Nick’s Last-Minute TV Gift Guide 2012
Being Puerto Rican and all, I tend to wait until the last minute to do anything. Case in point: Holiday shopping. If you’re anything like me, you not only haven’t bought any gifts for family or loved ones, you also have no idea what the hell to get them. Well, as managing editor of the TV side of things here on Rickey.org, I thought it might be wise to offer some suggestions for the TV enthusiast in your family. Strangely enough, there aren’t many actual TV show sets on the list, but then, I figure if someone in your family likes a show, you don’t need me to tell you to get it for them, or even to suggest recommending such bad-ass shows like Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men to others. while I can’t promise that my comprehensively random Holiday Shopping Guide will provide you with any concrete answers on what to get anybody, hopefully the list will get some ideas rolling around in that big, beautiful head of yours.
Game of Thrones bathroom decal
The first three entries in this gift guide are inspired by HBO’s megahit series, so I figured I’d lead-off with this Iron Throne-inspired bathroom decal. Because if you eat a lot of egg yolks and artichokes, then technically, you too can claim to be seated upon the Iron Throne. And all this, without ever having to slay even one nobleman or sleep with a blood relation!
Purchase for $29.99: Etsy.com
Game of Thrones: Season 1 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with HBO Select
One of the greatest seasons of fantasy television ever produced gets a deluxe Blu-ray release. Blu-ray special features include the complete five-disc set, a complete interactive compendium of Westeros, an in-feature episode guide, Anatomy of an Episode digest, and Hidden Dragon Eggs that provide never-before-seen content. This is coupled with the already-staggering DVD features, which include an in-depth look at the men of The Wall, and the structure itself, as well as special features about the Dothraki language, creating the show open, and audio commentaries from damn-near everyone involved in the production, from executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, to A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, and stars Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, and Isaac Hempstead Wright.
Bringing the set together is an exclusive Dragon Egg paperweight, a delicately-crafted piece of memorabilia that would look right at home on the desk of any Game of Thrones fan…again, assuming said fan isn’t using the desk to violate the laws of nature with a blood relation. Because what’s good for the Lannisters is good for the gander.
Purchase for $99.98: HBO Shop
Joffrey Baratheon Target Poster
Need to blow-off steam? Worried that punching a co-worker as a form of therapy will get you in hot water with management? Never fear, for the folks at RedBubble have provided an outlet for your rage: redirecting it at TV’s most-hated villain! Because if anyone has it coming, it’s Joffrey Baratheon. Darts sold separately. But if you can’t afford the darts, just haul off and punch the thing. I feel better just thinking about it.
Purchase for $25: RedBubble.com
Sherlocked Tee Shirt
Another gem, courtesy of the fine folks at RedBubble.com, as this shirt allows fans of BBC’s Sherlock to broadcast that fandom to anyone with two working eyes (and really, just one would do the trick). Because I can think of few better ways to say “The Game Is On” than to get Holmesian about your wardrobe.
Purchase for $27: Redbubble.com
Rutherford-Bohr Model Atom Necklace
If you have any Big Bang Theory fans in your family, they might appreciate this Rutherford-Bohr Model Atom Necklace, which allows you to broadcast your nerdery to the world without having to get all Sheldon about it.
Purchase for $25.99: ThinkGeek
Periodic Table Shower Curtain
Another gift for the discerning Big Bang Theory fan. Because, really, why sing in the shower when you could just do science?
Purchase for $29.99: ThinkGeek
Doctor Who Limited Edition Gift Set
BBC America REALLY isn’t playing around with this gift set, which will practically leave the Doctor Who fan in your family needing a quick change of pants. The monstrous set includes the complete seasons 1-6, which covers the tenures of the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith), respectively. That’s over 70 hours of content alone right there, to say nothing of the endless hours of bonus features, including 3 new Doctor Specials coming to DVD for the first time ever. The set also comes with a collectible 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, 3 original art cards and the comic book, “Doctor Who at Comic Con.” Even the Cybermen want in on this. And I’m pretty sure they’re not capable of actually enjoying anything.
Purchase for $234: BBC America Shop
Breaking Bad HEISENBERG T-Shirt
It’s so badass I have a hard time actually believing it comes to us from the recesses of Hot Topic, but I figure if we live in an age where Jonah Hill can get nominated for an Academy Award, anything is possible. Celebrate the upcoming final eight episodes of Breaking Bad this summer by decking out in your finest Walter White.
