A geek chic new bag for Sheldon Cooper ... gadgets to help busy working mom Alicia Florrick be more productive and less sleepy ... all things bacon for Ron Swanson ... Here's our list of holiday gift suggestions for some of your favorite fictional TV types, with the hopes that they might spark gift ideas for the real characters in your life.
Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), "The Big Bang Theory"
Ultraconfident supergeek Sheldon loves his gadgets, his T-shirts, his pop culture, and his academic pursuits, and we have just the gifts that will become his new favorites.
He may not be into fashion labels, but Sheldon will appreciate the cool, tech-friendly style and utility of the Tumi T-Tech Forge Fairview Messenger, which he can use to carry his comic books, research materials, and his new subscription to Mental Floss magazine, the mag for people who love "random, interesting, amazing facts."
On his back: a selection of new tees from 80sTees.com, including a Periodic Table of Superheroes shirt, a Uninforms DC Comics tee, and a Head Gear Marvel Comics shirt. And a Caped Superman mug will be the perfect thing to hold the Strawberry Quik he loves so much.
Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), "The Good Wife"
What to get for the high-powered, busy, elegant supermom? Gifts that will make her life better and easier, of course.
A few ideas: the SleepTracker Elite device, which tracks your sleep patterns and is 95 percent as accurate as a sleep clinic test, to make sure mom's sleep is leaving her in top shape to tackle her days. Think Geek's Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard laser projects a full-size keyboard onto any flat, opaque surface, turning your iPhone and iPad into a working laptop at Starbucks, and a pricey (but totally worth it) pair of Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones not only let her make and answer phone calls with top sound quality but will also come in handy when she needs a little downtime to get her jam on and relax.
Oh, and because she also wants to stay warm throughout her winter days, these Coach Leather Tech Gloves, which are lined with a cashmere/wool blend and don't have to be removed to use touch-screen devices, are a very stylish must.
Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), "Modern Family"
Goofy, lovable dad Phil loves his gadgets, but he's also up for new and unusual experiences, so we'd head to Xperiencedays.com for his gift. Airplane and helicopter flying lessons, a NASCAR driving lesson, trapeze classes, indoor skydiving, hot air ballooning, kayaking, glass blowing, paragliding, surfing lessons, and whale watching excursions are but a few of the treats you can give dads like Phil via Xperiencedays.com.
Sue Heck (Eden Sher), "The Middle"
Aw, sweet, infectiously enthusiastic Sue Heck. She's probably the easiest TV character to shop for, because she just loves everything so much. But that also makes you want to give a sweet character like that something extra special. Like the Sneaker Customization Kit from Uncommon Goods, which gives Sue the chance to express her creativity by personalizing her kicks.
For teens like Sue who just got their ultimate key to freedom — their driver's license — Uncommon Goods also has a nifty You Got Your Driver's License Kit, which comes complete with a tire gauge, an emergency flashlight, and a fuzzy dice keychain.
And because every girl needs a couple of choice, stylish accessories in her arsenal, we'd gift Sue with these: a Coach Wristlet in glittery pink and a subscription to the Phone Case of the Month service, which, just like it sounds, sends its subscribers a new, totally cute cell phone case each month (because, yeah, that pink unicorn case is sooo last month).
[Photos: 'Duck Dynasty' Celebrates Christmas]
Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), "The Mindy Project"
Consider fabulous, single career girl Mindy just an older version of sweet teen Sue when it comes to gift giving, in that she has so many interests, and such fun taste, that it's not tough to come up with great presents for her.
For instance: a romantic, and romantic-comedy lover, Mindy would certainly devour "The Most of Nora Ephron," a delicious new hardcover collection of some of the late, great Ephron's most beloved works, from her "When Harry Met Sally" screenplay to her novel "Heartburn" and her essays on email, Bill Clinton, Dorothy Parker, New Year's resolutions, and her love of food.
Mindy would also certainly love ModCloth's Home Treat Home gingerbread house sweater, the cool chick's alternative to the ugly Christmas sweater, and because she is such a romantic, Uncommon Goods's Fortune Keeper Bracelet, a pretty piece of jewelry that also serves as a storage place for those truly great cookie messages that promise you all your heart's desires are about to come true.
Since Mindy's home is as stylish as her wardrobe, we're giving her a gift card to Fab.com, the one-stop style shop where she might choose an Alexander Calder-inspired mobile or the clever, graphically cool Arcoiris Clock Multi, a modern take on the cuckoo clock that's as gorgeous as any piece of art you'll ever see.
Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), "The Walking Dead"
Oh, Carl. If only your most formative years weren't being spent covered in zombie guts, bunking in a prison cell, and having to shoot your dead mother in the head lest she come back to life and eat you. It's a hard-knocks life for you, young fella, so we'd gift you with goodies we think you'd enjoy if you weren't living the post-apocalyptic life.
Like this cool Fish School Complete Fish Training Kit, which allows you to train pet fish to swim through hoops and tubes, score soccer goals, and whiz through a fish obstacle course (really!).
In the walker world, you could probably write this book, but in regular teen boy life, we know you'd love "Show Me How to Survive (Outdoor Life): The Handbook for the Modern Hero," Joseph Pred's wonderfully illustrated graphic guide to surviving a shipwreck, staying safe in the wilderness, hunting pigeons in a city, testing plants for edibility, cauterizing a wound, impaling an elk, fending off a shark, erecting a teepee, collecting water from fog, giving a dog CPR, and many other survival skills you may (or may not) need to employ someday. Another book, because we know what a comic book fan you (and your pal Michonne) are: "Superheroes! Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture," the fantastic companion book to PBS's "Superheroes" documentary series.
And, because if you weren't using your amazing coordination skills and sharp eye to pick off the walkers, you could use it to pick off your opponents in this: Portable Ping-Pong.
Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), "Parks and Recreation"
Sure, anything outdoorsy is a safe bet for a guy's guy like Ron. But what is his favorite thing of all, the thing he loves even more than hunting, woodworking, and whiskey? Breakfast food, especially bacon. Fortunately, there's no shortage of bacon or bacon-related products, so for Ron, or the bacon freak in your life, we'd put together a bacon-themed gift basket, including bacon candy canes, sizzling bacon candy strips, bacon popcorn, and bacon lollipops. We'd pile it all atop a bacon platter, follow it up with a good rinse with bacon toothpaste and throw in some bacon soap to wash your hands with. There's also a bacon ornament, a huggable bacon plushie, bacon toothpicks and floss, and bacon bandages.