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April Fool's Day In NYC: Gag Gifts, Pranks And Props Galore

The Forbidden Planet comic book store in Manhattan, on the corner of Broadway and East 13th Street. (credit: Luigi Novi)

Now that spring is upon us, we can finally welcome the warmth of the new season with happy cheer. On April Fool's Day, celebrate warmer weather by having some fun playing a few jokes with friends, family and coworkers. Take a bite out of the Big Apple and enjoy the delicious quest of New York City shopping to buy the perfect April Fools' Day gag gifts.

Abracadabra NYC

19 W 21st St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 627-5194

Say Abracadabra NYC and -- poof -- you are ready to play some magical April Fools' Day pranks with the great finds at this store. Creep out friends with realistic-looking body parts or liven up the April Fools' Day activities by making magic happen with fire and smoke or cool illusions.

New York Costumes Halloween Adventure

104 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 673-4546

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New York Costumes aims to please those who love to live in the spirit of Halloween all year round. Surprise your April Fools' Day victims with spooky attire that no one will forget. Or turn April Fools' into a party for all with great novelty finds. If you love a good fart joke, then New York Costumes is the place to go. Find your gag gift from fart candles to fart powder, fart spray or a fart whistle, and even a Mega Fart Whoopee Cushion.

Forbidden Planet

832 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-1576

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With a name like Forbidden Planet, you will be sure to find fun gag gifts this April Fools' Day. Forbidden Planet's toy department welcomes shoppers in search of "odd goodies." Their assortment of masks are amazingly lifelike and are sure to gain some April Fools' points. For those looking for a fun gag that spans decades, you will find the famed rubber chicken at this packed-full-of-fun store.

Balloon Saloon

133 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 227-3838

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Take a step back into old gag gift heaven at the Balloon Saloon for new and traditional April Fools' Day offerings. Along with the rubber chicken, one will find the always fun whoopee cushion. If looking for something to give that is a bit unique, check out their sticky slugs or assortment of googly eye glasses. Of course, the Balloon Saloon would not have its name if it did not have an amazing assortment of balloons.

The Evolution Store

120 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 343-1114

When searching for April Fools' gag gifts in New York City, one can get a bit inventive with the amazing offerings of stores to choose from. The Evolution Store allows one to find gifts that could certainly turn into offerings worthy of April Fools' Day. High-quality taxidermy or replica skulls and skeletons will certainly make a gag statement. Or imagine giving a real skull or skeleton as a gift found by the recipient upon opening a closet door. If looking for something a bit smaller to set the stage, then you can buy preserved spiders and scorpions that will certainly wow someone with an ultimate shock.

Carol Ruth Weber began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design.

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