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Gifts for 'Golden Girls' of All Ages and Persuasions

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Thank You for Being a Friend

It's 1985 and a new sitcom debuts on NBC about four older, single women living together in Miami. On paper, it doesn't sound all that interesting, but from the opening minutes of the pilot episode, it was clear that "The Golden Girls" was not just your run-of-the-mill TV show with jokes about retirement. It was about love, friendship, and pals sticking by each other through thick and thin. And it clearly struck a chord, because three decades after its television debut, "The Golden Girls" seem to be more popular than ever. Whether you're a lifelong fan or new to the world of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia, these "Golden Girls"-themed gifts are the perfect way to say thank you to a special friend.

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 Pray For Brains Poster
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Pray For Brains Poster

$21 from The ABC Shop
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Dorothy Zbornak was not the type to suffer fools gladly — especially when it came to her roommate Rose Nylund. This quote, one of Dorothy's best zingers, came at Rose's expense. Printed on satin photo paper, this poster measures 16 inches by 20 inches. Quotables from Blanche, Rose, and Sophia are also available.

Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai
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Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai

$35 from Barnes and Noble
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Did you 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? Take 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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Rose Nylund Tree Ornament
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Rose Nylund Tree Ornament

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Rose loved Christmas (remember the episode where she persuaded the girls to skip the holiday sales and exchange handmade gifts?). Pay tribute to everyone's favorite optimist with this talking tree ornament; just push the button and Rose will tell you all about life back in St. Olaf.

Cheesecake
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Cheesecake

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Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia had plenty of differences, but one thing they all agreed on was cheesecake. And when it comes to cheesecake, New York City-based Junior's is hard to beat, something ex-New Yorkers Dorothy and Sophia would know for sure. Choose from plain, chocolate, or fruit-based cakes, samplers, and seasonal offerings.

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Thank You for Being a Friend: Life According to The Golden Girls
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 Trivial Pursuit Golden Girls Trivia Game
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Trivial Pursuit: The Golden Girls Edition Game

$19 from Amazon
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This one's for the die-hard fan who has watched every episode dozens of times and knows everything there is to know about 'The Golden Girls.' Test your knowledge of the show in six categories: the ladies, family matters, who said it, men of the night, locations, and words of wisdom.

Golden Girls Cookbook
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Golden Girls Cookbook: More than 90 Delectable Recipes from Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia

$17 from Amazon
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If there's one thing the girls loved to do, it was eating (and talking about sex). Chef Christopher Styler dishes out 90 show-inspired recipes, including Blanche's drink-it-off breakfast shake, Caesar salad a la Zbornak, Scandinavian-style open-faced sandwiches, and of course, cheesecake!

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Golden Girls Coloring Book
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Patron Saints of Friendship Prayer Candles
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Patron Saints of Friendship Prayer Candles

$55 from Etsy
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Light one of these colorful candles and say a prayer of thanks for friendship, cheesecake, and whatever else you're grateful for. Each of the four paraffin candles in this set will burn for 100 hours.

"Ho Ho Ho" Blanche Baseball T-Shirt
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"Ho Ho Ho" Blanche Baseball T-Shirt

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Tacky Christmas sweaters are so last year. Don one of these T-shirts for your next holiday party instead and you'll be golden. Tees are available for Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia, plus Dorothy's insufferable ex-husband Stan, each featuring one of their trademark quips.

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My First Five Husbands… And the Ones Who Got Away
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My First Five Husbands… And the Ones Who Got Away

$16 from Barnes and Noble
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Rue McClanahan looks back on a lifetime in show business in this autobiography that takes readers from her childhood in Oklahoma to her life as a retired Golden Girl. As McClanahan writes: "People always ask me if I'm like Blanche. And I say, 'Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern Belle from Atlanta—and I'm not from Atlanta!'"

Shady Pines Keychain
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Shady Pines Keychain

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Any time Sophia got on Dorothy's nerves, Dorothy would threaten to send her back to the Shady Pines Retirement Home. We like to imagine Dorothy dangling this keychain in front of Sophia to make her point crystal clear.

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Stan Zbornak T-Shirt
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Stan Zbornak T-Shirt

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No matter how many times Dorothy's awkward ex showed up on the girls' doorstep, he always introduced himself the same way: "Hi, it's me, Stan." (As if we could ever forget.) This cotton tee is available in adult sizes from extra-small to extra-large; a range of onesies for infants and toddlers is also available.

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Shady Pines Stemless Wine Glass
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Stone Crab Claws from Joe's

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This iconic Miami Beach seafood restaurant played a bit part in the pilot episode, when Blanche almost married a con man named Harry after he proposed to her at Joe's. Stone crabs are Joe's speciality, and they'll ship their signature crab claws via overnight express when they're in season (October 15 through May 1).

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A Vintage Postcard from Wolfie's
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A Vintage Postcard from Wolfie's

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Wolfie's was a landmark chain of Jewish delicatessens in and around Miami that operated from the mid-20th century until the early 2000s. It was also one of Sophia's favorite restaurants (although the girls never were shown actually eating there). A vintage Wolfie's postcard can be had on eBay for as little as $3.

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The Complete Series on DVD
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The Complete Series on DVD

$77 from Amazon
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"The Golden Girls" ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1985 to 1992, and this DVD set contains every single episode, unedited, plus bonus features including interviews with Rue McClanahan and Betty White. Relive all your favorite golden moments, from the pilot featuring housekeeper Coco to the series finale when Dorothy married the man of her dreams.

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An Autograph from One of the Girls
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An Autograph from One of the Girls

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Know someone who has just about every "Golden Girls" keepsake under the Miami sun? Got a small pile of cash? Then splurge on an autograph collectible for that golden friend of yours. Autographs of all four actresses can fetch more than $1,000 (we weren't kidding when we said "splurge"), while individual signatures may sell for as much as $200 or as little as $10.

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Golden Girls Enamel Pin Pack
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Golden Girls Enamel Pin Pack

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Say thanks for being a friend and stuff their stocking with this four-pack of enameled pins designed by You Silly Duffer. Individual character pins (some of which come with pithy, pinnable quotes) are also available.

Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends
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Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends

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Before she was Dorothy and Maude, Bea Arthur was a Broadway star, appearing in such plays as "Mame" and "Fiddler on the Roof." In 2000, Arthur paid homage to her thespian career in a limited-run Broadway engagement, where she bantered with the audience, recounted her years on the stage, and sang standards. This CD captures some of the highlights.

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If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)
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If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)

$35 from Amazon
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"There is even a funny side to aging, if one has a warped sense of humor," writes Betty White in this memoir, her sixth book. White dishes on life in the celebrity fishbowl, her passion for acting, adapting to life as one ages, and her deep love for animals. (Remember the episode where Rose takes in a stray pup, much to Dorothy's feigned dismay?)

Sophia Geeki Tiki Ceramic Tiki Mug
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Sophia Geeki Tiki Ceramic Tiki Mug

$25 from Always Fits
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We're not sure if they served tiki-style cocktails at the Rusty Anchor, Blanche's favorite dive bar, but it being Miami we wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they did. These clever mugs, available for each of the girls, will hold 16 ounces of mai-tais, Singapore slings, rum punch, or whatever tropical delights your bartender whips up.

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Golden Girls Funko Figurines
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