For those who love entertainment, we’ve compiled just a few selections that could make great gifts. There are movies, music, gifts for the tech-savvy person in your family, and books. There are surely some suggestions we missed, but these stood out the most.
FOR THE WIZ KIDS
GoPro HERO+ ($200): Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, this small camera records 1080p video and is waterproof. It comes with a smart remote. For the same price at digital outlets, you can go with the starter bundle, which comes with a basic head strap and a flash memory card.
Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones ($300): Dr. Dre might own California and Beats headphones, but he doesn’t have the patent to these bad boys. Coming in hot with an active EQ and crisp, comfortable over-the-ear design, this is “the” gift for the audiophile in your family.
Remote control BB-8 Droid ($110): Move over R2, this new droid from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be on every geek’s Christmas list. It’s basically a little robotic head on a ball, and it’s stolen every scene from every trailer.
Apple TV ($150): Get the TV you want when you want it and how you want it with this accessory. User-friendly, the new version comes for 32 gigs of storage so you can add apps on apps on apps.
Amazon Fire TV Stick ($40): Amazon’s response to the Apple TV is a ridiculously cheap memory stick that comes jammed with the ability to download stuff like Hulu Plus, Netflix and the Amazon Prime store.
“If I Can Dream” by Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ($11): A new-ish album from “the King,” this one features new orchestral accompaniment and duets with Michael Bublé, among others.
“The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” by Bruce Springsteen ($120): The Boss’ latest reissue repackages that masterpiece double-disc “The River” and includes 22 outtakes, a DVD concert from the era, and a new film where Springsteen discusses his artistic choices at that time.
“Tusk: Deluxe Edition,” by Fleetwood Mac ($120): One of the greatest albums ever made, this reissue comes with five CDs, two LPs, a surround-mix audio DVD and extensive liner notes featuring band member commentary on all of the songs.
“Ultimate Sinatra,” by Frank Sinatra ($35): A centennial compilation with four CDs, this is a great primer from someone who has heard of Sinatra, but hasn’t heard his music. It features all the standards and hits, including “My Way,” “New York, New York,” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”
“Soul Manifesto: 1964-70,” by Otis Redding ($70): This 12-CD set includes reproductions of the original LP sleeves and some of the best performances in R&B history, such as “Live in Europe” and “In Person At the Whisky A Go Go.”
“1+,” by The Beatles ($40): A reproduction of the Beatles’ million-selling “1” anthology, this includes 27 chart-toppers as well as two DVDs with music videos and studio footage.
“Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection,” by Lead Belly ($100): A member of the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and the king of folk music, this new five-disc set features radio appearances, handwritten notes and typewritten song request lists from recording studios. The set includes classics like “The Gallis Pole,” “Black Betty,” and “Fannin Street.”
The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki ($215):The beautiful works of the animator are collected in this box set, which features “Ponyo,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” among others.
The Hobbit Trilogy 3D: Limited Bilbo’s Journal Edition ($100):Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy is collected here. While it does lag in story, it’s still an impressive feat visually, and is perfect for those 3D TVs.
Nakatomi Plaza Die Hard Collection ($90): “Die Hard” is the greatest Christmas movie ever. If you enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire and watching action films, then get this five-film collection, which comes with a replica of the famed Nakatomi Plaza.
Back to the Future The Complete Adventures ($100): Great Scott! This Blu-ray collection not includes the classic sci-fi trilogy, but also includes the complete animated series on DVD and a 64-page visual history of the films.
Bob Dylan Don’t Look Back ($30): D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary film captures the singer-songwriter during his 1965 tour. The Criterion Blu-ray features a new, restored 4K transfer and “65 Revisted,” Pennebaker’s 2007 documentary of outtakes and other performances.
The Ultimate James Bond Collection ($150): All 23 James Bond films on Blu-ray, now with more than 120 hours of special features and a poster book.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Collection ($185): A 13-disc Blu-ray collection featuring films from “Iron Man 3” to “Ant-Man,” and all the releases in between. This is good for those who have been under a rock and want a few weeks’ worth of entertainment. The set includes the One-Shot short films and screen tests.
“Modern Romance,” by Aziz Ansari ($18): The hottest comedian in the game tackles love and relationships in this well-researched and hilarious book. If you’re a fan of his Netflix show “Master of None,” you’ll read this in no time.
“Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl,” by Carrie Brownstein ($17): A member of the punk rock trio Sleater-Kinney and co-star of the sketch comedy show “Portlandia,” Carrie Brownstein’s memoir is a deeply personal look at a woman finding her voice.
“Why Not Me?,” by Mindy Kaling ($15): The creator and star of “The Mindy Project” releases as follow-up to “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”. This latest essay collection touches on everything from on-camera beauty to America’s fixation with actresses’ body sizes.
“Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels,” edited by Tom Devlin ($33): An 800-page glossary-like book of works from the Canadian micro-publisher. The book also includes rare correspondence, essays, and interviews.
“M Train,” by Patti Smith ($14): The National Book Award winning author and punk rocker gets even more intimate in her latest collection, which is illustrated with her signature Polaroids.
“Poorly Drawn Lines: Good Ideas and Amazing Stories,” by Reza Farazmand ($11): A hilarious collection of the popular webcomic, “Poorly Drawn Lines,” this collects fan favorites as well as new comics and essays.
“Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,” by Elvis Costello ($18): The story of one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century as told by the man himself, Elvis Costello sheds light on his life and reveals the recording process behind some of his greatest albums and collaborations.