is that all of the items are $5 and under. At Five Below, you can find squirting gum, hillbilly teeth, fake dog poop, silly string and more.
Mr. Fun’s Costumes And Magic Emporium
4130 State Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Mr. Fun’s Costumes and Magic Emporium is a family owned and operated store that has been a part of Cleveland since 1968. It has a huge selection of gag gifts to choose from. If you like exploding things, check out its fist bump explosion ring and exploding lipstick. If farts are more your gag of choice, Mr. Fun’s has fart spray and fart machines. If you can’t decide what you want, you can purchase a disgusting gags and pranks kit that has 12 gags that you can make yourself.
1212 Southpark Center
Strongsville, OH 44136
Spencer’s, located inside of Southpark Mall, has an entire section dedicated to gags and pranks. Do you know someone who hates bugs? If so, get the running roach and have it run right over their feet. Or what about someone who has a weak stomach when it comes to “bodily fluids.” Spencer’s has fake vomit, fake snot, floating turds and pretend dog poop. You can also prank your friends with a hand shocker, fake cigars and a remote control that squirts water.
Amanda Keeler is a freelance writer and Social Media Director, living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University in Public Relations. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.