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.

100 Inception (£9.99)

Christopher Nolan’s psychological sci-fi masterpiece messes with as many minds as it blows.

99 Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (£9.99)

Michael Cera kicks and karate chops his way through the slickest looking movie of the year.

98 Family Guy Presents: It’s A Trap (£9.99)

Star Wars gets sent up as Peter Griffin stars as Hans Solo in an intergalactic quest to defeat Darth Vader (played by his son Stewie). Brian stars as Chewbacca and Lois is Princess Leia in the latest Family Guy movie, which comes loaded with millions of DVD extras.

97 Harry Potter Years 1-6 (£15.99)

Catch up on the entire Harry Potter saga for the bargain price of £15.99 before you head to the cinema for the latest movie. 867 minutes of muggle-pleasing video that charts Harry’s rise from spotty kid to formidable wizard.

96 The Runaways (£9.99)

Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as 70s rawk icons Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in a top-notch rock biopic of the fleetingly successful band The Runaways. Worth it for Michael Shannon’s portrayal of eccentric impresario Kim Fowley – and of course ‘Cherry Bomb’ – alone.

95 Ladies & Gentlemen… The Rolling Stones (Deluxe Edition) (£8.99)

The Rolling Stones take fans back to the legendary ‘Exile On Main Street’ 1972 summer tour for the one-night big screen concert event ‘Ladies & Gentlemen… The Rolling Stones’.

94 Avatar Extended Collector’s Edition (£11.99)

Take home the sci-fi phenomenon everyone’s talking about. Get the collector’s edition for some extra never seen before footage.

93 Big Four DVD + Free T Shirt (£22)

This summer, history was made as the Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) shared a stage together at Sonisphere Festival in Bulgaria. You can own it now on DVD, along with backstage and interview footage. Order now, and you can get a free t shirt, too.

92 Oasis: Time Flies 1994-2009 (£8.66)

A collection of every hit from 1994-2009, this DVD is a must-own for any Oasis fan.

91 Kick Ass (£7.99)

A man uses his obsession with comic books as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. It’s pretty kick-ass.

90 Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (£7.49)

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.

89 My Chemical Romance – ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ (£5)

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.

88 The Beatles On iTunes (From 99p)

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?

87 Nicki Minaj – ‘Pink Friday’ (£7.49)

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.

86 Jay-Z – ‘The Hits Collection Volume 1’ (£6.99)

‘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.

85 Bruce Springsteen – ‘The Promise’ (£7.99)

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.

84 These New Puritans – ‘Hidden’ (£7.93)

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.

83 Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’ (£7.99)

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.

82 Warpaint – ‘The Fool’ (£8.99)

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.

81 NME Radar Compilation (£7.69)

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.

80 The Mighty Boosh On Tour: Journey Of The Childmen (£12.93)

A behind-the-scenes look at the massively successful The Future Sailors Tour, this new film sees Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt at the top of their game, and includes bundles of extras including the delightfully-named HIV The Musical with Martin Freeman.

79 Tim Minchin: Ready For This?

Musical comedian Tim Minchin waxs comical on everything from rationalism to comedy during this live show at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo.

78 Bill Bailey: Dandelion Mind (£12.93)

The greatest-haired comic in the business deals with everything from ash clouds to Michael Winner, and treats us to a variety of musical interludes that included excursions into Iran hip-hop and short bouzouki solos.

77 Ricky Gervais Live IV: Science (£12.93)

Ricky Gervais was recently picked by David Bowie to headline the latter’s Highline festival, and this fourth installment of his lo-fi stand-up show proves why.

76 The Inbetweeners Series 3 (£11.93)

Will, Simon, Neil and Jay attempt to navigate their way through sixth form with as little humiliation as possible, and maybe even get laid in the process. The Inbetweeners return for a hilarious third season – perfect for Christmas Day afternoon when everyone else has nodded off.

75 Family Guy Season 9 (£16.91)

With 15 episodes with added too-rude-for-TV stuff, 48 deleted scenes, and 12 creator, cast and artist commentaries, the ninth Family Guy boxset has something for everyone, except perhaps the Daily Mail reader in your life.

