Last-minute gift ideas for reality television fans

Posted Dec. 18, 2008, at 7:16 p.m.

Yay for Bob Crowley! By now it’s old news that the physics teacher from Portland took the “Survivor” crown, but I must congratulate Survivor Bob for his accomplishment. Not only did he get the $1 million, but to be dubbed fan favorite is a feat in itself.

Even The Man on the Couch who can’t stand the back-stabbing drama of the show was impressed with the way Bob performed.

Since the finale, however, there was one disappointing moment for me. Unfortunately, bomb threats at high schools in Maine aren’t unheard of, but I was disturbed to hear that one had been called in to Gorham High School, where Bob teaches, just before an assembly was to be held in his honor. It was inappropriate and not the way to treat someone who has just disproved to the world the stereotype that Mainers are a bunch of uneducated hicks. Congratulations, Bob, and I’m glad the assembly was able to continue at the local community center after the disruption.

All right, enough bad news. There already has been enough of that this holiday season, so let’s focus on something positive, such as reality related gifts for $25 or less.

For the female “Dancing With the Stars” fans in your life, ABC is offering two shirts that I just love. The first states that “Latin dancers do it better.” The second reads “Dancing With the Stars Weapon of Mass Seduction.” Both are $12.95 at the ABC store’s Web site.

For your favorite cook, Bravo offers the new “Top Chef” cookbook for $22.95. Its pages contain 100 recipes from the first three seasons of the show that are sure to wow any crowd. Need some “Top Chef” kitchen wear? Pick up an official “Top Chef” apron or chef jacket at www.bravotv.com. (Sorry, they’re more than $25, but make a great gift for your up-and-coming chef.)

Got a designer in the bunch? For $9.99 you can grab a T-shirt designed by your favorite from Bravo’s “Top Design.” I was a little skeptical, but some of them are kind of cute.

And finally for my favorite from We TV, the “Bridezilla” T-shirt rings in at $15.99. Every bride-to-be should have one of these to remind her of what she hopes not to become.

Happy holidays and good luck with your last-minute shopping.

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