questionswhen is it appropriate to give a gag/funny gift?

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I don't recall ever seeing gifts given at funerals - but it could catch on!

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When you put a red clown nose on the face of the deceased, hilarity always ensues.

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@wingnutzero: LOL!

at a white elephant party, like the kinds they do at work around Christmas

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Only when the receiver has a freaking sense of humor.

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anytime is the right time.
I always used to leave shock pens and lighters around work.

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I never was found out :P

everyone seemed to enjoy it though. Fake dog poo by the front door, doorstops shoved under people's doors when they were in their office, connecting two extensions to each other, then watching the confusion as they slowly figured out what was going on. One time I unplugged the printers in 2 offices and ran longer printer cables to the printers in the other office, and one sales rep tried to print a report 5 times before the person in the other office knocked on his door.

Our manager was ultra-conservative on the political spectrum, and when he came back from a day off in 2000 and found his office literally wallpapered in gore/lieberman signs & banners he almost had to be restrained, but eventually could laugh at the joke. That was the only one that almost went bad.

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@kamikazen: What you're describing are practical jokes, not gag gifts. While practical jokes can be funny, it's a different beast. A gag-gift is something that (ideally) is chosen specifically to be distinctly inappropriate for, or a way of teasing the recipient. Ie - a truly awful tacky tie for someone who's a snappy dresser, a walker (or geritol) for someone turning 40, hair dye for someone who shaved their head, or a vacuum for my wife. (hehehe...)

Gag-gifts are good for any occasion - birthdays, anniversaries, giftmas, whatever. Mothers day and valentines day are probably the only instances where I haven't dared try. (I'm crazy, not stupid!)

As for gag-gifts at a funeral - it would REALLY depend on the decedent, the legacy they left, and how the family (or gift recipient) would be likely to take it. FWIW - jokes at funerals aren't verboten. I wrote the eulogy for my grandmother, a sharp, funny lady. Because of who she was, I made people at the funeral alternately laugh and cry.

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in all honesty, obviously a funeral is not the right place or time for a gag gift or joke. My original post was intended more as .... a gag.

although, at a friend's funeral back in the 90's, several of us changed the "funeral" stickers placed on our windshields to "realfun" in honor of the decedent, who was known for partying and having a good time.