74 24 Season 8 (£32.99)

Day Eight unfolds within New York City as Jack Bauer continues his rampage to save the world in the latest series from the Emmy Award-winning show. The DVD boxset comes packed with extra features including some fascinating films on how they created the virtual NYC.

73 Star Wars Clone Wars Season 2 (£22.97)

Season 2 of the animated Star Wars mini series sees battle rage between forces good and evil, and the DVD boxset contains plenty of featurettes to see you through the festive break alongside a 64 page production journal.

72 The Vampire Diaries Season 2 (£29.99)

Another installment of the hugely popular TV series, which sees Mystic Falls’ vampire populaton joined by werewolves. One for any Twilight lover you know.

71 Peep Show Series 7 (£11.99)

This needs no introduction – one of the funniest shows on the box. The seventh series might just be their best yet too.

70 The Rolling Stones: The Ultimate Music Guide

The complete story of the greatest living rock band – 47 years of big hits and high times in one magazine. This Uncut magazine special features a new look at all their studio albums and unseen pictures aplenty.

69 An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries Of Karl Pilkington (£7.65)

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s egg-shaped friend recently travelled the globe learning about new cultures and providing entertainment for his tormentors. Now those travels are available in printed format – hilarious stuff.

68 Imperal Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis (£9.12)

Bret Easton Ellis shot to fame with 1991’s American Psycho, but the cult author’s 1985 debut was an equally inspiring, and equally disturbing, piece of work.

67 Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg (£7.41)

From childhood geek and sci-fi fan to the creation of Spaced and up until recent smash hits Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Star Trek, this is the tale of one of Britain’s top comic geniuses.

66 Document And Eyewitness: An Intimate History Of Rough Trade (£9.99)

An excellent insight into legendary record label (and chain of shops) started by Geoff Travis in 1978, this book celebrates the label that brough us The Fall and The Smiths and many, many more.

65 Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head, by Rob Chapman (£7.70)

The first ever definitive biography of Syd Barrett, the lunatic genius behind early Pink Floyd, who was only in the band for two years but left a lasting impression – and also acted as a great deterrent to using LSD.

64 The World According To Vice (£9.74)

As regular readers of the NME blogs will know, Vice are always in the thick of it and on the frontline, whether that’s filming swingers in Florida or documenting the recent student riots

63 Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (£8.40)

Nine years after his multi-million selling masterpiece The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen returns with another epic of contemporary family life. This was NME’s book of the year.

62 Decoded, by Jay-Z (£9.60)

A brand new hardback book telling the story of the last decade’s greatest rapper, through his lyrics, unseen photos and personal recollections.

61 Life: Keith Richards (£8.80)

Rock’s original hellraiser and the guitarist who once admitted snorting his father’s ashes to NME publishes his long-awaited memoir. Sex, drugs, and ruminations on Mick Jagger’s manhood – it’s all there. Essential.

60 Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part One (£24.99)

Harry and his friends fight for their lives in an action-packed adventure. In this game, your wand is your ultimate weapon.

59 Kinect Sensor (Project Natal) with Kinect Adventures (£129.99)

A new gadget for the Xbox 360, Kinect is a sensor which traces your body movements, recognises your face and listens to your voice. Gaming will never be the same; this is the big one this Christmas.

58 Kinect Joy Ride (£32.60)

If you’re getting someone the Kinect, this game should be top of the list. Go joy riding without jacking your neighbour’s Escort.

57 Rock Band 3 Wireless Mustang Pro Guitar (£126.47)

There’s a brand new wireless Fender Mustang Pro-guitar controller available Rock Band 3, which now comes with a 17-fret touch-sensitive neck with 6 buttons per fret. It’s a whole new guitar-playing experience.

56 Def Jam Rapstar with Mic Bundle (£46.92)

Unleash your inner Dizzee with this new game for Xbox, PS3 or Wii. Featuring tracks from 2Pac, Kanye and Beastie Boys it will get everyone from cousins to grannies spitting lyrics in no time.

55 Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (£36.99)

This action game for PlayStation 3 mixes the present and the past, as the player becomes the leader of a Renaissance-era guild of assassins out for vengeance against the remnants of the Knights Templar. The same characters as in ‘Assassin’s Creed II’, only this time with new weapons and multiplayer game support.

