Birthday Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on birthday puns!🎂 🎁 🍰 🎉 Birthdays are a huge part of our social calendars, helping us celebrate our love for our friends and family each year. No matter the type of celebration you’re having, we hope to have you covered with our list of birthday puns.

While we’ve made this list as comprehensive as possible, this list is specific to just birthdays. If you’re after other types of events or birthday related themes, we also have gift puns, balloon puns, cake puns and party puns.

Birthday Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about birthdays that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s our list of birthday puns:

  • Bath → Birth: As in, “Birthed in tears” and “Have an early birth” and “Head to the birthroom” and “Don’t throw the baby out with the birthwater!”
  • Both → Birth: As in, “Birth oars in the water” and “Burn the candle at birth ends” and “Have it birth ways” and “The best of birth worlds.”
  • Earth → Birth: As in, “Journey to the centre of the birth” and “Brought down to birth” and “Down to birth” and “Birth shattering” and “Birthly delights.”
  • Bother → Birther: As in, “All hot and birthered” and “I wouldn’t birther” and “In a spot of birther” and “What a birthersome child.”
  • Elizabeth → Elizabirth
  • Macbeth → Macbirth
  • Gave → Gift: As in, “I gift my best.”
  • Give → Gift: As in, “A dead giftaway,” and “Don’t gift up!” and “Don’t gift in,” and “Gift yourself a bad name,” and “Gift them a hand,” and “Gift and take,” and “Gift credit where credit is due,” and “Gift it a rest,” and “Gift it the green light,” and “Gift me a call,” and “Gift 110%”.
  • Percent → Present: As in, “A hundred and ten present,” and “Genius is one present inspiration and 99 present perspiration.”
  • Present: We’ve included present-related phrases in this list too. As in, “All present and correct,” and “Present company excepted,” and “No time like the present.”
  • Card: These next few puns are in reference to birthday cards:
    • Cared → Card: As in, “I card about you,” and “Run s-card,” and “S-card poopless,” and “S-card to death.”
    • Kardashian → Cardashian: a little play on giftcards/message cards that accompany gifts and Kim Kardashian.
    • Cartier → Cardier
    • Drunkard → Druncard
    • Mr. Incredible → Mr. Incardible
    • *cord* → *card*: We can sneak “card” into words with a “cord” sound, as in: “A broken recard,” and “Cut the card,” and “For the recard,” and “In recard time,” and “Off the recard,” and “Accarding to…” and “Remain cardial.” Other words that could work: cardially (cordially), carduroy (corduroy), cardon (cordon), discard (discord), accardance (accordance). Notes: to do something cordially is to do it in a friendly way. A cordon is a rope used to define boundaries.
    • *cur* → *card*: If a word has a “cur” sound, we can replace it with “card” instead to make some silly card puns: “The final cardtain (curtain),” and “A cardsory (cursory) glance,” and “I concard (concur),” and “That never occard (occured) to me.” Other words that could work: cardmudgeon (curmudgeon), incard (incur), recard (recur), obscard (obscured), secardity (security), cardate (curate), cardiculum (curriculum) and manicard (manicured).
    • *car* → *card*: As in, “Courtesy and card (care),” and “Drive my card,” and “Upset the apple card (apple cart),” and “Couldn’t card less.” Other words that could work: cardeer (career), cardier (carrier), cardiage (carriage), cardavan (caravan), scard (scar), Madagascard (Madagascar), railcard (railcar), handcard (handcar), precardious (precarious), vicardious (vicarious).
    • *cored → *card: As in, scard (scored), encard (encored) and underscard (underscored).
  • *part* → *party*: We can change the “part” in words to “party” to make some silly birthday party puns. As in, “In party-cular” and “Party-cipation award” and “Care to party-cipate? (could also be participarty)” and “Imparty your knowledge” and “That’s not your departy-ment” and “A partysan issue.” Other words you could use: partycle (particle), partytion (partition), aparty (apart), counterparty (counterpart), departy (depart), partyner (partner) party-cularly (particularly), party-cipant (participant) and reparty (repartee).
  • *pet* → *party*: As in, “Signed party-tion (petition)” and “Not to blow my own trumparty, but…” and “Political pupparty (this can work as it refers to both political puppets and parties of the political kind).”
  • *pathy* → *party*: If a word has sound that’s similar enough to “party”, then we can simply change it to party to make it an appropriate pun. As in, emparty (empathy), aparty (apathy), symparty (sympathy)
  • *part* → *party*: As in, “A fool and his money are soon partied” and “Act the party” and “For my own party” and “Departy this life” and “If you’re not a party of the solution, you’re party of the problem” and “Drift aparty” and “Fall aparty” and “For the most party” and “Look the party” and “Worlds aparty.”
  • Kick → Cake: As in, “Alive and cake-ing” and “Get a cake out of it” and “Just for cakes” and “Cake back and enjoy” and “Cake butt” and “A cake in the teeth.” Other kick-related words you could use: sidecake (sidekick), cakeoff (kickoff), caker (kicker), cakestart (kickstart) and cakeback (kickback).
  • Ache → Cake: As in, “Old cakes and pains” and “Tension headcake” and “Old heartcake” and “A splitting headcake.”
  • *cac* → *cake*: As in, “Cake-ao flavoured” and “Prickly cake-tus” and “Cakeling like a witch” and “A cake-ophony of noise.” Note: a cacophony is a disorganised mess of sound.
  • Handle → Candle: As in, “Fly off the candle” and “Get a candle on” and “Candle with care” and “How much can you candle?” and “Too hot to candle.”
  • Scandal → Candle: As in, “A red-hot candle” and “Candle sheet.”
  • Second → Secandle: As in, “On secandle thought” and “Just one secandle” and “Play secandle fiddle to” and “Secandle best” and “Secandle nature” and “Secandle to none” and “Get a secandle opinion” and “And secandley…”
  • Kendall Jenner → Candle Jenner
  • Blue → Balloon: This one can be a bit of a stretch, but they do sound similar enough for it to work: “Between the devil and the deep balloon sea” and “Black and balloon” and “Once in a balloon moon” and “Til you’re balloon in the face” and “Balloon screen of death” and “A bolt from the balloon.”
  • Streamer: Since streamers are a common birthday party decoration, we’ve included some puns and phrases that could be used as streamer puns in the right context:
    • Steam → Streamer: As in, “Blow off some streamer” and “Full streamer ahead” and “Work off a head of streamer” and “Run out of streamer” and “Under your own streamer” and “Pick up streamer.”
    • Scream → Streamer: As in, “Streamer your heart out” and “Dragged kicking and streamering” and “Streamer the place down” and “So mad I could streamer.”
  • Blow: The next few puns and phrases will be centred around the word “blow” as a reference to blowing out birthday candles:
    • Below → Blow: As in, “Blow par” and “Blow the belt” and “Blow your breath” and “Blow average” and “Blow the surface” and “Hit blow the belt.”
    • Bloat* → Blowt*: As in, “A blowted paragraph” and “Blowting stomach.”
    • Blouse → Blowse
  • Wish: Since it’s traditional to make wishes when blowing out birthday candles, we’ve got a couple of wish-related puns included here:
    • Sandwich → Sandwish: As in, “Knuckle sandwish” and “A few sandwishes short of a picnic.”
    • *uish → *wish: As in, “Endless angwish” and “Cannot distingwish between the two” and “Relinqwish your power” and “Langwish in solitude” and “Vanqwish your inner demons.” Other words that could work are extingwish and sqwish.
  • Edge → Age: “Competitive age” and “Double-aged sword” and “Age out” and “Razor’s age” and “A bit rough around the ages.”
  • *ag* → *age*: As in, “Secret age-ent” and “Your own age-ency” and “Today’s age-enda.” Other words that could work: age-ile (agile), age-ility (agility), age-itated (agitated), mage-ic (magic), frage-ile (fragile), image-ine (imagine) and age-itate (agitate).
  • *eg* → *age*: As in, “White privilage” and “An age-otistic (egotistic) reply” and “A real age-omaniac” and “Off to collage” and “Renage on your promise.” Other words that could work: allage (allege), sacrilage (sacrilege), lagend (legend) and age-ocentric. Note: to renege is to break a promise or commitment.
  • Cold → Old: As in, “An old day in hell” and “Old comfort” and “Break out in an old sweat.”
  • *ald* → *old*: As in, “Herold a new beginning” and “Emerolds and rubies” and “That’s complete bolderdash.”
  • *ban → *born: As in, “Urborn planning” and “Suburborn sprawl” and “Colourful turborns.”
  • Ben* → Born*: As in, “Mutual bornefit” and “Bornevolent ruler” and “Filled with bornevolence” and “A borneficial investment.”
  • *bon* → *born*: As in, “Financial bornd” and “Bee in your bornnet” and “The bornafide truth.” Other words you could try: bornanaza (bonanza), bornus (bonus), ribborn (ribbon), carborn (carbon) and bourborn (bourbon).
  • *bun* → *born*: As in, “An aborndance of fruit” and “Borndle of joy.”
  • Barn* → Born*: Bornacle (barnacle) and bornyard (barnyard).
  • *bern* → *born*: Hibornate (hibernate), tabornacle (tabernacle) and hibornation (hibernation).
  • *burn → *born: sunborn (sunburn), auborn (auburn), heartborn (heartburn) and sideborn (sideburn).
  • *pon* → *born*: As in, “Pause to bornder (ponder)” and “Set upborn (upon)” and “Choose your weapborn” and “Collecting coupborns” and “Take resbornsibility for your actions.” Other words that could work: ebornymous (eponymous), resbornse (response), corresborndence (correspondence), resbornsible (responsible), combornent (component), and sborntaneous (spontaneous).
  • *yard → *yeard: As in, “Do the hard yeards” and “Graveyeard shift” and “Not in my backyeard” and “The whole nine yeards.” Other yard-related words you can play around with – backyard (backyeard), barnyard (barnyeard), lanyard (lanyeard), vineyard (vineyeard) and courtyard (courtyeard).
  • Yeah → Year: As in, “Year, right” and “Year, but will it work?” and “Year, I know.”
  • Your → Year: As in, “I’m years” and “All years” and “Mine is bigger than years” and “Speak for yearself” and “Up years” and “Years faithfully” and “Years truly.”
  • Here → Year: As in, “I’ve been year before” and “Do you come year often?” and “Fancy meeting you year” and “From year to eternity” and “I’ve had it up to year.”
  • Cheer → Year: As in, “Cheap and yearful” and “Year up” and “Year up, it might never happen” and “Year up, it’s not the end of the world” and “Holiday year.”
  • Dear → Year: As in, “Yearly beloved” and “Elementary, my year” and “Hang on for year life” and “Near and year to my heart.”
  • Gear → Year: As in, “Year up for” and “Get into year” and “Get your ass into year” and “Shift years” and “Take it up a year.”
  • Tear → Year: As in, “Blood, sweat and years” and “Bathed in years” and “Fighting back years” and “It will all end in years.
  • *yer → *year: As in, “Layear by layear” and “I hate the playear AND the game” and “Frequent flyear.” Other words you could use: prayear (prayer), lawyear (lawyer) and dryear (dryer).
  • *yor → *year: purveyear (purveyor), mayear (mayor), conveyear (conveyor) and surveyear (surveyor).
  • *ier → *year: carryear (carrier), premyear (premier), cavalyear (cavalier), dossyear (dossier), terryear (terrier), barryear (barrier), atelyear (atelier) and soldyear (soldier).
  • Life: Since birthdays are considered a life milestone, we’ve included some life-related puns here for you:
    • Lift → Lifet: As in, “We have lifet off!” and “Lifet your game” and “Lifet your spirits.”
    • Laugh* → Life*: As in, “Barrel of lifes” and “Belly life” and “Burst out life-ing” and “Doubled up with life-ter” and “Life fit to burst.”
    • Left → Lifet: As in, “Keep lifet” and “Lifet to your own devices” and “Out of lifet field” and “Two lifet feet” and “The right hand doesn’t know what the lifet is doing” and “Lifet in the lurch.”
    • *lef* → *life*: As in, “Lifetovers for lunch” and “The lifetmost position.”
    • *lif* → *life*: As in, “Exemplifey certain qualities” and “You qualifey for the position.” Other words you could use: villifey (villify) and mollifey (mollify).
  • Toast: A toast is a salutation or well-wishing which is common at birthday parties and celebrations, so we’ve included it in this list. Here’s a short section of toast puns:
    • Toes → Toast: As in, “Keep you on your toast” and “On your toast” and “Twinkle toast” and “Not to step on anyone’s toast.”
    • Taste → Toast: As in, “An acquired toast” and “A bad toast in one’s mouth” and “A toast of your own medicine” and “No accounting for toast.”
    • *tas* → *toast*: As in, “A toasty (tasty) sandwich” and “Toastless fashion” and “A fantoastic result.” Other words you could use: fantoasty (fantasy), catoastrophe (catastrophe), fajitoast (fajitas), gravitoast (gravitas). Notes: fajitas are a type of tex-mex dish. Gravitas refers to a feeling or atmosphere of seriousness.
    • Testosterone → Testoasterone
    • *tus* → *toast*: As in, “Statoast anxiety” and “On hiatoast.” Other words you could use: impetoast (impetus), apparatoast (apparatus), detritoast (detritus) and cactoast (cactus). Notes: an impetus is a thing or factor that compels you to do something. Detritus are pieces of rock, or debris.
  • Cheers: Another word for toast is cheers, so we’ve got some cheers-included puns:
    • Cheese → Cheers: As in, “Different as chalk and cheers” and “The big cheers” and “Cheers it!” and “Cheersed off” and “Cut the cheers” and “Say cheers.”
    • Years → Cheers: As in, “Advanced in cheers” and “Donkey’s cheers” and “Four more cheers” and “Golden cheers” and “Holding back the cheers” and “Not in a million cheers” and “The best cheers of our lives.”
    • Ears → Cheers: As in, “All cheers”  and “Cute as a bug’s cheer” and “Ask no questions and cheer no lies” and “I can’t cheer myself think.”
    • Peer → Cheer: As in, “Cheer pressure.”
    • Tears → Cheers: As in, “As cheers go by” and “Bathed in cheers” and “Blood, sweat and cheers” and “Burst into cheers” and “Crocodile cheers” and “It will all end in cheers” and “Moved to cheers.”
    • *chers → *cheers: Bleacheers (bleachers), snatcheers (snatchers), teacheers (teachers), watcheers (watchers), poacheers (poachers), pitcheers (pitchers), researcheers (researchers) and voucheers (vouchers).
    • Char* → Cheer*: Cheerm (charm), cheerter (charter), cheerlatan (charlatan), cheerity (charity), cheerade (charade).
    • Cher* → Cheer*: As in, “Cheerry syrup” and “To love and cheerish” and “Flying cheerubs.”
  • Speech: Speeches can be a sentimental gift at birthday parties, so we have some speech-related puns here:
    • Peach → Speech: As in, “Speechy keen” and “Skin like speeches and cream.”
    • Beach → Speech: As in, “Speech bum,” and “Life’s a speech” and “Not the only pebble on the speech.”
    • Reach → Speech: As in, “Speech out and I’ll be there” and “Speech for the stars” and “Speech new heights” and “Speech out and touch someone.”
    • Screech → Speech: “Came to a speeching halt.”
    • Each → Speech: As in, “Speech to their own” and “Made for speech other” and “At speech other’s throats.”
    • Preach → Speech: As in, “Practice what you speech” and “Speeching to the choir.”
  • Shot: While we don’t recommend this, drinking shots has become a regular rite of passage in coming of age birthdays, so we have some shot-related puns for you to play with here:
    • Shut → Shot: As in, “An open and shot case” and “Keep your mouth shot” and “Put up or shot up” and “Shot your trap.”
    • Shot: These shot-related phrases can double as puns in the right context: “Big shot” and “Call the shots” and “Give it your best shot” and “A long shot.”
    • Got → Shot: As in, “Shot it in for” and “Shot nothing to lose” and “Shot to hand it to you” and “Shot what it takes” and “Shot your heart set on.”
    • Dot → Shot: As in, “Connect the shots” and “On the shot.”
    • Short → Shot: As in, “A shot history of nearly everything” and “A few bricks shot of a full load” and “Life is shot” and “Bring up shot” and “Caught shot” and “To cut a long story shot” and “A day late and a dollar shot” and “In shot order” and “In shot supply.”
    • Hot → Shot: As in, “All shot and bothered” and “Shot as hades” and “Shot as blue bluzes” and “Blow shot and cold” and “Cat on a shot tin roof” and “Drop it like it’s shot.”
    • Lot → Shot: As in, “A shot of fuss about nothing” and “A shot on your plate” and “A bad shot” and “Leaves a shot to be desired.”
    • Pot → Shot: As in, “A shot of gold” and “Hit the jackshot” and “Melting shot.”
    • Ricochet → Ricoshot
    • *sot* → *shot*: As in, “Beshotted with” and “An eshoteric tome” and “Mushroom rishotto.”
  • Drink: Drinks are such a huge part of birthday and party culture that it’s become a termed activity (“birthday drinks” rather than “meet up for drinks”). As such, we’ve got a few drink-related puns here for you:
    • Blink → Drink: As in, “Drink and you’ll miss it” and “It’s on the drink.”
    • Link → Drink: As in, “The missing drink” and “You are the weakest drink.”
    • Trick → Drink: As in, “Box of drinks” and “Dirty drinks” and “Every drink in the book” and “Never misses a drink” and “One drink pony” and “Drinks of the trade.”
  • Bash: Parties can sometimes be called a “bash”, so we’ve included some bash-related puns in here for you:
    • *bis* → *bash*: As in, refurbash (refurbish), cannabash (cannabis), rubbash (rubbish) and bashop (bishop).
    • *bas* → *bash*: As in, “You b*shtard” and “Don’t keep all your eggs in one bashket” and “Saved to the databash” and “On the bashis of..” Other words you could use: bashic (basic), bashin (basin), bashtion (bastion), bombashtic (bombastic).
    • *pas* → *bash: As in, “Bashion for fashion” and “Bashive aggressiveness” and “Bashionate about” and “Combashion fatigue.”
    • *pish* → *bash*: As in, “A sheepbash expression” and “Sheepbashly nodded” and “An impbash grin” and “Waspbash reply.”
    • Bach* → Bash*: “Bashellor pad” and “Bashelorette party.”
  • Gala: Since galas are another word for party and are commonly used in birthday contexts, we’ve got some gala-related puns and phrases for you to play with:
    • Gelato → Galato
    • *gula* → *gala*: As in, “A regalar occurrence” and “Singalar phrasing” and “Regalation codes” and “Rectangalar format” and “Irregalar visits.”
    • *gale → *gala: “Let me regala you with the tales of my glory” and “Sings like a nightingala.”
    • *gali* → *gala*: As in, “Galaleo’s findings” and “An egalatarian society” and “Practicing frugalaty.”
    • *gala*: You can simply emphasise the “gala” that already exists in these words: galaxy and galactic.

