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2010 Gift Guide

Over 100 holiday ideas that will rock your stockings off

Oriolo Guitars

Oriolo Guitars' Felix the Cat instruments are fun, but they're not toys: They're real instruments for real musicians, designed by Felix maestro Don Oriolo, who's also a longtime musician and record producer, and luthier Tony DiDomenico. So far, the only limits to the out-there amazing designs are Oriolo’s imagination and DiDomenico’s skill in realizing them. Luckily, their imagination and skill seem to have no limits. ($799 for Felix Face guitar, from $135 for ukuleles; oriologuitars.com)

Daisy Rock

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Daisy Rock Guitars is the brainchild of Tish Ciravolo, an L.A. rocker who was frustrated with bulky basses that were too large-scale and heavy to play comfortably. Even more sick and tired of music-store clerks discriminating against her because guitar playing was "deemed a man's thing to do," Ciravolo tells RS, she set out to "make guitars for girls, because maybe that would inspire more girls to play guitar." Her inspiration was her young daughter's drawing of a daisy. Ciravolo added a guitar neck with a leaf headstock to the drawing and shared her idea with her husband, Michael, president of Schecter Guitars, and Daisy Rock was born.

Musicians like Joan Jett, Dolly Parton, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, the Bangles, the Go-Gos, Miley Cyrus and Wanda Jackson are devotees of the guitars, which are lighter and have slimmer necks and low action so girls can push the strings down more easily. Jimmy Page is "one of our biggest fans," Ciravolo says. "He likes the Rock Candy guitar because it's Gibsonesque." Robert Smith of the Cure was so enamored with his red Heartbreaker that he wrote a poem about it. Pleased with Daisy Rock's reputation as a "cool, hip thing," Ciravolo wants it to become a household name. "A girl guitar didn't exist 10 years ago," she says. "Now that we've changed society, I would like everybody to be like, 'I'm going to get a guitar for a girl.' " From left: Rock Candy in Platinum Sparkle (from $350), Stardust Elite Venus in Vintage Ivory Pearl (from $400), Stardust Elite Classic in Midnight Purple Burst (from $350). (daisyrock.com) WIN THIS!

Guitar Accessories

Clockwise from top left:
Tascam TC-1S: A solar-powered rechargeable guitar tuner. ($40; tascam.com)

Planet Waves Dual-Action Capo Tuner: A must-have for all capo-ing alternate-tuning freaks ($22; guitarcenter.com)

The Ghost from ZT Amplifiers: ZT's compact but 200-watt-powerful Lunchbox amplifier took the music world by storm when it debuted a few years ago. Virtuosos like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Nels Cline of Wilco, and Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth snapped them up like candy. The new Ghost is a true practice amp, using the same quality technology and design as the stage- and studio-ready Lunchbox, but at a lower price, and even smaller size. ($199; ztamplifiers.com)

Vocalist Live 3 by Digitech: A harmonizer pedal that turns a solo performer into a choir. ($300; guitarcenter.com)

Castiv Guitar Sidekick: The Guitar Sidekick clamps to your instrument's neck, so you can use all those killer guitar apps you downloaded and not worry about dropping your smartphone or balancing it on your lap. ($30; castiv.com)

Synths

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Korg Monotron: Like their Kaossilator, Korg's Monotron is a ridiculously small synth whose size belies its capabilities as a musical instrument. Check out the YouTube demos. You won't believe your eyes or ears. ($60; guitarcenter.com)

Moog Filtatron: An iPhone app that digitally models Moog's classic analog tones. With filtering, effects and sampling capabilities ($5, itunes.apple.com).

Moog Slim Phatty Analog Synthesizer Module: An old-school yet portable 100 percent analog Moog with MIDI, USB and Control Voltage connectivity. ($795; guitarcenter.com)

CD Box Sets, Etc.

Clockwise from top left:
The Genius of Miles Davis ($749; sonymusicdigital.com)

Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The "Darkness on the Edge Of Town" Story ($115; sonymusicdigital.com)

Jimi Hendrix, West Coast Seattle Boy ($70; legacyrecordings.com)

Glee, The Music: The Christmas Album ($12; gleethemusic.com) WIN THIS!

