10 Awesome Gifts Under $20 for Couch Potatoes
Between traditional broadcasts, cable, and streaming services such as Netflix, there's more TV than ever -- and arguably more good TV than ever. Classic holiday specials and reruns only add to the possibilities during December downtime, when family and friends gather. Here are 10 budget-friendly gifts to keep your couch potato entertained, well-fed, and comfortable now and for many a binge-watch to come.
This gift will bring comfort to fans of "Parks and Recreation" in more ways than one. With a throw pillow cover from Society6 ($20), Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope and the rest of the cast will always be around -- even though the show is off the air after seven seasons. Detailed art on the polyester poplin zippered cover, which measures 16 inches square, serves as a reminder: "Knope We Can."
AMC's unpredictable zombie fest "The Walking Dead" continues to be among the most popular shows on TV, so there are plenty of fans who will appreciate these LTD Commodities glasses, each featuring character artwork and the licensed logo. The pint glasses ($18 for a set of four; on sale for $14.35) have a very appropriate fade from clear to blood red toward the bottom.
Funko creates licensed vinyl figures based on TV characters (starting at $9). Fans delight in building collections of characters from their favorite shows, but even one figure displayed at work or home can spark a conversation. The company has adapted icons from shows such as "Arrested Development," "Breaking Bad," and "Doctor Who" in its characteristic cute style.
Sitting for hours through a holiday movie marathon can result in an achy, sore back. This support pillow from Collections Etc. ($15) has earned mostly 4- and 5-star reviews on multiple sites. Its shape is designed to hug and support the lower back and fits on a couch, chair, or bed. An added bonus: It's machine washable.
If you know someone who would instantly recognize the infamous quote "I am the danger," pick up a "Breaking Bad" T-shirt from Busted Tees (starting at $8). These cotton shirts are decorated with images familiar to fans of the show, including Los Pollos Hermanos, A1A Car Wash, and an RV in the desert.
With this gadget, someone who tends to get absorbed in a show doesn't have to worry about coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or a cup of soup getting cold. The simple Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer ($10) plugs into an outlet and has a red light to indicate when it's switched on. Reviewers on retail sites say it keeps the contents pleasantly warm and is easy to clean.
Surprise a noodle lover with the Kai Noodle Soup Bowl from Crate and Barrel ($6). Chopsticks are held in place for easy carrying to the couch, and a TV viewer glued to the screen can slurp with without worrying about the chopsticks rolling out of the bowl. The porcelain bowl is safe for dishwasher, microwave, or oven.