15 Gift Ideas for West Wing Superfans

Do you ever wish that Martin Sheen would run for President? You might be a West Wing superfan, and you deserve some of the perks and paraphernalia that come along with such an esteemed designation. There’s no better time to put any (or all) of these West Wing-inspired gifts on your holiday wish list. The only question left is: What’s next?

1. BARTLET FOR AMERICA MUG

Nothing sums up The West Wing’s entire philosophy—even the fictional country’s post-Josiah Bartlet years—better than the tagline “Bartlet for America.” So why not get it emblazoned on a mug?

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $15.00

2. BARTLET/HOYNES '98 BUMPER STICKER

Show that you’ve been a supporter of Jed Bartlet and his original—albeit philandering—running mate from the beginning with this wayback nylon bumper sticker. A 2002 edition is also available, as are versions for Robert Ritchie and Jeff Heston (boo!), Matthew Santos and Leo McGarry, Arnold Vinick and Ray Sullivan, and even a 2008 edition for West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer Thomas Schlamme.

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $5.00

3. TEAM TOBY T-SHIRT

Fancy yourself a fan of The West Wing’s behind-the-scenes players? Prove it with this sartorial ode to the irascible but lovable White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler. The man did give up his bachelor pad to buy his pregnant-with-twins ex-wife her dream house, after all. The least you could do is wear a T-shirt in his honor.

Where to Buy It: Zazzle

Price: $29.95

4. SPALDING HIGH-BOUNCE BALL

Want to be even more like Toby Ziegler? Channel your inner Brooklyn-badass-turned-political-higher-up with a collection of tiny pink high-bounce balls that are just as helpful eliminating stress as they are calling office mates to attention.

Where to Buy It: Amazon.com

Price: $4.99

5. LYMAN/SEABORN 2016 SWEATSHIRT

Sure, they may be fictional characters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wish for Bradley Whitford’s Josh Lyman and Rob Lowe’s Sam Seaborn to band together and make a run for The White House in 2016. And this sweatshirt makes it easy to wear that wish on your sleeve (or, more appropriately, your chest).

Where to Buy It: Zazzle

Price: $33.25

6. CREGG/CONCANNON—SEABORN/LYMAN 2014 TOTE BAG

Make this tote bag a part of your daily ritual, which promotes Sam Seaborn for President and Josh Lyman as his second-in-command on one side and (oddly) touts White House Press Secretary-turned-Chief of Staff C.J. Cregg and Pulitzer Prize-winning Senior White House Correspondent Danny Concannon on the other.

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $21.50

7. C.J. CREGG 5"X5" PRINT

Still can’t get enough C.J.? Why not hang her virtuous mug in a place where you can be inspired by it every day? This five-inch portrait is created with watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic.

Where to Buy It: Etsy

Price: $20

8. BIG BLOCK OF CHEESE DAY MUG

While the truth behind Big Block of Cheese Day, an event started in Andrew Jackson’s White House, isn’t retold with 100 percent accuracy by Leo McGarry on The West Wing, his enthusiasm about the day—which essentially allows for any crackpot to make a case for some national issue to a White House Staff—is enough to win you over. Share that enthusiasm with the world via this Big Block of Cheese coffee mug, which comes in black or white and can be ordered in regular or mega-sized. The back of the cup includes a quote/veiled threat from McGarry—“I am making a mental list of those who are snickering, and even as I speak, I am preparing appropriate retribution”—and all profits from this particular item are dedicated to charity in the memory of actor John Spencer.

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $15

9. AARON SORKIN SCREENPLAY PORTRAIT

The West Wing wouldn’t be The West Wing without Aaron Sorkin. So who better to inspire fellow and future writers than this sketch of the witty Oscar-winner drawn over the last page of The West Wing’s pilot script?

Where to Buy It: Etsy

Price: $10

10. JOSIAH BARTLET PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY HOODIE

Before you hop in the car and head to New Hampshire to pay a visit to the Josiah Bartlet Presidential Library, you should know something: It doesn’t exist. But if it did, one could only imagine it would be stocked with obscure texts that would easily bore Bartlet’s chief staff members. And that the president would have a difficult time deciding which Bible he’d most like to see there.

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $49.50

11. THE WEST WING FAN BEER STEIN

The quote on this 18-ounce beer stein sort of says it all: “If you, too, regard West Wing as Best Show Ever we should be lovers.” At least that’s the basic version of it. You should feel free to adjust the text, add an image, and generally tweak the mug as you see fit. And if ale isn’t your thing, the same sentiment can be found on a collection of coffee and travel mugs.

