If you have a "Castle" fan on your Christmas list this year, consider yourself fortunate. Unlike gifts for fans of more esoteric shows, "Castle" gift items are relatively easy to acquire, yet still bear a major significance for any fan of the show.
Richard Castle Novels
The main character in "Castle" is an author who follows a real-life detective around for inspiration. During the show, Castle mentions completing manuscripts and sending them off to his publisher; months later he appears at book signings. Here's the delightful part for "Castle" fans: the books are real and published under the Richard Castle pseudonym, but nobody knows who really writes them. You can find Richard Castle novels at your local bookstore or online. Paperback novels start at $9.99. Comic book fans can also purchase a Richard Castle graphic novel (Marvel) for $19.99.
"Castle" Clothing and Accessories
ABC sells "Castle" clothing and accessories through CafePress. Fans are even welcome to make their own "Castle" merchandise, which means great things if you want to personalize a gift for someone. Items of interest include "Castle" Christmas tree ornaments, aprons, coasters and shirts.
Old-Fashioned Writer Tools
Like most writers, Castle gets nostalgic from time to time. If the "Castle" fan on your list happens to be a writer, a writing-related "Castle" gift is most heartfelt. Not everyone can afford a custom-made "WRITER" bulletproof vest like Castle sports on the show, but Castle would love and appreciate the following items:
- Fountain pen (one also appears in the "Castle" logo during opening credits -- include red ink for full effect)
- Customized stationery with quotes from "Castle."
Apps and iPhones
Castle loves to use his iPhone. If your favorite "Castle" fan is also an Apple aficionado, consider an iPhone or a gift certificate to the Apple Store.
Fancy Coffee Machine
What do cops and writers have in common? Caffeine. For that reason (and as an apologetic gesture), Castle purchased a cappuccino machine for the precinct. It's a nice perk, and instead of chatting by the water cooler, it seems like Beckett always has those side chats with Castle at the cappuccino machine.
For the truly wired writer or "Castle" fanatic, consider a combo machine -- these produce frothy milk and foam for lattes and cappuccinos as well as regular drip coffee. Judging by those Starbucks-esque cups the characters drink from on "Castle," a Starbucks card would also do.
Lastly, don't forget about presentation. "Castle" fans enjoy solving mysteries. Dropping subtle hints about a gift will only thrill a "Castle" fan more, but don't leave the gift in an obvious location -- it will be compromised faster than you can say "Fillion."