Em­brace tele­vi­sion nos­tal­gia with retro gifts

Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - Lifestyle - BY LEANNE ITALIE

There’s no nos­tal­gia quite like TV nos­tal­gia, so here are ideas for retro TV gifts pegged to hit shows:


Search around for vin­tage doll sets of fa­vorite char­ac­ters in orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing, au­to­graphed pho­tos and stu­dio stills. Head to eBay, Ama­zon or other sites and shops that sell col­lectibles.

Oth­er­wise, go for chuck­les with a mousepad 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 fa­vorite on Re­bub­ble.com: A pen­cil draw­ing of Ed Nor­ton do­ing the Huck­le­buck on hood­ies and T-shirts. $25.52.


We’re talk­ing the orig­i­nal se­ries, and 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 greet­ing on Thinkgeek.com, for $9.99. 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 on a 16-ounce wine glass for $9.99 and of­fers a USS En­ter­prise bot­tle opener for $14.95. Gift an ugly sweater that reads: “Trek the Halls.” $64.99. How about a set of Vul­can ear-

buds, com­plete with pointy ears, from Anovos? $35.


Pick up a “Dyn-OMite!” T-shirt. Cafe Press even has one in white for dogs. $19.95.

The ac­tor-co­me­dian who played J.J. Evans, Jim­mie Walker, made that word his sig­na­ture. He wrote a mem­oir with Sal Manna, “Dyn-O-Mite! Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times.” 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.


There are Golden Girls­branded Monopoly , Triv­ial Pur­suit and Clue board games. There’s a Sophia “ac­tion” fig­ure , fleece throws and Pez dis­pensers of the en­tire gang.

How about a back­pack with the cast on it, a Shady Pines mug or Rose socks? Search Ama­zon for a pink sweat­shirt with Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy heads.

And thanks to a com­pany called Funko, which makes li­censed pop cul­ture col­lectibles, the holy grail of Golden Girl “it” items is a pur­ple-hued, Chee­rio-shaped ce­real with a toy fig­ure in­side. It was so hot that pri­vate sell­ers are now ask­ing up to nearly $85 a box.


All things Dun­der Mif­flin are avail­able, from tum­blers and wa­ter bot­tles to ap­parel and Pam’s wa­ter­color paint­ing of the build­ing. NBC­s­tore.com.

Know a su­per­fan who’s also your sweet­heart? There’s an “I love you like Jim Loves Pam” throw and mug as a set. $65.95.


This year is the 50th an­niver­sary of the iconic PBS show.

The PBS on­line store is ready. There’s a fab­u­lous mug adorned with quotes and lyrics and the man him­self. When you add hot wa­ter, his at­tire changes from busi­ness suit to cardi­gan; $13.99. There’s a wood replica of the Neigh­bor­hood Trol­ley for $59.99, socks, T-shirts, note­cards, and sticky notes with in­spi­ra­tional quotes.


A T-shirt with a draw­ing of Art Car­ney’s Huck­le­buck dance from “The Honeymooners.”


A “Golden Girls” wind­shield shade is $29.99 at Toynk.com, which also of­fers four shot glasses, $19.99.

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