Where to Buy It: Zazzle

Price: $26.95

12. MATTHEW SANTOS BASEBALL HAT

Jed Bartlet’s successor, Matthew Santos, brought a hip new energy into The White House, as evidenced by this cool brushed cotton canvas baseball hat that commemorates his successful presidential run—a run that was conceived of and executed by Josh Lyman.

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $18.00

13. SANTOS-MCGARRY 2016 ONESIE

You can be too young to vote, but you’re never too young to show your political support. Tiny politicos will appreciate this cotton jersey bodysuit that makes the case for a Santos-McGarry run for office in 2016. Their parents will be even more pleased by its three-snap closure, which makes diaper changes a cinch!

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $22.00

14. VINICK 2016 APRON

Arnold Vinick may have conceded the 2006 presidential election to Matt Santos, but it’s hard to keep a good man down. You’ll remember that every time you’re baking up a batch of brownies or a lemon meringue pie (the man did hail from “The Citrus Capital of the World,” after all) in this perfectly presidential twill apron.

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $24.00

15. BAMBI-ESQUE T-SHIRT

Of course, no true discussion of West Wing fandom would be complete without paying tribute to the show’s most beloved duo, Josh and Donna. And those who recall season four’s “Debate Camp” episode will remember the magazine profile of Donna that refers to her “inexperience and Bambi-esque naiveté.” Yep, there’s a T-shirt for that.

Where to Buy It: CafePress

Price: $29.50

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Here's To Dad: 27 Father's Day Gifts He'll Love
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Whether he's Pops, Dad, Papa, or something else, let's face it, the father figure in your life probably knows best. This Father's Day, show your appreciation for those hard-earned life lessons with one of these gifts that he's guaranteed to love.

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1. MOUNTAIN PINT GLASS; $45

mountain glassware
North Drinkware

Portland-based company North Drinkware is known for stunning hand-blown glassware featuring replicas of mountains. The Oregon Pint captures the likeness of Mount Hood—the highest peak in the state at 11,250 feet high. There are also models for mountains in Washington, California, Colorado, and more.

Find It: North Drinkware

2. EAGLE CREEK ALL PURPOSE DUFFEL; $200

Designed in collaboration with three National Geographic Explorers, this duffel—which has 60 liters of space—is tough enough for the most adventurous dads. The pack unzippers to two large compartments, divided by mesh, that allow for easy organization and locating of whatever items are inside. Its moisture-wicking straps can be configured so dad can carry it as a duffel or wear it as a backpack, and weatherproof fabric allows it to be wiped down inside and out.

Find It: National Geographic

3. WHISKY STONES; $20

Whiskey Stones
Whiskey Stones

Instead of regular ice cubes that water down spirits, make sure Dad has whiskey stones. He can stick these handcrafted soapstone cubes in the freezer for four hours, pop them into his glass, and enjoy a cold, stiff drink.

Find It: Whisky Stones

4. OLUKAI KAHU; $90

It doesn’t get more comfortable than these kicks, which have a removable footbed with a gel insert, a drop-in heel—so dad can wear them as either shoes or slides—and a breathable nylon upper. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will go to the Ama OluKai Foundation, which supports charities that honor Hawaii’s cultural heritage.

Find it: OluKai

5. IF YOU CAN READ THIS BRING ME A CUP OF COFFEE SOCKS; $10

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For the father figure who loves his coffee and can be regularly found kicking back on a recliner: Help him send a message from the comfort of his chair with these socks that feature a plea for caffeine on the bottom. Bonus points if you bring him a cup of joe on Father's Day.

Find It: Etsy

6. DAD MAGAZINE; $10

Dad Magazine
Amazon

Dads are the source of endless internet fodder, from well-crafted dad jokes to heart-warming anecdotes from real-life fathers. This book-length parody magazine stemmed from the fake Dad Magazine covers that creators Jaya Saxena and Matt Lubchansky published on The Toast, the now-defunct feminist site edited by Daniel Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe. The periodical bills itself as being "for dads, by dads" and features pitch-perfect satirical articles on classic dad-friendly topics like tools, golf, and grilling.

Find It: Amazon

7. DARN TOUGH SOCKS RETRO CREW LIGHT; $20

These calf-high socks—which are mostly made of merino wool—wick moisture away from the skin and dry quickly. They’ll keep dad’s feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and thanks to the wool’s antimicrobial qualities, they won’t stink. Best of all, they come with a lifetime warranty.

Find It: Darn Tough

8. SPORT-BRELLA RECLINER CHAIR; $43

umbrella chair
Amazon

This outdoor recliner chair has a large built-in umbrella so dad can relax in the shade at the beach, by the campfire, or on the sidelines of your soccer game. In addition to three adjustable positions, the chair includes a detachable footrest, cup holder, and built-in bottle opener.

