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Tech
The Looxcie 2 wearable video camera allows directors-in-the-making to record footage from their point of view and then share it instantly with their social networks. (looxcie.com; $180 for 10 hours of footage)

For the budding photographer looking to graduate from the amateur leagues, the surprisingly compact Olympus E-PM1 takes SLR-quality shots without all the bulk — and cost — of its counterparts. (buy.com; $449)

Amazon takes the e-reader to the next level with the Kindle Fire (amazon.com; $199), which features free cloud storage and Web browsing — and yes, you can still read books on it. (Microfiber leather jacket, medgestore.com; $40)

With the Bluetooth-enabled Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless On-Ear Headphones, which run on rechargeable batteries, you can use your technology without being tied down to it. (beatsby dre.com; $330)

Sure, you could get the latest Bluetooth earpiece, but why not go retro with the POP Phone, a quirky, colorful handset that absorbs up to 99 percent of your mobile phone’s cellular radiation? (native union.com; $30)

For anyone in the market for an Android, the Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket may be the one to beat with its ultraslim profile, vibrant Super AMOLED display, and front- and rear-facing cameras. (att.com; $199 with contract)

7. Read about the man behind all the shiny gadgets with Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography Steve Jobs, which delves deep into the late innovator’s life both on and off the public stage. (amazon.com; $18)

Movies
With Brian Kellow’s bio Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, movie buffs can learn the fascinating details of how the longtime film critic came to be one of the most influential voices in the industry. (stmarks bookshop.com; $17)

It’s not just for DVDs: The Panasonic DMP-BDT310 WiFi Ready 3D Blu-ray Player can stream Web content, support Skype, and convert 2-D discs to 3-D. When was the last time you worked that hard? (bestbuy.com; $230)

Revisit the groundbreaking thriller that put Christopher Nolan on the map with Memento (10th Anniversary Special Edition), a Blu-ray disc that features a new commentary track from the director. (amazon.com; $17)

Fans going through Potter withdrawal will take solace in the Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection, which gathers the full saga of Daniel Radcliffe as the boy wizard for the first time on DVD. (bn.com; $71)

For true Potter-heads, add on Harry Potter: Page to Screen, a 500-page tome filled with behind-the-scenes stories and photos that will surprise even the most astute students of Hogwarts. (walmart.com; $44)

Every kid loves Lightning McQueen, and every kid (big and little) will love this 11-disc Blu-ray/DVD Cars Director’s Edition, complete with a collectible figure of pit-crew chief John Lassetire. (overstock.com; $74)

The heartbreaking 1990s trilogy Three Colors: Blue, White, Red now comes with better subtitles, but the real gift is a vivid Blu-ray transfer that makes each movie’s namesake colors glow brighter than ever. (criterion.com; $64)

Books
Foodies will eat up 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, in which Bay Area chef Alice Waters chronicles her journey to create the restaurant that changed culinary culture. (amazon.com; $28)

Children will love the timeless adventures in The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, while adults will discover it anew through Leonard Marcus’ thorough notes on the novel’s literary references and beloved illustrations. (target.com; $32)

For anyone who’s seen Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and wondered about his stormy life, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith’s extensively researched Van Gogh: The Life paints a compelling tale. (strandbooks.com; $36)

Make someone’s holiday travels a little more enjoyable with the audio version of Jeffrey Eugenides’ latest work, The Marriage Plot, a novel about 1980s college grads caught in a love triangle. (audiobooks online.com; $27)

Any bookshelf would be proud to boast Malcolm Gladwell: Collected, the New Yorker writer’s best-sellers (The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink) newly illustrated and packaged in a handsome slipcover. (overstock.com; $47)

Readers in need of an escape should pick up Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, a mesmerizing debut novel about forbidden love among a group of magicians in the late 19th century. (randomhouse.com; $27)

Nook Color boasts a seven-inch touch screen and access to over 2.5 million titles, so you’ll never have to stop reading — unless you get distracted by Angry Birds. (bn.com; $199 for tablet, $40 for Jonathan Adler chevron cover)

