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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Woman You Love

1 Twister Dance DVD

Hop to the right spot in this version of the classic game; fun for mom-kid bonding. $29.99

2 Assouline Fashion Memoire Gift Box

Four hand-wrapped books about such designing legends as Christian Dior; http://www.assouline.com; $150

3 Beverly Hills, 90210: The Complete First Season

Brandon and Brenda adapt to their glitzy new nabe in a six-disc DVD set from the FOX TV series (then enjoy its spin-off with item No. 10). $59.98

4 Blind Submission

Debra Ginsberg’s darker take on The Devil Wears Prada territory. $23.95

5 Oro Journal

Help her fight writer’s block in style with this unlined marbled notebook; http://www.papyrusonline.com; 800-789-1649; $60

6 Pure Digital Point & Shoot Video Camcorder

This lightweight camera is simple and inexpensive and fits in a small purse. $129.99

7 The Lake House
Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves fall in love across time in an enjoyably woozy romantic film. $28.98

8 Scissor Sisters, Ta-dah
The perfect soundtrack for the international sorority of dancing queens. $13.98

9 Seriously Bistro Mug

Grey’s Anatomy fans will savor their McSteamy morning coffee even more with this cup bearing the show’s signature phrase. shopabctv.com; 888-593-3829; $14.95

10 Melrose Place: The Complete First Season

An eight-disc DVD set of the series (1992-99) devoted to oversexed residents of a Los Angeles apartment complex. $59.98

11 My Secret: A PostSecret Book
Young adults reveal their deepest and darkest with homemade, anonymous postcards in Frank Warren’s emotionally charged compilation of actual confessions. $19.95

12 The Beauty Buyble: The Best Beauty Products of 2007
Rating everything from blush to blemish cream, this tome also offers its own cosmetics counter with 33 product samples. $19.95

13 The Lay of the Land
Catch up with Frank Bascombe, the protagonist of Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning Independence Day as he copes with aging, marriage and family. $26.95

14 Tori Amos, A Piano: The Collection
There’s plenty for Tori fans to get keyed up about with this five-disc set, including the ebony and ivory packaging. $74.98

15 Project Runway: Season 3 T-shirts

Affordable casual creations from Runway designers Kayne, Laura and winner Jeffrey; http://www.shopintuition.com; 877-310-8442; and projectrunway.seenon.com; $24.95-$30

16 Tivoli iSongBook

This floral iPod dock, created especially for Anthropologie, comes with a radio and a detachable speaker; www. anthropologie.com; 800-309-2500; $350

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Sports Nut

1 Go Ski

Learn to conquer the slopes in this step-by-step book and DVD package for beginners. $16.95

2 Play TV Skateboarder

Master the halfpipe and win tournaments by riding on a simulated board, without the pesky risks of asphalt burn. $39.99

3 Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book
A commemoration of critical plays, close games and the legends of America’s pastime. $29.95

4 History of Texas Longhorns Football

Hook ’em hornheads will dig this comprehensive DVD, which traces the Austin-based team from its first game in 1893 to its fourth NCAA national championship in 2005. $14.95

5 Diddy, Press Play
The rapper pumps you up while you work out with such A-list guests as Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige. $18.98

6 A Year in Sports

Wax nostalgic—and photographic—for the most memorable games of last year. $55

7 Super Bowl I-XL Collector’s Set

All 40 big games plus season highlights of the last 4 decades in a 20-disc set. Just add nachos and beer. $110.95

8 Fergie, The Dutchess

Hip-pop grooves that will make you go that extra mile on the treadmill. $13.98

9 Speck Canvas Sport iPod cover

Mp3 player protection inspired by classic sneakers. Also in white or black; www. speckproducts.com; $34.95

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Tween

1 Zoombox projector

Hook up DVDs, CDs and video games for big-screen fun on any wall in your house; www. hasbrotoyshop.com; 800-327-8264; $249.99

2 Akeelah and the Bee
An 11-year-old girl trains for the big spelling bee in a touching family film. $28.98

3 Beyoncé, B’Day
On her second solo CD, the diva makes us fall even crazier in love with her. $18.98

4 When Santa Fell to Earth
Cornelia Funke pits Santa against a villain who’s banning elves and reindeer. $15.99

5 High School Musical DVD board game

With clips from the Disney Channel’s hit movie, tweens show off their skills in such categories as song and dance. $19.99

6 Teddy Geiger, Underage Thinking
A deluxe edition of the dreamy debut from the junior John Mayer. $15.98

7 Running for the Hills
Horatio Clare’s memoir of his unusual childhood on his parents’ sheep farm in Wales. $24

8 Monster House

Smart-aleck kids do battle with a predatory haunted house. $28.95

9 Sudoku game board

The whole family can obsess over this multiplayer version of the addictive puzzle; http://www.briarpatch.com; 800-232-7427; $19.99

