2007 Holiday Gift Guide: Those Awkward Teen Years


I mean, the teens and tweens…just so hard to shop for. What do you get for the kids who either have everything or have burned or stolen it from the internet? There are a few choice items that we’ve seen roll in that may just fit the slot.

Beowulf
An Illustrated Edition
Translated by Seamus Heaney
W.W. Norton / $25 / Softcover

You know the little pimple-poppers didn’t actually read the book. So now that they’ve seen their favorite celebs in the CGI buff, it’s a perfect time to take a look at the text. This version is easy because there are pictures – not like Garfield pictures, but more like historic photos and drawings. At the front, you’ll find a proper, straightforward introduction to the poem in its historical context. This should tide them over until the DVD comes out.

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Chappelle’s Show: The Series Collection
DVD / Comedy Central DVD

This is pretty self-explanatory. It’s Dave Chappelle back when he still had the show. Season 1, Season 2 and the Lost Episodes. It’s all uncensored, and all in one boxed set so the kiddies can pick-up on naughty behaviour that they haven’t already learned via the internet. Get ready to bring Rick James back for an encore.

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Family Guy, Vol. 5
DVD / Fox Home Entertainment

Yeah, its the 5th season and the flashback sequences and pop culture references aren’t quite as funny now as they were when you were back in college but hey, those Stewie / Brian one liners are reason enough to add this one to your cart. We might also recommend replaying some of your favorite episodes with the commentary on and taking a gander at the deleted scenes.

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How I Met Your Mother: Season 2

DVD / Fox Home Entertainment

Quite possibly the ‘Seinfeld’ of our generation is ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ If you’re not already one of the few that have caught on, get the DVD set anyway just for the special features which include one hell of a gag reel and a making-of featurette.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2
DVD / Fox Home Entertainment

It’s outrageously funny and equally dirty. The first two seasons of ‘Sunny’ will probably have you hooked to the FX series, but you might want to wait until your out-of-town relatives leave before popping it in the DVD player. The two disc set also includes scenes from the original $5 pilot the cast pitched to the network as well as a very impressive portfolio of out-takes.

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My Co-Called Life: The Complete Series
DVD / Shout! Factory

EW has been quoted as saying: “In 19 sublime episodes, LIFE left a lasting pop-culture legacy.” The series quickly became synonymous with angst and yearning, and, well…Claire Danes and Jared Leto, of course. The features can also entertain the original audience and TV lovers. There are interviews with Danes, Winnie Holzman and Marshall Herskovitz. So those of you who are hooked on ‘Quarterlife’ and gearing up for the series, here’s your primer. And it’s a classic.

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Paul van Dyk: In Between
CD / Mute Records

Get out the glitter and glowsticks, kids. Paul van Dyk’s newest (available as a single or double-disc with extra tracks) will have them groovin’ on the school bus…or the car the folks gave ‘em on the big sweet sixteen. If you wanna try out the coolest tracks first, might we suggest “New York City” or “Let Go.” This is a great disc when you’re ready to get your dance on.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
DVD / Buena Vista Home Entertainment

This is brand new and a huge seller, which means, the little folks may have already ordered it up from Amazon with their parents’ credit card. While it’s not JP’s favorite of the trilogy (see his review), it does have some noteworthy features on the second disc. Plus, considering it’s got a healthy running time, you can throw it on when you need to get the kids occupied for a few hours.

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Spider-Man 3
DVD / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Ah, yes, Topher Grace in all his frosted-tipped glory. This Spider-Man has some…well, weird stuff going on. True fans, however (i.e. most of the 13-17 year-old world) won’t care because that’s their hero up there on the flatscreen. This is the dark side, indeed, and even if there are musical numbers (we are still scratching our heads on that one), we still have Bryce Dallas Howard to look at and Thomas Haden Church to…er, watch turn into sand.

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Wildfire
DVD / Lionsgate

Season 4 is on its way next year, so perhaps a refresher course? The series, showing those teens on the ranch, is a hot on ABC Family. Whether or not the teens in your life actually watch ABC Family is another matter. They’re probably too busy filling the TiVo with the Kardashians (why do we need to keep up with them, exactly?), but maybe they’ll take a little time to enjoy…the ranch. There’s enough soapiness there for the kids and the folks, trust us.
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