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Awesome Gifts for Couch Potatoes and TV Lovers

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The term couch potato used to conjure images of slovenly, middle-aged dads with an unkempt appearance and vacant eyes. Thanks to much-improved content and a multitude of ways to get a TV fix, the average couch potato is much more likely to be the person you live with, work with, or see in the mirror. Given the staggering amount of time Americans spend watching TV these days, chances are you have a fairly serious binge-watcher in your life. too. Here are gifts ideas for them — yep, even for couch potato dads — that might get them to tear their eyes away from the screen long enough to say "thank you."


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Binge-Watching Survival Kit
Pinch Provisions

Binge-Watching Survival Kit

$20 from Pinch Provisions
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This 18-piece kit contains a snack clip, comfy socks, face- and hand-cleansing towelettes, sporks, and — somewhat disconcertingly — a stain remover and breath drops (guess slovenly is still a thing, after all). The truly committed, however, will also appreciate the sofa yoga guide and a two-sided coin to help decide: "one more" or "go to bed."


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Coleman Soft Can Cooler Sleeve
Amazon

Coleman Soft Can Cooler Sleeve

$12 from Amazon
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Who wants to walk away from the big game to grab another beer? No one. This sleeve holds six cans, has a much less bulky design than most coolers, and will keep your favorite couch potato from yelling, "Can anyone bring me a beer?"


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Team Couch Potato T-Shirt
Amazon
Sofa Armrest Organizer
Amazon

Sofa Armrest Organizer

$18 from Amazon
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This anti-slip armrest organizer comes in a bunch of colors and has plenty of pockets and other spaces to put stuff such as remotes, phones, magazines, glasses, etc.

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Pictionary Air
Target

Pictionary Air

$20 from Target
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A classic game gets a modern twist with Pictionary Air. Draw "pictures" in the air with the special pen, and they'll appear on a smart device or connected TV. Performances can even be recorded and saved with the Pictionary Air app.

Original Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper
Amazon
'I Love Lucy: Colorized Collection DVD
Amazon
Saucey Socks
Amazon
Just One More Episode Mani-Pedi Kit
Amazon

Just One More Episode Mani-Pedi Kit

$10 from Amazon
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Manicures and pedicures are actually an excellent use of multitasking time while bingeing certain shows, especially ones you really watch only for the final reveal (what's up, HGTV!). This six-piece kit lets you attend to your digits, and keeps everything in a tube branded in a design reminiscent of the Netflix logo. Clever.

Bedside Essentials Pocket
Uncommon Goods

Bedside Essentials Pocket

$15 and up from Uncommon Goods
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These days, no one just watches TV. We check our Instagram, surf sites with insight into our favorite shows, and — as mentioned — groom ourselves. So we need a little something in which to store our phones, tablets, and other assorted items. This gray felt pouch, available in regular and large sizes, is just the thing, and stylish as well.

Hogwarts Candle
Wick and Fable

Hogwarts Candle

$10 from Wick and Fable
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Not everyone binges shows — many of us marathon movie franchises, and "Harry Potter" is, of course, one of the most-watched of all time. Here's a Hogwarts candle that will not only appeal to the Potterhead in your life, but sweeten their air (which might be a good thing if they're on No. 8 in a no-breaks binge sesh). Wick and Fable has scents available for many other shows and movies, too.


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Binge Watcher
Etsy

Binge Watcher Enamel Pin

$9 from Etsy
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For the TV fan who also loves to accessorize, there's this adorable gift depicting an anthropomorphized vintage TV that's just happy you're spending so much time with it.

Strip Lights
Amazon
Cinephile Game
Uncommon Goods

Cinephile Game

$20 from Uncommon Goods
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We all have those people in our lives: When they're not actually watching TV, they like to talk about all the shows and movies everyone else should be watching. Channel all that condescending superiority into this game, and make sure you're on their team.

David Attenborough Activity Book
Amazon

David Attenborough Activity Book

$14 from Amazon
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For the documentary enthusiast in your life comes this book — inspired by the king of docs — "stuffed full of fun, subtly educational activities."

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Calm Down Caren
Periscope
Amazon
The Crown: The Official Companion Vol. 2
Amazon

The Crown: The Official Companion Vol. 2

$18 from Amazon
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If you know someone eager to dig into the real-life history behind "The Crown" (it is fictionalized a bit, people), consider one of the show's companion books. In addition to expanding on the story behind seasons 2 and 3, this second installment also features archival photographs. Volume 1 is available, too.


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Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai
Barnes and Noble

Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai

$35 from Barnes and Noble
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Fans of the "Golden Girls" might be surprised to know that the show was originally going to be called "Miami Nice." Or that Bea Arthur had to be persuaded to join the cast. Or that, for one episode, the girls had a gay housekeeper. Here's an in-depth look at how "Golden Girls" came to be a cultural touchstone with this loving history, which includes interviews with Arthur and Rue McClanahan, plus tributes to the girls from Harvey Fierstein, Lance Bass, and other celebs.


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Plastic Popcorn Containers
Amazon

Plastic Popcorn Containers

$9 from Amazon
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Dude, everyone loves movie popcorn! These containers would make a great base for a movie gift basket that can be filled with all the goodies a couch potato could ask for. Set of four.

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A Subscription to The Criterion Channel

$99/year from Criterion Channel
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Since 1984, the Criterion Collection has been preserving, restoring, and promoting the best of world cinema, from German silent-era classics to modern Hollywood masterpieces, to say nothing of works by leading filmmakers from Iran, Japan, Russia, India, and beyond. For folks who love subtitles, a subscription is a must.

Enno Vatti 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster
Amazon

Enno Vatti 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster

$26 from Amazon
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If you're buying for a movie buff, this interactive poster features 100 of the most memorable movies in history. He can scratch off spaces with a coin just like a lottery ticket to reveal art from each movie.


Related: Best Gifts for Movie Buffs

Ice Cream Spoon
Etsy

Couch, Netflix, Ice Cream Spoon

$15 from Etsy
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Is your marathon TV watcher bingeing a show that makes them feel, oh, a bit sad or homicidal? ("Handmaid's Tale," we're looking at you.) You can buy them this spoon and still have money to spare for a gallon of comforting ice cream.


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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

$38 from Amazon
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Cut the cord for good with this half-price deal on Amazon's streaming media stick that allows you to watch Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, HBO, and more. With Alexa voice-control functionality, you can also use it to check the weather, dim lights, stream music, and so on. Looking for something a little cheaper and without so many features?