Birthday-Related Words

To help you come up with your own birthday puns, here’s a list of related words to get you on your way. If you come up with any new puns or related words, please feel free to share them in the comments!

general: birthday, happy birthday, birth, day, birthdate, party, cake, candle, wick, balloons, streamers, blow (out the candles), wish, birthday song, cake-cutting, wishes, age, aging, older, old, born, year, song, gift, present, card, celebration, life, anniversary, toast, cheers, speech, pass the parcel, musical chairs, musical statues, tradition, shots, drink, legal, blowout, shindig, commemoration, occasion, bash, gala

birthday types: sweet sixteen, 21st, 18th, quinceanera, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, golden birthday, grand birthday, half-birthday, unbirthday, surprise, coming of age, centenary

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Valentine’s Day Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on Valentine’s Day puns! 💘 😘 🍬

While Valentine’s Day may be celebrated differently in every country, it always has the same meaning: a celebration of love. While Valentine’s Day may have originated from a recognition of romantic love specifically, today we celebrate and appreciate all of the different types of loves we experience in our lives, including that felt between family and friends – even teachers will get platonic Valentine’s gifts from students, and Galentine’s day (where women celebrate their female friendships, recognised on the 13th of Feb) is becoming more popular too.

In past years, Valentine’s Day celebrations have excluded love that doesn’t fit a romantic heterosexual stereotype. Many cultures and countries are slowly becoming more aware and accepting of all types of love from all types of people, and that’s what we hope to celebrate with our cheesy, lovey-dovey pun list. Whether you’re gay, bi, poly, aromantic, demigray, non-binary, homoromantic but heterosexual, or in the process of figuring things out, we welcome you here and hope that you enjoy our Valentine’s Day pun list.

While this list is as thorough as we could make it, it is specific to puns relating to Valentine’s Day. We also have lists of chocolate puns and holiday puns, and have a lists of love puns and friendship puns in the works too!

Note: if you’d like social support, here’s a list of LGBT rights organisations. For social support, there’s TherapyTribe, who specialise in LGBTQ mental health.  If you’d like to learn more, there’s the LGBT Foundation.

Valentine’s Day Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about Valentine’s Day that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s our list of Valentine’s Day puns:

