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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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15 Umbrellas to Keep You Dry
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Make rainy days a little more exciting with a quirky umbrella.

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1. BANANA; $18.99

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This ingenious umbrella comes with a special cover to make it look like you’re lugging around a real banana. The covers come in green and yellow, but the umbrella itself is always yellow.

Find it: Amazon

2. MAGICAL UNICORN; $36.49

Magical Unicorn Umbrella
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Rainy days don’t have to be dreary with this colorful, pastel umbrella. The handle is elegantly shaped like a unicorn and mane, with its gold horn sitting atop the umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

3. GAME OF THRONES; $37.89

Game of Thrones Longclaw Sword Umbrella
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If you’re looking for something a little tougher, a Game of Thrones-themed umbrella might be just the thing. The umbrella is adorned with the show's logo and has a special handle that looks like the hilt of Jon Snow’s sword, Longclaw.

Find it: Amazon

4. LETTUCE; $14.88

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Salad lovers will want to get their hands on this special umbrella, which, when closed, mimics the look of a head of lettuce.

Find it: Amazon

5. CARROT; $15.90

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For more food-themed umbrella fun, check out this carrot-shaped umbrella. Similarly to the banana version, it comes with a protective case that resembles a carrot. When you take off the top, it reveals an orange umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

6. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR; $25.96

The Very Hungry Caterpillar umbrella
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For children who love Eric Carle’s creations: a Very Hungry Caterpillar umbrella. The transparent plastic allows the child to see the caterpillar design even when they’re using the umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

7. DOG UMBRELLA; $16.59

Dog Umbrella With Leash
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Don’t forget about your furry friends when it's raining cats and dogs. While dog rain jackets are adorable, you can also opt for a special umbrella made just for puppers. The handle is situated on top of the umbrella so you can easily hold it above your short companion. It’s also connected to a leash so you don’t have to carry two things at once.

Find it: Amazon

8. SKY; $43.95

umbrella with interior of blue sky dotted with fluffy, white clouds
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Opening this umbrella will have you seeing sunny skies, even in the rain. Designed by Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, it looks like a plain black umbrella until it’s opened up, revealing its colorful underbelly.

Find it: Amazon

9. STARRY NIGHT; $43.70

umbrella with Vincent van Gogh’s "Starry Night" print
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If you want something a little more surreal than a boring blue sky, there’s an alternate version with Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night printed on it.

Find it: Amazon

10. CAT IN SPACE; $22.56

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Strangely, the “cats in space” motif is pretty popular online. From sweaters to calendars, there’s no shortage of felines floating through the galaxy. You can also get an umbrella with the unusual design, because why not?

Find it: Amazon

11. LED UMBRELLA; $23.66

Blade Runner Style LED Umbrella
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There are a lot of futuristic gadgets in the movie Blade Runner, but some are more obtainable than others. You can actually buy the LED light umbrella seen in the movie. The battery-operated handle glows blue, which both looks cool and keeps you safe at night.

Find it: Amazon

12. BIRDCAGE; $22.99

Birdcage Transparent Clear Dome Umbrella
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Ever feel like a bird in a cage? Now you can really get that experience with this clear umbrella that looks like a birdcage. It even comes with a bird printed on the side.

Find it: Amazon

13. COLOR CHANGING UMBRELLA; $34

Black umbrella printed with color-changing rain drop design
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It’s hard to imagine actually getting excited about going out into the rain, but with this special umbrella, you might be watching for dark clouds. The special white ink changes colors when wet, so you can go from a monochrome umbrella to a rainbow one in seconds.

Find it: Amazon

14. RABBIT; €9.03

polka-dot umbrella with a bag that’s shaped like a bunny rabbit
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This simple red umbrella comes with a nice polka-dot design, but the real novelty is the carrying case. Instead of a regular sleeve, it comes with a zippered bag that’s shaped like a bunny rabbit.

Find it: Perletti

15. KATANA; $28.99

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Carrying around an umbrella can be a bit of a pain, but at least you can look cool doing it. When wrapped up, this umbrella looks like a sword slung over your back. The hilt of the katana becomes your handle when you open the umbrella up.

Find it: Amazon

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15 Amazing Notebooks to Inspire You to Write More
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It can be hard to get started writing, but when you're using one of these awesome notebooks, you’ll at least be tempted to jot something down (especially with the right pencil).

