Since its debut in 1994, Friends is still one of the most popular sitcoms in the world! Friends is continuously on our TV, and my other half declares he is the biggest fan!
He claims he knows more about Friends than most, and annoyingly I have to agree – yes, he is THAT person. You know the type who recites every line word for word! On a more practical note, I use his knowledge to win Friends themed pub quizzes.
I tasked myself with finding my Friends obsessed man a gift he would love. I decided I would make him a personalised gift. I made a Crap Bag full of carefully disguised parcels and put his knowledge to the test!
The Crap Bag cost me just under £100.00 to put together. One of the gifts cost me £70.00 alone, so depending on how much you want to spend, you can make it fit your budget.
I wrapped each present in the theme of Monica’s apartment door. I used lavender-coloured paper to wrap each gift and added a yellow spyhole frame with a clue as to what was inside.
Clue: The One With Mrs Ross And Mr Rachel
I bought a casino slot machine money box as a gift. It links to the Season 5 episodes where the gang head to Las Vegas to visit Joey on the set of his new movie.
The clue relates to the finale where a very drunk and very married Ross and Rachel fall out of a Las Vegas chapel. We hear them say to each other ‘Hello Mrs Ross!’ ‘Well hello, Mr Rachel!’
Clue: The One With The Joey Special
As a nod to Joey ordering two pizzas, I included two mini pizzas made out of jelly sweets. If you recall, Joey mentions the Joey Special during a conversation with Phoebe in Season 4 when he is in London feeling homesick.
The Joey Special is referred to again in Season 6. When Chandler forgets to pass on a message to Joey about an audition, he comes home with a tasty peace offering.
Clue: The One Where Later Is Not Good Enough
I picked out a magic 8 ball as a Season 5 reference to Ross struggling with a decision. He couldn’t decide if he should stay friends with Rachel (at the request of Emily asking him to end his friendship) or not, so he looked for help.
The clue relates to the magic 8 ball advising Ross to ‘ask again later’. But Ross screams in frustration ‘later is not good enough!’
Clue: The One With The Claws
There is a lobster out there for everyone, according to Phoebe. She claims old lobster couples walking around holding claws – which is where the clue comes from. I chose a keyring with ‘you’re my lobster’ engraved because it is a big symbol from the show. It’s also quite fitting to give as a gift to a loved one.
The clue comes from one of my favourite episodes – the prom video. In Season 2, Phoebe explains that lobsters are destined to find their soul mate. They are a devoted and loyal species, and Ross is in fact, Rachel’s lobster! Ahhh ❤
Clue: The One With Chuck Or Dick
I had to include these farm animal erasers as a gift. Watching the show, we have all come to love chick and duck. We see a recurring joke where Joey and Chandler both treat the birds like their very own children!
The clue points to a conversation in Season 3, where they discuss if the chick and duck had a baby, what would they name it. Joey suggests ‘we could call it Chuck!’ Chandler responds with, ‘or Dick!‘
Clue: The One With All The Chocolate You Want
The shape of this gift gives this one away! I wrapped up a Toblerone, albeit not a gigantic one. Joey’s obsession with Emily’s duty-free purchase always made me laugh in Season 4.
After obsessively staring at the chocolate, Joey could not resist and interrupted Emily’s phone conversation with Ross asking for the chocolate bar. To which she impatiently replies ‘Yes, Joey, you can have all the chocolate you want, just take it.‘
Clue: The One Where It’s All Relative
I love a quiz as much as the next person. I thought it would be fun to include the same quiz that forced Monica and Rachel to give up their apartment in Season 4.
The clue is one of the categories used in Ross’ trivia quiz: it’s all relative. I typed up all of the questions and answers for my other half to play. Luckily, he didn’t answer ‘transpondster!’
As an alternative, you can include Friends: The One With The Apartment Bet in your Crap Bag. The game is based on the trivia game played on the show. It includes four different categories and a super-fast lightning round!
Clue: The One At The Coffee House
I wanted to focus one gift on Central Perk, as it became a character of its very own. I intended to wrap some coffee mugs but discovered Lego recreated the actual coffee house!! Complete with Lego figures and authentic details to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary.
Although a little expensive compared with the other gifts, it was perfect for my Friends fanatic and Lego fan. Two birds with one stone!
Here’s a little fun fact about the coffee house in the Season 10 finale. The crew took down the set of Central Perk to build the airport where Ross and Rachel say goodbye in the last episode. In the final scene, when Rachel asks if they want to get one last coffee, and Chandler asks ‘Where?’ this was sincere since there was nowhere for them to go!
I hope I have inspired you to make your Crap Bag for your very own lobster!
You may be interested in reading my other Friends blog post – How to Host a Friends Themed Party in 8 Easy Steps. You will see so many ideas on how to host the perfect party, which of course include cups and ice!
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