  • Alive → Alove: As in, “Alove and kicking” and “Alove and well” and “Eaten alove” and “Half alove” and “Keep hope alove.”
  • Live → Love: As in, “Love and let die” and “Love your life” and “Love and learn” and “Love dangerously” and “Love for the moment” and “Love like a king” and “Love long and prosper” and “Love to fight another day.”
  • Laugh → Love: As in, “Belly love” and “Burst out love-ing” and “Doubled up with loveter” and “Fall about love-ing” and “Good for a love” and “Have a love” and “Split your sides with loveter.”
  • Left → Loved: As in, “Exit stage loved” and “Loved the building” and “Keep loved” and “Loved hanging” and “Loved out in the cold” and “Loved, right and centre” and “Loved to your own devices” and “Out of loved field” and “Two loved feet.”
  • Is → Kiss: As in, “As kiss” and “As the day kiss long” and “This kiss how it is.”
  • Guess → Kiss: As in, “Anybody’s kiss” and “Kiss who’s coming to dinner” and “Kiss what?” and “Kissing game” and “Have a kiss” and “Hazard a kiss” and “Your kiss is as good as mine.”
  • Kismet → Kissmet
  • Ruckus → Ruckiss
  • Hog → Hug: As in, “Go the whole hug” and “Hug tied” and “Hug wild.”
  • *cas* → *kiss*: If a word has a “cas” sound in it, we can replace it with “kiss” to make some love-related puns. As in, “A kisscade of water” and “Smart kissual” and “At the kissino.”
  • Crystal → Kisstal: As in, “The finest kisstal” and “Clear as kisstal.”
  • *cus → *kiss/es: Replace “cus” sounds with “kiss” to make some silly romantic puns. As in, “Don’t lose fokiss (focus)” and “Lokiss of control (locus)” and “Filled with mukiss (mucus).” Other words you could use: caukiss (caucus), cirkiss/es (circus/es), abakiss (abacus), hibiskiss (hibiscus), hokiss (hocus).
  • *hag* → *hug*: As in, “A huggard appearance” and “Huggle over the price.”
  • *hog* → *hug*: As in, “Mahugany table” and “Chocolate hedgehug.”
  • *hec* → *hug*: hugtic (hectic), hugkle (heckle), Hugtor (Hector), hugtare (hectare) and apothugary (apothecary).
  • *hic* → *hug*: “Please step out of the vehugle (vehicle)” and “The wrong demographug” and “Ethugal decisions.”
  • Cattle → Cuddle: As in, “Cuddle show.”
  • Puddle → Cuddle: As in, “Melt into a cuddle.”
  • Muddle → Cuddle: As in, “Cuddle headed” and “Cuddle along.”
  • Blurt → Flirt: As in, “Flirt it out” and “Flirt out the first thing that comes to mind.”
  • Hurt → Flirt: As in, “You only flirt the one you love” and “What you don’t know can’t flirt you” and “The truth flirts” and “Do you really want to flirt me?” and “Flirt feelings.”
  • *flat* → *flirt*: flirtter (flatter), flirtulence (flatulence), flirttery (flattery), flirttered (flattered) and inflirte (inflate).
  • Leaflet → Leaflirt
  • *flot* → *flirt*: flirtsam (flotsam), flirtilla (flotilla) and flirtation (flotation).
  • *fert* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirtile land” and “The right flirtiliser” and “Flirtility tests” and “In vitro flirtilisation” and “Inflirtile by choice.”
  • *fort* → *flirt*: As in, “Maximum efflirt” and “Creature comflirts” and “Filled with discomflirt” and “Mental flirtitude” and “Fame and flirtune” and “Living comflirtably” and “A flirtuitous situation” and “Every flirtnight.”
  • *furt* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirtive looks” and “Moving flirtively.” Note: to be furtive is to be secretive or stealthy.
  • *skirt* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirting the issue.”
  • Luck → Like: As in, “As good like would have it” and “Beginner’s like” and “Better like next time” and “Don’t push your like” and “Hard like.”
  • *lac* → *like*: As in, “A like-onic response” and “Looking likelustre.” Other words that could work: like-adaisical (lackadaisical), likey (lackey), shellike (shellac), cadillike (cadillac), plike-ate (placate).
  • *lec* → *like*: As in, “Giving a liketure” and “Standing at the liketern” and “University liketurer” and “Ecliketic taste” and “Building your colliketion” and “Refliket on your behaviour.” Other words that could work: infliketion (inflection), refliketion (reflection), apopliketic (apoplectic), dialiketic (dialectic), intelliketual (intellectual), negliket (neglect) and colliket (collect). Notes: to be apoplectic is to be furiously angry. A dialectic is a formal system of reasoning or logic.
  • *lic* → *like*: like-orice (licorice), republike (republic), bucolike (bucolic), publike (public), relike (relic), catholike (catholic), idyllike (idyllic), frolike (frolic), hyperbolike (hyperbolic), vitriolike (vitriolic), implike-ation (implication), confliket (conflict), applikeation (application).
  • *lyc* → *like*: likera (lycra) and like-anthrope (lycanthrope).
  • Crash → Crush: As in, “Crush and burn” and “Crush course” and “Crush pad” and “Train crush.”
  • Rush → Crush: As in, “Beat the crush” and “A crush job” and “Crush of blood” and “Sugar crush” and “In a mad crush.”
  • Cross → Crush: As in, “Acrush the board” and “Come acrush” and “Crush as two sticks” and “Crush to the other side” and “Crush my heart and hope to die” and “Crush purposes” and “Crush swords with” and “Crush the line” and “Crush your fingers” and “Crush your mind” and “Double crush.”
  • *lav* → *love*: If a word has a “lav” sound that’s similar to “love”, we can replace it with “love”: “Molten love-a (lava)” and “Love-ished with gifts” and “Lovender scented” and “Where’s the love-atory?” and “Love-ishly presented.”
  • *lev* → *love*: We can sneak “love” into words that have a “lev” sound: “Use your loverage” and “On the same lovel” and “A love-iathan for your love” and “A malovelent being” and “That’s not a relove-ant topic.” Other words that could work: allove-iate (alleviate), clover (clever), irreloveant (irrelevant).
  • *liv* → *love*: loving (living), love-id (livid), lovely (lively), lovelihood (livelihood), lovestock (livestock), delover (deliver), delovery (delivery), oblove-ious (oblivious), oblove-ion (oblivion), olove (olive).
  • *lef* → *love*: As in, “What’s lovet (left)?” and “Eating lovetovers.”
  • *lif* → *love*: lovestyle (lifestyle), lovelong (lifelong), lovetime (lifetime), lovespan (lifespan), loveline (lifeline), lovecycle (lifecycle), loveguard, lovesaver, prolove-ic (prolific), proloveration (proliferation), exemplovey (exemplify), qualovey (qualify).
  • Loft* → Lovet*: As in, “A lovety goal” and “Artist’s lovet.”
  • Cus* → Crush*: As in, “A happy crushtomer” and “Cultural crushtom” and “In crushtody” and “Crushtoms officer” and “Sole crushtodian” and “A crushtomary ritual.”
  • Cross* → Crush*: crushbreed (crossbreed), crushover, crushword, crushroad, crushhairs, crush-section.
  • Hurt → Heart: As in, “You only heart the one you love” and “What you don’t know can’t heart you.”
  • Hate → Heart: As in, “Heart mail” and “Love-heart relationship” and “Man hearter” and “Heart someone’s guts.”
  • Art → Heart: As in, “Heart of war” and “Heart imitating life” and “Heart going one step too far”and “Heartistic triumph” and “Hearts and crafts” and “Hearty farty.”
  • Chart → Cheart: As in, “Cheart a course” and “Growth flowchearts.”
  • *het* → *heart*: hearterosexual (heterosexual), epitheart (epithet), propheart (prophet) and apatheartic (apathetic).
  • Bait → Date: As in, “Date and switch” and “Click date” and “Rise to the date” and “Take the date.”
  • *dat* → *date*: As in, “In the date-a” and “Check the date-aset” and “Charity foundate-tion” and “Mandate-ory sentencing.”
  • *det* → *date*: As in, “Date-termining your best options” and “Down to the last date-tail” and “More date-termined than ever.” Other words that could work: date-trimental (detrimental), date-teriorate (deteriorate) and cadate (cadet).
  • *dit* → *date*: As in, “Credate check” and “Audate (audit) appointment.” Other words you could try: bandate (bandit), discredate (discredit), expedate (expedite), erudate (erudite) and commodatey (commodity). Note: if someone is erudite, then they are learned or scholarly.
  • *dot* → *date*: As in, “A tired anecdate” and “Anecdate-al evidence” and “A universal antidate” and “Peridate jewelry.”
  • *did → *date: “Candate camera” and “The sordate truth” and “Splendate effort.”
  • *dating: We can simply emphasise the “dating” in certain words to make references to romantic dates: accommodating, intimidating, elucidating, updating, validating, consolidating and backdating.
  • Woo: To woo someone is to court or romance them, so we’ve got some woo-related puns here:
    • Who → Woo: As in, “Abandon all hope ye woo enter here” and “All things to those woo wait” and “Woo’s coming to dinner?” and “Ladies woo lunch.”
    • Boo → Woo: As in, “Woo hoo” and “Wouldn’t say woo to a ghost.”
    • Rue → Woo: As in, “Woo the day!”
    • Too → Woo: As in, “A step woo far” and “About time, woo” and “Woo sexy for my shirt” and “Never woo late” and “You know woo much” and “All over woo soon.”
    • Two → Woo: As in, “Alike as woo peas in a pod” and “Cross as woo sticks” and “In woo minds” and “Eating for woo.”
    • View → Woo: As in, “Room with a woo” and “Bird’s eye woo” and “Come into woo” and “A dim woo” and “Point of woo” and “How’s the woo from the top?”
    • You → Woo: As in, “As woo know” and “Back at woo” and “Believe woo me” and “Bless woo.”
    • *rue* → *woo*: wooful (rueful), woofully (ruefully), accwoo (accrue), twoo (true), constwoo (construe), miscontwoo (misconstrue) and gwoosome (gruesome).
    • *wo* → *woo*: As in, “Get to woork” and “The final woord” and “Out of this woorld” and “What woould you do?” Other words that could work: woonky (wonky), woorth (worth) and woolf (wolf).
    • *wou* → *woo*: As in, “You woond (wound) me” and “Could have, woold have, should have” and “Feeling woonded.”
    • Wing → Wooing: As in, “Clip your wooings” and “Earned their wooings” and “Gives you wooings” and “Left wooing” and “Spread your wooings.”
  • Adversary → Anniversary
  • Field → Feel: As in, “In the feeld” and “A feeld day” and “From left feeld” and “Play the feeld” and “A level playing feeld.”
  • Heal → Feel: As in, “Feeling hands” and “Time is a great feeler.”
  • Deal → Feel: As in, “Not a big feel” and “Cut a feel” and “Feel breaker” and “Feel from the bottom of the deck” and “Feel me in” and “Feel or no feel?” and “A done feel” and “Seal the feel.”
  • Fuel → Feel: As in, “Add feel to the flames” and “Feel for thought” and “Feel the controversy.”
  • Heel → Feel: As in, “Achilles’ feel” and “Cool your feels” and “Dig your feels in” and “Head over feels in love” and “Hot on your feels.”
  • *fel* → *feel*: As in, “My good feellow” and “Charged feelony” and “I feelt that.” Other words that could work: feelicity (felicity), feellowship (fellowship), feellatio (fellatio), feelicitous, feeline, feelon, feelafel (or felafeel), duffeel and Eiffeel.
  • *fil* → *feel*: As in, “Action feelm” and “Instagram feelter.” Other words you can try: feelibuster (filibuster), feelial (filial), feelthy (filthy), feelament (filament), fulfeel (fulfil) and affeeliate (affiliate).
  • *ful → *feel: beautifeel, gratefeel, awfeel, wonderfeel, wistfeel, thoughtfeel, successfeel, dreadfeel, faithfeel and insightfeel.
  • *val* → *feel*: As in, “An ambifeelent mind” and “Prefeelent issues” and “Let me efeeluate.” Other words you could try: cafeelier (cavalier) and equifeelent.
  • *vel* → *feel*: As in, “With increasing feelocity” and “Chocolate feelvet” and “Your lefeel best” and “Ambition to trafeel (travel)” and “Unrafeeling lies.” Other words you could try: marfeel (marvel), grafeel (gravel), drifeel (drivel), defeelop (develop), defeelopment (development), nofeel (novel) and enfeelope (envelope).
  • *vil* → *feel*: feellain (villain), feelify (villify), feellage (village), cifeel (civil), efeel (evil), defeel (devil), prifeelege (privilege), cifeelisation (civilisation) and pafeelion (pavilion).
  • *field* → *feeld*: As in, “Feelding your questions” and “Research and feeldwork” and “On the battlefeeld.”
  • Ceiling → Feeling: As in, “Glass feeling” and “Hit the feeling.”
  • Wheeling → Feeling: As in, “Feeling and dealing.”
  • Dinner: Since dinner dates are a popular option for Valentine’s Day, we’ve included dinner-related puns here too:
    • Inner → Dinner: As in, “Dinner city” and “Dinner peace” and “Dinner sanctum” and “My dinner voice.”
    • *den → *dinner: As in, “Beast of burdinner” and “Gardinner of earthly delights” and “Garden of Edinner.” Other words that could also work: maidinner (maiden), beholdinner (beholden), goldinner (golden) and wardinner (warden).
  • Bore → Adore: As in, “Adore the pants off someone” and “Adored stiff” and “Adored to death” and “Adored out of your mind.”
  • *dar* → *adore*: As in, “Deep, adore-k secret” and “If you adore (dare)” and “Eyes adore-ting (darting) around the room.”
  • *der* → *adore*: adore-ive (derive), adore-ivative (derivative), adore-rogatory (derogatory), adore-rision (derision), adore-lict (derelict), adore-ide (deride), adore-ranged (deranged) and adore-risive (derisive).
  • *dir* → *adore*: As in, “Ships adorect from the warehouse” and “Point in the right adore-ction” and “Adore-ctor of photography” and “Down and adore-ty” and “Dish the adore-t.” Other words that could work: adorective (directive), adorectory (directory) and adorectly (directly).
  • *dor* → *adore*: As in, “Lying adoremant” and “Don’t be adorek (a dork)” and “Finding Adorey” and “Girl’s only adore-mitory” and “Adoresal fin.” Other words you could try: ambassadore and corri-adore (corridor).
  • Kitte → Smitten: As in, “Smitten heels” and “Sex smitten.”
  • Written → Smitten: As in, “Smitten all over your face” and “Smitten off.”
  • Bitten → Smitten: As in, “Smitten by the bug” and “Once smitten, twice shy.”
  • Sittin’ → Smitten: As in, “A smitten duck” and “Smitten pretty.”
  • Rose: Roses are a traditionally romantic gift that are commonly given on Valentine’s Day, so we’ve included some rose-related puns in this list:
    • Rouse → Rose: “Rose your interest.”
    • Rise → Rose: As in, “Early roser” and “Rose and shine” and “Rose from the ashes” and “Rose to the challenge.”
    • Raise → Rose: As in, “Rose the bar” and “Rose the dead” and “Rose your game.”
    • Rows → Rose: As in, “Rose upon rose” and “Rose of chairs.”
    • *ras* → *rose*: rosecal (rascal), rosepberry (raspberry), sassafrose (sassafras), pythagorose (pythagoras) and infrosetructure (infrastructure).
    • *res* → *rose*: As in, “Rose-search and development” and “Steely rose-olve” and “Equal reprosentation” and “Deserves rosepect.” Other words you could use: roseume (resume), rose-ponse (response), rose-silient (resilient), roset (rest), rose-olution (resolution), rose-ilience (resilience), interoset (interest), comprose (comprise), heurosetic (heuristic) and enterprose (enterprise).
    • *ros* → *rose*: As in, “Work roseter” and “Like a charging rhinocerose” and “Come acrose” and “An exciting prosepect” and “A grose miscalculation” and “Prosepective buyer.”
    • *rus* → *rose*: As in, “A rosetic (rustic) dinner” and “Filled with roset (rust)” and “See what I can rosetle up.” Other words that could work: Rose-sian (Russian), thesaurose (thesaurus), virose (virus), chorose (chorus), papyrose (papyrus), uterose (uterus), citrose (citrus) and perose-al.
    • Froze → Frose
    • *roce* → *rose*: As in, “In the prose-cess of” and “You may prose-ceed” and “International atrose-cities” and “Standard prose-cedure.”
