Does it seem as though your loved one owns every CD and DVD known to man? Follow our easy-to-use guide to find the perfect present for the entertainment buff in your life.
YOUR GIFTEE OF CHOICE …
IS A FRESH-OUT-OF-COLLEGE OFFICE ASSISTANT.
YES > Go straight for a generously stocked iTunes gift card. (May we suggest $75 or more? Those singles add up fast.)
STILL TREASURES HER RUSTY, OLD FILM CAMERA AND REFUSES TO GO DIGITAL.
YES > Get her Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard 1905-1930 (Verse Chorus Press, $25) by Luc Sante.
LOVES THE THEATRICAL MUSICIANSHIP ON THE FOX HIT GLEE.
YES > Pick up the debut album from American Idol’s Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment (RCA, $14).
LOVES A SHOW THAT MAKES HER THINK.
YES > Look no further than Lost: Season 5 Dharma Initiative Orientation Kit (Buena Vista Home Entertainment, $120/ DVD and $134/Blu-ray).
DREAMS OF ONE DAY SEEING HER OWN BOOK ON A STORE SHELF.
YES > The Paris Review Interviews, Vols. 1-4 [box set] (Picador, $65) is essential reading for those literarily inclined.
THINKS ”LIKE A ROLLING STONE” WAS WRITTEN ABOUT HER.
YES > She’ll love Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet (Scribner, $25) by Seth Rogovoy.
ALWAYS ROOTS FOR MASAHARU MORIMOTO ON IRON CHEF AMERICA.
YES > The kitchen is hers to master in Miniclip Sushi Go Round (South Peak Games, $30), which is available for Wii or Nintendo DS.
CONSIDERS HERSELF QUITE THE HAUTE HOME CHEF.
YES > Let her try her hand at chef Thomas Keller’s recipes with the new cookbook Ad Hoc at Home (Artisan, $50).
PREFERS A BIT OF SWAGGER WITH HER (BUDGETFRIENDLY) MEALS.
YES > Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price (Atria, $16) by the titular rapper will satisfy her appetite
LIKES HER BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR SUBJECTS LIVING.
YES > My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times (Little, Brown and Company; $28) by Harold Evans will intrigue her.
LIKES HER BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR SUBJECTS LONG GONE.
YES > Who better than the Bard? Try Shakespeare (The Illustrated and Updated Edition) (Harper, $30) by Bill Bryson.
IS EIGHT YEARS OLD (OR CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH HER INNER CHILD).
YES > Everyone needs a copy of a classic; try Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, $40).
NEEDS HELP FINDING HER INNER EIGHTYEAR- OLD.
YES > Let her rock out with LEGO Rock Band (MTV Games; $50 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii; $30 for Nintendo DS).