Ninety-nine percent of American households have a television set according to Nielsen Media Research. Television is definitely part of American life and for some people, it is a very large part of life. If television brings joy to the couch potato rooted in your home, fertilize their pleasure with a few of these gift ideas.
The better to hear you
Sony Bravia Sound BarGive your couch potato the gift of surround sound without having to hang speakers all over the room. Sony's Bravia Home Theater Sound Bar System with Subwoofer is a compact way to bring great sound to the television viewing experience. The HT-CT 150 has three HDMI inputs and can handle up to six pieces of home theater gear at once. The system has 340 watts of peak power and Dolby Digital technology. Get the Sony Sound Bar at Fry's Electronics and other electronics specialty stores for $299.99.
Feed the beast
SnowballsCost Plus World Market has unleashed a tub of baked white cheddar cheese balls that are the ideal shape and flavor for television snacking. The snappy, salty, cheesy flavor goes well with just about any beverage. The generous 27 ounce container will last several evenings or can be shared with friends. These snow balls are only around for the winter so enjoy them for $7.99 at any Cost Plus World Market
Easy on the eyes
Gunnar Optiks Digital Performance EyewearSince those couch potato eyes get the most exercise while sitting in front of the television, consider getting your television lover a pair of Gunnar Optiks eyewear. The curve of the lenses on the glasses creates the optimum ocular microclimate for viewing digital screens. By increasing humidity and lowering visual stressors and harsh light, eyes will not tire out as quickly allowing the television viewing to continue uninterrupted by naps. The lenses intensify color, define contrast and increase clarity to maximize the digital screen experience. These are non-prescription glasses meant only to be worn for viewing digital screens. Gunnar Optiks come in several sleek designs with prices starting at $79.99 and are available at Fry's Electronics and other electronics retailers.
A chair for all seasons
The La-Z-Boy Chill Massage/Heat Rocker ReclinerWhen the game is tied on the sports network, the stress becomes unbearable. Help your couch potato make it through those tense moments with the gift of a La-Z-Boy Chill Massage/Heat Rocker Recliner. The two-motor massaging action will chill-ax your TV viewer's emotional state and the thermo-electric cooler in the arm will keep his beverage of choice at a refreshing temperature. And when the winter winds begin to blow, there is no need to move from a reclined position to grab a blanket because this chair delivers gentle heating action from deep within the plump cushions. Find this gift of heat, cold and comfort rolled into one at a La-Z-Boy store. Prices start at $949.
Name that star
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2011Watching old movies is one of the joys of television. The latest edition of the VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever contains reviews and information for 30,000 movies with detailed cross referencing between the nine primary indexes. The book is teaming with trivia like alternate movie titles, awards won and names of cast members, directors and writers. This movie-pedia can be found at Border's Books for $25.95.
TV and surfing rolled into one
Logitech RevueThe Logitech Revue allows the television viewer to watch cable selections, Internet, digital media and new applications on the television screen. Simply connect your television, your cable or satellite set top box and your Internet connection to Revue and you are instantly connected to Google TV. The keyboard allows television viewers to surf the Web, turn up the volume, or find a favorite show. The device comes with pre-installed apps for services like NetFlix and is an open platform able to accept new apps as they are developed. With Google TV's search engine, simply type in what you want to watch and Google helps you find it. Access online family photos, watch a YouTube video or do some Christmas shopping on the television. Logitech Review comes with a companion box and keyboard controller. It is available at Best Buy and other electronics stores and retails for $299.