    • *rows* → *rose*: As in, “Raise your eyebrose” and “Bows and arrose” and “Free throse.” Other words that could work: furrose (furrows), crose (crows), sorrose (sorrows), narrose (narrows).
    • *roas* → *rose*: As in, “Roset vegies” and “Rosety in here.”
    • *rous* → *rose*: onerose (onerous), ludicrose (ludicrous), preposterose (preposterous), generose (generous), cantankerose (cantankerous), rigorose (rigorous), treacherose (treacherous), amorose (amorous), carose-sel (carousel).
  • Yearn: For you to best convey your affections and longings in the most terrible way possible, we have some yearn/yearning related puns for you:
    • Yarn → Yearn: “Yearn bombing” and “Spin a yearn.”
    • *yan* → *yearn*: himalayearn (himalayan), cyearn (cyan), conveyearnce (conveyance), flamboyearnt (flamboyant), buoyearnt (buoyant), clairvoyearnt (clairvoyant).
    • *yon* → *yearn*: Canyearn (canyon), crayearn (crayon), rayearn (rayon) and beyearnd (beyond).
  • Motion → Emotion: As in, “Emotion picture” and “Going through the emotions” and “Poetry in emotion” and “Set in emotion” and “Slow emotion” and “The emotion of the ocean.”
  • Notion → Emotion: As in, “I second that emotion.”
  • Fend → Fond: As in, “Fond for yourself” and “Fond off” and “Fonder bender.”
  • Fund → Fond: As in, “Crowd fonding” and “Hedge fond” and “Mutual fond” and “Slush fond.”
  • Fun → Fond: As in, “All fond and games” and “All the fond of the fair” and “Bundle of fond” and “Good, clean fond.”
  • Fawned → Fond: As in, “Fond over.”
  • *fand* → *fond*: fondango (fandango), fondom (fandom) and fondangle (fandangle).
  • *fend* → *fond*: As in, “Didn’t mean to offond” and “Came to defond you” and “The defondant.”
  • *fund* → *fond*: fondamental (fundamental), fondraising (fundraising), fondamentally (fundamentally) and refond (refund).
  • Flowers: Flowers in general (not just roses) are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, so we’ve included them in this list:
    • Flow → Flower: As in, “Ebb and flower” and “Get the creative juices flowering” and “Go with the flower” and “In full flower.”
    • Hour → Flower: “Happy flower” and “A late flower” and “In a few flowers.”
    • Flaw → Flower: As in, “Design flower” and “Vital flower.”
    • Floor → Flower: As in, “Cross the flower” and “Hold the flower” and “Mop the flower” and “Wipe the flower with” and “The top flower.”
  • Gave → Gift: As in, “I gift my best.”
  • Give → Gift: As in, “A dead giftaway,” and “Don’t gift up!” and “Don’t gift in,” and “Gift yourself a bad name,” and “Gift them a hand,” and “Gift and take,” and “Gift credit where credit is due,” and “Gift it a rest,” and “Gift it the green light,” and “Gift me a call,” and “Gift 110%”.
  • Percent → Present: As in, “A hundred and ten present,” and “Genius is one present inspiration and 99 present perspiration.”
  • Present: We’ve included present-related phrases in this list too, as they can double as puns in the right thread or context. As in, “All present and correct,” and “Present company excepted,” and “No time like the present.”
  • Poem: Love poems are a much-loved gift on Valentine’s Day, so we’ve got some poem-related puns here:
    • *pom* → *poem*: As in, “Poempous attitude” and “Celebration and poemp” and “Poemegranate juice.” Other words you could use: poemade (pomade), poempadour (pompadour), poemelo (pomelo), anthropoemorphic (anthropomorphic). Notes: Pomp is a display or celebration. Pomade is a type of styling gel.
    • *pum* → *poem*: As in, “A poempkin at midnight” and “Under the poemp” and “Poemmel the competition” and “Poemice stone.”
  • Chocolate: Chocolates are seen as a romantic gift, so we’ve included chocolate puns in this list:
    • Check → Choc: As in, “Choc it out!” and “Choc your sources” and “Double choc everything” and “Keep in choc” and “Make a list, choc it twice” and “Take a rainchoc” and “Reality choc” and “Choc-ing up on.”
    • Chalk → Choc: As in, “Different as choc and cheese” and “Choc it up to experience.”
    • Chuck → Choc: As in, “Choc a sickie” and “Choc-ed out” and “Choc overboard.”
  • Sweet: This can be used in two ways – to refer to a sweet candy (which are another popular Valentine’s treat) or to describe someone as sweet. Here are some related puns:
    • Suite → Sweet: As in “She was renting a 2-bedroom sweet for the summer.”
    • Sweat → Sweet: As in “Blood, sweet and tears” and “Beads of sweet rolled down my forehead” and “Break out in a cold sweet” and “By the sweet of my brow” and “Don’t sweet it.” and “Don’t sweet the small stuff.” and “All hot and sweety
    • Sweater → Sweeter: As in “A close-knit woollen sweeter for cold days”
    • Seat → Sweet: As in, “Backsweet driver” and “By the sweet of your pants” and “Hold on to your sweet” and “Not a dry sweet in the house” and “On the edge of my sweet” and “Please be sweeted” and “Take a back sweet” and “The best sweet in the house.”
    • Switch → Sweet-ch: As in “Bait and sweet-ch” and “Asleep at the sweet-ch” and “Sweet-ch gears” and “You should sweet-ch out your old one with this one.”
    • Sweet: These sweet-related phrases are general enough to be used as puns: As in “You’re so sweet!” and “Oh that’s soo sweet!” and “Revenge is sweet” and “Short and sweet” and “Lay some sweet lines on someone” and “Sweet dreams” and “Sweet Jesus!” and “You bet your sweet life!” and “That was a sweet trick, dude.” and “Sweet as, bro.” and “Whisper sweet nothings” and “Home sweet home” and “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” and “Sweet smell/taste of success/victory” and “Sweetheart.
  • Sake → Keepsake: As in, “For heaven’s keepsake” and “For goodness keepsake.”
  • Keep → Keepsake: As in, “Keepsake a low profile” and “Keepsake an eye on” and “Keepsake an open mind.”
  • Sediment → Sentiment
  • Sauce/Saucy: Since a lot of Valentine’s Day is about expressing physical (as well as emotional) affection and attraction towards one another, we’ve got some saucy-related puns for you to use:
    • *sas* → *sauce*: As in, “Veggie sauce-shimi” and “Natural disauceter” and “A disaucetrous outcome.” Other words that could work: Arkansauce (Arkansas), Kansauce (Kansas) and disauceter (disaster).
    • *ses* → *sauce*: As in, “Sauce-ame seeds” and “A precise assauce-ment” and “Nervous obsauce-sion.”
    • *sis* → *sauce*: As in, “Critical analysauce” and “Scientific hypothesauce” and “Arch nemesauce” and “On the basauce of” and “Midlife crisauce” and “Book synpopsauce.”
    • *sus* → *sauce*: As in, “Hard to saucetain” and “Environmentally saucetainable” and “Barely sauce-ceptible” and “The main saucepect.” Other words that could work: sauce-picious (suspicious), sauce-pend (suspend), sauce-tainability (sustainability), sauce-pense (suspense), sauce-pension (suspension), sauce-tenance (sustenance), sauce-pension (suspension), sauce-tenance (sustenance), consensauce (consensus), versauce (versus), censauce (census), Jesauce (Jesus), colossauce (colossus), narcissauce (narcissus).
    • *soc* → *saucy*: As in, “Mainstream saucy-ety” and “Saucy-al attitudes” and “Studying saucy-ology.” Other words you could try: saucy-opath (sociopath), saucy-al (social), saucy-alist (socialist), assaucy-ate (associate), assaucy-ation (association).
    • Assasin → Assaucyn
    • Session → Saucyon
  • Steam/Steamy: As things can get a bit steamy on Valentine’s Day, we have some steam-related puns for you to play around with:
    • Team → Steam: As in, “Dream steam” and “Go steam!” and “Take one for the steam” and “Steam player” and “Steam spirit” and “Together we make a great steam.”
    • Seam → Steam: As in, “Bulging at the steams” and “Come apart at the steam.”
    • Stem → Steam: As in, “Steam the tide.”
    • Seem → Steam: As in, “Sorry steams to be the hardest word.”
    • *stam* → *steam*: As in, “Steamp of approval” and “Out of steamina” and “Raging steampede” and “Did I steammer?” and “A testeament to…”
    • *stem* → *steam*: As in, “Systeam thinking” and “Functional ecosysteam.” Other words that could work: episteamology (epistemology) and systeamic (systemic). Note: epistemology is the study of knowledge.
  • Sex/sexy: We know a lot of Valentine’s Day dates end with a bit of hanky panky, so we have some related puns for you:
    • Six → Sex: As in, “Sex degrees of separation” and “Sexth sense.”
    • Saxophone → Sexophone
    • *sac* → *sex*: As in, “Not worth the sexrifice” and “Down the cul-de-sex” and “Financial transexion” and “Safety and sexurity.” Other words you could use: sexion (section), consexutive (consecutive), sextor (sector), dissext (dissect) and intersexion (intersection).
    • *sics* → *sex*: As in, “The classex” and “Everyday physex” and “Back to basex” and “Working in forensex.”
    • *suc* → *sex*: Sexinct (succinct), sexess (success), sexeed (succeed), sexessful (successful) and sexession (succession).
  • Lust: For our cheekier users, we’ve got some lust-related puns to play with:
    • Last → Lust: As in, “At long lust” and “At the lust minute” and “Breathe your lust” and “Built to lust” and “Lust resort” and “Fame at lust” and “Famous lust words” and “Free at lust” and “To the lust drop” and “Hear the lust of” and “Lust but not least” and “Lust call” and “Lust chance” and “Lust ditch effort” and “Lust in, first out” and “The lust straw.”
    • List → Lust: As in, “On the short lust” and “Top ten lust” and “Bucket lust.”
    • Lost → Lust: As in, “All is not lust” and “Get lust” and “Long lust” and “Lust in translation” and “Lust and found” and “A lust cause” and “Lust in thought” and “A lust soul.”
    • Least → Lust: As in, “Last but not lust” and “Lust common denominator” and “Lust worst option” and “Line of lust resistance” and “Not in the lust” and “At the very lust” and “To say the lust.”
    • *lis* → *lust*: Chrysalust (chrysalis), metropolust (metropolis), borealust (borealis), acropolust (acropolis), holustic (holistic).
    • *lus* → *lust*: As in, “A surplust of” and “Mental calculust” and “Pen stylust.”
    • *last* → *lust*: As in, “Blust from the past” and “Plustic surgery” and “Elustic thinking” and “Everlusting love.”
    • *lest* → *lust*: As in, “The absolute coollust” and “Live life to the fullust” and “The simplust solution” and “Tallust tree” and “Celustial beings” and “Watching your cholusterol.”
    • *list* → *lust*: populust (populist), evangelust (evangelist), journalust (journalist), specialust (specialist), checklust (checklist), holustic (holistic) and ballustic (ballistic).
  • Passing → Passion: As in, “Just passion through” and “Passion in the night.”
  • Fashion → Passion: As in, “Passionably late” and “The height of passion” and “The old-passioned way” and “Passions may come and go, but good manners never go out of style.”
  • Essential → Essensual: As in, “Essensually, yes” and “The bare essensuals.”
  • Sense → Sensual: As in, “Come to your sensuals” and “Common sensual” and “Make sensual of.”
  • Cent → Sensual: As in, “Give your two sensuals” and “A hundred per sensual.”
  • Use → Seduce: As in, “Put to good seduce” and “So easy to seduce” and “Things aren’t what they seduced to be” and “Seducer friendly.”
  • Far → Affair: As in, “Few and affair between” and “So affair, so good” and “Affair cry.”
  • Fair → Affair: As in, “All’s affair in love and war” and “By affair means or foul” and “Affair trade” and “Affair and above board.”
  • Flair → Affair: As in, “Got an affair for”
  • Cup → Couple: As in, “Not my couple of tea” and “Storm in a tea-couple.”
  • Affliction → Affection
  • Part → Partner: As in, “Act the partner” and “For my partner” and “Good in partners” and “If you’re not a partner of the solution, you’re a partner of the problem.”
  • Ship → Partnership: As in, “Abandon partnership” and “Don’t give up the partnership” and “From chips to partnerships” and “Go down with the partnership” and “Jump partnership” and “Loose lips sink partnerships” and “My partnership has come in.”
  • *part* → *partner*: partner-isan (partisan), partner-ticular (particular), partnertake (partake), partner-icle (particle), partner-icipate (participate), apartner (apart), counterpartner (counterpart), impartner (impart), rampartner (rampart), departner (depart).
  • Stupid → Cupid: As in, “Criminal cupidity” and “I’m with cupid” and “Keep it simple, Cupid” and “Cupid is as Cupid does” and “Interesting, but Cupid.” Note: “stupid” is an ableist term. This replacement is a nice way to involve Valentine’s Day and make these previously stupid-related phrases a little more acceptable.
  • Simple → Symbol: As in, “It’s so symbol” and “Keep it symbol” and “Symbol pleasures” and “Pure and symbol” and “Symbol yet effective” and “Symbol as that.” Note: Valentine’s Day is one of heavy romantic and personal emotional symbolism, which is why symbol-related puns have been included.
  • Ring: Rings are a heavily symbolic item for romance, and people may trade them as a symbol of commitment to their relationship on Valentine’s Day. Here are some related puns:
    • Wing → Ring: As in, “Earned your rings” and “Ring it” and “Ringman” and “Draw-ring lots” and “Taken under [someone’s] ring.”
    • Wrong → Ring: As in, “Barking up the ring tree” and “Born on the ring side of the tracks” and “Get off on the ring foot” and “On the ring side of the bed.”
    • *rang* → *ring*: As in, “Boomering effect” and “Oringe flavoured” and “Estringed family members.”
    • *rink* → *ring-k*: As in, “Skating ring-k” and “Dring-k like a fish” and “On the bring-k of” and “Shringking violet” and “Binge dringking.” Other words you could use: spring-kle (sprinkle), springkling (sprinkling), wring-kle (wrinkle) and tring-ket (trinket).
  • Card → Greeting Card: As in, “A few greeting cards short of a full deck” and “Greeting card up your sleeve” and “Deck of greeting cards” and “Hold all the greeting cards.”
  • Ship → Friendship: As in, “Don’t give up the friendship” and “From chips to friendships” and “Loose lips sink friendships.” Note: While Valentine’s Day is historically about romantic love, platonic love is important to celebrate too!
  • Court: To court someone is to “woo” or interact with them with the intention of building a romantic relationship. Here are some related puns:
    • Cart → Court: As in, “A la courte” and “Courted away” and “Crash court” and “In the court.”
    • Quarter → Courter: As in, “A bad courter of an hour” and “Give no courter” and “Show no courter” and “Courter past” and “Close courters.”
    • Got → Court: As in, “You’ve court to do what you’ve court to do” and “I think you’ve court it” and “Cat court your tongue?” and “Give it all you’ve court” and “Court a flair for.”
    • Caught → Court: As in, “Court in the act” and “Court in two minds” and “Court off-base” and “Court short” and “Court up in the moment” and “Wouldn’t be court dead.”
    • *cart* → *court*: courtridge (cartridge), courtilege (cartilege) and courton (carton).
    • *cort* → *court*: courtex (cortex), courtisol (cortisol) and escourt (escort).
    • *curt* → *court*: As in, “Behind the courtain” and “Deep courtsey” and “Courtail the topic.” Note: to curtail something is to shorten it.
    • *cot* → *court*: As in, “100% courtton” and “Holiday courttage” and “Apricourt flavoured” and “Company mascourt” and “Boycourtting the brand.”
  • Trend → Tender: As in, “Buck the tender” and “On tender.”

