Holiday gifts that stick to the programs

The music of “Nashville.”
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The music of “Nashville.”

It’s crunch time and you still have someone on your list for whom you just can’t think of a gift. Maybe it’s an aunt that you just discovered is coming to the festivities. Or a friend from the office who surprised you with a small token of appreciation and you want to return the favor. But no matter who it is, if you know what their favorite TV show is, odds are good that somewhere out there is a gift within your budget.

Many of the networks — both broadcast and cable — have Web stores hawking merchandise associated with their series both current and classic. Whether your giftee won’t stop talking about “Homeland,” or is mourning the impending loss of “30 Rock,” or pines for a way to make “Seinfeld” part of their daily existence, this is your opportunity to show that you have been paying attention when they talk. (These and many more items are available in several locations, so shop around to see what else might stock that stuffing just right. Prices may vary and are subject to change.)

Sarah Rodman


Mad Men: The Illustrated World.

What can make a TV junkie turn off the tube? The opportunity to read a book about TV, of course.


For the giftee who wishes they were an employee at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, try “Mad Men: The Illustrated World,” by Dyna Moe, which offers a colorful look at the ad agency. (Amazon, $10.20)

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“The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever,” by Hitfix TV critic Alan Sepinwall is an absorbing look at the stories behind a dozen of the best dramas of the new golden age of programming, including “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Shield,” and “Breaking Bad.” (Amazon, $16.99)

Surprise the “Castle” fan on your list with one of the novels in the “Nikki Heat” series by the titular writer played by Nathan Fillion. We’re partial to “Frozen Heat.” (ABC store, $25.99)


Fans can enjoy the soundtrack when their shows are off the air.

For the person who turns their chair every week for “The Voice,” how about a gift basket featuring albums by the show’s four judges/coaches: Maroon 5 (with frontman Adam Levine), “Overexposed” ($11.99); Christina Aguilera, “Lotus” ($11.99); Blake Shelton, “Cheers, It’s Christmas” ($11.55); Cee Lo Green, “Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” ($11.99). (Amazon).


Viewers hooked on ABC’s new Music City soap would probably enjoy “The Music of ‘Nashville’ Season 1, Volume 1,” a collection of tunes from that series about dueling divas and tender singer-songwriters. (ABC store, $12.98)

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