It wouldn’t be Christmas without some craven consumerism, so here’s my contribution to holiday magic: a bunch of ideas of gifts for reality TV fans—or for yourself—whether they love Love Is Blind, Vanderpump Rules, The Real Housewives, Survivor, RuPaul’s Drag Race, or The Great British Bake-Off.
I’ve updated this list for 2023, adding some really fun new things. I also confirmed that, as of this update, everything is in stock.
How I chose these items
Everything on this list was hand-picked by me; they’re not ads (though ads may appear on this page to make things confusing!).
I own some of these, but not all, so YMMV. Most are not products that have appeared on reality shows, such as Shark Tank products, but are instead are reality TV-themed items.
I’ll keep updating this list, so check back—or send me suggestions! And if you end up buying anything I’m recommending here, you’ll get the thing and, in some cases, I may receive a small commission, so we all win. Happy shopping!
We've made it to the end of 2023, the year that brought us the earth-shattering Scandoval, when Tom Sandoval's infidelity was exposed. Mark the occasion with this sweatshirt, which will also help Bravo make even more money off of the Vanderpump Rules crew.
Love is Blind’s iconic wine glasses are made by VonShef, and while the actual wine glasses aren't on Amazon now, you can get similar knock-off gold wine glasses—or get them in other colors, such as silver or rose.
And don't worry about not being perfectly authentic: you'll be just like the show! Zing!
There's a t-shirt for fans of Dr. Pimple Popper, but I say just do it yourself: Pop-It Pal, which was on Shark Tank, allows you to squeeze and pop fake pimples without hurting yourself or another person.
I cannot recommend these escape room games enough! Whether you're a fan of The Mole’s challenges, love escape rooms, or want to host your own reality TV game night, they're so much fun to play—and take about an hour.
This brand, Unlock!, works with a free app, which provides background noise and sound effects, plus in-app clues. Although you're just using cards to play, it's surprisingly immersive.
There are three games in one box—plus, the games are reusable (unlike this brand, which basically requires you to destroy the game as you play), so you can pass it along to friends after you've played.
Amazing Race creator Elise Doginieri has gathered locations from the series 34-season history, and paired that with behind-the-scenes info. It's perfect for the person you want to go on TAR with, or your favorite travel companion.
But if you’d rather draw your own windmill scene, well, there are other options. I can’t vouch for the experience of actually coloring images of “your favorite shocking moments in Bachelor history,” but The Bachelor Unofficial Coloring Book had me at its subtitle: “The Most Dramatic Coloring Book EVER!”
I'm not sure these are practical, or the best way to communicate your love of Below Deck,but you and/or the gift recipient will have the satisfaction of knowing you're a true fan. Also available in 90 Day Fiance.
This isn’t an official America’s Got Talent product, but who cares because it looks vaguely like the golden buzzer—and even better, you can record your own 30-second message for the buzzer to say when pressed.
There are other colors if you’d rather not send someone straight through to the final round with a press of a button.
It was an experiment in which an ordinary family lived as if they were on Downton Abbey, though this series predated that scripted show by many years. Other people became the family’s servants, and the results were both educational and entertaining.
If the Ancient Aliens fan in your life just can’t get enough of the evidence of alien existence from the show, and they also like to read, Ancient Aliens: The Official Companion Book promises “exciting insights and behind-the scenes stories from the show’s creators and leading experts in ancient alien theory.”
It also says it “explores the key questions at the heart of the series: Who were they? Why did they come? What did they leave behind? Where did they go? Will they return?”
Good questions! If they do return, they’ll clearly view this book as a sign of someone friendly.
This story was updated Nov. 26, 2023, with new items.
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Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.
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Andy-I would love to read an interview with Mike White if you haven’t done one yet. I thought he was a great Survivor player and now I am loving the White lotus and everything about it. The music, the casting, his writing/directing. Thanks!