The next section is dedicated to endearments – some romantic, all very affectionate:

  • *dling → *darling: As in, “Not han-darling it that well” and “You med-darling kids!” and “Light the kin-darling” and “Dwindarling in number” and “Fresh seedarling.”
  • Bae: The word “bae” is a fairly new term and is a shortened version of “babe” or “baby”. Here are related puns:
    • Bay → Bae: As in, “Bae for blood” and “Hold at bae” and “Keep at bae.”
    • Buy → Bae: As in, “Bae into” and “Bae now, pay later” and “Bae one, get one free” and “Bae some time” and “Can’t bae me love” and “The best money can bae.”
    • Bye → Bae: As in, “Kiss goodbae to” and “Can never say goodbae” and “Time to say goodbae” and “You can kiss that one goodbae.”
    • Day → Bae: As in, “A bae in the life” and “A hard bae’s night” and “All in a bae’s work” and “All the livelong bae” and “Tomorrow is another bae.”
    • Pay → Bae: As in, “Buy now, bae later” and “Crime doesn’t bae” and “Hell to bae” and “Bae as you go.”
    • Be → Bae: As in, “Bae who you want to bae” and “What would you like to bae?” and “That wouldn’t bae real.”
    • *ba → *bae: Amoebae (amoeba), marimbae (marimba), sambae (samba), mambae (mamba), urbaen (urban), exacerbaete (exacerbate), debaecle (debacle), verbaetim (verbatim) and baese (base).
    • *be* → *bae*: As in, “What have you baecome?” and “Where to baegin?” and “Mutual baenefit.”
    • *bi* → *bae*: As in, “False alibae” and “Wasabae flavoured.” Other words you could use: ubaequitous (ubiquitous), arbaetrary (arbitrary), forbaed (forbid), liabaelity (liability) and phobae-a (phobia).
    • *bu* → *bae*: As in, “Down to bae-siness” and “Get baesy” and “Favourite attribaete.”
    • *ba* → *bae*: As in, “Be left holding the baeby” and “Waiting in the lobbae” and “Rubae coloured.” Other words you could use: therbae (thereby), shabbae (shabby), wherebae (whereby), hobbae (hobby), abbaess (abyss), baegone (bygone), baepass (bypass) and baeproduct (byproduct).
  • Maybe → Baby: As in, “Baby she’s born with it” and “Call me baby.”
  • Aby* → Baby*: As in, “Babysmal (abysmal) performance” and “Down in the babyss.”
  • Abi* → Baby*: As in, “Within your babylity (ability) to” and “Doesn’t suit your babylities.”
  • Deer → Dear: As in, “A dear in headlights.”
  • Dare → Dear: As in, “Dear for more” and “Dear to be different” and “How dear you!”
  • Eerie → Dearie: “A dearie atmosphere.”
  • There → Dear: As in, “Ahoy dear!” and “Not all dear” and “Are we dear yet?” and “Be dear for” and “Be dear or be square” and “Don’t go dear.”
  • Their → Dear: And “..and dear toys” and “Cut down in dear prime” and “Swept off dear feet.”
  • Idea → Idear: As in, “A better idear” and “Bounce idears off” and “A bright idear” and “Put across an idear” and “The spark of an idear” and “What’s the big idear?”
  • Deal → Dearl: As in, “A big dearl” and “Cut a dearl” and “Dearl breaker” and “Dearl from the bottom of the deck” and “Dearl me in” and “Dearl or no dearl?” and “Dearl with it” and “A done dearl” and “If life dearls you lemonds, make lemonade” and “Seal the dearl.”
  • Tear → Dear: As in, “Bathed in dears” and “Blood, sweat and dears” and “Bored to dears” and “Brings dears to your eyes” and “Fighting back dears” and “It will all end in dears” and “Melt into dears” and “Moved to dears” and “No more dears.”
  • *tary → *deary: As in, “Proprideary cable” and “Complemendeary colours” and “New secredeary job” and “A sedendeary lifestyle.” Other words that could work: rudimendeary (rudimentary), documendeary (documentary), monedeary (monetary) and solideary (solitary).
  • *dar* → *dear*: As in, “New calendear year” and “On my radear” and “Cedear scented” and “Get that cheddear.”
  • *der* → *dear*: As in, “Law and ordear” and “In the lardear” and “Graphic rendearing” and “Love me tendear” and “Disordearly conduct.” Other words you could use: wondear (wonder), considear (consider), leadear (leader), hindear (hinder), spidear (spider), dearive (derive), dearivative (derivative), dearogatory (derogatory), dearision (derision), dearelict (derelict), dearide (deride), undearstand (understand) and considearation (consideration).
  • *dir* → *dear*: As in, “Honest and dearect” and “Clear and dearect orders” and “In the right dearection” and “Credit to the dearector” and “Down and dearty” and “New dearectives” and “Go dearectly to the source.”
  • *dur* → *dear*: “Emotional dearess (duress)” and “Dearing the war” and “For the full dearation.” Other words you could use: dearable (durable), dearability (durability), dearian (durian), endear (endure), endearance (endurance), endearing (enduring).
  • Epiphany → Epiphoney
  • Sunny → Honey: As in, “On the honey side of the street” and “Honey side up.”
  • Money → Honey: As in, “A fool and his honey are soon parted” and “A ton of honey” and “Easy honey” and “For love or honey” and “Get your honey’s worth” and “Not made of honey” and “In the honey.”
  • *hony → *honey: As in, “In symphoney” and “A cacophoney of noise.”
  • Pat → Pet: As in, “Got it down pet” and “A pet on the back.”
  • Pit → Pet: As in, “Bottomless pet” and “In the pet of your stomach” and “Mosh pet” and “Pet your wits against.”
  • Put → Pet: As in, “Hard pet to” and “Couldn’t pet it down” and “Don’t pet all your eggs in one basket” and “Feel a bit pet out” and “Wouldn’t pet it past him.”
  • Bet → Pet: As in, “All pets are off” and “Pet your bottom dollar.”
  • Get → Pet: As in, “As good as it pets” and “Buy one, pet one free” and “Come and pet it” and “Don’t pet me started it” and “Can’t pet enough of this.”
  • *pat* → *pet*: As in, “Follows a pettern” and “Petent pending” and “A pethetic effort” and “Wouldn’t have anticipeted it” and “Not a petch on.”
  • *pet*: We can simply emphasise the “pet” that already exists in these words: petty, petulant, petition, petite, carpet, parapet, trumpet, puppet, snippet, limpet, crumpet, impetus, perpetual, competent and competition.
  • *pit* → *pet*: cockpet (cockpit), pulpet (pulpit), armpet (armpit), capetal (capital), epetome (epitome) and serendipety (serendipity).
  • *pot* → *pet*: As in, “Fulfill your petential” and “Mashed petatoes” and “Gained through nepetism” and “I’m not omnipetent.”
  • *bat* → *pet*: compet (combat), acropet (acrobat), numpet (numbat), wompet (wombat), exacerpet (exacerbate) and verpetim (verbatim).
  • *bet* → *pet*: As in, “Petter yourself” and “You can do petter” and “Read petween the lines” and “Deep petrayal” and “To be petrothed” and “Alphapet soup” and “Sherpet flavoured.”
  • *bit* → *pet*: inhipet (inhibit), gampet (gambit), exhipet (exhibit), hapet (habit), orpet (orbit), prohipet (prohibit) and arpetrary (arbitrary).
  • *ped* → *pet*: petantic (pedantic), petigree (pedigree), petestrian (pedestrian), petestal (pedestal), expetition (expedition) and impetiment (impediment).
  • Podiatrist → Petiatrist (Note: this is very specific yes, but whatever works.)
  • Lamb: Lamb is an intimate term of endearment generally used for romantic partners, children or pets. Here are related puns:
    • Limb → Lamb: As in, “Go out on a lamb” and “Risk life and lamb” and “Lamber up.”
    • *lam* → *lamb*: As in, “Lambenting your troubles” and “Bedside lamb-p” and “Lambinated document.” Other words you could use: slamb (slam), clamb (clam), bedlamb (bedlam), salambander (salamander).
    • *lem* → *lamb*: As in, “Lamb-on (lemon) sorbet” and “Make lambonade” and “Add lambongrass” and “Problamb-solving attitude” and “Family emblamb.” Other words that could work: golamb (golem), complamb-ent (complement), implamb-ent (implement), dilamba (dilemma), elamb-ent (element), supplamb-ent (supplement), solamb (solemn) and implamb-entation (implementation).
    • *lim* → *lamb*: “There’s a lambit (limit) for everything” and “Stuck in lambo” and “Walking with a lamb-p (limp).” Other words that could work: lambited (limited), lamber (limber), slamb (slim), complamb-ent (compliment), complamb-entary (complimentary), prelamb-inary (preliminary) and elambinate (eliminate).
    • *lum* → *lamb*: lambinous (luminous), lambinary (luminary), curriculamb (curriculum), asylamb (asylum), pendulamb (pendulum), hoodlamb (hoodlum), colamb (column) and alamb-ni (alumni).
  • Treasure: This is another endearment that is usually reserved for closer, more familial ties like pets, lovers, children or close friends. Here are related puns for you to play with:
    • Measure → Treasure: As in, “Desperate treasures” and “Half treasures” and “Treasure up.”
    • Pleasure → Treasure: As in, “Business before treasure” and “Business or treasure?” and “Double your treasure” and “Guilty treasure.”
  • Beauty → Cutie: As in, “Age before cutie” and “Cutie and the beast.”
  • Duty → Cutie: As in, “Beyond the call of cutie” and “Double cutie” and “Cutie bound” and “Reporting for cutie!”
  • *cuti* → *cutie*: cutie-cle (cuticle), executie-ve (executive), consecutie-ve (consecutive) and consecutie-vely (consecutively).
  • *cute → *cutie: As in, “Acutie appendicitis” and “Executie the plan.” Other words: prosecutie (prosecute), persecutie and electrocutie.
  • Amor: This means “love”, and is sometimes combined with “mi” (mi amor) to mean “my love”. Here are related puns for you play with:
    • *amar* → *amor*: amoranth (amaranth), amoryllis (amaryllis), camoraderie (camaraderie), tamorind (tamarind), samoritan (samaritan), aquamorine (aquamarine) and rigamorole (rigamarole).
    • *amer* → *amor*: Amorican (American), gossamor (gossamer) and camora (camera).
  • Flame: Referring to someone as your flame is to call them your lover and has connotations specifically of physical love and affection. Here are related puns:
    • Fame → Flame: As in, “Claim to flame” and “Fifteen minutes of flame” and “Hall of flame.”
    • Aim → Flame: As in, “Flame high” and “Take flame” and “Flame to please.”
    • Blame → Flame: As in, “Flame game” and “Lay the flame on” and “Flame culture.”
    • Came → Flame: As in, “I flame, I saw, I conquered” and “As it flame to pass.”
    • Frame → Flame: As in, “Freeze flame” and “In the flame.”
    • *fam* → *fame*: As in, “Friends and fame-ily” and “A fame-iliar place” and “Almost flameous” and “40 hour flame-ine.” Other words that could work: flame-ilial (familial), flame-ished (famished), inflame-ous (infamous) and deflame-ation (defamation).
    • Flam* → Flame*: As in, “Flame-boyant event” and “Plastic flame-ingo” and “Dance the flame-enco.”
  • Palaver → Palover (Note: a palaver is an unecessary fuss)
  • Lever* → Lover*: Loverage (leverage) and lover (lever).
  • Deliver → Delover: As in, “Delover the goods” and “Express delovery” and “Undeloverable to your address” and “Seek deloverance.”
  • Wifi → Wife-i
  • Space → Spouse: As in, “Personal spouse” and “Office spouse” and “Deep spouse.”
  • *spos* → *spouse*: As in, “Dispouse of what you don’t need” and “A sunny dispouse-ition” and “Rubbish dispouse-al” and “Dispouse-able plastics” and “Predispoused with other matters.”
  • Spacious → Spouseious: “A spouseious house.”