54 Halo: Reach (£36.67)

A new game available for Xbox 360, it’s the prequel to the best-selling Xbox franchise of all time. It follows the story of Noble Team, a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers, and their final stand on planet Reach.

53 FIFA 11 (£36.47)

Get someone FIFA for PS3, the best-selling football game. Now with a new game, graphics and features, it’s the ultimate version of digital football.

52 Call of Duty: Black Ops (£39.90)

This game for Xbox 360 plunges you into the Cold War, one most dangerous conflict zones of the late ’60s. Complete with deadly attack helicopters and the SR-71 Blackbird stealth plane.

51 Call of Duty Black OPS ProGaming Analogue Headset (£111.20)

If you’re giving the gamer in your life the ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops’ for their Xbox 360, then you might want to accompany it with this limited edition headset. Comes complete with a durable travel carry case.

50 Carl Barat Tour (From £17.90)

He’s hitting the road without the rest of the Libertines on a solo tour, kicking off February 18th in Norwich, along with a show for the NME Awards 2011 Shows tour at London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

49 Miles Kane Tour (From £10.50)

The Last Shadow Puppets’ co-frontman is heading out on a solo tour (along with a stop on the NME Awards Show tour at London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen). A pair of tickets would be a perfect stocking stuffer.

48 Chapel Club Tour (From £9.50)

The NME Radar Tour alumni are currently on their own headline tour with a series of shows you don’t want to miss.

47 ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ Curated By Portishead (From £53.50)

Portishead will be curating ATP in July, and there will be a special performance from Grinderman among many other quality bands. Tickets to this amazing event are on sale now.

46 Club NME NYE Ball (£35.20)

Ring in the new year with British Sea Power, Joe & Will Ask? and Fiction at Camden’s legendary KOKO venue.

45 Isle Of Wight Tickets (From £240)

With Kings Of Leon, the recently reunited Pulp, Foo Fighters and Kasabian this is shaping up to be one of the weekenders of 2011.

44 Benicassim Tickets (£160.25)

Send your loved one on a holiday to Spain and to see amazing acts like The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream and Portishead. Of course, it would be rude not to join them…

43 Blink 182 Tickets (£41-£43.30)

They’re back, and they’re on tour with You Me At Six. If you’re shopping for someone who likes a bit of punk rock, score a pair of tickets to this tour.

42 NME Awards Show Tickets (£9.60)

With 20 different shows around London from some of NME’s favourite acts, there are plenty to choose from. It all kicks off with Metronomy on February 1st at London’s Heaven. Other bands include Sleigh Bells, Les Savy Fav and Warpaint.

41 NME Awards Tour Tickets (£18.19)

Want to see Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines live? Get tickets to the NME Awards Tour 2011 and send your loved one to the hottest show in town.

40 Cerebal Ballzy T-Shirt (£9.60)

The brilliantly-named Cerebral Ballzy hit number 22 in our 2010 Cool List. Now, with this tee, you can let someone dress like an NME Radar editior. Get cutting edge.

39 Kings Of Leon Beanie (£10)

It might be all Come Around Sundown in Kings Of Leon land, but it’s bloody freezing in the UK right now. Grab a KoL beanie for a mate to keep their heads warm.

38 Muse T-Shirt (£15.99)

Stick a supermassive black hole on your chest with the classic Neuron Star Muse t-shirt.

37 Eminem Hoodie (£40)

Keep warm during winter – and listen to tracks on the move – with an Eminem street hoodie, with thumb hole cuffs, a hidden MP3 / phone pocket with hidden ear phone cord feed and hidden ear phone loops.

36 My Chemical Romance T-Shirt (£15.99)

This cool vintage tee features My Chemical Romance’s nemesis Draculoid and comes in a range of sizes.

35 I Love Clunge T-Shirt (£9.99)

Available in a range of sizes, this comedy shirt will appeal to any Inbetweeners in your life.

