Plan accordingly for this year’s April Fools’ Day gag. Some of the best gag gifts and supplies can be found right here in Connecticut’s mom and pop shops that might not be as well known. From gag gifts to magic tricks or funny t-shirts, there are plenty of options when shopping at one of these local stores. Put your thinking cap on and browse their variety of products and supplies to plan the perfect gag.

Play Toys & Gifts
49 Bank Street
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 355-2134

Plan your time accordingly when shopping at Play. Shoppers have been known to get lost in the fun and variety of gifts and gadgets. It is a throwback to being a kid in a candy shop of the 90s. From silly items to games to useful gadgets, there is something for everyone. This knick knack store is full of unique inventory, collector items and even gag gifts you would not find in your typical chain store.

Norwalk Dollar & Gift
68 Wall Street
Norwalk, CT 06850
(203) 838-4438

Sometimes the best April Fools’ joke is built off of creativity. Find the perfect supplies for your gag all in one location at Norwalk Dollar & Gift. This discount store is a one-stop shop that has everything from party supplies to household products. The best part is keeping on or under your budget. When looking to find deals on everyday items to construct your own gag gift, shop here. You can’t beat the hospitality of owner Qiwei Chen.

Winkler’s Magic Warehouse
24 Doyle Road
Oakdale, CT 06370
(860) 859-3474

At Winkler’s Magic Warehouse, even the average Joe could find a product to create a magic trick. Due to high flow of customers, the inventory is ever changing. Grab what you see when you get the chance at the retail store, or shop online. Winkler’s carries a wide variety of magic trick supplies, books and novelties. Expert and beginner magicians can shop for magic sets, illusions, escapes and even fire and smoke tricks. Winkler’s caters to all types of entertainers including jugglers and ventriloquists.

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Flippin’ Sweet Gear
Norwalk, CT 06850
(203) 807-4367

Who knew that right in Connecticut was such a popular t-shirt company. Since 2005, Flippin’ Sweet Gear has been producing funny t-shirts with pictures, phrases and graphics. If you’re heard it in the media, trending on social media or on YouTube, there is a good chance you’ll find it here. Flippin’ Sweet Gear has genres including offensive shirts, TV and movie themed, and political. If you’re looking to create your own funny gag gift, you are in luck. You can create your own masterpiece to keep for yourself or to give to a friend.

Mystical Magic
391 Campbell Ave.
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 285-6811

Going to a nationwide, chain department store will not get you the quality and passion you would receive at Mystical Magic. Professionals and beginners alike can feel comfortable shopping at this magic supply shop. It sells magic supplies including but not limited to cards, silks and DVDs. When planning this year’s April Fools’ gag, stop by Mystical Magic for some words of advice from an expert magician.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at