A Modern Family Holiday Shopping Gift Guide
'Tis the season for holiday shopping, and Modern Family has got you covered if you're stumped for gift-giving ideas. So while you're waiting in line at a Black Friday sale or fighting the crowds at the mall, take a break and make a shopping list (and check it twice) with some of these gift suggestions for the Gloria, Phil, Claire or other special people in your life.
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER:
A keyboard is a pitch-perfect gift for the musician in your life, whether they're a pro like Cam (Eric Stonestreet) or a beginner like Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) or even a child prodigy, like Lily's classmate. (From Season 6, Episode 3, "The Cold.")
Lily vs. Her Genius Friend|Lily can't keep up with her friend Sydney.|Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) has always felt that Lily's (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) friends weren't smart enough to challenge her, especially since they were all a bunch of "paste-eatin', toilet-missin' shoe-losers." That's not the case with Lily's friend Sydney, who seems to be a genius. From Episode 3 of Modern Family Season 6, "The Cold." ABC WEDNESDAYS 9|8c.
A special song that was the soundtrack to a special life event can be the perfect, sentimental gift... unless you're Phil (Ty Burrell). Sometimes, a Carly Simon single can conjure up particularly intimate memories that redefine "guilty pleasure." (From Season 5, Episode 21, "Sleeper.")
Phil Remembers His First Time|Nobody Does It Better|Phil finally finds the record single for Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better," which was the soundtrack to his first sexual experience. From Modern Family's Season 5 episode, "Sleeper."
If you're feeling extra creative, you could combine the gift ideas above and perform that special song accompanied by the keyboard. Who wouldn't love the gift of Mitch and Cam singing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee? (From Season 3, Episode 12, "Egg Drop.")
Cameron and Mitchell Sing!|You were a little pitchy!|Cameron and Mitchell sing Don't Go Breaking My Heart!
FOR THE GAME PLAYER:
Board games make great gifts for those who like to have fun with others. Although, that can sometimes backfire if you're like Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Jay (Ed O'Neill) and not great at deciphering or drawing Pictionary clues. (From Season 4, Episode 23, "Games People Play.")
Gloria plays Pictionary|Horse Mouth!|Gloria tries to play Pictionary with Jay in the episode, "Games People Play."
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FOR THE ART AFICIONADO
If you know someone who appreciates art and can go to the museum without feeling the need to study up beforehand (i.e. they're Alex), a membership to the local museum could be the ideal gift. (From Season 5, Episode 17, "Other People's Children.")
Just the Jokes: "Other People's Children"|Trying to impress Alex at the art museum|A leisurely day at the museum turns stressful when Cameron, Mitchell and Manny realize that faking their way through art appreciation isn't helping them hold their own with Alex. From Modern Family's Season 5 episode, "Other People's Children."
FOR A PERSONALIZED TOUCH
Go the extra mile with a more inspired gift that could come from only you, since not everyone's name can make the perfect pun with "pillowcase" or "dill pickle." (From Season 4, Episode 21, "Career Day.")
A handmade gift can also be a nice, personal gesture. The pink, ceramic bunny that Jay made for Gloria is a good example of one of those gestures. It's not a good example of a nice, handmade gift, but it's a really good example of a nice, personal gesture, at least.
FOR THE HOBBYIST
If you have a crafty person in your life, a DIY project such as a model building kit makes for a fun gift. Or, it could make for a crisis at ground control if you're Phil trying to rebuild an Apollo 13 model. (From Season 5, Episode 8, "Closet Con '13.")
Just the Jokes: "ClosetCon '13"|Phil Dunphy's Apollo 13 mission|When they accidentally break Jay's Apollo 13 model, Phil and the boys undertake a mission to rebuild it.
FOR THE GADGET LOVER
If you have a techie or wannabe James Bond in your life, then a cutting-edge gadget is the item to set your sights on. Phil's drone camera is a cool gift for that 007 in your life, but just make sure your spy doesn't get caught red-handed because the umbrella hat accessory isn't something any self-respecting secret agent would want to be seen wearing. (From Season 5, Episode 14, "iSpy.)
Just the Jokes: "iSpy"|Phil and Claire spy on Luke's production of "Zombie Parkour."|Claire suspects Luke is up to no good, so she tracks his cell phone and convinces Phil to deploy his remote-control drone camera to snoop on their son in Modern Family's Season 5 episode, "iSpy."
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