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1. STAR TREK CAPTAIN’S LOG; $7.95

A lot can happen on a mission, so it’s important to keep a thorough captain’s log to help you remember it all. Trekkies will love writing their notes in this 64-page themed notebook, which is about the size of a passport and slides easily into a pocket.

Find it: Amazon

2. WONDERLAND PASSPORT; $7.95

It's unlikely Alice would have had an easier time exploring Wonderland if she'd had the proper paperwork, but this notebook modeled to look like a passport will please any literary bureaucrats you know.

Find it: Amazon

3. TREE TRUNKS; $9.17

Write down all your most outdoorsy thoughts in these notebooks, which have covers that look like different tree barks—and are textured to feel just like real trees. The 96-page books are made with FSC certified wood and recycled paper.

Find it: Amazon

4. LEFTYBOOKS; €9.50

Most of the notebooks designed for lefties are pretty basic. Not Leftybooks, which are made specifically with left-handed people in mind and are plenty of fun, too: Writers can choose from covers with fun designs like marble, feathers, cereal, and more.

Find it: Imborrable

5. MICROWAVEABLE BOOKS; $23.57

Your mother probably told you not to put non-food items in the microwave, but we’re here to tell you to put your notebook in there—or at least this one specific kind. The Rocketbook is a handy notepad that’s reusable: After filling it with notes and doodles taken with a Pilot FriXion pen, pop the notebook in the microwave. When the pen's ink hits 140°F, it turns invisible, rendering the the pages clean and ready for another use. You can microwave the notebook up to five times before you have to get a new one. Writers who want to keep their notes can download an accompanying app that will send your notes to the cloud service of your choice.

Find it: Amazon

6. TABLE TENNIS NOTEBOOKS; $20

When you have this set of notebooks, you and a friend can play table tennis anywhere. Two books act as paddles—they even have textured rubber on their covers, just like actual paddles—while the third book serves as the net. There’s also a scorecard on the inside of the books to keep track of your games, plus 100 pages in each for recording tactics and strategies.

Find it: Amazon

7. ETCH-A-SKETCH; $13.49

This may seem like an ordinary Etch-a-Sketch, but it’s really a notebook in disguise. Open it up and discover 200 blank, unlined pages waiting to be filled. The two white dials are secretly erasers, since shaking it won’t work this time.

Find it: Amazon

8. LENTICULAR MARIO BROTHERS; $7.61

The lenticular cover of this notebook features everyone’s favorite Koopa-killing plumber; Mario jumps up to activate a question mark block as you open and close the book. Inside, you can find 200 lined pages with grey illustrations along the bottom.

Find it: Amazon

9. R2-D2; $11.99

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Jot down your screenplay ideas in this officially-licensed i>Star Wars R2-D2 Journal. The end papers are decorated with even more R2, and there are 240 unlined pages waiting to be filled.

Find it: ThinkGeek

10. COLORING BOOK NOTEBOOK; $21.95

If you hit a wall while writing, take a coloring break—and with this fun notebook, you don’t even have to change books when you make the switch. The hardcover book lies flat when you open it, making it easier to color every inch of the 50 pages that feature illustrations (the notebook has 176 total pages).

Find it: Coloring Notebook

11. DECOMPOSITION; VARIOUS PRICES

Decomposition Notebooks are a lot like regular notebooks, but these are made with recycled paper—and they’re absolutely adorable. The fun designs vary from dinosaurs to feline cosmonauts. Each book is made with soy-ink and contains no chlorine, so it can be recycled again.

Find it: Amazon

12. RAINBOW PAGES; FROM $28.45

Your notes will look beautiful when jotted down on pastel paper—especially when that paper is also handbound in colorful leather. The 120-page A6 journal can be purchased with either lined or blank sheets.

Find it: Etsy

13. SUSHI CATS; $5.99

When picking out just the right notebook, why not choose one covered in sushi cats? You can even get matching puffy sushi cat stickers to put on it.

Find it: Amazon

14. LEGO MOLESKINE; $17.92

If you love building with LEGO bricks, pick up this Moleskine notebook. The black hardcover comes with a fancy LEGO design and a real LEGO plate. Inside, you can find two sheets of LEGO stickers.

Find it: Amazon

15. INSPIRATION PAD; €11

Created by a Brussels-based design and advertising firm, this notebook is meant to break the norm of traditionally lined paper. The Inspiration Pad features a different pattern on each page: You can watch as the lines warp and shift in spirals, slopes, and waves. The notebooks are available in yellow, brown, or blue and can be shipped internationally.

Find it: TM Shop

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