10 New Moon

Blood-soaked vampire adventures rage on in Stephenie Meyer’s follow-up to the popular novel Twilight. $17.99

11 I-Dog

Man’s best friend broadcasts most portable music devices while wiggling to the beat. Also comes in I-Cat and I-Fish; http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com; 800-327-8264; $29.99

12 Massively Mini Media Player

This teeny gadget holds 128 MB worth of music, videos and photos. $79.99

13 The Peterkin Papers

The reissue of Lucretia Hale’s 19th-century stories about the lovably silly Peterkin family. $18.95

14 Handbags 2007 Gallery Desk Calendar

A 365-day version of the gorgeous book of the same name, with photos of museum-ready purses by Gucci, Fendi and Dior. $15.95

15 Vanessa Hudgens, V

The High School Musical star graduates to solo popster with this impressive debut. $13.98

16 Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds
The former ‘N Syncer makes like a modern-day prince. $18.98

17 The Killers, Sam’s Town
The neo-new-wave poster boys boldly venture into arena-rock territory. $13.98

18 American Idol Extreme Music Creator

Your budding pop star can prep for Simon, Randy and Paula by recording over 800 songs with this software. $49.95

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Happy Host

1 Instant Entertaining

Australian food stylist Donna Hay presents simple but stylish dishes for any occasion. $34.95

2 The Complete Keller: The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon

Delectable fare from chef Thomas Keller’s Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry and N.Y.C. bistro Bouchon. $100

3 Frank Sinatra, Sinatra: Vegas

Make every party Rat Pack-worthy with a swingin’ seven-disc set of never-released recordings of his live Sin City shows. $79.98

4 The Art of the Bar

Mixologists Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwartz concoct variations on classic cocktails with such unexpected twists as lavender and spiced sugar. $24.95

5 FOR CHARITY

Rwandan Bloom Fruit Basket

Choose from a wide range of colorful baskets—this bright-red traditional handicraft is woven from sisal and sweet-grass—supplied by the Rwanda Path to Peace project, which creates sustainable income for local weavers; http://www.macys.com/rwanda; 800-289-6229; $40

6 Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters

Marilynn and Sheila Brass unveil 150 family recipes from Brandied Raisin Teacakes to Chattanooga Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. $29.95

7 Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook

A room-to-room guide to caring for your home, whether it’s a Hamptons estate or a studio apartment. Comes with a handy materials guide. $45

8 FOR CHARITY

The Hollywood Cookbook

Stars and celebrity chefs share their favorite recipes with authors Jackie Zabel & Morgan Most, and proceeds benefit the stars’ special causes, such as Anne Hathaway‘s Mediterranean menu for Lollipop Theater Network—which shows movies to kids in hospitals—and Heroes star Greg Grunberg’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta for the Pediatric Epilepsy Project; http://www.thehollywoodcookbook.com; $35

9 John Legend, Once Again
Vintage R&B sounds from the three-time Grammy winner go down like a fine Bordeaux. $18.98

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Die-hard Fan

1 Elvis at 21: New York to Memphis

Photos of the King’s journey from an up-and-comer to lord of Graceland. $65

2 Lost: The Game

Devise your own creepy island plot twists; shopabctv.com; 888-593-3829; $19.95

3 The Sopranos: Season 6, Pt. 1

Look back at who got whacked. $99.98

4 U2 by U2

A candid view of the band by the rockers themselves. $39.95

5 Six Feet Under: The Complete Series

HBO’s morbid classic, packaged in a mini cemetery plot. $279.99

6 M*A*S*H: The Martinis & Medicine Collection

All 11 seasons of the beloved sitcom, plus the 1970 movie that kicked it off. $199.98

7 mi Jam Mixer

An iPod-friendly digital mixing device for deejays-in-training; http://www.b2lounge.com; 877-323-3388; $39.98

8 RoverTV

It’s like a traveling TiVo! This handheld, portable screen records and plays seven hours of shows directly from your TV; doghouse.bz; 205-803-3026; $349.00

9 FOR CHARITY

The Relix Band bracelets

Made from actual used guitar strings of more than 60 rockers such as Adam Levine’s (pictured with amber beads, $210) and John Mayer’s, with profits aiding education, voter registration, hunger relief and anti-poverty campaigns; http://www.azustudio.com/custombracelet.html; starts at $110

