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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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11 Freshly Baked Gifts For Everyone On Your List
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Whether it's a crispy cookie or a perfectly frosted cupcake, baked goods are one of life's greatest pleasures. And thanks to the miracles of modern shipping, you can have them sent directly to someone's door.

1. T-REX COOKIE COMPANY GIANT SEA SALT CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES; $55

T-Rex Cookie Company Giant Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
T-Rex Cookie Company

Named the "Best Cookie in America" by Time Out, these 8-inch-wide behemoths are embedded with chocolate chips, caramel chunks, and glittery flakes of sea salt. They're crafted in Minneapolis by baker Tina Rexing, who has spent 20 years getting the recipe just right. The package contains five cookies, and each half-pound treat supposedly serves three. (But we won't judge if the giftee eats it all by themselves.)

Find It: Goldbely

2. REDTRUCK BAKERY LEMON AND BLUEBERRY MOONSHINE CAKE; $34

The Red Truck Bakery's lemon moonshine cake next to a bottle of moonshine
Red Truck Bakery

Chocolate is fine and all, but what about booze? This rural bakery in Virginia has been named one of the best small-town bakeries in America, and their mail-order moonshine cakes frequently receive accolades. The 8-inch ring cake is "made with real Virginny corn whiskey hooch from our pals in the next county," according to the folks at Red Truck. Add plenty of lemon zest, dried blueberries, and a sugar glaze, and you've got a refreshing (if potent) dessert.

Find It: Goldbely

3. ANCHOR BAKERY DOUGHNUT OF THE MONTH CLUB SUBSCRIPTION; $25 PER MONTH

These mini-donuts from Anaheim's Anchor Bakery are free of additives and preservatives, so the post-doughnut glow can linger a little longer. The subscription includes a dozen of their monthly featured flavors, and comes in three-month, six-month, and 12-month subscriptions—for people who love doughnuts, but not commitment.

Find It: Anchor Bakery

4. SWEETIE PIES BAKERY PUMPKIN PIE; $40

Sweetie Pies pumpkin pie
Sweetie Pies

There’s nothing quite like digging into the creamy custard of a pumpkin pie encircled by a perfectly flaky crust, and Sweetie Pie delivers (literally). In fact, Food & Wine says this is the best mail-order pumpkin pie in America. Plus, it’s topped pretty with pastry leaves for a rustic-looking decorative flourish.

Find It: FoodyDirect

5. MILK BAR B'DAY TRUFFLES; $25

These little truffles from the inventive Milk Bar bakery pack in all the joy you felt eating birthday cake as a kid—they're moist vanilla rainbow cake mixed with vanilla-infused milk, coated with white chocolate and rolled in rainbow cake crumbs. And the lack of candles means there's no need to pretend it's anyone's birthday.

Find It: Goldbely

6. WE TAKE THE CAKE RED VELVET CUPCAKES; $52

This Oprah-approved South Florida bakery has been shipping cupcakes around the country since before it was cool. Their eight large cupcakes arrive topped with both cream cheese frosting and a delicate buttercream flower and pearl, packaged in a custom cake box that’s nestled in a dry ice cooler to keep things fresh. If red velvet isn't your thing, they also have chocolate, coconut, and golden butter options (or get an assortment to try all three).

Find It: We Take the Cake

7. BREADS BAKERY CHOCOLATE BABKA PIE; $53

For those unfamiliar with babka, imagine a chocolate croissant married with brioche cake, only better and more Eastern European. Named "Best of NY chocolate babka" by New York Magazine, this creation presents babka in the shape of a pie, for a holiday delight that is sure to wow the recipient.

Find It: Foodydirect

8. KILLER BROWNIES THE ORIGINAL; $5

For some people, nothing less than a brownie will do for the ultimate treat. Send them these pecan-studded goodies filled with gooey caramel, and watch them die of happiness.

Find It: Shopdldm.com

9. PERFECT PIE HUCKLEBERRY AND BLUEBERRY PIE; $35

Perfect Pie's huckleberry and blueberry piece
Perfect Pie

Berry pie aficionados will love this fragrant dessert. Created by former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, the "It's Pie Day" Huckleberry and Blueberry Pie features Northwest Passage huckleberries and Maine blueberries in a buttery crust. The pie arrives in a handcrafted birchwood presentation box to make it feel even more special.

Find It: Perfect Pie

10. CALLIE'S CHARLESTON BISCUITS CINNAMON BISCUITS; $40

Callie's Charleston Biscuits Cinnamon Biscuits in a red package
Callie's Charleston Biscuits

What can make your favorite person's morning coffee a bit better? These cinnamon biscuits baked in Charleston, South Carolina. Send them to someone living in a biscuit desert and watch the thank-you notes roll in.

Find It: Goldbely

11. ZINGERMAN'S BREAD CLUB; PRICES VARY

An assortment of Zingerman's bread
Zingerman's

Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor is known for its hearth-baked breads, and they have an exclusive club for carb-lovers: Zingerman's Bread Club. You can choose from three-month and six-month options, with one or two loaves arriving each month. Many of the options are savory—think sourdough and rustic peasant breads—but there's also cinnamon-raisin and chocolate varieties sprinkled throughout, for those who like their mail-order surprises with a bit of sugar.

Find It: Zingerman’s

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11 Savvy Gifts for the Foodie
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Whether it’s the friend who makes you wait in two-hour brunch lines or the uncle who starts planning Thanksgiving in August, you likely have at least one foodie in your life. This holiday season, indulge their gastronomic side with one of these delectable gifts.