David Bowie, "Station to Station" Limited Edition ($170; davidbowiestationtostation.com)

Matador at 21: Five discs of remastered tracks from the indie label's history, plus one of unreleased recordings from the 10th-anniversary shows in 1999. ($35; matadorrecords.com)

Hank Williams, The Complete Mother's Best … Plus! ($200; hankwilliamsmothersbest.com)

The Complete Elvis Presley Masters ($750; completeelvis.com)

John Lennon Box of Vision and Signature Box Set ($275; musicspace.com)

Bob Dylan, The Original Mono Recordings ($110; sonymusicdigital/bobdylan)

Vinyl Box Sets

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Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You: Centered on Zé's "studies" of regional-pop forms, this set includes the David Byrne-curated 1990 Best Of compilation and the beautifully bizarre 2006 feminist operetta Estudando o Pagode. It's easy-listening music made thrillingly uneasy. ($70; luakabop.com)

George Harrison, All Things Must Pass: A limited-edition, numbered, 180-gram vinyl set celebrates the 40th anniversary of Harrison’s masterpiece, in its original three-LP configuration. ($69; georgeharrison.com)

The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 and 1971-2005: Limited-edition remastered vinyl box sets containing all the LPs recorded by the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band. ($390 and $420; rollingstones.com)

The Grateful Dead, The Warner Bros. Studio Albums: Contains the five classic albums the Dead recorded for Warners between 1967 and 1970, including Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty. ($135; rhino.com)

Blu-ray/DVD Box Sets 1

Left:
Beyonce's I Am… Yours World Tour ($16.99, DVD/CD) WIN THIS!

From top right:
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts ($40, DVD; $45, Blu-ray) WIN THIS!

The Pacific ($80, DVD; $100, Blu-ray)

Modern Family: The Complete First Season ($50, DVD; $60, Blu-ray)

Glee: The Complete First Season ($60, DVD; $70, Blu-ray)

Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection ($50, DVD)

Alien Anthology ($140, Blu-ray)

Dexter: The Complete Fourth Season ($50, DVD; $68, Blu-ray)

Blu-ray/DVD Box Sets 2

Clockwise from top left:
Deadwood: The Complete Series ($150, DVD; $210, Blu-ray)

The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series ($115, DVD)

The Town (Extended Cut) ($28.98, extended-cut Blu-ray/DVD combo) WIN THIS!

Inception ($28.98, two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) WIN THIS!

Twentieth Century Fox 75th Anniversary Collection: This 75-film, three-volume set features classics from the movie studio's remarkable history, from Cavalcade and The Sound of Music to Star Wars and Avatar. ($500, DVD)

Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy ($50, DVD; $80, Blu-ray)

Photograph by Michael Pirrocco for RollingStone.com

Comic Books and Graphic Novels

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Wednesday Comics: DC's weekly color broadsheet comic is collected in a spectacular oversize hardcover, featuring the work of an all-star team including Neil Gaiman, Joe Kubert, Dave Gibbons, Kyle Baker and Brian Azzarello. ($50, dccomics.com)

Ex Machina Deluxe Edition Book 4: Issues 30-40 of the Eisner Award-winning comic from Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris. ($30, dccomics.com)

Fables Deluxe Edition Books 1 and 2: The first 18 issues of Bill Willingham's magnum opus. ($30, dccomics.com)

Absolute All-Star Superman: An oversize hardcover of the Eisner Award-winning 12-issue series from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. ($100, dccomics.com)

The Walking Dead, Books 1-6: For those who can't wait till next fall for season two of AMC's hit series, Books 1-6 of Robert Kirkman's "zombie movie that never ends" — comprising the first 72 issues — should suffice. ($30-$35 each, imagecomics.com)