FOR CHARITY

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Globe-trotter

1 James Bond Ultimate Editions

Fans of 007 will be shaken and stirred by any of the four DVD sets (Vols. 1 and 2 are out now; 3 and 4 arrive Dec. 12). Each has five classic Bond films plus extras. $89.98 per set

2 Disk Base Globe

A modern take on the grade-school globe; http://www.1worldglobes. com; 877-884-2402; $199.99

3 Earthsong Postcards

Breathtaking images of some of Earth’s most untouched places; www. phaidon.com; $19.95

4 Diner’s Deck Cards

Discover cities (N.Y.C., San Diego, Montreal) at a discount with these decks of 52 cards that save a total of $520 at local restaurants, bars and shops; http://www.cityshuffle.com; $29.95-$35.95

5 The Greatest Songs Ever

Each disc in this 15-CD set culls songs evocative of hot spots all over the world; http://www.petrolrecords.com; $29.95 each, $147 for all

6 Heaven and Earth Ornaments

These educational baubles illustrate our planet and sky back in the year 1551; http://www.1world globes.com; 877-884-2402; $39.90 per pair

7 Looking East

Renowned lensman Steve McCurry’s poignant portraits from Southeast Asia; http://www.phaidon.com; $39.95

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Man In Your Life

1 Squeezebox

This smart little box connects Internet tunes to your stereo, streaming online playlists through your own speakers; http://www.slimdevices.com; 650-210-9400; starting at $249

2 John Coltrane, Fearless Leader

Jazz fans will dig Coltrane’s surging tenor sax on this 48-track collection featuring his first studio sessions as a band leader. $47.99

3 The Zero

Jess Walter’s darkly satiric post-9/11 thriller about a blackout-plagued New York City cop ensnared in a government conspiracy. $25.95

4 The Lives of Rocks

Back with 10 more short stories of nature and isolation, Rick Bass captures quiet human truths amidst his astonishing portraits of life in the wilderness. $23

5 Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Head down Thunder Road with photos and memorabilia of the Boss and company. $35

6 Playaway portable audio books

Hear works by the likes of John Grisham, Stephen King and Ernest Hemingway, each on its own mp3 player; http://www.playawaydigital.com; 877-893-0808; starts at $29.99

7 Scarface: The World is Yours and Money. Power. Respect.

Say hello to his little time waster: He’ll love these two video games based on the Al Pacino gangster classic. $39.99 and $49.99, respectively

8 Bob Dylan, Modern Times

The Bard shows why he is an artist for all times on this highly acclaimed return to form. $18.98

9 Da Ali G: Da Compleet Seereez

This four-disc DVD set features Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen cracking wise in his TV series as rapper Ali G, German fashionista Bruno and other alter egos. $49.98

10 Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory

Author Sam Martin trekked the U.S. and found 50 different takes on the male hideout, including a fishing-tackle shrine, a presidential yacht and even a Japanese tea room. $24.95

11 Arrested Development: Season 3

Okay, this stellar sitcom got canceled, but a two-disc DVD boasts the final 13 glorious episodes. $29.98

12 Against the Day

Spanning 1893 to the years after World War I, Thomas Pynchon’s first novel in nine years shines with the author’s usual surrealism, intertwining an army of characters, including balloonists, magicians, degenerates and Groucho Marx. $35

13 The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1

Neil Gaiman’s seminal graphic novel. Essential for any modern man’s bookshelf. $99

14 Sony Playstation PS3

If your man is a gaming fanatic, this machine is the second coming. Bonus: It also plays DVDs in high definition. Starts at $499

15 Oasis, Stop the Clocks

Quench his thirst for Noel and Liam Gallagher’s brand of epic alt-rock with this definitive collection from the influential Brit-pop band. $18.98

16 The Office: Season 2

Steve Carell and the gang on the NBC comedy series cram their workplace madness into a four-disc DVD set. $49.98

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Littlest Angel

1 Monopoly Here & Now

The classic game gets a facelift with all new properties (Waikiki Beach, Fenway Park, Times Square), bigger currency and such updated tokens as a cell phone, laptop and a new mixed-breed dog, the Labradoodle. $29.99

2 Little Box of Fairy Magic

All you need for a taste of the elfin world: guides, a fairy doll, stickers and body glitter. $16.99

3 Food Play

Hundreds of photos of cleverly carved fruits and veggies compiled by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann make the dreaded broccoli seem appetizing! $16.95

4 Kid-Tough Digital Camera

Even preschoolers can take a fancy snap with this drop-resistant design. $69.99

5 Cars Movie Theater Storybook and Movie Projector

Bring the animated hit to life on your tot’s bedroom walls using the companion projector and 10 minidiscs of images. $24.99

