If the gloomy winter weather has you looking forward to spring, you may be up for planning something silly for April Fool’s Day this year. There are plenty of stores around Atlanta that have weird and yet comical gifts that can help you surprise your friend or co-worker. We have chosen a few of our favorite goofy shops. These stores are always good for killing an hour and putting a smile on your face. Let us know if your favorite store made the list. 

Richards Variety Store
2347 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-1412
www.richardsvarietystore.com

Richards Variety Store is one of the most fun places to shop in Atlanta. If you are looking for a silly gift, it’s the perfect place to start. From goofy mugs to books of postcards with adorable animals saying offensive things, there are endless little trinkets to make your friends smile. Whatever you are looking for, this surprisingly big store most likely has a few options. 

Junkman’s Daughter
464 Moreland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-3188
www.thejunkmansdaughter.com

This shop in the middle of Little Five Points is always full of teenagers, largely because it has a wide range of giggle-worthy gifts. From silly t-shirts to toys and bobbleheads from your favorite show, there are plenty of options here. You should be able to find something to make your friend or co-worker laugh out loud on April Fool’s Day. If you’re shopping with your teen, you’ll be the coolest parent in town. 

Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 215-9511
www.criminalatl.com

A record store may seem like an odd place to go for gag gifts, but this one is located in the heart of Little Five Points, Atlanta’s funkiest shopping district. In addition to records, the store also houses a wide variety of comic books and related gifts. There is also an impressive array of nontraditional artwork from local artists like Red Rocket Farms. You can find something out of the ordinary here to surprise your friends. 

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Homegrown 
412 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-1147
www.homegrowndecatur.com

Decatur Square is another fun shopping area, and Homegrown always has unusual gifts in stock. It features pieces from locals artists in a variety of styles, from fanciful artwork to irreverent t-shirts. There’s always an interesting selection of jewelry, and you can even find recordings like lullaby versions of your favorite current bands. If you’re looking for something you won’t find anywhere else, this is a great choice. 

Paris On Ponce
716 Ponce De Leon Place N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306

(404) 249-9965
www.parisonponce.com
 
Paris on Ponce is a collection of small shops featuring everything from furniture to tiaras. One stall showcases taxidermy animals dressed up in tutus and jewelry. If that doesn’t scare the pants off of your friend or co-worker, then you could hit up one of the other shops on site. There are origami artworks, topiary globes, and endless other interesting creations. There are gifts at a range of price points, too. 

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