Rolling Stone Press

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Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, by Rob Sheffield: The New York Times said that RS contributing editor Rob Sheffield’s "love letter to the songs that saw him through will resonate with anyone who ever took solace in the radio when no one else seemed to understand." Entertainment Weekly called it "a funny, insightful look at the sublime torture of adolescence in any decade." ($26; robsheffield.com)

The '90s: The Inside Stories From the Decade That Rocked, by the Editors of Rolling Stone: ($30; youritlist.com/the90s/index.html)

Meeks, by Julia Holmes: The New York Times described RS assistant editor Julia Holmes' remarkable and dreamlike debut novel as "wild, woolly, sly, gentle and wry" and called it "one of the most original and readable novels that's come my way in a long time." The Los Angeles Times wrote, "The satire here has plenty of bite, but instead of winking at the reader, Holmes evokes her world with luminous prose."  ($16; smallbeerpress.com)

Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, by Matt Taibbi: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer hailed RS contributing editor Matt Taibbi's new book as "a most impressive effort," and in his review, financial journalist Felix Salmon named Taibbi the "best polemical journalist in America." ($26; randomhouse.com)

Books

From top:
Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing ($40; ammobooks.com) WIN THIS!

Winter's Children, by Jim Mangan, published by powerHouse Books ($30; amazon.com) WIN THIS!

The Story of Island Records: Keep on Running, edited by Suzette Newman and Chris Salewicz ($40; rizzoliusa.com)

Take Ivy, by Teruyoshi Hayashida, published by powerHouse Books ($25; amazon.com) WIN THIS!

Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour, by Charles Churchward ($65; rizzoliusa.com)

Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae 1975-1976: The Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker ($30; titanbooks.com)

Mark Seliger: Listen ($75; flipkart.com)

UFO by Albert Watson ($135; abramsbooks.com)

Photograph by Michael Pirrocco for RollingStone.com

Toys

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Deadmau5 Mini Collectibles: OddCo, the U.K. toy company behind such twisted characters as the Bad Taste Bears, designed these tiny figures of the ubiquitous DJ. ($10; deadmau5.sandbag.uk.com) WIN THIS!

Buckyballs: Last year's magnetic desk crack now comes in three special-edition colors: black nickel, silver and gold. ($35; getbuckyballs.com)

Monster Factory Stuffed Toys: These cute Muppet-like creatures have quickly evolved from cult collector's items to must-have accessories for stars like Kanye West, Zach Braff and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. (From $10; monsterfactory.net)

Games

Clockwise from top left:
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Black Ops makes you a special-forces soldier in the Cold War. Most fans of this monster series, that alone would be enough, but there are some cool tweaks: a new rewards system, 3D capability and (yes!) a scooped crossbow. ($60; Xbox 360, PS3; callofduty.com)

Dance Central: The most immediately compelling game of the season. Most dance games just track your feet, but Central follows your entire body’s moves, thanks to Kinect. ($50; Xbox 360; dancecentral.com)

Nintendo Wii Party: Over 80 minigames featuring Mii avatars as the players. Terrific fun for friends and family. ($50; wii.com)

Karaoke Revolution Glee: Sing along with your favorite Glee characters. Includes never-before-aired scenes and songs. ($60; Wii; konami.com)

Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii: Donkey Kong returns and is better than ever. More challenging platforms equal a more rewarding gaming experience. ($50; wii.com)

Game Hardware

From top:
Microsoft Kinect: Kinect feels like this season's Wii — the gaming technology that gets nongamers excited about video games again. It creates a sense of full-body immersion in a video game, combining a camera, depth sensor and microphone to track your entire body's movements — without the need for any controllers at all. ($150; xbox.com)

Nintendo Limited Edition Red Wii: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo has released a limited-edition red console. Includes the new Super Mario Bros. game plus Wii Sports. ($200; wii.com)

Sony PlayStation Move: Yes, it looks like a sex toy, but the Move is really a souped-up Wii on high-def steroids. When paired with Sony's Eye camera, the motion controller can detect not only the movements of your hands but also their location in space. The Move starter bundle gets you the Eye camera, a single controller and Sports Champions, a terrific collection of sports games — disc golf, gladiator duel, archery, beach volleyball, bocce, table tennis — that shows off the Move's potential. ($100; playstation.com)