6 Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters

Shark Week has nothing on this breathtaking pop-up book of early underwater creatures. $27.99

7 FOR CHARITY

New Orleans Playground

This jubilant compilation, which benefits Hurricane Katrina victims, gives a taste of the Big Easy’s buffet of jazz, traditional pop and old-school rock-and-roll from such locals as Fats Domino. $15.98

8 Mini Masters Boxed Set

Ease your youngest ones into high culture with these four tiny books: Dancing with Degas, A Picnic with Monet, A Magical Day with Matisse and In the Garden with Van Gogh. $19.95

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Kid at Heart

1 X-Men: The Last Stand

Wolverine and his fellow mutants wage a final massive battle on this DVD. Includes alternate movie endings and deleted scenes. $29.98

2 A Chipmunk Christmas: 25th Anniversary Edition

This two-disc set with three holiday chestnuts will thrill any child of the ’80s. $16.99

3 The Electric Company, Vol. 2

Before he became an Oscar winner, Morgan Freeman played Easy Reader, who (along with Joan Rivers and Gene Wilder) made phonetics and grammar fun in this ’70s comedy-variety show. $39.98

4 The Marvel Encyclopedia

Geeked-out descriptions of more than 1,000 comic book heroes and villains. $40

5 Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection

Fire, fire! This 10-disc DVD set boasts all 122 episodes of the moronic duo’s MTV series, their 1996 movie and loads more sophomoric goodies. Heh-heh. $129.99

6 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary

Love it they will: The entire Star Wars saga is adoringly covered in this photo-packed tome; us.dk.com; 800-788-6262; $40

7 South Park: The Hits, Vol. 1

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of TV’s rudest show, slapped 10 favorite episodes onto a DVD. Includes “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers,” “Good Times with Weapons” and the Emmy-nominated, Tom Cruise-spoof “Trapped in the Closet.” $26.99

8 Corporate Zombies

Is office life turning you into the waking dead? Inject fun into the tedium with a set of four movable glow-in-the-dark figures; http://www.mcphee.com; 425-349-3009; $13.50

9 Too Cool for School: The John Hughes Collection

A three-disc DVD set features three coming-of-age classics (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful) by America’s premiere chronicler of ’80s teen angst. $37.99

10 Lunch Lady Action Figure

Relive your school-cafeteria days with the help of this scoop-wielding server. Comes with a mini cart and stickers depicting a whole menu of mushy, inedible meals; http://www.mcphee.com; 425-349-3009; $9.95

11 365 Tiny Paper Airplanes Page-a-Day Calendar

Unleash inner class clowns with this inventive collection of eye-catching and aerodynamic paper planes. Detentions not included. $12.95

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR

The Animal Lover

1 Orbee-Tuff Bulbs

Peppermint scented with a secret treat compartment inside, these festive chew toys entertain for hours; http://www.planetdog.com; 800-381-1516; $9.95

2 Bird Songs

Lavish drawings of 250 birds complete with an audio player cataloging each of their distinctive songs and calls. $45

3 Doggy Knits

Anna Tillman’s novice-friendly instructions make it easy to pamper your pooch with chic sweaters, coats and … leg warmers? $17.95

4 Perfect Petzzz

Kids and pranksters will dig these lifelike, sleeping dogs, some of which are modeled after celeb canines (the Courteney Cox Arquette Arquette King Charles Spaniel version is pictured; also available: a Chihuahua based on Britney’s and Paris’s pups) that “breathe” with two D batteries; http://www.perfectpetzzz.com; 800-388-7597; $44.95

5 Over the Hedge

Forest creatures find food for the grabbing in the suburbs in the DVD of this summer’s animated kids’ hit. $29.98

6 My Very Own Horse

About 1,199 lbs. lighter than the real thing, this equine starter kit features a book, a model horse and a tutorial on making mini saddles. $19.95

7 Squeaky Naughty or Nice 2-pack

Stock up on these chew-toy stocking stuffers for good dogs and bad; http://www.planetdog.com; 800-381-1516; $9.95

8 Stuff on My Cat postcards

Thirty irreverent cards featuring kitties topped off with everything from wigs to whipped cream; http://www.stuffonmycat.com/store.htm; $9.95

9 Celestron VistaPix IS70 Spotting Scope-Digital Camera

This 70mm, 3.1 megapixel combo gets you closer to the action—whether you’re bird-watching or on an African safari—and documents it; http://www.celestron.com; $479

10 Creature Comforts: Seasons 1 & 2

The creators of Wallace & Gromit are behind this animated British TV series, which puts true-life conversations into the mouths of lions, bats, hyenas and all manner of animals. $40.95

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