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The Observer’s Christmas Gift Guide

Observer Scene | Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Books:

“I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence” by Amy Sedaris

Actress and comedian Amy Sedaris dishes out her own humorous guide to hospitality complete with recipes and crafts. Chapters include “A Rich Uncle Comes to Visit” and “Lumberjack Lunch.”

“The Audrey Hepburn Treasures” foreword by Sean Hepburn Ferrer

A must-have for any Audrey Hepburn fan, “Treasures” serves as a pseudo-scrapbook of Hepburn’s life. It includes reproductions of her birth certificate as well as letters she sent to friends and family.

“Treasure of Khan” by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

The popular Dirk Pitt series returns in this latest Cussler book, where Pitt and friends must stop a murderous tycoon’s plans for world domination. The action ranges from Hawaii to Mongolia and Siberia in this adventure thriller.

“Thirteen Moons: A Novel” by Charles Frazier

“Cold Mountain” author Charles Frazier returns with “Thirteen Moons,” the story of Will Cooper, a man whose remarkable life stretches from the great battles of the Civil War to the invention of the telephone.

Gadgets:

iRiverClix

An alternative to the iPod Nano, the iRiverClix includes features like a built-in FM radio tuner, voice recorder and alarm clock. It can also be integrated with both Windows Media Player 11 and MTV Urge.

iPod Nano

Now in a 4 GB size, the new Nanos can store more in a variety of colors. Rather than simply white, black or silver, the Nano can be green, pink or even red.

DVDs:

“Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest”

Captain Jack Sparrow sails the biggest film of the summer into stores on a special-features loaded DVD. Fans can swashbuckle with the whole “Pirates” crew in anticipation of next summer’s third film.

“Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season”

Finally, an entire season of “SNL” is on DVD and it comes in the form of the groundbreaking first season with the series’ original Not-Ready-For-Primetime Players. Included are all 24 episodes with original music and cast member screen tests.

“The Complete Superman Collection”

Finally, the male answer to the “Sex and the City” DVD collection – the ultimate grouping of Superman films brings Clark Kent back to life in stunningly redone visual splendor.

“An Inconvenient Truth”

With a package made from 100 percent post-recyclable materials, Al Gore’s environmental documentary features a captivating slide show that not only makes the viewer believe in the reality of global warming, but also in the reality of Gore’s coolness.

Music:

“Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture”

The soundtrack of the much-anticipated, Oscar-buzzworthy musical “Dreamgirls” features the vocal talent of Beyonce and the powerhouse voice of Jennifer Hudson. Look for Hudson to steal the picture and the soundtrack.

“Eminem Presents: The Re-Up”

The latest project from Eminem features new artists Ca$his, Stat Quo and Bobby Creakwater. The album is compiled in a mix-tape fashion in order to promote its up and coming artists.

Video Gaming

Wii: Officially the most unique and creative gaming system of the season, the Nintendo Wii has finally arrived. What makes the Wii so interesting is its wireless, motion-sensitive remote.

“Gears of War”

A great new title for the Xbox 360 gaming system, “Gears of War” uses cutting edge graphics to profile the quest of humankind to fight a monstrous race known as the Locust Horde.

“NCAA Football 2007”

With interactive elements such as living the life of a student athlete and maintaining a high GPA and also better football intelligence and gameplay, NCAA Football 2007 is the latest and most in-depth video game in the EA series.

“Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas”

The newest in a popular first-person shooter series, the sin-city version has received high rankings for its detailed graphics and realistic gameplay. The game takes full advantage of any next-generation console and is a must have for any gamer.