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The NME Christmas Gift Guide

 

Stuck for ideas this Christmas? Got loads of people to buy for but lacking inspiration? Then let NME guide you through the Top 100 essential Christmas gifts 2010.
From CDs to DVDs, books, games, gadgets, merch and more, we've trawled the net for present ideas that will amuse and delight. And maybe you can treat yourselves to a few too.

 
 
 
 

Kanye records his best album in five years, a collaborator-packed affair that sees Jay-Z, John Legend and Bon Iver help him redeem himself after a dodgy couple of months.

 
 
 

NME cover stars My Chemical Romance find their cartoon character alter egos on this breathless road trip of a fourth album. Hi octane and essential stuff.

 
 
 

After years of wrangling between Apple and Apple, the Fab Four's back catalogue is finally available to buy on iTunes - why not make and send a Beatles mixtape to someone?

 
 
 

Serial collaborator and rising rap star Nicki Minaj drops her first debut LP, and it's one nasty affair - in a good way. Featuring Rihanna and Eminem.

 
 
 

'Run This Town', 'Death Of Autotune', '99 Problems', 'Empire State Of Mind' - the hits speak for themselves. An ideal gift for anyone but the most ardent Oasis supporter.

 
 
 

A double disc set of unreleased material from Springsteen's mid-seventies 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' sessions, this album became a critics' favourite on its release last month and is a must for any fans of The Boss or blue collared rock and roll in general.

 
 
 

These New Puritans threw everything they had at their debut album. Featuring six-foot drums, a children's choir, and the sound of a melon being hit by a hammer, it was an impossibly adventurous undertaking. It won them 9/10 in NME and became our top album of 2010.

 
 
 

The Canadian collective remained at the top of their game for their third LP, garnering a rare 9/10 in NME. This Spike Jonze-directed promo for the title track should be enough to convince you to get this for someone.

 
 
 

These LA girls came from nowhere to become NME cover stars in a few short months, and their hypnotic debut helped them live up to the hype. Released in October it was full of what we called "dense, dark dreamscapes" and cemented their status as stars of 2010.

 
 
 

Got a relative or friend who really needs some musical education? Or maybe you want a quick fix of new music for yourself - either way, this is a one-stop-shop for new bands, featuring The Drums, Best Coast, Summer Camp, Chapel Club and many more.

 
 
 
 
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