Photograph by Michael Pirrocco for RollingStone.com

Holiday Spirits

Clockwise from top left:
Cabo Wabo Uno Tequila ($200 for 750mL)

Patron XO Cafe Tequila ($24 for 750 mL)

Maker's 46 Bourbon ($33 for 750 mL)

Fortaleza Blanco Tequila ($45; order from hitimewine.net)

Ty Ku Premium LIqueur ($30 for 750 mL) and Ty Ku Soju ($30 for 750 mL)

Belvedere Vodka Silver Bottle Limited Edition ($30 for 750 mL) and Belvedere Vodka Intense Unfiltered ($35 for 750 mL)

Wines That Rock

The latest vintage from the rock & roll winemaker Mark Beaman is The Police Synchronicity, a red-wine blend of Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Viognier. Wines That Rock's Rainbow Pack comes with one bottle each of the 2007 "The Police Synchronicity," the 2007 "Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot," 2007 "Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon," and 2008 "Woodstock Chardonnay," as well as a collector's t-shirt. Proceeds from each bottle will be donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation to benefit leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. ($69; wines-that-rock.com)

Photograph by Michael Pirrocco for RollingStone.com

Shoes

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Men's Chukka by Band of Outsiders Stain-and-Water-Resistant Boots ($200; sperrytopsider.com)

Purdey Combo Oxford by Rachel Comey ($320; francesmay.com)

Jack Purcell Leather LP Ox
($80; converse.com)

Alexander McQueen Puma Entwine (A unisex version will be available next spring of the popular women's sneaker; $180; puma.com)

John Varvatos Six o' Six Convertible Boot ($598; johnvarvatos.com)

Photograph by Michael Pirrocco for RollingStone.com

Accessories 2

Clockwise From Bottom Left:
The Blvck Scvle x Supply Circuit 5600 Watch in White ($99.95) WIN THIS!

The Exchange Watch in Gun Metal ($90) WIN THIS!

Supply Circuit x COA x GoodWoodNYC – Da Big Olympic Bear Painted Necklace ($64) WIN THIS!

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrances (Set of Four: $200, ralphlauren.com) WIN THIS!

The Dreaming Cross Necklace in Gunmetal ($90) WIN THIS!

The Mini Punk Stud Double Finger Ring in Antique Gold ($210) WIN THIS!

The Vintage Sword Necklace ($50) WIN THIS!

The Cross Bangle Bracelet in Silver ($32) WIN THIS!

The Armor-Dillo Ring ($50) WIN THIS!

(All but Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrances available at Karmaloop.com)

Photograph by Michael Pirrocco for RollingStone.com

Urban Cycling

The Brompton M3L ($1,230; nycewheels.com) is a quirkily perfect folding bike — don't let the small wheels fool you. You can ride it anywhere. And once you get where you're going, stash it anywhere too. Swrve apparel is the missing link for bicyclists: high performance gear for recreational cyclists and bike commuters that doesn't make you look like a Tour de France wanna-be. The must-have is their midweight Milwaukee jacket ($150), which protects you from wind and rain, looks slim and slick, and includes features like armpit zippers so you don't overheat riding up a hill. Pair it with their midweight water and wind-resistant trousers ($150) and you can stylishly bike to work for at least three seasons in most climates; combine both with their beautiful Merino sweater ($200), and you're good for everything but snow, ice and serious cold. (swrvecycling.com)

Skateboard Gear

Girls Girls Girls Skateboards: Images of rock goddesses like Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde and Joan Jett adorn Girl Skateboard's new line of decks ($55 each; girlskateboards.com). The company has also created a (Product) Red line that benefits the global charity's work to combat HIV and AIDS in Africa ($55 each; joinred.com). Skullcandy’s Skate Backpacks come with a couple of straps to keep your board close. (From $44; skullcandy.com)

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