A TV LOVER’S GIFT GUIDE

These nostal­gic hol­i­day presents will be sure to bring a smile to the faces of fans

The Expositor (Brantford) - - WEEKEND - LEANNE ITALIE

There’s no nos­tal­gia NEW YORK quite like TV nos­tal­gia, for just the right binge-watcher or old­time fa­natic, at least. A few ideas for retro TV gifts pegged to hit shows through the decades: THE HONEYMOONERS Search around for vin­tage doll sets of favourite char­ac­ters in orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing, au­to­graphed pho­tos and framed stu­dio stills with show stats. Head to eBay, Ama­zon or other sites and shops that deal in col­lectibles.

Other­wise, go for chuck­les with a mouse pad or T-shirt em­bla­zoned with “The In­ter­na­tional Or­der of Loyal Rac­coons” or an “Alice Kram­den is my role model” mug or one­sie, for the next gen­er­a­tion.

A par­tic­u­lar favourite on Red­bub­ble.com: A nicely done graphite pen­cil draw­ing of Ed Nor­ton do­ing the Huck­le­buck on hood­ies and T-shirts ($25 to $52, all fig­ures in U.S. dol­lars). STAR TREK We’re talk­ing the orig­i­nal se­ries. These col­lectibles are plen­ti­ful. Know what you’re do­ing and how much you should be pay­ing for this stuff.

There are tons of Star Trek gift items all over the place, in­clud­ing an oven mitt with the split fin­gers of the Vul­can peace and pros­per­ity greet­ing on Thinkgeek.com ($6.99). Shirts abound on CBS­s­tore.com, in­clud­ing a retro look for women in a yel­low crew with orig­i­nal char­ac­ters ($24.99).

The shop at startrek.com put the Delta sym­bol on a 16-ounce wine glass for $9.99 and of­fers a USS En­ter­prise bot­tle opener for $14.95. Or gift an ugly sweater that reads “Trek the Halls” ($64.99).

Or how about a set of Vul­can ear­buds, com­plete with pointy ears, from Anovos ($35)? GOOD TIMES Pick up a “Dyn-O-Mite!” T-shirt. CafePress even has one in white for dogs ($19.95). The ac­tor­co­me­dian who played J.J. Evans, Jim­mie Walker, made that word his sig­na­ture.

He wrote a book with Sal Manna, Dyn-o-mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times — A Mem­oir. The book de­tails Walker’s violent and abu­sive up­bring­ing in the Bronx, his rise as a standup co­me­dian and ten­sions on the set of this hit CBS pro­gram.

Dig around for the best copy or look for dig­i­tal or au­dio ver­sions to gift.

Got a Janet Jack­son fan who ap­pre­ci­ates her time on the show as Penny Gor­don Woods?

Pick up some­thing spe­cial on Jack­son’s of­fi­cial web­site. It’s full of State of the World Tour and Rhythm Na­tion merch. How about a black, vanil­las­cented Janet can­dle in a black box? It’s $24.95 at janet­jack­son. com. THE GOLDEN GIRLS The gals, es­pe­cially Betty White, are hav­ing a pro­longed mo­ment.

There are Golden Girls-branded Mo­nop­oly, Triv­ial Pur­suit and Clue board games be­cause, why not? There’s a Sophia “ac­tion” fig­ure, fleece throws and Pez dis­pensers of the en­tire gang.

Not good enough? How about a back­pack with the cast of the NBC hit on it, a Shady Pines re­tire­ment home mug or Rose socks? Still not just right? Search Ama­zon for a pink sweat­shirt that reads “Squad Goals,” with Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy heads on it.

Fans with cars might en­joy the Golden Girls car wind­shield sun shade with true-to-life like­nesses of the ladies that might prompt a few turned heads from passersby. Avail­able at Toynk.com for $29.99. That site also sells a set of four colour­ful shot glasses, one Golden Girl per glass ($19.99).

And thanks to a com­pany called Funko, which makes li­censed pop cul­ture col­lectibles, the holy grail of Golden Girl items is a pur­ple­hued, Chee­rio-shaped ce­real with a toy fig­ure in­side. It was so hot that pri­vate sell­ers are now ask­ing up to nearly $85 a box. MIS­TER ROGERS’ NEIGH­BOR­HOOD This year is the 50th an­niver­sary of the first air­ing of the iconic PBS show back in 1968.

The PBS on­line store is ready. There’s a fab­u­lous mug adorned with favourite quotes and song lyrics and the man him­self. When you add hot wa­ter, his at­tire changes from his busi­ness suit to his cardi­gan ($13.99).

There’s a colour­ful wood replica of the show’s fa­mous Neigh­bor­hood Trol­ley for $59.99, an ar­ray of socks em­bla­zoned with his vis­age, T-shirts, a mag­netic dress-up set, note­cards, sticky notes with in­spi­ra­tional quotes and even a branded bar of soap that runs $3.99.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A Golden Girls wind­shield sun shade, sold by Toynk.com, pays trib­ute to the iconic Mi­ami-based girl squad.

Clock­wise from top left: Star Trek Vul­can oven mitt (Thinkgeek.com); a set of four Golden Girls shot glasses (Toynk.com); Dyn-o-mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times — A Mem­oir by Jim­mie Walker; and a The Honeymooners T-shirt (Red­bub­ble. com).

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