Music
With an intro by director/fan Cameron Crowe, Pearl Jam Twenty features revealing anecdotes from band members and personal photos that give fans new insight into the group’s two-decade journey. (overstock.com; $27)

Two of today’s biggest divas are taking a break from the tour circuit, so watch them perform the only way you can: on DVD, with Beyoncé Live at Roseland and Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall. (walmart.com; $15 each)

For real enthusiasts, look no further than R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection, a book that gathers the offbeat comic artist’s nearly 450 little- known album covers from the ’60s and ’70s. (amazon.com; $18)

Over-the-ear headphones have come back in a big way, but not many stand out like the golden Eskuché 33i, which look retro but have modern features like a one-touch mic for answering/ending calls. (fredflare.com; $70)

With the iPhone 4S, live-music fans can shoot and edit concert footage in 1080p HD and then share it right on the spot. What better way to never forget an unforgettable set? (apple.com; $199 with contract)

The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 speaker system (pictured with removable grill covers) pairs beautifully with iPhones and iPads — both in sound and style. (shop bangolufsen.com; $999 for speakers, $60 for covers)

Fans of the British band won’t know where to start with The Smiths Complete box set, which includes remastered versions of the group’s eight albums presented in mini replica LP sleeves. (rhino.com; $69)

Games
Miss the days of playing with a joystick instead of a touch screen? The Atari Arcade lets those who yearn for the golden age of gaming plug in their iPads — and roll back the years. (apple.com; $60; iPad sold separately)

The PlayStation 3D Display Bundle sports a pair of 3-D glasses, the MotorStorm Apocalypse game, and an innovative split-screen feature that allows for side-by-side gaming…without peeking. (store.sony.com; $499)

Instead of watching a big-screen adventure, step into one as treasure hunter Nathan Drake, who sets off to find a lost city in the Arabian Desert in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for PS3. (gamestop.com; $60)

If the newest installment of the first-person-shooter game wasn’t addictive enough, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition features multiplayer map packs and in-game unlockables. (bestbuy.com; $99)

Fans who can’t wait until The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters next summer can get their Gotham fix with Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition, which comes with a figurine and a rich 50-page character guide. (toysrus.com; $100)

Now players can enjoy 3-D on the go with the no-glasses-required Nintendo 3DS, which not only allows players to set their level of 3-D comfort but also features a built-in camera that can take 3-D shots. (nintendo.com; $170)

A beloved classic gets a modern-day makeover with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (for Nintendo 3DS), giving Link the opportunity to show off his sword-fighting skills in a third dimension. (walmart.com; $37)

Charity
Give to the M·A·C AIDS Fund with the limited-edition Lady Gaga-backed M·A·C Viva Glam — Melt Your Heart Set, packed with pink and nude lipsticks inside a reus-able makeup case. (nordstrom.com; $36)

Light a candle — or three — and help fund cancer research with the SU2C Soy Herbal Candle Gift Set, which comes with a trio of scents and benefits the late Laura Ziskin’s charity. (store.standup2 cancer.org/shop; $49)

For every BPA-free CamelBak Groove Water Bottle purchased, $10 will go to Water.org, a nonprofit cofounded by Matt Damon that works to find clean-water solutions for developing nations. (gift.water.org; $25)

Send friends the Mario Batali Selection: Wine Lovers’ Road Trip, a case of six sampler-size wines picked by the celebrity chef, and through the holidays $5 will be donated to the Grammy Foundation. (tasting room.com; $33)

Support the good work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this Lucky Brand ”Suzani” Medallion Bracelet, which features the pediatric treatment facility’s logo etched on the back. (shop.stjude.org; $38)

Half the proceeds from every Elephant Heart Charm Necklace bought by Christmas will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which lends support to injured service members. (elephant heart.com; $110)

Let him wear your good deed on his sleeves — literally — with these sterling-silver See Jane TV Cuff Links, which benefit actress Geena Davis’ institute focused on gender portrayals in the media. (altruette.com; $180)

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