34 Sonic Youth T-Shirt (£15.99)

A fittingly striking t-shirt for one of our generation’s most uncompromising bands. Tuck in a copy of ‘Daydream Nation’ too for the full Sonic Youth experience.

33 Belle & Sebastian Badge (£4)

This beautifully-designed colourful rosette badge is an ideal stocking filler for any true indie fan, and would be worn equally well on a lapel or a bag.

32 Tron: Legacy T-Shirt (£11.99)

By the end of the year Tron: Legacy, the remake of the classic 80s film with a soundtrack by Daft Punk, will be regarded as one of 2010’s masterpieces. Get in there early with this cool neon t-shirt.

31 Radiohead T-Shirt (£15.99)

This dark and twisted tee uses one of the famous Radiohead mascot faces to demonic effect – guaranteed to turn heads.

30 Miles Davis – ‘Bitches Brew’ Deluxe Box Set (£50.47)

An exhaustive and lavish box set of THE definitive jazz album. This edition of Miles Davis’ classic 1969 effort comprises the original double CD package, a further six bonus tracks and a third CD of a previously unissued performance, a 52-page book and loads more.

29 Bruce Springsteen – ‘The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story’ (£73.47)

A lavish box set of Springsteen’s classic album (and his first after the seminal ‘Born To Run’), this features CDs, DVDs, reproduced lyrics, new photos and loads more.

28 David Bowie – ‘Station To Station’ (£13.93)

The ten minute title track sets the tone for this massive 1976 album, Bowie’s tenth and our reissue of the year. Thirty four years on it still sounds just as relevant and serves as an excellent intro to one of our greatest musicians.

27 Dexys Midnight Runners – ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’ 30th Anniversary Edition (£8.95)

One of the greatest debut albums of all time, this seminal release saw Dexys explode onto the world stage, fusing punk and new romanticism and carving their own furrow in the musical landscape of 1980. This new edition brings the likes of ‘Geno’ into the 21st century.

26 The Who – ‘Live At Leeds’ 40th Anniversary Special Edition (£80.99)

The Who were arguably at their creative zenith in 1970. Fresh from Woodstock and with a fabled live show lasting well over two hours, they needed a special live CD to capture the magic. The renowned ‘Live At Leeds’ did exactly that, and this massive package has CDs, vinyls, booklets and posters galore. Essential.

25 Mumford & Sons – ‘Sigh No More’ Ltd Edition 3CD Boxset (£17.93)

This re-issue of Mumford & Sons’ first album sees the classic CD joined by a second disc of live tracks from Shepherds Bush Empire along side a DVD entitled Gentlemen Of The Road which follows the NME cover stars on their travels.

24 Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Rated Rx’ (£8.95)

Queens Of The Stone Age’s second album hit the world in 2000 and pummeled it into submission. Ten years on, and with a bonus disc of extra tracks and live versions, it still packs a punch.

23 The Stooges – ‘Raw Power’ Legacy Edition (£14.93)

Iggy Pop and The Stooges’ third LP was another chunk of, well, raw power and it’s widely regarded as one of the seminal garage punk LPs. Produced by David Bowie and now remastered, this special edition comes with a bonus live CD that really demonstrates their visceral appeal on stage.

22 The Rolling Stones – ‘Exile On Main Street’ (£11.47)

This deluxe remaster of the classic Rolling Stones album features polished versions of all 18 original tracks – including ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘Soul Survivor’ – as well as a bonus disc of 10 tracks.

21 West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (£38.27)

A must for Hendrix fans or anyone interested in the late 60s, this comprehensive 4-CD set spans Hendrix’s career from session musician for the likes of The Isley Brothers in 1967 to a solo superstar in his own right in 1970, and features a LOT of unreleased material.

20 iPod Shuffle (£35)

Apple’s MP3 players continue to get smaller and smaller and their latest shuffle is little over postage stamp-sized, yet it still packs 2GB of memory and 15 hours of battery life.

19 GEAR4 House Party 4 (£79.99)

Whack your MP3 player into this portable beast and it will chugg out 30 watts of noise – perfect for, as the title might suggest, house parties.

18 Yamaha DD65-K Digital Drum Machine (£159)

Boasting eight drum pads and two foot pads, this laptop-sized machine will allow budding Keith Moons to practise paradiddles all day long without risking the ire of any square neighbours.

