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Star Wars Steelbooks

Nothing will be bigger this holiday season than “Star Wars,” and the Steelbook Blu-rays are enshrined in super special, super sleek limited edition sleeves. All six feature films get the special treatment. $24.99 each.

“The Dick Van Dyke Show: Complete Remastered Series”

This is TV box set we can’t resist for the holidays. It contains all five seasons of the still very funny sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, with all 158 episodes completely remastered. Bonus features? Oh yes. There’s a tribute to Carl Reiner, “The Making of ‘It May Look Like a Walnut,’ ” rehearsal footage and much more. The price is steep, but you can pick it up for a fraction of the list price at

$349.98 Blu-ray; $199.98 DVD

“Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures – Limited Edition”

Everyone has a soft spot for this 1985 adventure film starring Michael J. Fox. It spawned a whole franchise that even included an animated TV series. The three films are included in this set, along with the complete TV series, two-hours of bonus content and a 64-page book – all in a collectible light-up Flux Capacitator package.

$99.88 Blu-ray; $88.88 DVD.

“30 For 30 Season 2, Volume 2”

Sports documentary fans on your list likely already have ESPN’s “30 for 30” collections for Season 1 and maybe even the first volume of Season 2. The second part of Season 2 was just released and the 12-disc set has 30 films, including documentaries on Pete Carroll, John Daly and the Tyson-Holyfield rivalry.

$49.95 DVD

“Big Hero 6”

If you want to make the kiddies happy, it’s worth noting that Disney’s animated comedy “Big Hero 6” has been the biggest-selling DVD or Blu-ray of the year so far. On the other hand, “Inside Out” (also Disney) was a massive hit with critics (although perhaps more loved by adults than kids). You can’t go wrong with either pick.

“Big Hero 6” $39.99 Blu-ray; $29.99 DVD; $39.99 multiformat

“Inside Out” $39.99 Blu-ray; $29.99 DVD

“X-Files: The Complete Series”

This popular TV series returns to the small screen in January, so it might be physically possible to binge watch all 202 episodes of the show’s nine seasons contained in this Blu-ray Collector’s Box Set – if the lucky recipient starts immediately after unwrapping this on Christmas morning.

$299 (available Dec. 8)