Embrace television nostalgia with retro gifts
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.
“THE GOLDEN GIRLS”
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.
“MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD”
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.