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There’s no nos­tal­gia quite like TV nos­tal­gia, for just the right binge-watcher or old time fa­natic, at least. A few ideas for retro TV gifts pegged to hit shows through the decades:


Search around for vin­tage doll sets of fa­vorite 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 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 nicely done graphite pen­cil draw­ing of Ed Nor­ton do­ing the Huck­le­buck on hood­ies and T-shirts. $25.52.


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, 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, cause those get lost. Gift an ugly sweater that reads: “Trek the Halls.” $64.99.

How about a set of Vul­can ear­buds , com­plete with pointy ears, from Anovos? $35.


Pick up a “Dyn-O-Mite!” 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.

Got a Janet Jack­son fan who ap­pre­ci­ates her time on the show as Penny Gor­don Woods? Pick up some­thing spe­cial on Janet­jack­son.com.


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 with Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy heads that reads: “Squad Goals.”

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 passers-by. Avail­able at Toynk.com for $29.99. That site also sells a set of four col­or­ful 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 “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.


This year is the 50th anniversary of the first air­ing of the iconic PBS show back in 1968. With the ad­di­tion of a re­cent doc­u­men­tary, Fred Rogers is top of mind for fans.

The PBS on­line store is ready. There’s a fab­u­lous mug adorned with fa­vorite 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 col­or­ful wood replica of the show’s fa­mous Neigh­bor­hood Trol­ley for $59.99.


A Golden Girls wind­shield sun shade is sold by Toynk.com. Items themed to retro TV shows make great hol­i­day gifts for just the right fan.

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