Find It: Amazon

9. PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE; $11

Paddle Your Own Canoe cover
Amazon

In his first memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living, actor Nick Offerman (who made us laugh as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation) instructs readers on the finer points of woodworking, cooking meat, and growing facial hair. He also shares his philosophy on life, what it means to be a man, and tales of growing up in Minooka, Illinois.

Find It: Amazon

10. MOUNTAIN KHAKIS TATANKA SHIRT; $65

If your dad loves National Parks, this is the shirt for him. Made by the Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based Mountain Khakis, this 100 percent cotton jersey shirt comes in green or blue and features a pattern of little bison—including a few that are giving too-close tourists the boot.

Find It: Mountain Khakis

11. TRUNK CLUB; $25 STYLING FEE CREDITED TOWARD YOUR FINAL PURCHASE

clothing
Trunk Club

Dad can't be trusted to pick out his own clothes? Give him the gift of a box of swanky threads, curated by a personal stylist with Nordstrom's Trunk Club for Men. All he has to do is chat with a stylist online, answering questions about what he likes to wear. Then, a box will be shipped right to his door full of pieces for him to try on. He can return what he doesn't like for free and keep what he loves. A $25 styling fee is credit toward his final purchase.

Find It: Trunk Club

12. CREATE-A-DRAWER FROM BASIC OUTFITTERS; $60

Basic Outfitters clothing in drawers
Courtesy of Basic Outfitters

Don't forget socks and underwear! The Create-a-Drawer from Basic Outfitters (which you might recognize from Shark Tank) is a one stop shop for restocking on wardrobe basics. Put together a box of up to 17 pieces, including boxers, briefs, socks, undershirts, Henleys, hoodies, and sweatpants, for $60. With a wealth of classic colors and fun patterns in soft fabrics, there's something for every dad. Trust us: Basic Outfitters let us curate a box to sample and it was easy as can be to find things suited to the dad in our life.

Find It: Basic Outfitters

13. BLAIR'S "ORIGINAL" DEATH HOT SAUCE WITH SKULL KEY CHAIN; $13

hot sauce
Amazon

If your dad has a high tolerance for heat, challenge him to try the impossibly hot Blair's Original Death Sauce, which comes with a skull keychain.

Find It: Amazon

14. TRAVELAMBO SLIM WALLET; $12

Travelambo RFID Front Pocket Minimalist Slim Wallet
Amazon

If dad has been using the same worn out billfold since 1987, it's probably time for an upgrade. Travelambo's minimalist wallet is designed to hold everything he needs in an impressively slim frame.

Find It: Amazon

15. SELF-CHILLING BEER GLASSES; $40

Pint Glasses
Wayfair

Each of these pint glasses comes with a chilling cone that you put in the freezer for 30 minutes and then screw into the bottom of the cup. The cold core will keep dad's ale at the perfect temperature despite the summer heat.

Find It: Wayfair

16. WIRELESS MEAT THERMOMETER; $40

Ivation Long Range Wireless Thermometer
Amazon

This wireless meat thermometer allows dad to kick back with a beer and still monitor the grill from up to 300 feet away.

Find It: Amazon

17. SMOKER BOX; $50

smoker box
Williams Sonoma

This smoker box is the perfect addition to any culinary dad's grilling collection. He'll love experimenting with different smokey flavors.

Find It: Williams-Sonoma

18. DYSON COOL TOWER FAN; $399

Dyson 300906-01 Air Multiplier AM07 Tower Fan
Amazon

The uber-modern Dyson Cool tower fan is completely bladeless, using Air Multiplier technology to cool dad off. It's also quiet, easy to clean, and features a sleep timer.

Find It: Amazon

19. "HONESTLY" ABRAHAM LINCOLN MUG; $18

"Honestly" Abraham Lincoln Mug
Fishs Eddy

If your dad is a history nerd, he'll love this quirky mug from Fishs Eddy.

Find It: Fishs Eddy

20. HAMILTON AND BURR DUELING SHOTS; $18

Dueling Shots Hamilton and Burr
Fishs Eddy

These American-made "dueling" Hamilton and Burr shot glasses honor blasts from the past. Plus, they're cheaper than tickets to Hamilton.

Find It: Fishs Eddy

21. STANLEY CLASSIC GROWLER SET; $48

Stanley Classic Growler Set
Amazon

Perfect for camping or backyard BBQs, this set comes with a 64-ounce vacuum-insulated growler made of stainless steel that promises to keep beer cold for a full 24 hours. It also includes four tumblers in different colors so no one gets their drinks mixed up—if Dad feels like sharing, that is.

