Get’ em good. April Fools’ Day is the one day a year everyone plays practical jokes and gets away with it. Here are some of my favorites.
1. If you have a faucet with a sprayer, put a rubber band around the handle when nobody is looking. The nnext person to use the sink will get drenched.
2. An oldie but goodie – superglue a coin to a busy sidewalk. Make sure to use a dime or a quarter. Hardly anybody picks up pennies anymore. Watch people get creative trying to pry up the coins with no success. For even more fun, rip a piece of cloth when the person bends down to pick up the coin. They’ll think they need a sewing kit to repair their pants. It’s a classic!
For the Office:
1. Make a batch of cupcakes and frost them with toothpaste. Ask your office mates to “help themselves”.
2. Get in early or stay late the night before and cover the bottom of everyone’s mouse with a piece of tape. You will be surprised how long it takes people to figure out the problem.
If you want to send a gift that is a practical joke in itself, GiftTree has a couple of great options. The Chain Wine Bottle Holder creates the optical illusion of a heavy duty chain suspending a bottle above the table. Olivina Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Nougats are a sweet surprise. They look just like olives, but they are actually a great tasting confection. My favorite is Don’t Break the Bottle! It’s a puzzle placed on a wine bottle. The puzzle has to be solved before the wine can be opened and enjoyed. The puzzle can even be monogrammed. Now that’s an April Fools’ idea that gets really personal.
Remember, the best prank is the one that makes the victim laugh and enjoy the situation as much as the other people who witness it. It’s not nice to harm. It is also necessary not to go overboard. Have fun and use common sense.