It’s a mere nine days before Christmas (and 11 days after Hanukkah), so if you’re still looking for a gift for that special someone in your life, one of the easiest (and safest) solutions is to dig into the world of entertainment. amNewYork is here to help you pick out the perfect movie, TV series, book, CD or game to round out your holiday shopping.
'Draw Something Party Board Game'
The app is turned into a board game with a clever set up that allows the artist to draw while the rest of the players can see the artwork on the other side of the tablet. ($26.99)
'Breaking Bad: The Complete Series'
Whether you're looking to give someone who has never seen this AMC epic -- about a science teacher with cancer who turns to making drugs to support his family -- the joy of watching it for the first time, or a long-time fan the chance to re-experience Walter White's downward spiral, this set is the perfect gift. (Blu-ray, $299.99)
'Grand Theft Auto V'
Hardcore gamers will salivate at the opportunity to run amok in Los Santos, where the latest installment of the popular series lets you explore a massive open world pulling heists and other fun, less-than-savory activities. So, yeah, get this only for the mature folks on your gift list. (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, $59.99)
'Dexter: The Complete Series Collection'
Housed in a slide box, just like the one secret serial killer Dexter Morgan has in the series, this complete set has some amazing seasons, and a few that aren't perfect, but it's an engrossing adventure. (DVD, $359.99; Blu-ray, $459.99)
'Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition'
This anniversary release is the practically perfect gift for any fan of classic cinema or a super catchy earworm like "Chim Chim Cher-ee." And now that's in your head for today. (DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $39.99)
"The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition''
"The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion'
Take a walk down the yellow brick road with this certified classic -- now available in 3-D, just like Judy Garland would have wanted you to see it. Right? And make it a package gift with this new book, chock full of rare photos, fascinating stories and some other fun ephemera. (Blu-ray, $19.98; Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray combo, $35.99; Book, $40)
'Divergent Series Complete Box Set' by Veronica Roth
Fans of "The Hunger Games" will happily dig into the next book young adult book series. Get the complete trilogy of this dystopian thriller - and don't let that YA tag stop you from getting it for adult readers either. You know you love "Hunger Games" too. ($55.97)
'René Redzepi: A Work in Progress'
The famed Danish chef, following on his acclaimed cookbook, "Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine," returns with this mouth-watering collection of three books, including his personal journal, a cookbook and a behind-the-scenes photo book. ($59.95)
'S.' by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
The book lover in your like will spend hours exploring this tome from filmmaker J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek") and novelist Doug Dorst ("The Surf Guru"). As much an art piece as a novel, "S." is a library copy of the book "Ship of Theseus" by (fictional) author V.M. Straka that is a filled with notes -- both liner and inserts of letters and maps crafted on postcards and such -- of a conversation between a college senior and a grad student. ($35)
'Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions'
Help get the film fan in your life into the mind of the visionary director of films such as "Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy" and "Pacific Rim" with this tome. You'll get to see photos, journals showing his process, designs and work from both movies he's made as well as some that are not yet finished. ($60)
'Star Wars: Frames' by George Lucas
Inevitably someone on your list is a fan of the sci-fi epic, and for that certain nerdy someone, this monster book set is strong in the Force. Culled together by George Lucas himself, these books feature 1,415 frames from the six movies (one book is the original trilogy, the other the new one). And yes, as of now, you do have to get both trilogies, you can't just get a book with just the original films. ($150)
'Beatles vs. Stones' by John McMillian
Is there a more divisive argument in the music world than the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones (Besides Justin Bieber vs. complete silent)? Author McMillian digs into the history of the two bands and how they were built by the generation of the 1960s. ($26)
'No Pryor Restraint: Live in Concert'
On seven CDs and 2 DVDs, the comedy of the genius funny man is collected in this handsome edition feature with that also includes a book with photos, essays and more. ($99.98)
'Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1'
The influential folk troubadour has made a ton of music and it's all collected here in this massive box set featuring 41 albums (14 of which get a new remastering). A hardcover book with lots of liner notes, photos and more rounds out this music must. ($279.98)
Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert 2014 Season Subscription
Give the gift of theater with a subscription to the 2014 season of Encores, which includes productions of Neil Simon's "Little Me," Frank Loesser's mussel "The Most Happy Fella" and "Irma La Douce." Ticket prices for the subscription for the three shows vary based on seat location and day. ($90 and up, nycitycenter.org)
'Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years'
'Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years'
The Man of Steel and the hard-nosed reporter are celebrating their diamond anniversary with these two hardcover collections of some of their best stories over the years. ($39.99 each)
'Funny or Die: The Hilarious Caption Game!'
The simplicity of this game inspired by the comedy website funnyordie.com will bring tons of revelry to game night. Players get cards with photos and cards with captions. Whoever creates the funniest combination - as decided by all the players - wins. Hilarity will certainly ensue. ($16.99)
'Disney Infinity: Starter Pack'
Get the Disney fan exploring the world of Walt in this immersive video game that allows players to use characters from a variety of characters from the House of Mouse to play a variety of games. This starter kit comes with the game, the Infinity base as well as three character figures: Sully from "Monsters University," Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Caribbean" and Mr. Incredible from "The Incredibles." If you want to amp up the gift, there are extra figures and playsets with more characters from those previously mentioned films, as well as "Cars" and "Nightmare Before Christmas," with even more on the way. (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, $74.99 each)