Prank Gift Keeps Curious Hands At Bay


You all know that person.

The one who picks up every present with their name on it, shaking it before busting into their best Carnac the Magnificent impression. Heck, you might even be that person.

[Jason] was thinking about how to combat the gift shaker in his life and put together a simple prank that’s sure to provide him some enjoyment when the shaking and guessing commences.

He bought a premade audio module that stores about 20 seconds of sound, replacing the pushbutton trigger with a pair of wires that can easily make contact when the box is vigorously moved. Everything was carefully mounted in a gift box before being wrapped and set under the tree to surprise the eager gift shaker.

We definitely like the idea, since there are a plethora of ways to customize/enhance [Jason’s] work to fit your specific needs. Whether you go with the kitten/puppy in a box theme, or wire in an incredibly loud alarm, your resident gift inspector will never look at presents the same way again!

Continue reading to see [Jason] explain his gift prank in more detail.


23 thoughts on “Prank Gift Keeps Curious Hands At Bay

  1. I’d make it alternate between “meow”,”woof woof”, and “potatoes”. Here’s why (from because I don’t want to type out my own version which is longer and better):

    There’s an English man, Irish man and a Scotsman. They’re being chased by a policeman. They see this old warehouse so they run in. Inside there are 3 empty sacks on the floor. They each jump in a sack. In comes the copper and see’s these three bundles on the floor. Goes up to the first one and kicks it. The English man shout out, “Woof Woof”, and the copper thinking it’s just an old dog leaves it and kicks the second sack. The Scotsman yells out, “Me-ow me-ow”, he leaves this one as well thinking its just an old cat. He walks over to the last sack and kicks it, and the Irish man yells out.. “Potatoes Potatoes..!”

  2. OMG! Someone knows how to shoot a video! FANTASTIC!

    Everyone else, THIS is how you do it, not your POS out of focus cellphone from the dollar store and no you dont change the view every 3 seconds like an ADHD kid that ate a bag of sugar.

  3. All serious through the video and then waiting for the part were he shows it doing itd thing…
    Haha :D meeew :D … Not that I condone kittens in sealed boxes.
    Reminds me of a toy I saw years ago. A cat in a hessian sack that would shake violently and then gradually sound more and more like it was being drowned.
    Maybe a budgerigar in mine. And a small soft toy to give it a good rattle (:

      1. “survival of the fittest” not sure what gave you a reason to use that phrase, a phrase first coined by a Briton economist. I understand Darwin never used the phrase as a synonym for natural selection, but did use it in another context. I have never been able to find the phrase in it’s original context. However most time I hear it used in terms of economics, it’s mostly used to justify those who have been able to amass great wealth, using that wealth to control the actions of others. Anyway a funny joke with the potato sacks

      2. Looks like this would work best if the gift is wrapped in the home where it will be opened. A switch held open by a magnet, that could be easily slid off the package, would allow it to travel well. The kitten thing would not be something to give to a kid who would be happy to receive one, but doesn’t find one in the box. I belong to a group that has a white elephant gift exchange at Christmas. mostly adults, that wouldn’t get worked up over such a tame prank, I would hope anyway. A good place for something like this, but I’m likely to forget about in in the ensuing year.

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