Purchase for $16.40 to $19.60: Hot Topic
Netflix or HuluPlus Gift Subscription
Give the gift of TV that doesn’t suck. In this case, with either Netflix or HuluPlus. Either of these packages saves me the trouble of having to list every single DVD set of every single show you should probably be watching, whether it’s Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or Downton Abbey. That said, if the person is more inclined towards movies, Netflix is likely the better bet, while TV lovers can dig on HuluPlus. Whichever one you choose, it’s kind of hard to go wrong with back catalogs that include the aforementioned Mad Men and Breaking Bad, among other shows and movies both new and old. What’s funny is that both services have pretty much the same pricing structure, with a one-month gift subscription for both services starting at $7.99, while a year goes for $95.88. But there are options for those who want to try the service for more than one month, but for less than a year, with packages for anywhere between two and six months.
True Blood: Deborah Lippmann Cosmetics Collection
If you have a person in your family who’s a fan of True Blood and takes their appearance as seriously as Pam (or Lafayette, for that matter), it might be a good idea to hook’em up with this exclusive collection from famed manicurist Deborah Lippmann. I imagine it’ll be difficult to disappoint anyone who’s really, seriously, fanatically dedicated to True Blood with a set like this. Given that the show is still pulling in the big ratings numbers after five seasons, I’d imagine that’s quite a lot of people, many of them young, and some of them possibly in your family. Though whether or not they’re fangers (or faeries or shifters or southerners or any of a number of increasingly fantastic beings on the show) will be for you to decide.
Purchase Deborah Lippmann Forsaken nail and lip set for $38.00: HBO Shop
While it might not appear to have much to do with TV on the surface, these bow ties are the product of Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who, alongside partner Justin Mikita, are donating 100% of the proceeds of these bowties to TieTheKnot.org, which furthers and supports the cause of marriage equality. They come in a variety of different styles, for a variety of different occasions, so definitely check them out if you know someone who’s looking for the perfect compliment to a business casual ensemble. Because if the Eleventh Doctor has taught us anything, it’s that “bow ties are cool.” And now that they’re for a worthy cause, they’re even cooler.
Purchase for $25.00: The Tie Bar
Zombie Head Cookie Jar
Assuming you have a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead on your gift list, and assuming that their appetite hasn’t been soured from countless scenes of relentless gore, this snazzy zombie head cookie jar will offer a fitting place to store all non-brain related munchies.
Purchase for $29.99: ThinkGeek
A Roku box is an absolute must for the avid TV lover looking to stream content instead of watching live. You watch your shows on your schedule, all through an easy, intuitive programming aparatus that allows access to over 150,000 different movies and TV shows. Viewers can also indulge in the excesses of premium subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO and tons more. It’s truly the gift that will pay for itself inside of a month.
Purchase from $49: Roku
Revenge Infinity Box
For the person in your family who’s on a Revenge quest of their own, and who need a convenient hiding spot for all their sensitive information about the past they’re trying to conceal. Or, you know, you could just put makeup or baseball cards in it. Whatever works.
Nolan Ross not included.
Purchase for $24.99: CafePress
Singing Soft Kitty Plush
Another one for the Big Bang Theory fanatic in your clan. Because, given the ratings this show continues to pull in, odds are that one in every five people has at least one person on their gift list who would enjoy something like this.
Purchase for $29.99: ThinkGeek
Dowager Countess Key Chains
An immediate entry in the “Awesome Useless Stuff I Didn’t Know I Needed” come these Downton Abbey-inspired keychains that feature the witticisms of TV’s preeminent snappy old lady. Because if the Dowager Countess has taught us anything, it’s that nothing succeeds like excess.
Purchase for $8: Etsy
Survivor Buff and Tribal Council Voting Pen
Rock a Survivor buff from your favorite season for casual Friday at work! And buy your boss a tribal council pen as a strategic move to get him to vote off the other employees, allowing you to get that much closer to the million dollars (in this case, a lucrative promotion). Hey, a savvy player never stops trying to consolidate influence! (However, a savvy player can usually tell the difference between the game and real life…)
Purchase tribal buffs for $22.00: CBS Store
Purchase tribal council pen for $19.95: CBS Store
The Aggro Crag
Because at least one person in your family is still secretly twelve. (Take me, for example…)
Purchase for $14.39: My Party Shirt
And that’s the list! I hope you found something unique, and hopefully something new. If nothing else, I hope the list gave you some ideas for what to gift the TV lover in your family. Best of luck in all your last-minute holiday shopping!
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@Trey_ A friend of mine has a Roku box and swears it's a godsend. For around $50, it seems like a hell of a bargain, assuming that streaming TV is your ticket. If nothing else, its increasing popularity is neck-and-neck with the DVR in the race to determine which newfangled device best represents the death of live TV.
@ArchieSue It looks uncommonly comfortable. I could imagine just passing out on it, then being jarred awake by its sudden outbursts of song.