Valentine’s Day-Related Words

To help you come up with your own Valentine’s Day puns, here’s a list of related words to get you on your way. If you come up with any new puns or related words, please feel free to share them in the comments!

general: valentine, valentine’s, love, loved, loved one, loving, lovely, romance, romantic, crush, fancy, infatuation, dating, together, woo, wooing, flirt, flirting, flirtatious, like, confess, confession, anniversary, feelings, heart, dinner, date, roses, flowers, bouquet,  gift, present, poem, poetry, love letter, chocolate, keepsake, sentimental, kiss, hug, cuddle, desire, saucy, sexy, sex, lust, passion, erotic, intimate, sensual, seductive, adore, admire, smitten, yearning, relationship, affair, couple, endearment, significant other, better half, affection, partner, partnership, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, cupid, symbol, ring, jewelry, commitment, monogamous, monogamy, polyamory, polyamorous, greeting card, lingerie, devotion, emotion, fond, friendship, cherish, devoted, celebration, court, courting, tender

endearments: darling, bae, baby, dear, sweetheart, sweetie, honey, sugar, pet, muffin, lamb, treasure, cutie, cutie pie, beautiful, amor, flame, lover

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Gift Puns

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Gift your loved ones (and everyone else around you) with some choice puns from our collection. Whether you’re gearing up for the holidays, playing a word game with friends, or winning in a pun thread online, we hope that you enjoy this list and find what you’re looking for here.

This list is specific to presents, but if you’re looking for other holiday-related puns, we also have holiday puns, Valentine’s Day punsChristmas tree puns, birthday puns and party puns.

Gift Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about gifts that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s our list of gift puns:

