Holiday Gift Guide for the Funny: Gifts Inspired by A-maze-ing Laughter

Fun and offbeat gifts that will have your friends and family smiling wide like the figures at English Bay’s much loved (and photographed) A-maze-ing Laughter.

Laugh Attack

With 100-plus shows— including stand-up, improv and musical performances—there’s an event for everyone’s taste (and sense of humour) at JFL Northwest 2020, happening February 14 to 23 (tickets from $10).

Mug Shot

The Melting mug ($38 each) by Studio Arhoj is aptly named: it contains a thick glaze that looks as though it’s dripping. Choose from shades like black, mint and fluffy unicorn, pictured here.

Inside Joke

Comedian Ali Wong keeps it real in Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life ($35), a series of stories written as letters to her young daughters that recount laugh-out-loud and insightful experiences from her come-up on the stand-up stage and beyond.

Say Cheese

Instagram goes IRL with Fujifilm’s Instax Share smartphone printer ($250 for black or white), which prints high-quality photos directly from your camera roll or social-media feeds in seconds.

Play Time

Inspired by the Japanese dolls of the same name, the Kokeshi dolls ($62 each)—designed by Becky Kemp for Lucie Kaas—are modelled after art and fashion icons like Yayoi Kusama and Anna Wintour.