2019 marks 20 years since SpongeBob Squarepants debuted on Nickelodeon, and today in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide we’re going to look at some of the great consumer products and toys that are out to mark this momentous milestone.
Back in 1989 nobody suspected that Steve Hillenberg’s quirky undersea creation would become a cartoon superstar on par with Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse, but twenty years later, following decades of top-rated TV shows, tons of toys, a Broadway musical and warm spots in the hearts of millions of fans, we all know that SpongeBob Squarepants is a true animation icon. The Broadway musical has been filmed, with most of the original cast, and will be broadcast on Nickelodeon December 7.
To mark this anniversary, Nickelodeon has authorized several cool commemorative items, and they will all make wonderful gifts for the SpongeBob fan on your holiday shopping list. All together, your giftee can combine all of these things into a perfect SpongeBob Squarepants evening!
SpongeBob Slow Cooker
SpongeBob becomes a convenient kitchen companion to all your culinary adventures with the SpongeBob Slow Cooker. Dinner is served after a full day of simmering in this 7-quart capacity family -size slow cooker.
SpongeBob’s most die-hard fans will love any meal prepared in a small appliance with their hero’s face emblazoned on it, and you have to admit that having this on your kitchen counter will add just the right amount of Krusy Krab ambience to your dining experience.
Recommended for Ages 16 and up, since this is a real slow-cooker and not a toy. The suggested retail price is $39.99, Available at Walmart and other select retailers.
SpongeBob Popcorn Maker
Enjoy your favorite movies in style with popcorn worthy of any SpongeBob fan. The all-new SpongeBob Popcorn Maker can make delicious and fresh popcorn in under five minute. Just add oil and kernels and let the popper do the rest! It’s a great after-dinner snack following a slow-cooked dinner of Krabby Patty Stew. You can see this sleekly-designed Bikini Bottom beacon of popcorn at the head of this post.
What better way to enjoy a SpongeBob marathon than with a huge bowl of freshly-popped popcorn that pops right into SpongeBob’s head? Note that this popcorn popper uses oil, which means it’s going to taste fantastic, and give you more flavoring options.
This is also a real appliance and not a toy, so it’s for ages sixteen and up. The suggested retail price is $35.99 and you can find this gem at Walmart.
SpongeBob’s Best 200 Episodes Ever
Bikini Bottom is bursting at the seams with the first 200 (and 4) episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants! Soak in every moment of nautical nonsense from the past two glorious decades, including fan-favorite episodes “Pickles,” “Rock Bottom,” “Chocolate with Nuts,” and “Ripped Pants.” Come along for a Krusty Krab pizza delivery, be ugly and proud, prove you’re tough enough for the Salty Spitoon, and ride the Fiery Fist O’ Pain at Glove World. Plus, rock the Bubble Bowl, show Plankton that things are just more F.U.N. with friends, fight EVIIIL with Mermaidman and Barnacleboy, stop on your right foot (DON’T FORGET IT), and more! This nine-season collection of SpongeBob SquarePants will make every day the best day ever!
If you already have the boxed set of the first 100 episodes, you can also find the Next 100 episodes as a DVD box set, to bring you up to par with the 200 episode collection.
Both DVD box sets are available where ever DVDs are sold.
You want to be comfortable watching your SpongeBob marathon, so here’s some ideas for things you can wear while lounging in front of your TV.
These fun men’s SpongeBob Squarepants boxer briefs are sure to be a favorite for all SpongeBob fans! Sized for men, but just as with the carved up Irish soap of days gone by, women like them too.
$8.99, Available at Target.
SpongeBob SquarePants Men’s Sleep Pant
Dream about pineapples under the sea in these 100% cotton lounge pants for men. featuring SpongeBob’s happy face, on an ocean blue background. As with the boxers, these are also sized for men, but work just as well for women.
$11.96, Available at Walmart.
Made of faux leather, these SpongeBob SquarePants slides are the ultimate foot-ware gift for fans. Sporting SpongeBob’s face in serious Jellyfishing mode, these will keep your feet free from stepping on any stray popcorn kernels, just in case you know somebody who eats like Patrick. It’s only a matter of time before NXT star Matt Riddle shows up wearing these. $11.00, Available at Walmart.com and Cookies.
If the SpongeBob fan on your shopping list gets tired of staying in, there are ways they can take the spirit of Bikini Bottom’s favorite son with them.
SpongeBob Makeup Collection
Cosmetics brand HipDot’s new SpongeBob Makeup Collection features a colorful eyeshadow palette for Bikini Bottom lovers.. The 15 bright, cartoon-worthy shades include Wumbo, Bikini Bottom Blue, and Golden Pineapple.
These can be used to make any young lady into a beautiful woman. They also work in case Plankton needs to dress like a woman for one of his schemes to get the secret Krabby Patty recipe.