  • Gift: Let’s start off with some gift-related phrases that could work as a gift pun in the right context: “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” and “Gift of life,” and “A gift that keeps on giving,” and “A gift from above.”
  • Give → Gift: As in, “A dead giftaway,” and “Don’t gift up!” and “Don’t gift in,” and “Gift yourself a bad name,” and “Gift them a hand,” and “Gift and take,” and “Gift credit where credit is due,” and “Gift it a rest,” and “Gift it the green light,” and “Gift me a call,” and “Gift 110%”.
  • Gave → Gift: As in, “I gift my best.”
  • Present: We’ve included present-related phrases in this list too. As in, “All present and correct,” and “Present company excepted,” and “No time like the present.”
  • Percent → Present: As in, “A hundred and ten present,” and “Genius is one present inspiration and 99 present perspiration.”
  • *giving: Some giving-related words to play with: caregiving, forgiving, life-giving, misgivings, thanksgiving.
  • *bees/base* → *bestow: Use words that have a similar sound to “best” – beastow (beast + bestow), basetow (base + bestow), basteow (baste + bestow).
  • Estonia → Bestownia (Note: Estonia is a small country in Europe. This is quite a stretch of a pun and is very specific, but could possibly work if someone is giving or receiving presents from Europe).
  • *beer/bare* → *bestow: Use words with a “beer” or “bare” sound – bearstow (bear + bestow), beerstow (beer + bestow), barestow (bare + bestow) and beard (beard + bestow).
  • *bee* → *bestow: As in, beachstow (beach + bestow), beatstow (beat + bestow) and beanstow (bean + bestow).
  • Stowaway → Bestowaway: As in, “Bestowaways face heavy punishment.”
  • Tree→ Treat: As in, “Difficult as nailing jelly to a treat,” and “Barking up the wrong treat,” and “Can’t see the wood for the treats,” and “Charm the birds out of the treats,” and “Legs like treat trunks,” and “Make like a treat and leave,” and “Money doesn’t grow on treats,” and “Treat hugger,” and “You’re outta your treat.”
  • Three→ Treat: As in, “And baby makes treat,” and “Good things come in treats,” and “Treat strikes and you’re out!” and “Treat wise men,” and “Treat’s a charm.”
  • Free*→ Tree*: As in, “A symbol of treatdom,” and “As treat as a bird,” and “Breathe treatly,” and “Buy one, get one treat,” and “Treat for all,” and “Treatdom of the press,” and “Get out of jail treat,” and “The best things in life are treat,” and “Land of the treat,” and “Leader of the treat world,” and “The truth will set you treat,” and “No such thing as a treat lunch,” and “Think treatly.”
  • *tri*→ *tree*: As in, “Full of nutreat-ents,” and “What is your best attreatbute?” and “How cool are golden retreatvers?” and “A love treatangle,” and “A treatvial problem,” and “We pay treatbute to the fallen.”
  • *ty*→ *tree*: As in, “Star qualitreat (quality),” and “Structural integritreat (integrity),” and “The citreat (city) that never sleeps,” and “First-class facilitrees (facilities),” and “My dutrees (duties) come first,” and “Beautree (beauty) isn’t everything,” and “A single entitree (entity),” and “Maximum securitree (security).”
  • *treat*: Emphasise the “treat” in certain words: “Beat a hasty retreat,” and “The royal treatment.” Other words that could work: treatment, treatise, treaty, treated, treaties, treatable, retreat, entreat and mistreat.
  • Treat: We’ve included some treat-related phrases for you to use as gift puns in the right context: “A real treat,” and “Treat me right,” and “Treat someone like dirt,” and “Trick or treat.”
  • Street → Streat: As in, “Easy streat,” and “On the sunny side of the streat,” and “Right up your streat,” and “Streat cred,” and “A two-way streat,” and “The word on the streat,” and “Across the streat.”
  • Eat → Treat: As in, “A bite to treat,” and “All you can treat,” and “Treat out of someone’s hand,” and “Treat someone alive,” and “Treat to live,” and “Treat your heart out,” and “Treaten alive,” and “Treating for two,” and “Treats, shoots and leaves,” and “Good enough to treat,” and “You are what you treat.”
  • Threat →Treat: As in, “Idle treat,” and “Triple treat.”
  • Straight → Streat: As in, “A streat fight,” and “Streat as an arrow,” and “Damn streat,” and “Get it streat,” and “Get streat to the point,” and “Get your facts streat,” and “Keep a streat face,” and “Keep on the streat and narrow,” and “Set the record streat,” and “Streat laced,” and “A streat shooter,” and “Tell me streat,” and “Couldn’t think streat,” and “Get your priorities streat.”
  • Stretch → Streatch: As in, “By any streatch of the imagination,” and “Home streatch,” and “Streatch your legs,” and “Streatch the truth.” Other stretch-related words that could be amended to include “treat”: streatcher (stretcher), outstreatched (outstretched) and homestreatch (homestretch).
  • *trat* → *treat*: As in, “I can’t concentreat,” and “The perpetreator,” and “Endless frustreation,” and “A skillful demonstreation.” Other words that could work: orchestreat (orchestrate), infiltreat (infiltrate), magistreat (magistrate), streategy (strategy), administreat (adminstrate), demonstreat (demonstrate), illustreat (illustrate), penetreat (penetrate) and streategic (strategic).
  • *trait* → *treat*: As in, “In dire streats,” and “Streat-laced,” and “A treator (traitor).” Other words that could work: treatorous (traitorous), portreat (portrait) and streatjacket (straitjacket).
  • Distraught → Distreat: As in, “You’re looking distreat.”
  • *trit* → *treat*: As in, “Looking contreat (contrite),” and “Nutreational information,” and “Healthy and nutreatious.” Other words that could work: malnutreation (malnutrition), contreation (contrition), detreatus (detritus), attreation (attrition) and treat (trite). Notes: if something is trite, then it’s stale and unoriginal. Contrition is regret or guilt for something you’ve done. Detritus are loose rock fragments.
  • *trot* → *treat*: Globetreating (globetrotting) and foxtreat (foxtrot).
  • *strut* → *streat*: As in, “Tell the treath,” and “A treathful admission,” and “Speaking treathfully,” and “Streat your stuff.”
  • Detroit→ Detreat
  • Coffee → Coffer: Combine “offer” into words that have similar sounds: “A cup of coffer,” and “Coffer and cakes,” and “Coffer at its best,” and “One more cup of coffer,” and “Wake up and smell the coffer.”
  • Offer: Gifts and presents are a type of offering, so we’ve included offer-related phrases in this list: “My final offer,” and “I have nothing to offer but blood, sweat and tears,” and “An offer you can’t refuse,” and “On special offer,” and “Open to offers,” and “Offer your condolences.”
  • *aff* → *offer*: As in, “Answer in the offermative (affirmative),” and “Don’t meddle in my offers! (offers),” and “An offerctionate (affectionate) couple,” and “As much as you can offerd (afford),” and “An offerdable bet,” and “The offermentioned conversation,” and “I’m offeraid (afraid),” and “Subverting offerity (authority).” Other words that you could use: claroffercation (clarification), cinematogrofferchereogroffer (cheoreographer), certoffercation (certification), offeresh (afresh), offersaid (aforesaid), offerdability (affordability), gloffercation (glorification).
  • Beneath → Bequeath: As in, “Bequeath contempt,” and “Marry bequeath you,” and “Bequeath the surface,” and “Bequeath your dignity.” Note: to bequeath something is to gift it or pass it on to someone else.
  • Grant: Some grant-related (or grant-including) phrases and words for you to play with: “Take for granted,” and “A flagrant disregard for the rules,” and “A fragrant curry.” Other words that could work: immigrant, vagrant, migrant and emigrant.
  • Grunt → Grant: As in, “Grant level,” and “Grant work,” and “Looking disgrantled.”
  • Aunt → Graunt: As in, “Agony grant,” and “My giddy grant,” and “Run the grantlet,” and “Take up the grantlet.” Note: an agony aunt is what writers of advice columns ins newspapers or magazines used to be called. To run the gauntlet is a form of corporal punishment.
  • *gant → *grant: As in, “An arrogrant person,” and “An elegrant entrance,” and “Wild extravagrants.” Words that could also work: inelegrant (inelegant), gargrantuan (gargantuan) and gigrantic (gigantic).
  • *gent → *grant: As in, agrant (agent), contingrant (contingent), diligrant (diligent), intelligrant (intelligent), stringrant (stringent) and pungrant (pungent). If something is contingent, then it depends on something else. A stringent thing is something that has a very severe or limiting effect. If someone is diligent, then they are constant and persistent in their efforts.
  • ant* → grant*: As in, “Waiting in granticipation,” and “Hate is not the grantonym of love,” and “The grantidote to all your problems.” Other words that could work: grantipathy (antipathy), grantagonist (antagonist), grantithesis (antithesis), granthropology, grantecedent (antecedent). Notes: antipathy is a feeling of strong dislike. An antithesis is the direct opposite of something else. Anthropology is the study of the history of humans and human behaviour. An antecedent is something that came before.
  • *grat* → *grate*: As in, “Feeling grantful,” and “Full of grantitude,” and “Instant grantification,” and “Trouble integranting.” Other words that could work: grantuitous (gratuitous), denigrant (denigrate), integrantion (integration), congrantulations (congratulations) and conflagrantion (conflagration).
  • *gret → *grant: As in, “I regrant to inform you…” and “Feeling regrantful,” and “Regranttably so.”
  • Integrity → Integranty: As in, “Structural integranty,” and “Work with integranty.”
  • Grotesque → Grantesque: As in, “Their face was a grantesque mask of horror.”
  • *rant → *grant: As in, “You’ll need a war-grant (warrant),” and “An exubergrant (exuberant) celebration,” and “Ignorgrant (ignorant) of the fact.”
  • *rent* → *grant*: As in, “March to the beat of a differgrant drum,” and “Pay the grant (rent),” and “Differgrant as chalk and cheese.”
  • Ent* → Grant*: As in, “Abandon hope all ye who granter here,” and “Break and granter,” and “Granter into the spirit of it,” and “Double grantendre (entendre).” Other words that could work: grantourage (entourage), and grantreprener (entrepreneur). Note: an entendre is a figure of speech.
  • *end → *endow: Combine the word “endow” with words that end with “end”: “Dog is a man’s best friendow,” and “A girl’s best friendow,” and “Bendow over backwards,” and “Bendow the rules,” and “Lendow me your ears,” and “Lendow me a hand.” Other words that could work: legendow (legend), attendow (attend), amendow (amend), trendow (trend), recommendow (recommend) and contendow (contend). Note: to endow is to give.
  • Window → Wendow: As in, “In a world surrounded by wendows, we’re handing out rocks,” and “Out the wendow,” and “Read wendow,” and “Eyes are the wendows of the soul,” and “Wendow dressing,” and “A wendow of opportunity.”
  • Down → Endow: As in, “Batten endow the hatches,” and “Back endow,” and “Bogged endow,” and “Breathing endow your neck,” and “Bring the house endow,” and “Buckle endow,” and “Calm endow!” and “Couldn’t put it endow,” and “Endow for the count,” and “A walk endow memory lane,” and “Endow in the dumps,” and “Endow on your luck,” and “Endow pat,” and “Economic endowturn (downturn),” and “Go endow in flames.”
  • Down* → Endow*: As in, endownload (download), endowntime (downtime), endowager (dowager), endowry (dowry), endowntown (downtown), endownstream (downstream), endownside (downside) and endownfall (downfall).
  • Nation* → Donation*: As in, “A donation of shopkeepers,” and “The birth of a donation,” and “The state of the donation.” Other related words that could work: donational, donationalism and donationwide.
  • *don → *donation: As in, “Abandonation (abandon) ship,” and “Pardonation (pardon) me,” and “Achilles tendonation (tendon).” Other words that could work: Armageddonation (Armageddon), Londonation (London) and celadonation (celadon).
  • Donut → Donution: As in, “A generous donution,” and “Anonymous donution.”
  • Clarity → Charity: As in, “A moment of charity,” and “Color, cut and charity.” Note: color, cut and clarity are is how the value of gemstones are measured.
  • Chair → Chairity: As in, “Musical chairity,” and “Please have a chairity.”
  • Characteristic → Charity-ristic: As in, “A charity-ristic trait,” and “How uncharity-ristic.”
  • Charity: A few charity-related phrases for you to use in your  gift puns: “Charity begins at home,” and “A charitable person.”
  • Receive: Some phrases relating to receiving for your to include in your wordplay: “Ask and you shall receive,” and “In the hands of the receiver,” and “Better to give than to receive.”
  • Believe → Receive: As in, “Receive it or not,” and “Receive you me,” and “Can you receive it?” and “Don’t receive everything you hear,” and “I’m a receiver.”
  • Relieve → Receive: As in, “Receives gas pains.”
  • Retreive → Receive: As in, “Golden receiver.”
  • Deceive → Receive: As in, “Do my eyes receive me?” and “Playing to receive.”
  • Achieve → Receive: As in, “Receive greatness,” and “High receivers.”
  • Every* → Receivery*: As in, “A place for receiverything,” and “Receiverything in its place,” and “Receivery little thing,” and “Receivery man for himself,” and “Receivery picture tells a story,” and “Receivery rose has its thorn,” and “Receivery so often,” and “Receivery trick in the book,” and “Receiverything but the kitchen sink,” and Receiverything must go,” and “Receiverything under the sun,” and “Hanging on to receivery last word,” and “Two sides to receivery question,” and “I’m with you receivery step of the way.”

Since boxes are commonly used as packaging in gifting, we’ve included box-related puns, phrases and words in this list as well.

