1. Classic movie poster (right)
Various prices, cinemasterpieces.com
No, this doesn't mean "Scarface." Choose from hundreds of vintage and rare posters that will instantly make anyone's home more hip.


2. "Inception"
DVD, $16.99; Blu-ray, $24.99, amazon.com (out Dec. 7)
Our advice: Spring for the Blu-ray version of this dazzling Christopher Nolan drama. There's more than 90 minutes of bonus content — including a comic prologue and how'd-they-do-that extras.

3. Popcorn, Indiana
Various prices, popcornindiana.com
We hope there's a real Popcorn, Indiana, because we want to move there and only eat their gourmet offerings, including bacon ranch, buffalo cheddar and wasabi flavors.

4. ESPN Films "30 for 30" gift set collection
$49.49, amazon.com
We're cheating here because this was on TV. But these sports documentaries are movie-quality — and riveting.

5. Film Movement gift subscriptions
$42.99-$134.99, filmmovement.com
Perfect for that movie snob (er, connoisseur) that you know and love. A full-length indie film and bonus short ships every month. Three-month, six-month and yearlong subscriptions available. 


1. "Hot (Broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink It Too" (left)
$11.89, amazon.com
Nancy Trejos, a personal finance columnist for The Washington Post, wants to help 20-somethings weather the economic storm. Take her up on the offer.

2. "Full Dark, No Stars"
$14.51, amazon.com
Stephen King's new collection of four tales is heavy on the grim, light on the fantasy and altogether a fantastic read.

3. "Lost Encyclopedia"
$25.94, amazon.com
Still not over the fact that "Lost" is done? Perhaps you have a friend who still won't stop talking about it. This comprehensive guide is for the both of you.

4. Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy deluxe box set
$53.46, barnesandnoble.com
An addictive book saga that matches the hype. Includes the three novels, plus "On Stieg Larsson," about the late Swedish author. Bonus: It's online price is a discount of 46 percent.

5. SPLURGE: "Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1-20"
$90, amazon.com
This not-so-little helper (1,200 pages!) includes every "D'oh," every Ralph Wiggum non sequitur and ... well ... every single freaking thing about the beloved series.


1. Sound Garden gift card
Any denomination
It's not the most imaginative gift, but who cares? A gift card will go a long way at Baltimore's best record store, especially if you stick to the gigantic selection of used CDs, DVDs, video games and more.

2. "Decoded"

$18.89, amazon.com
Don't call Jay-Z's book a memoir; it's much more. Jay tells his story through lyrics, anecdotes and striking imagery. It's a coffee-table centerpiece that won't just collect dust.

3. Baltimore CD bundle

Various prices
This year will be remembered as a year of exceptional releases. Beach House's Teen Dream, Wye Oak's My Neighbor/My Creator, Lower Dens' Twin-Hand Movement and Future Islands' In Evening Air (right) should all have spots in music fans' CD rotations.

4. Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story
$85.19, amazon.com
No Boss fan should go without this treasure trove: a remastered version of Darkness on the Edge of Town, a DVD of a 1978 concert, a 1999 Springsteen performance of the entire album and a DVD documentary on the making of the album.

5. SPLURGE: Beats by Dr. Dre Solo
$179.95, store.apple.com
You may never be as athletic as pro athletes, but you can listen to music like 'em. This isn't an empty endorsement — these headphones balance crispy highs and warm lows wonderfully.



Shop smart: The video gamers in your life probably already own the latest biggies: "Call of Duty: Black Ops," "Rock Band 3," "Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood" and "Halo Reach." Here are some new, lesser-known titles that promise fun for those rare "CoD" breaks.

1. Disney Epic Mickey
Wii, $50, available Tuesday
That's Mickey as in M-O-U-S-E. The Disney icon gets to paint the town — literally — in this action-adventure/platformer filled with levels inspired by iconic animated films.

2. Sly Collection (left)
PlayStation 3, $40
A remastered roundup of the three somewhat-forgotten Sly Cooper platformers released in 2002-05. Added bonus: Move-compatible minigames.

3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Blu-ray, $25 at amazon.com
A fun movie made for real gamers (unlike, say, anything with "Tron" in the title). Make sure to get the Blu-ray, which adds hours of nerdy featurettes.

4. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3. $30
One of the year's best, the original game was passed over by many simply because of its Old West setting. This expansion adds zombies. Interested now?

5. Splatterhouse
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 $60
This revival of the late-'80s arcade game is a bloody beat-'em-up. Real bloody. Like, would-make-Dexter-cringe bloody. Let the demon disembowelment begin.