April Fools’ Day will be here before you know it, so don’t waste another minute procrastinating on the perfect prank. Pittsburgh has plenty of prank and novelty places to shop, ranging from magic shops to party stores that provide unbelievable laughs and surprises. Amaze, shock and even startle your family and friends with everything from silly and playful jokes to over-the-top pranks with some help from Pittsburgh professional pranksters. Here are the top five places to buy your April Fools’ Day gag gifts in Pittsburgh.
Mike Feinberg Company
1736 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Locals know Mike Feinberg Company as one of the city’s most diverse and coolest party stores, but this locally owned and operated one-stop shop is also one of Pittsburgh’s best places to stock up on everything you need to prank your family and friends this April Fools’ Day. From novelty hats, costume accessories and masks to party supplies, gift bags and themed gimmicks, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Ask the staff to help you find that unusual or weird gag gift or let them lead you with their personal recommendations. Mike Feinberg Company is located at 1736 Penn Avenue in the city’s Strip District.
3001 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
If you’re shopping in the Strip District, you must make a stop by Albert’s Gifts, the city’s largest selection of pranks and gag gimmicks marketed specifically to the Pittsburgh sports fans. Browse its huge selection of Pittsburgh sports-themed T-shirts, magnets, memorabilia and signs that are sure to tease and please any black and gold fan. At Albert’s Gifts, you’ll have access to some of the more unusual and one-of-a-kind gifts anywhere in the region. For instance, where else can you find a roll of toilet paper covered in Pittsburghese. Albert’s Gifts is located at 3001 Penn Avenue at the corner of Penn Avenue and 30th Street.
5522 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Since first opening its doors in 1968, Kards Unlimited has remained among Pittsburgh’s top picks for unique cards, gifts and novelty items. Kards Unlimited goes beyond what local gift shops have to offer to bring you the latest in books, T-shirts, cards, knick knacks, toys and more. No matter what you’re looking for, the knowledgeable and welcoming employees can help you find the perfect prank for family and friends. Shop Kards Unlimited at its Walnut Street location in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.
The Cuckoo’s Nest Magic Shop
1513 E. Carson St.
Carson, PA 15203
With the recognition by The Travel Channel as one of the must-shop stops in Pittsburgh, The Cuckoo’s Nest Magic Shop goes beyond magic show accessories and gimmicks to bring you the best selection of jokes, novelties and prank items in the region. Browse hundreds of prank products that are sure to take your April Fools’ Day gags to the next level, including bang jokes, fake bugs, comedy routine necessities, disappearing and exploding novelties, disguises and much more. In addition, you’ll also have access to the city’s largest collection of puppets, juggling equipment, magic tricks, makeup and balloons. The Cuckoo’s Nest Magic Shop is located in the city’s South Side neighborhood.
Wacky Jack’s Singing Telegrams and Balloons
1000 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If you’ve always dreamed of pulling off the ultimate April Fools’ Day prank, Wacky Jack’s Singing Telegrams and Balloons can help with the city’s best pranksters. Your April Fools’ Day victim will never suspect you’re behind the gags and giggles when you send a Wacky Jack’s entertainer to execute some of the most convincing pranks you can think of. From silly jokes, like filling your coworker’s office with balloons to sending a fake “prize patrol” to your friend’s house to award them a million dollars, if you can dream it up, Wacky Jack’s can make it happen! Price varies by prank so please contact Wacky Jack’s Singing Telegrams and Balloons directly for an estimate.
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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for AXS.com and Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.