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“Friends,” the beloved hit series that introduced us to Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courtney Cox), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and a host of side characters (Gunther, Janice, and Carol, to name a few), made its network television debut on September 22, 1994.
The sitcom, about six friends navigating life in New York City, catapulted a cast of relative unknowns into superstardom, and the show is still popular. Despite ending 17 years ago, “Friends” has raked in more than $1 billion in syndication, and the recent reunion special (which you can watch on HBO Max along with old episodes of the series) scored huge streaming ratings and had a record-breaking showing in the U.K.
To celebrate the 27th anniversary of “Friends,” we searched the web to find some of the best merchandise that casual and die-hard fans will appreciate. You can’t really go wrong with T-shirts, baseball caps, face masks and other apparel, but we dove a little deeper to curate a collection of unique collectibles and fun gift items that cover just about all of the bases — including board games, books, toys, figurines, and even furniture. Keep reading to see our list of the best “Friends”-themed merch that you can buy for yourself or gift to someone else (the holidays will be here before you know it). For more shopping recommendations, check out the best trivia games for TV lovers.
Enter the Funko Pop! universe with this hilariously adorable set of vinyl figurines. Each individually packaged figure stands 3 ¾ inches tall and comes in a window display box. The set features the stars of the show in some of their most memorable attire including Chandler and Ross, and Rachel with ‘80s hair, Joey in Chandler’s clothes, Monica with braids, and Phoebe as Supergirl.
LEGO fans might not be able to resist this collectible Central Perk Building Kit. This 25th anniversary set features over 1,000 pieces to build your own toy version of the infamous coffee shop, and comes complete with minifigures of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Gunther.
Could this be any cuter? A trio of tiny lip balm disguised as Central Perk coffee cups will make a great novelty gift for collectors, and you can use them on your lips (they’re small enough to fit just about anywhere, but that also means they can get lost easily). The three-pack includes two vanilla and one strawberry-flavored lip balm.
Even if you can’t cook, at least you’ll look the part. Channel Monica’s culinary skills with this Friends Icon Kitchen set, which includes a kitchen towel and potholder with icons from the sitcom in the iconic doodle style, and an oven mitt with the big orange couch and “Friends” logo. Complete the look with this ‘Friends’ apron.
From appetizers to main courses, the “Friends: The Official Cookbook” features more than 100 recipes inspired by the sitcom. Whether you’re a seasoned professional like Monica, a kitchen newbie just getting your catering company started like Phoebe, or a certified food lover like Joey, the cookbook offers a variety of recipes for chefs of all levels. Recipes include: Janice’s Oh. My. Gawd. Pancakes, The Moist Maker Thanksgiving Sandwich, Rachel’s Lobster Roll with a Side of Lobster, and The Joey Special (a.k.a. two pizzas).
If you’re going to whip up a few recipes, you might as well plate them on this Central Perk Themed Dinnerware Set. This 3-piece dining set includes a dinner plate, bowl, and coffee mug, and it’s just about perfect for anyone looking to celebrate the series over a meal. You also might want to grab this cookie jar, or this travel coffee mug/metal water bottle.
This mini light brings a little bit of “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” into your living space. The tiny light is adorned with the Central Perk logo and comes with a 48-page booklet packed with photography, and trivia to relive the classic café moments from the show.
An ultimate collector’s item for “Friends” fans, the box set features over 110 hours of content (90 hours of features, and 20 hours of bonus content), including all 236 original broadcast episodes. Included in the set is a hard-cover book that holds 21 discs, and a 32-page episode guide with content from the Warner Bros. archives.
A gift set for a serious “Friends” fanatic, this collection is packed with fan merch including two posters, 100-piece “Friends” stickers, a canvas bag, a picture frame keychain, a pair of “Friends” socks, a penguin brooch Friends Fan Gift Badge, and a lanyard badge holder.
With fall arriving this week, it’s officially scented candle season. Evoke the ambiance of Central Perk by lighting this caramel, toffee-scented candle with a fragrant aroma that you can enjoy while you sit back and reminisce about your favorite episode of “Friends.”
The classic board game gets the “Friends” treatment featuring places, characters, and phrases themed after the show. Move around the board using one of the character tokens inspired by Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Joey, or Chandler, and discover iconic “Friends” moments such as the hilarious Giant Poking Device or Monica and Chandler’s wedding. Additionally, the Chance and Community Chest cards have been changed to Apartment 19 and Apartment 20 cards after the character’s apartments; the houses were replaced with coffee mugs, and hotels are sofas.
We haven’t entered the holiday season yet but it’s never too early to pick up an Advent Calendar. The all-new “Friends: The Official Advent Calendar” is a 2021 edition filled with fun “Friends” surprises and will encourage you to celebrate the holidays with your actual friends along with Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe.
Here’s another way to bring “Friends” home. This life-size replica couch modeled after the iconic orange sofa in Central Perk where the gang enjoyed gathering together for 10 seasons. Measuring approximately 90” x 41” x 43,” the 3-seater polyester couch (over a wood frame) comes complete with tufted backing, plush burnt orange fabric, and stylish fringe. Both trendy and functional, this bright couch will add a pop of color to any room, and it’s perfect for lounging around with your crew while binge-watching episodes of “Friends.”