1. SHORT STACK EDITIONS; $14 AND UP

Cover of cookbook.
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Entering the kitchen can be daunting, even with a well-written book of recipes at your side. The Short Stack series of cookbooks keeps things simple. Each slim volume focuses on a single ingredient and contains 20 to 25 relevant recipes written by a different culinary professional. Butter, avocados, chocolate, and tahini are just a few of the featured themes. And when the books are not being used to whip up recipes, the colorful, textured paper covers make them lovely to look at.

Find It: Amazon

2. HORSESHOE BRAND HOT SAUCES AND BARBECUE SAUCES SIX-PACK; $30

Row of hot sauces.
Horseshoe Brand

Horseshoe Brand sells 11 varieties of small-batch hot sauce and barbecue sauce. If you can’t pick just one bottle for the condiment-lover in your life, the Hudson Valley, New York-based company offers a six-pack. Mix and match to create the perfect set of sauces from their line, which includes roasted garlic, kiwi jalapeño, and hot barbecue sauce.

Find It: Horseshoe Brand

3. SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT BY SAMIN NOSRAT; $20

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Forget specialized kitchen gadgets and artisanal ingredients. The key to most good meals, cookbook author Samin Nosrat claims, comes down to just four components: salt, fat, acid, and heat. In the author's new book, she reduces over 100 basic recipes to these elements. With Nosrat’s sharp insights and Wendy MacNaughton’s playful illustrations as a guide, the readers of this book will develop essential cooking instincts.

Find It: Amazon

4. ONION LOVER’S SPICE SET; $16

Jars of spices.
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Save your loved one the labor of chopping and cooking onions by hand. This spice set includes three all-star alliums—yellow onions, green onions, and shallots—which have been slow-dried and then quickly ground and jarred to preserve flavor. One taste of the seasonings in soups, dips, or stir-fries will ruin the powered supermarket stuff for good.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

5. MOLECULE-R CUISINE R-EVOLUTION KIT; $50

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Molecular gastronomy isn’t limited to Michelin-starred chefs working out of space-aged kitchens. With this kit, anyone can create futuristic dishes from their kitchen at home. The package contains pipettes, food additives, tubes, a mold, spoons, and a syringe. A DVD walks home chefs through 50 impressive recipes, making dishes like mint caviar beads, chocolate spaghetti, and tzatziki spheres as approachable as they are tasty.

Find It: Amazon

6. BALSAMIC VINEGAR OF MODENA; $49

Jar of balsamic vinegar.
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It’s easy enough to find basic balsamic vinegar at your local supermarket, but if you want to find something that goes beyond the basic stuff, you’ll have to search harder. All bottles of this product come from a real vinegar house in Modena, Italy, a.k.a. the balsamic vinegar capital of the world. Its authenticity comes through in the flavor. With no additives or caramels muddying the taste, every drop is pure, concentrated balsamic.

Find It: Food52

7. CHEFSTEPS JOULE SOUS VIDE; $196

Food cooking in a pot.
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Flavorful fish and perfectly-cooked steaks are just a quick sous-vide away from the dining room table. If you know someone who would geek out over an immersion circulator, this is the one to get them. It stands less than a foot tall and weighs 1.3 pounds, making it half the size of similar products. And unlike traditional sous vide tools, this one connects to smart devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The app relays updates on the food as it cooks. Dinner has never been so hard to screw up.

Find It: Amazon

8. PIZZA RESCUE KIT; $15

Vials of spices next to a box.
Uncommon Goods

In a perfect world, every slice of pizza would leave you wanting more. But unfortunately, there’s no shortage of mediocre pies out there. That’s why a group of New York pizza aficionados created the Pizza Rescue Kit. The three vials contain black truffle salt, aleppo pepper, and an Italian herb blend. Pizza lovers can sprinkle the seasonings on frozen pizza or $1 parlor slices to elevate them to gourmet status.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

9. TURNTABLE KITCHEN PAIRINGS BOX; 1 MONTH FOR $25

Vinyl disc and food recipe.
Turntable Kitchen

This gift is for the person in your life who treats food like a cultural experience. Each monthly box of this subscription contains two parts: a recipe and curated music to complement it. Home cooks can drop the 7-inch vinyl onto their turntable and listen to new music from artists like Basecamp and Cathedrals while they cook. Once that track is over, they can transition to the digital mix tape that comes with the subscription. The food portion of the gift includes three seasonal recipes, one or two premium ingredients, and tasting notes.

Find It: Turntable Kitchen

10. SHERRY B SIGNATURE HOLIDAY ICE CREAM CAKE SANDWICHES SIX-PACK; $89

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Ice cream cakes are usually reserved for special occasions; this six-pack of ice cream cake sandwiches from Sherry B Dessert Studio makes it easy to enjoy the treat anytime and anywhere. Each sandwich comes in a different flavor, like peppermint stick, sticky toffee pudding, and sweet potato pie. The treats weigh nearly half a pound, so hopefully you can convince the giftee to share.

Find It: Goldbely

11. ANTIDOTE DARK CHOCOLATE BARS SIX-PACK; $43

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These gourmet chocolate bars are flavored with exotic ingredients like cardamom, mango, and cayenne. But in each variety, the cocoa takes the starring role. Antidote chocolate is made with Arriba Nacional beans from Ecuador that have been slow-roasted to create a rich depth of flavor. Little to no sugar is added: Instead the chocolate is mixed with real spices and chunks of fruit.

Find It: Antidote Chocolate

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