• For the pop fan on your list, you can’t go wrong with “Wrapped in Red,” the holiday collection from Kelly Clarkson. It’s a slick, pretty package with a range of styles, from Motown to country to lounge pop to gospel and big band swing. The vocals, of course, are top-notch. $9.99 at Best Buy.
• What do you get for the Bob Dylan fan who has … nothing? Why not go all out with “Bob Dylan — The Complete Albums Collection Vol. 1.” The whopping 45-CD boxed set contains all 35 studio albums, plus six live albums and a two-CD “Side Tracks” with previously released non-album singles, tracks from “Biograph” and other compilations, songs from films and more. It comes with a hardcover book featuring album-by-album liner notes by Clinton Heylin. $179.98 at Amazon.
• We’ve been hearing about this massive Morrissey “Autobiography” for years, and now here it is, all 457 packed pages. The Smiths’ poetic frontman details his rough Manchester upbringing, his five brilliant years with the band, the bitter split, his thoughts on being a “humasexual” (attracted to humans, but not many) and more. $14.99 at Barnes & Noble.
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• For those times when you want to get the earbuds out and the party going, you might want some Canz. The 808 Audio Canz Wireless Speaker is a small, affordable, lightweight Bluetooth speaker that is the size of a pencil holder and delivers decent sound, while lasting up to six hours on a full charge. $29.99 at Office Depot.
• We’re not talking Harman Kardon audiophile sound here, but Crosley makes this whole turntable/vinyl craze cute and simple with mini traveler turntables, weighing about 5 pounds, that you can take room to room or to a friend’s party. They feature built-in speakers and all three speeds (33.3, 45 and 78 rpm), just like old times. Various models and colors, $79.99-$99.99 at Target.
• There’s no doubt Public Enemy changed the game when the Long Island, N.Y., hip-hop crew urged listeners to “Fight the Power.” It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since PE debuted with “Yo! Bum Rush the Show,” followed quickly by “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.” To mark the occasion, the 25th Anniversary Vinyl Collection compiles all six of the group’s studio albums pressed on 180-gram vinyl. $123 at Amazon.
• Graham Nash might not carry the image of a wild rock star, but his memoir, “Wild Tales,” surely lives up to the title. It’s a rags-to-riches story of the British rocker and Hall of Famer who rose out of poverty to form the Hollies, then ended up smack in the middle of one of rock’s most talented and turbulent ensembles — Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — in the height of the hippie era. $16.98 at Barnes & Noble.
• “RUSH: Clockwork Angels Tour” rocked theaters nationwide in November. Now, you can enjoy Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart in the comfort of your living room, preferably with home theater sound turned up to 11. This DVD finds Canada’s favorite prog-rock band in fine form, on a dazzling stage, playing hits and deep cuts. $19.50 at Sound Cat Records, Bloomfield.
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