Best books, music and DVDs for Christmas giving.

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MOVIES & TV

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition)

This set contains 15 of the master of suspense’s greatest films, digitally restored in high definition, plus more than 15 hours of insightful bonus features and a collectible book. $108 on Blu-ray at amazon.com

Rick Steve’s Europe: The Complete Collection 2000–2016

This 16-DVD box set from the Edmonds-based travel guru includes more than 50 hours of his travel shows to destinations such as Italy, France and Scandinavia, as well as bonus extras, specials and a making-of show. $100 at shoppbs.org

Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series

In a time of political incivility, return to this feel-good (and hilarious) show about Leslie Knope, an idealistic and incredibly kind public servant, and her gang of wacky co-workers. $68 at amazon.com

Finding Dory

The whole family will enjoy this Pixar hit follow-up to “Finding Nemo.” Dory, along with old friends and new, embarks on a quest to find her family in the funny and moving tale. $20 for Blu-ray-DVD-digital combo at amazon.com

Star Trek: The Original Series — The Complete Series

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the seminal sci-fi series with this complete collection of the original show on 25 discs. $44 for DVDS, $59 for Blu-ray at amazon.com

MUSIC

The Hamilton Mixtape 

Pop and hip-hop superstars cover and rework the blockbuster musical’s addictive score, with performances by Sia, The Roots, Kelly Clarkson, Wiz Khalifa and more. Out Dec. 2. $14 at music sellers

Temple of the Dog Super Deluxe Edition 

The Pacific Northwest supergroup’s box set includes previously unreleased demos and outtakes, a DVD of rare live performances and a Blu-ray audio remix of the album. $100 at templeofthedogshop.com

 The Classic Christmas ’80s Album

All the holiday songs you loved from childhood — Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis,” “Last Christmas” by Wham! — are on this compilation that’s just screaming to be a white elephant gift. $6.39 at amazon.com

Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

Cohen’s final album before his death this month is an achingly beautiful look, we now know, at the end of life. $13.50 at music sellers

Prince, 4Ever

Celebrate the late, great pop icon with this 2-CD set that includes his 40 biggest hits. It also includes a free MP3 version, so you can listen to the streaming-service-holdout on the go. $14 at music sellers

Today Will Be Different; The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero; Dead Feminists; Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be
Today Will Be Different; The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero; Dead Feminists; Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be

BOOKS

Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be

Seattle-boy-turned-TV-star Joel McHale gets big laughs in this part memoir, part satirical guide to becoming a star. $27 at booksellers

Swing Time

Star British author Zadie Smith’s new novel follows two childhood friends from their lives in North West London to disparate adulthoods where one travels to West Africa in an engrossing look at race, global politics, art and friendship. $27 at booksellers

Today Will Be Different

Seattle author Maria Semple’s follow up to the scathingly funny “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” is just as hilarious, but with a lot of heart, as it follows a crazy day in one woman’s life. $27 at booksellers

Higher: 100 Years of Boeing Deluxe Edition  

Celebrate the local aerospace company’s centennial with this beautiful and fascinating history of the company, featuring insider stories and rare photographs. The deluxe edition, only available at the Boeing Store, includes 64 extra pages of photographs and a special dust jacket and slipcase. $31.85 at The Boeing Store (Seattle, Renton, Everett) and boeingstore.com

Dead Feminists 

Inspire and illuminate with Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring’s beautifully illustrated look at 27 women who’ve changed the world, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Gwendolyn Brooks, Queen Lili’uokalani and the Washington State Suffragists. $25 at booksellers

Appetites: A Cookbook

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain goes in an entirely new direction with this cookbook that emphasizes elevated home cooking, including recipes for things like omelets, mac and cheese, and Thanksgiving dinner. $37.50 at booksellers

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

Seattle author and National Book Award winner Timothy Egan’s latest covers the epic true story of Irishman Thomas Francis Meagher, who escaped from a Tasmanian prison colony and became a Civil War hero. $28 at booksellers

 

Note to readers: Store lists are not exhaustive. Please call for availability. Prices quoted are list prices. Savvy shoppers may find better deals.