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Need a gift for a techie? How about a joke box

The real-looking packages tout such fake products as Coffee Talkie, Wake & Bake and Motorized Rolling Pin, but what's really in the box from Prank Pack is up to you.

December 08, 2009|By David Colker

What do you get for the tech geek who has everything?

How about the Coffee Talkie, an insulated travel mug with a built-in digital two-way radio for conversations on the way to the office?

Or maybe, if the recipient is into golf, the wearable Birdie Belt, which is a GPS range finder that not only gives the exact yardage to the hole but also has random text tips from pros and a storage rack for tees.

Or for mornings, there is the Wake & Bake, a bedside digital-alarm-equipped griddle that starts breakfast in the morning and then wakes you up.

Just one problem. All of these gifts are fakes.

They come from Prank Pack, which makes boxes that show the nonexistent items. You simply insert a real gift into one of the boxes, and then hopefully you're there when the recipient takes off the wrapping and tries coming up with something nice to say about a Motorized Rolling Pin (another of the company's fake presents).

The boxes are realistic, with photos, color graphics and text that looks legit. The Coffee Talkie box shows people happily walking down the street in different cities in the world while talking into the side of a genuine-looking Thermos with a small antenna extended. It shows close-ups of features, including "coffee-resistant keypad," digital channel selector and automobile charger.

The Birdie Belt shows fictitious "Hall of Famer Mark Rydelo" wearing the device. And Wake & Bake comes with a "snooze/preheat button."

The boxes cost $8 each. Just make sure you enclose a gift more enticing than the one depicted on the box, or there will be serious disappointment.

That Wake & Bake looks really cool.

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