Find It: Stanley

22. SOG SYNC II BELT BUCKLE MULTI-TOOL; $80

belt buckle multi-tool
Sog

Fashion meets function in this multi-tool, which includes pliers, a ruler, a screwdriver, a wire crimper, scissors, a blade, and a three-sided file, among other tools. It folds down into a belt buckle and can also be clipped on a pack.

Find It: Sog

23. OTTERBOX TROOPER LT 30 COOLER; $300

coolers
Otterbox

This leak-proof cooler—which comes in three colors—has a puncture resistant nylon exterior, a wide opening to make getting food or drinks easy, and straps that allow it to be carried either on the shoulder or as a backpack. It can be opened with one hand and will keep ice for up to three days.

Find It: Otterbox

24. LEATHERMAN COLLECTOR’S EDITION PST; $275

multitool
Leatherman

Dads who love Leatherman will want this multi-tool, which is based on the brand's original 1983 design. The 4-inch-long, 5.2-ounce tool has 11 tools, including four screwdrivers, pliers, a knife, and an awl; it comes with a wooden case, a leather sheath, a collector’s coin, and a t-shirt—not to mention a certificate of authenticity signed by Tim Leatherman himself.

Find It: Leatherman

25. COAL HEADWEAR THE FIELD HAT; $26

baseball cap
Coal Headwear

These adjustable ripstop cotton hats pair funny phrases with classic illustrations, a great fit for the Pop who loves his dad jokes.

Find It: Coal Headwear

26. BEER TASTING FLIGHT; $49

beer flight
Gilt

Dad will cherish this wooden set that includes space for up to four drafts and a chalkboard for marking what's on tap.

Find It: Gilt

27. 100 ESSENTIAL FILMS SCRATCH-OFF POSTER; $35

pop chart movies scratch off poster
Pop Chart Lab

This scratch-off poster from Pop Chart Lab features 100 classic films making it the perfect gift for film buffs with a den full of meticulously organized DVDs and Blu-rays.

Find It: Pop Chart Lab

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9 Gifts for Anyone Who Loves Bob Ross
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Do you know someone who's obsessed with The Joy of Painting host and happiest artist of all time, Bob Ross? Spread the good vibes and get them one of these awesome gifts.

1. HAPPY LITTLE TREES SHIRT; $20

happy little trees shirt
Courtesy of WilddChildWear

Nab this cute tee of one of Ross's most beloved phrases in one of seven colors, including yellow and mint.

Find It: Etsy

2. BOB ROSS SOCKS; $12

Bob Ross socks
Amazon

Get inspired from head to toe with these crew socks, which are available in both men's and women's sizes.

Find It: Amazon

3. QUOTE COASTERS; $12.50

Bob Ross Coasters
PeachyApricot

Bob Ross truly had a way with words. Snap up these handmade rubber coasters, emblazoned with some of his most joyful quotes.

Find It: PeachyApricot

4. BOB ROSS CHIA PET; $16

Bob Ross Chia Pet
Amazon

Bob Ross's most distinctive physical feature was, of course, his 'fro. And with all that volume, it seems obvious that he'd have his own Chia Pet. We think he'd want this happy little growth of sprouts to color your windowsill.

Find It: Amazon

5. HEAT-SENSITIVE MUG; $16

Bob Ross Heat Changing Mug
Amazon

Pour some coffee in this heat-sensitive mug and watch the canvas go from black to a calming nature scene.

Find It: Amazon

6. BOB ROSS FUNKO; $10

Bob Ross Funko
Amazon

Would seeing a Bob Ross miniature on your desk or shelf spark joy? Funko added the painter to their collection in 2017, and they also have versions of him with a raccoon and a giant paint brush.

Find It: Amazon

7. HAPPY TREES PINE-SCENTED AIR FRESHENER; $10

Bob Ross Air Freshener
Amazon

Hang this air freshener in your car and you'll be able to enjoy the piney scent of happy trees even if you're nowhere near a scenic, Rossian landscape.

Find It: Amazon

8. THE BOB ROSS COLORING BOOK; $13

The Bob Ross Coloring Book
Amazon

This official Bob Ross coloring book is full of authorized reproductions of Ross's own paintings, plus plenty of quotes from his well of wisdom.

Find It: Amazon

9. NO MISTAKES JUST HAPPY ACCIDENTS T-SHIRT; FROM $20

Bob Ross shirt
Amazon

Wear Ross's life philosophy with pride with this 100 percent cotton tee.

Find It: Amazon

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