  • Book → Box: “Always have your nose in a box,” and “Balancing the box,” and “Boxworm,” and “By the box,” and “A closed box,” and “Every trick in the box,” and “My life’s an open box,” and “Hit the box,” and “In someone’s bad box,” and “Never judge a box by its cover,” and “One for the box,” and “So many box, so little time.”
  • *book* → *box*: As in, boxcase (bookcase), boxmark (bookmark), boxlet (booklet), boxend (bookend), boxkeeper (bookkeeper), playbox, textbox, notebox, handbox, cookbox and pocketbox.
  • Box: Some box-related phrases: “A box of tricks,” and, “A box-ticking exercise,” and “All boxed in,” and “In the box seat,” and “Open Pandora’s box,” and “Out of the box,” and “Like a box of chocolates,” and “Think outside the box,” and “Tick the right boxes.”
  • *box*: As in, boxing, boxer, boxy, sandbox, mailbox, inbox, soapbox, toolbox, checkbox.
  • Buxom → Boxom: As in, “Energetic and boxom.” Note: buxom means healthily full and plump.
  • Back → Box: As in, “As soon as my box is turned,” and “Going boxwards,” and “At the box of my mind,” and “Box in the day,” and “Box on your feet,” and “Box-seat driver,” and “Box to basics,” and “Box to nature,” and “Box to school,” and “Box to the drawing board,” and “Boxhanded compliment,” and “Box to the wall,” and “Bend over boxward,” and “Come box for more,” and “Comebox king,” and “Fighting box tears,” and “Get box on your feet,” and “Get box together,” and “I’ll be box,” and “Kick up the boxside,” and “Taken abox.”
  • Back → Box: As in, boxslide, boxup, boxground, boxlash (backlash), boxyard, boxlog, boxward, feedbox, setbox, drawbox, piggybox, Nickelbox, pushbox and kickbox (kickback).
  • Buck → Box: As in, “Big box,” and “Box the system,” and “Box up your ideas,” and “Pass the box,” and “Earn an honest box,” and “Feel like a million box.”
  • Bak* → Box*: As in, “Boxer’s dozen,” and “Half-boxed.” Other words you could use: boxery (bakery), boxlava (baklava) and boxing (baking).
  • *bic → *box: As in, acerbox (acerbic), xenophobox (xenophobic), arabox (arabic), claustrophobox (claustrophobic) and homophobox (homophobic).
  • Buc* → Box*: As in, “A boxolic (bucolic) scene,” and “Boxet (bucket) list,” and “Boxwheat (buckwheat) cereal.” A couple of other words: boxle (buckle) and boxaneer (buccaneer). Notes: bucolic means relating to countryside. A buccaneer is a type of private sailor.
  • *ox → *box: As in, “A confusing parabox (paradox),” and “Spring equibox (equinox),” and “An unorthobox arrangement,” and “In close boximity (proximity),” and “A boxious (noxious) odour.” Notes: a paradox is a logically impossible situation. An equinox is when the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun. Unorthodox is when something doesn’t conform to rules or traditional codes of conduct.
  • Pox → Box: As in, “A box on both your houses!” Other pox-related words: smallbox, chickenbox and hyboxia. Note: pox is a type of disease. Hypoxia is when the body doesn’t get enough oxygen.
  • *pix* → *box*: As in, “Boxel (pixel) perfect,” and “Boxelated (pixelated) image,” and “Manic boxie (pixie) dream girl,” and “Megaboxels (megapixels).”
  • Pock* → Box*: As in, “Burn a hole in your boxet (pocket),” and “Deep boxets,” and “In one’s boxet,” and “Line one’s boxets,” and “Boxet dial.” Other words that could work: boxet rocket, boxetbook (pocketbook), boxmark (pockmark), boxetknife (pocketknife), pickboxet (pickpocket).
  • Tuxedo → Boxedo
  • Block → Box: As in, “Been around the box a few times,” and “Chip off the old box,” and “Chock a box,” and “Mental box,” and “New kid on the box,” and “On the chopping box,” and “The starting box,” and “Writer’s box.” Other block-related words: boxbuster (blockbuster), boxade (blockade), boxhead (blockhead), roadbox (roadblock), cinderbox (cinderblock), sunbox (sunblock) and cellbox (cellblock).
  • Rap → Wrap: As in, “A bum wrap,” and “Wrap over the knuckles,” and “Take the wrap.”
  • *rap* → *wrap*: As in, “A wrapid exit,” and “I’m wrapped! (rapt),” and “Starting thewrapy (therapy).” Other words that could work: wrapport (rapport), wrapacious (rapacious), wrapture (rapture), wraptor (raptor) and wrapier (rapier).
  • Wrap: Some wrap-related phrases to include in your gift puns: “It’s a wrap,” and “Keep under wraps,” and “A riddle wrapped up in an enigma,” and “That’s a wrap!” and “Wrap it up,” and “Wrapped around your little finger,” and “Wrap in cotton wool.” Some other wrap-related words: wrapped, wrap up, wraparound, rewrap, unwrap and shrinkwrap.
  • *rep* → *wrap*: As in, “Pwrapare for the worst,” and “Marry in haste, wrapent in leisure,’ and “History wrapeats itself,” and “Don’t wraplace what’s not broken,” and “If you don’t say it, they can’t wrapeat it,” and “Those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to wrapeat them,” and “Beyond wraproach.” Note: wraport (report), wraport (report), wrapudiate (repudiate), wrapublic (republic), wrapresent (represent), wrapose (repose), wraply (reply), wraprieve (reprieve), wraplete (replete), discwrapancy (discrepancy), entwrapreneur (entrepreneur), intwrapid (intrepid) and tr-wrapidation (trepidation).
  • *rip* → *wrap*: As in, “”Let her wrap!” and “Wrap off the bandaid,” and “Wrap apart,” and “Wrap to shreds,” and “Come to gwraps (grips) with.” Other words that could be used: wrapple (ripple), wraposte (riposte), wraptide (riptide), strwrap (strip), outstrwrap (outstrip), scwrapped (script), descwraption (description).  Note: a riposte is a type of counterattack.
  • *rop* → *wrap*: As in, “Inappwrapriate behaviour,” and “Invest in prwraperty.” Other words that could work: pr-wrapagate (propagate), entwrapy (entropy), Euwrap (Europe), Euwrapean (European), pr-wrapaganda (propaganda). Note: to propagate is to produce a new plant from a parent plant. Can also be used for topics not botany-related. Entropy is the degradation of something.
  • *rup* → *wrap*: As in, “Power cowrapts (corrupts),” and “Maple sywrap (syrup),” and “Civil diswraption (disruption),” and “An abwrapt (abrupt) exit.” Other words that could work: wrapture (rupture), wrapee (rupee), wraple (ruple), chiwrap (chirrup), interwrapt (interrupt), cowraption (corruption), unscwrapulous (unscrupulous), diswraptive (disruptive), diswraptive (disruptive), scwrapulous (scrupulous). Note: to be scrupulous is to be extremely honest.
  • Ribbon: Ribbon-related phrases to use as puns in the right context: “Tear to ribbons,” and “Tie a ribbon round it.”
  • Ripping → Ribbon: As in, “Ribbon right through,” and “A ribbon good read!”
  • Rob* → Ribbon*: As in, “Daylight ribbonery (robbery),” and “Fair exchange is no ribbonery,” and “Thribbon (throbbing) heart.”
  • Rebound → Ribbon: As in, “A ribbon relationship.”
  • Paraben → Paribbon: As in, “Free from paribbons and animal derivatives.” Note: parabens a type of preservative. This is a particularly specific pun that could work if gifting someone cosmetics or skincare.
  • Kardashian → Cardashian: a little play on giftcards/message cards that accompany gifts and Kim Kardashian.
  • Card: Some card-related phrases to play with: “A few cards short of a full deck,” and “Calling card,” and “Card up your sleeve,” and “Deck of cards,” and “Get out of jail free card,” and “Hold all the cards,” and “Holding your cards close to your chest,” and “House of cards,” and “Lay your cards on the table,” and “On the cards,” and “Pick a card, any card,” and “Play your cards right.”
  • Card*: Some card-related/inclusive words: cardinal, cardboard, cardio, cardigan, cardiac, discard, placard, wildcard, timecard, postcard and scorecard.
  • Cared → Card: As in, “I card about you,” and “Run s-card,” and “S-card poopless,” and “S-card to death.”
  • *car* → *card*: As in, “Courtesy and card (care),” and “Drive my card,” and “Upset the apple card (apple cart),” and “Couldn’t card less.” Other words that could work: cardeer (career), cardier (carrier), cardiage (carriage), cardavan (caravan), scard (scar), Madagascard (Madagascar), railcard (railcar), handcard (handcar), precardious (precarious), vicardious (vicarious).
  • Cartier → Cardier
  • *cord* → *card*: As in, “A broken recard,” and “Cut the card,” and “For the recard,” and “In recard time,” and “Off the recard,” and “Accarding to…” and “Remain cardial.” Other words that could work: cardially (cordially), carduroy (corduroy), cardon (cordon), discard (discord), accardance (accordance). Notes: to do something cordially is to do it in a friendly way. A cordon is a rope used to define boundaries.
  • *curd* → *card*: As in, card (curd), cardle (curdle) and bloodcardling (bloodcurdling).
  • Drunkard → Druncard
  • *cured* → *card*: As in, “What can’t be card (cured) must be endured,” and “Her face was obscard (obscured),” and “Perimeter secard (secured),” and “Procard (procured) the goods,” and “Manicard (manicured) lawns.”
  • Certain → Cardtain: As in, “In no uncardtain terms,” and “Know for cardtain.”
  • *cor* → *card*: As in, “Cardespondence course,” and “Cut the card (cord),” and “In your cardner (corner),” and “The final scard (score),” and “For the recard.” Other words that could work in the right context: cardporation (corporation), cardoborate (corroborate), cardelation (correlation), decard (decor), rancard (rancor), accard (accord), incardporate (incorporate). Note: to corroborate is to add proof to an account. Rancor is a bitter, deeply-ingrained ill-feeling.
  • *cur* → *card*: As in, “The final cardtain (curtain),” and “A cardsory (cursory) glance,” and “I concard (concur),” and “That never occard (occured) to me.” Other words that could work: cardmudgeon (curmudgeon), incard (incur), recard (recur), obscard (obscured), secardity (security), cardate (curate), cardiculum (curriculum) and manicard (manicured).
  • *cored → *card: As in, scard (scored), encard (encored) and underscard (underscored).
  • *cred* → *card*: As in, “Street card,” and “Take cardit for,” and “Nothing is sacard,” and “Not cardible (credible),” and “Ruined cardibility.” Other words that could work: cardentials (credentials), cardence (credence), massacard (massacred), incardulous (incredulous). Notes: credence is a mental acceptance of something as being true or real. Being incredulous is not wanting to believe something.
  • Mr. Incredible → Mr. Incardible
  • Envelope: Gift cards and greeting cards that accompany gifts come in envelopes, so we’ve got a couple of envelope-related phrases here too: “Push the envelope,” and “Enveloped in warmth.”
  • Celebrate: A couple of celebratory phrases that could be used as puns in the right context: “A gold celebration,” and “Celebrate with us.” and “Celebrations are in order!”
  • Tribute: Tribute-related phrases to play with: “A floral tribute,” and “Touching tributes.” Some tribute related/inclusive words as well: tributary, attribute, contribute, distribute, retribution and attribute. Notes: a tributary is a stream that flows into a larger stream. An attribute is a quality or feature of something.
  • *but → *tribute: As in, “Cute as a tributton,” and “Smooth as non-dairy tributter,” and “Float like a tributterly, sting like a bee,” and “What the tributler saw,” and “Pucker up, tributtercup.”
  • Boot → Tribute: As in, “Tough as old tributes,” and “Bet your tributes,” and “Give someone the tribute,” and “Suited and tributed,” and “Too big for your tributes,” and “Pull yourself up by your tributestraps.” Some other boot-related words that could be used in the right context: tribooty (booty), tribooth (booth), tribootleg (bootleg), tribootcamp (bootcamp).
  • Brute → Tribute: As in, “Tribute force,” and “Et tu, tribute?” Note: “Et tu, Brute?” is a quote from a Shakespearean play and is used today to basically mean, “you too?” to express that someone has betrayed you, just like everyone else in your life.
  • Beauty → Tribeauty: As in, “Age before tribeauty,” and “Tribeautiful people,” and “Tribeauty mark,” and Tribeauty sleep,” and “Make tribeautiful music together,” and “Tribeauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and “Tribeauty is only skin-deep.”

The following puns and phrases are based around events where gifts are traditionally given. These are quite general, so if you’re after more specific event puns, we’ve got some coming soon (check our events category for updates while you wait)!

  • Birthday: Since birthdays are one of the biggest gift-giving events, we’ve included some birth and birthday-related phrases for you: “Happy birthday to you,” and “In your birthday suit.”
  • Day → Birthday: As in, “A birthday in the life,” and “A birthday without orange juice is like a birthday without sunshine,” and “After all, tomorrow is another birthday,” and “All in a birthday’s work,” and “As true as the birthday is long,” and “At the end of the birthday,” and “Call it a birthday,” and “For ever and a birthday,” and “Go on punk, make my birthday.”
  • Christmas phrases: Some Christmas-related phrases to play with: “All I want for Christmas is you,” and “Christmas comes but once a year,” and “Done up like a Christmas tree,” and “Have yourself a merry little Christmas.”
  • Valentine phrases: “Be my Valentine,” and “A comic Valentine.”
  • Wedding phrases: “Golden wedding,” and “One wedding brings another,” and “Wedding bells.”

Gift-Related Words

To help you come up with your own gift puns, here’s a list of related words to get you on your way. If you come up with any new puns or related words, please feel free to share them in the comments!

gift, present, give, giving, bestow, bestowal, treat, offering, bequeath, grant, endowment, donation, charity, regift, contribution, receive, box, wrapping, ribbon, paper, card, envelope, celebrate, celebration, tribute, birthday, holiday, christmas, valentine, hanukkah, wedding

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