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Holiday gift guide: The best presents for TV lovers

By Bill Harris, Special to Postmedia Network

The GoT colouring book.

The GoT colouring book.

It's all TV's fault.

Homer Simpson was complaining to his wife Marge that he would be a lot more productive if it weren't for television.

“It's those TV networks, Marge,” Homer complained. “One quality show after another, each one more brilliant than the last. If they only stumbled once, just gave us 30 minutes to ourselves. But they won't ... they won't let me live!”

Or shop, presumably.

It's the holiday season, and what true TV fan has time to shop, with so much great stuff on TV?

Fear not, couch potatoes of all budgets and screen sizes. Here are a dozen cool gift ideas for the TV lovers in your house, including the one looking back at you in the mirror:

RETRO iPAD STAND

Keen on embracing the new, while at the same time paying tribute to the old? This cardboard iPad stand makes your iPad look like an old-style TV. Seems a little pricy for cardboard, but hey, this is 2016, at least for a few more weeks.

Popsugar.com, $30

LETTERKENNY SHAMROCKS JERSEY

Small-town Canada, as depicted in the show Letterkenny, can be a very special place. And yes, that can mean whatever you want it to mean. Whenever anyone famous visits our country, we want to give them hockey jerseys, for some reason. But don't forget about family and friends, too.

Letterkenny.tv, $100

GAME OF THRONES COLOURING BOOK

This is described as an “adult colouring book,” which brings all sorts of things to mind in the context of this show. But with all the killing, why do I get the feeling that you'll be utilizing blood-red crayons far more often than any other colour?

Amazon.ca, $15.59

OUTLANDER ARM WARMERS

As you venture into the chilly Scottish Highlands, you'll be glad you have Claire's arm warmers to keep you snug and cozy. Be that as it may, I'm sure many viewers likely rather would have Claire or Jamie (or both?) to keep them snug and cozy.

Outlanderstore.com, $19.95

LUKE'S DINER MUG

With Gilmore Girls having returned with four new extended episodes via Netflix, you can get reacquainted with the characters while sipping your favourite warm beverage. There are different versions, but I prefer the one that specifically says, "Stars Hollow, Connecticut." Good luck finding it on a map, though.

Cafepress.ca, $22

TARDIS STRING LIGHTS

Are these truly related to the holidays? Doctor Who usually has a Christmas special, so I guess it's okay in that regard. You can decorate the tree with Tardis string lights. You might even travel back to Christmases past.

Thinkgeek.com, $17.99

PIED PIPER T-SHIRT

If you're going to wear a shirt with a TV message, I tend to like the ones that require a certain amount of knowledge about the specific program. A Silicon Valley T-shirt would be one thing. But a Pied Piper T-shirt likely means that you actually watch the show.

Etsy.com, $19.15

CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS TREE

Kids are inundated with so many entertainment options these days, I would imagine A Charlie Brown Christmas just gets lost in the holly with everything else. But if you're of a certain age, this is the one that “sticks” with you.

Retrofestive.ca, $19.99

DOWNTON ABBEY DVD SET

This collector's edition includes all 52 episodes of the epic series, five hours of bonus content, a working pull bell, six coasters, a hardcover book, and an extra booklet with details about the costumes. Even the Dowager Countess would smile.

Shoppbs.org, $124.99

"RIGGED" BUTTON

From the show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the simplicity of this political button really made me laugh. Just one word, "Rigged." If you spent the bulk of 2016 following the U.S. election, you'll understand this. God help us in 2017.

tbs.com, $9.95

RAY DONOVAN BOXING GLOVES

These feature the "Donovan's Fite Club" logo, but remember, boxing gloves can be dangerous. I recall my little brother, aged 6 or 7, putting on some gloves and punching my uncle so hard in the gut that it made him throw up. Good times.

Store.sho.com, $74.95

LUCILLE REPLICA BAT

Fresh from its recent engagement bludgeoning people in The Walking Dead, this replica bat aptly represents TV violence everywhere, don't you think? There's more than one version, some of which are, um, sold out. Not sure what that says about society, but Merry Christmas, everyone!

Amazon.com, $39.99

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