17 Tonium Pacemaker Pocket Size DJ System (£169.99)

This amazing piece of kit is the equivalent of two turntables, a mixer, an effects unit and every record you’ve ever owned, all miniaturised into the palm of your hand. Which means you can practise your Daft Punk moves anywhere.

16 Polaroid Two Instant Digital Camera (£129.99)

Combining all the features of a modern digital camera with the old school capabilities of the classic Polaroids, this new device allows you to print your pics on the go. Ideal for gigs and festivals.

15 Nikon Coolpix Camera With Built-In Projector (£200.59)

The world’s first camera with a built-in projector allows you to throw your images onto any flat surface, from bedroom walls to buildings – pretty cool.

14 Sony Bloggie Touch (£174.99)

Brand new to the digital world, Sony’s Bloggie Touch is an easy to use touchscreen camera with a built-in USB and software for easy online upload. Take videos and photos with this high-quality gadget, available in pink, silver or black.

13 Engraved iPad (£429)

Show someone they’re really special by buying them their own iPad this Christmas, and engraving your own personalised message on the back at the Apple Store.

12 Sony E Series Walkman (£77.95)

A nifty 4GB MP3 player with built-in karaoke function in one sleek bright red package. The battery lasts 50 hours too so you’ll never run out of music.

11 XMI X Mini II Speaker (£12.99)

At thirteen quid, this portable speaker packs considerable punch for your pound. Use it to blare out choice tunes at parties, in the bathroom, at festivals or – if you really want to annoy people – on the bus home.

10 Metallica Calendar (£4.80)

Mark down all your key gig dates and album releases on the most heavy rock calendar going.

9 Subscription To NME (£74.99 For A Year)

Get the world’s finest rock and roll newspaper (even if we do say it ourselves) for the bargainous price of £74.99 for a whole year. That’s a lot of wit, wisdom, and arguing about music for your buck, and a saving of 36% on the cover price.

8 NME Sonic Editions Prints (From £45)

The most iconic rock and rock photography, shot by NME’s top snappers, is now available to purchase. If you know someone who’s always ripping pages of the mag out for their bedroom walls, these prints (framed or unframed) are the perfect gift.

7 Subscription To Uncut (£64.99 For A Year)

NME’s sister magazine Uncut is THE monthly authority on classic music and film, featuring authoritative reviews of albums old and new alongside in-depth features and profiles. Essential for anyone interested in music from the last 60 years to today.

6 Mark Ronson – ‘Record Collection” Ltd 7″s (£59.99)

Mark Ronson made a spectacular return with a spectacular album this year, and got himself on the cover of NME. ‘Record Collection’ has been released as 7 7″s, featuring every track off the album with specially commissioned artwork for each sleeve and a leather case to hold it all in.

5 Beats by Dr Dre Headphones Ltd Edition (£169.95)

Make someone very happy indeed with these limited edition red headphones designed by Dr Dre. With unrivalled sound quality, sleek design, and even a portion of the cost going to fight Aids, these are vital for any music fan.

4 Sex Pistols Perfume (£9.99)

Help someone smell like a punk – or actually like lemon, pepper, patchouli and leather apparently – with the Sex Pistols’ perfume, which comes housed in an anarchic ‘God Save The Queen’ box.

3 Muse Rucksack (£25)

The Muse triangle print rucksack with woven Muse patch is now on sale, and available to buy from their site for twenty five quid if you’re quick.

2 The White Stripes Albums On Split Coloured Vinyl (£32 Each)

You’ve seen white vinyl and you may have encountered red, but these special reissues of the first three White Stripes albums take it to the next level – they’re red AND white. The split colour versions of their eponymous debut, ‘De Stijl’, and ‘White Blood Cells’ are fifty bucks each and all proceeds go to charity.

1 Pretty Green Bellow Pocket Hooded Jacket (£75)

Liam Gallagher’s exclusive clothing label just revealed their latest items, including this nylon bellow jacket. It’s lightweight, so it can be worn indoors at gigs with your shades, if that’s how you roll.