$35.99, Available at hipdot.com.
Gary the snail carries his house on his back. Now you can carry SpongeBob’s house on your back!
The most iconic habitat in all of Bikini Bottom is now a figural backpack! Inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants’ humble abode, this pineapple house backpack features gold tone hardware, adjustable straps, and a 10 inch spacious interior.
$59.90, Available at Hot Topic.
What would Christmas be without toys? If you have a SpongeBob fan on your holiday shopping list (and be honest, who doesn’t?), then you’ve got some great fun toys to plop under the tree.
SpongeBob is silly and wacky and now kids can be too with the SpongeBob-styled Giggle Blaster. Featuring a real working periscope, the fun-themed blaster sprays aerosol party string (included) and shouts over 15 SpongeBob phrases and sounds.
Packaged with one can of aerosol party string, and compatible with most standard size cans.
For ages six and up, with a suggested retail price of $19.99. Available at almost any retailer who sells toys.
I’m not going to go into detail here, but admit it…you know someone who would love to have a farting SpongeBob plush. Soft, cuddly and…gassy?!: excuse me! Experience the silliness of SpongeBob square pants in a whole new “gassy” way with farting SpongeBob!
A belly full of silly sounds: farting SpongeBob features over 10 phrases and sounds that will have you laughing your square pants off! A great gift idea, SpongeBob exsqueeze Me plush makes a terrific present for any fan of animation or innapropriate flatulence. SpongeBob exsqueeze Me plush measures approximately 10” tall and requires three AG13 batteries (included).
SpongeBob exsqueeze Me plush is made for fans ages four and up. You can find him at Amazon and Hot Topic and select other retailers.
The 4.5-inch vinyl collectible figures celebrate and capture iconic pop culture in a unique SpongeBob way. The Spring line includes B-Movie SpongeBob, Patrick and Dr. Plankton, based on the horror episodes from the show, as well as Old-Timey SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward in an all-new timeless style inspired by the golden age of animation. These are really cool desktop-sized toys that capture the likenesses of SpongeBob and his palls much better than Funko Pops do.
For ages six and up. $9.99, Available at Amazon.
Bring Bikini Bottom to the toy collection with these soft, 6-inch Mini Plush friends! These adorable little SpongeBob characters are perfect for play and display.
Perfect for the younger SpongeBob fan on your shopping list…also a good starter gift if you’re trying to indoctrinate a youngster into the ways of the sponge.
For ages four and up. $7.99, Available at Hot Topic and Target.
Young-and-old alike, dress up as your favorite SpongeBob SquarePants characters with the 20-inch soft, inflatable headwear! Made to fit most kid and adults heads, SpongeHeads allow fans of all ages to show off their favorite characters in a silly fashion-statement!
These make great gifts for fans of the show, or you can just buy them for yourself and wear them to work…every day, until somebody says something to you about it. Then you pretend that you didn’t know it was there.
For ages six and up. $12.99, Available at Amazon and Target.
We wrote about these earlier this year, but they do make a great gift, so here they are again.
8-inch collectible vinyl figures bring to life fan-favorite show and movie moments that have now become some of the most popular viral memes. Featuring exceptional details and window packaging for collector displays, the Spring Masterpiece Memes figures include Mocking SpongeBob, Imaginaaation SpongeBob, Surprised Patrick, Spongegar and Handsome Squidward.
These are really wonderful artifacts of the show. Trophy-sized and beutifully sculpted, fans of the show will go nuts over these, even though “Handsome Squidward” bears an uncanny resemblance to WWE wrestler, Bobby Lashley.
For ages six and up. $19.99, Available at Amazon and select other retailers.
Play with SpongeBob in a crazy new way! Stretch his arms and legs to activate over 20 unique silly sounds and phrases from SpongeBob himself! Parents, siblings and friends can join in the fun by grabbing an arm and a leg. Keep pulling to hear what he will say next! The more you pull, the funnier he gets!
For ages four and up. $24.99, Available at Amazon and Target.
Slimeez with Nickelodeon Slime
Experience the world of Bikini Bottom like never before with SpongeBob Slimeez Figures! Load each 3-inch figure with Nickelodeon Slime (included), push and watch the ooey gooey Slime ooze through the figures.
Six figures are available each packaged with 2oz. Slime and collectible SpongeBob cube for the ultimate blind package experience. Will you find the rare Gold SpongeBob Slimeez? You’ll have to buy some and watch the person you’re giving them to open them. Or you could just get them for yourself.
For ages six and up. $6.99, Available at Walmart.
SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program for more than 18 consecutive years. In its 20th Anniversary year, SpongeBob SquarePants has generated a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base. Chances are you know someone who’s a big fan, and if that’s the case, you can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas.