Finding the right gift for your significant other is hard. You know what they like and what they don't, but sometimes the right gift just doesn’t seem to exist. Besides, gifting at any time of the year is difficult, but especially around the holidays a gift can signal your partner how much they mean to you (thank you consumerism, capitalism, and pushy relatives). There’s also the question of budget — are you looking for something cheap or do you have a little more to spend? The safe route in any gift-giving endeavor is to make them laugh. You know what TV shows and movies make them laugh, and you’re bound to have a few inside jokes together, so instead of hemming and hawing over an extravagant gift, going for something funny might be the perfect present.
Honestly, shared laughter is one of the best parts of a relationship — and it's good for it too. In fact, according to a 2015 North Carolina University at Chapel Hill study, couples who laugh more together tend to have higher-quality relationships. So why not weave laughter into your holiday gift-giving?
Find them a gift that will make them laugh and remember just how funny you are(n’t). Make the gift personal by reminding them of an inside joke from when you first started dating, or find a memento from that time you both just could not stop laughing. Or, if you’re at a loss for something they will find funny, go for a gag-gift to accompany something else that’s meaningful. For your significant other with a sense of humor, here are 13 gifts that will make them laugh.
1. A Chia Pet
Are one of you allergic to cats/dogs/mammals in general? Gift your partner a pet that’s low maintenance and won’t set your sinuses on fire. A chia pet is adorable with no clean-up. Also, apparently you can make an herbal tea from the leaves!
Cuddle Kitten Chia Pet, $26, Urban Outfitters
2. Truth Serum
Whether your partner is a lover of whiskey or wine, a decanter is a must. This one is embossed in "truth serum" which quite honestly, is too accurate. Smiles all around every time they use this bar cart necessity.
Proof or Dare Decanter, $25, ModCloth
3. Monogram Glitter Ornaments
Get your significant other some ornaments that will spell out something to make you both laugh. Whether it's a favorite artist (ahem, like the Drake collection here) or a favorite word, you'll both die laughing every time someone notices the name or expletive in your tree.
Monogram Glitter Ornament, two for $10, Urban Outfitters
GLOP: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas That Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious , by Bustle's very own Gaby Moss, is a hilarious satire of all the pretentious, expensive, and flat-out ridiculous things Gwyneth Paltrow and her site advocates for. Check out an excerpt here.
GLOP, $20, Amazon
6. Pocket Kim Wisdom
This book is full of hilarious KKW one-liners, whether she meant them to be funny or not. This is a must for any Kim lover (or hater). Also, there's a surprising amount of Kim Kardashian West information in this book of selfies — read on.
Pocket Kim Wisdom, $10, Urban Outfitters
7. Karaoke Microphone
Give your partner the excuse to belt out their embarrassing favorites and have your own laughs along the way. A portable karaoke microphone is necessary for any party or any less than fun moment to come in 2017.
iRig Karoke Microphone, $40, Urban Outfitters
8. Cards Against Humanity
If your SO doesn't already own or has never played CAH, this is a must. Play it on Christmas morning for hours of inappropriate laughter that will carry you through dinner. Just put it away when your easily-offended relatives arrive.
Cards Against Humanity, $25, Target
9. Tequila Mockingbird
Perfect for any book-loving, tequila-drinking partner — this recipe book is full of literary puns and creative cocktails.
Tequila Mockingbird, $15, ModCloth
10. COAL Keychain
In case all your partner deserves this year is coal...
Holiday Keychain, $15, Urban Outfitters
11. Optimist, Pessimist Glasses
If you have a partner who can't decide if they are an optimist or a pessimist, maybe these glasses can help them decide.
Optimist/Pessimist Glasses, two for $25, UncommonGoods
12. Sriracha To-Go Bottles
If your SO loves all things spicy, gift them Sriracha to-go. #HotSauceInTheirBag
Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain, $8, Urban Outfitters
13. The Hungoevr Coobkook
This misspelled title is super helpful when it comes to the best hangover food. Flip open to your current hangover-related malady and cook your way to good as new (or at least to less awful).
The Hungoevr Coobkook, $10, ModCloth
The best part of a funny gift is seeing their face when they open it and the hours of laughter that follows. Happy shopping!