Sometimes the right gift is just as easy as remembering the recipient's favorite movie, TV series or musician.
Still have a list of people to buy holiday gifts for, but no idea what to get? Help is on the way in the form of box sets.
All you have to do is recall a TV series, musician or movie that the person talked about and you have the right gift. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking. All are available at major retailers, except where noted. Prices are retail; shop around to find most for much less.
Star Trek: 50th Anniversary Film & TV Collection ($209). The set includes all of the episodes from the original series, plus the animated series and the first six movies in the film franchise on Blu-ray. There is also a 50th anniversary insignia badge and new mini-posters for the films.
Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition ($15). This Blu-ray set of James Cameron’s follow-up to “Alien” includes both the theatrical and special editions of the film, extended scenes, a documentary, a book featuring art from the original comic series and more.
Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition ($76). Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie star in this production from Jim Henson. There is special packaging and several added features on this Blu-ray set.
Sony Pictures Animation Gift Set ($59). DVDs of 10 films, including “The Smurfs,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Arthur Christmas” and more, packaged in a lunchbox.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Limited Edition Collector’s Set ($200). It would be enough that this DVD set includes all 52 episodes of the hit PBS series; it’s one of the best TV history. But the set also includes a working pull-bell, six coasters and a photo booklet.
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever ($80). The production first aired May 16, 1983, and featured moments such as Michael Jackson performing the moonwalk and Richard Pryor hosting Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and The Temptations. Twenty minutes not seen in the original broadcast are included in this six-DVD set.
Twilight Zone: The Complete Series ($127). These Blu-rays of 156 episodes of Rod Serling’s series represent some of the finest writing in TV history.
David Bowie, Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) ($176 on CD, $297 on vinyl). This exhaustive reissue on 12 CDs gathers Bowie’s music just before, during and after his mid-1970s “plastic soul” phase.There are also two concert recordings and alternate mixes.
Otis Redding, Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings ($46). In the 1960s, even a soul hitmaker like Otis Redding had a grinding schedule. He played seven sets in three days at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles in 1966, a gig that moved him up out of the R&B circuit. Redding had hits to perform, but he didn’t go for routine; he constantly changed up set lists. They’re all here on six CDs.
Soundgarden, Badmotorfinger Super Deluxe Edition ($150 at soundgarden.shop.livenation.com). Soundgarden’s 1991 album brought the band to its hard-riffing, ferocious extreme. For its 25th anniversary, a remastered “Badmotorfinger” is paired with noisier outtakes of the entire album, as well as a hometown Seattle concert in audio and video, a documentary and a surround-sound remix.
Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, The Complete Trio Collection ($30). Sessions in 1986 and 1994 brought together Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt to record two albums of luminous, largely acoustic country-pop together as Trio. A third disc, of 20 outtakes, includes some alternate versions with more extroverted lead vocals in the spotlight.
Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Box Set Edition ($50). The peak Bad Boy era of the mid- to late-1990s — think The Notorious B.I.G., Mase and Puff Daddy — laid the blueprint for what came next in music: melody’s absorption into hip-hop, and hip-hop’s absorption into pop. This thorough, five-disc collection is arranged in thematic groupings, not chronologically, to emphasize the label’s tough and tender sides.