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The Smart Pop gift guide: books and more

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December always sneaks up on me: suddenly, I’m inundated with Black Friday sales emails, and I realize I have a full list of Hanukah and Christmas gifts to shop for and not a lot of time to do it in.

In case you’re in the same boat: here’s our top 5 best gift bets from our last 12 months of new releases. We’ve also added a few related non-book gift options to round out each suggestion–just in case you really like the person (or your Secret Santa lower limit is higher than a list price of $16.95).

For the Mad Men fan, the foodie, or the history buff:

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

You’re especially in luck if your giftee is all three. Every …

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The Harry Potter Gift Guide Winner

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Drumroll….

We have a winner from our Harry Potter gift guide giveaway. It’s:

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Theora!

I’ll email for your address, asap.…

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Finally, A Vampire (Fan) Gift Guide

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We like vampires at Smart Pop. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true, but we certainly like vampire properties. True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy, Angel … we’re fans of ’em all. And if you (or someone you know) are too, then here’s the gift guide for you.

First up, True Blood loot:
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From top to bottom, left to right: 1. Bon Temps bumper sticker; 2. Fang Banger Boy Brief; 3. I Love Eric charm bracelet (and, who doesn’t need this?); 4. Bon Temps football t-shirt (we can all pretend Jason gave this to us personally); 5. O Positive necklace; 6. Fangbanger wooden bangle; 7. Vampire bait necklace; 8. True Blood word magnets

For the Vampire Diaries

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Dollhouse Gift Guide (and Giveaway!)

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Dollhouse: gone but (we hope!) not forgotten. And for those still mourning, we have a few gifts this holiday season to ease their suffering.

First up, a few catchphrase-inspired t-shirts.

The first–in standard and “girly” (pictured)–would pair particularly well with a pair of pajama pants. The Medicinal Carrot Enthusiast shirt just made me giggle. And Three Flowers in a Vase, well, there’s no better nod to your favorite Dollhouse fan’s unexpected capacity for deadliness.

Even dolls deserve a little flair: plus, these buttons will help even the least self-aware Doll remember his or her line. This journal could come in handy for recording flashes of one’s previous self.

And there’s always music from the Dollhouse theme song’s singer/songwriter, Jonatha Brooke. …

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Must-haves for Dexter Devotees (Plus Enter to Win)

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We’ve done Harry Potter, Glee, Narnia and now it’s time for a gift guide for all the people in your life who love a serial killer. (Well, not just any serial killer, thank goodness. A lovable, fictitious one.)

First up, wearable Dexter gifts:
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Top row: 1. My Dark Passenger Made Me Do It T-shirt; 2. Dad Says Tank Top; 3. Bay Harbor Butcher T-shirt

There are even a couple things for the tiny Dexter fans out there.

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1. Dexter bib and 2. Food container

How about a Dexter caffeine fix?

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Then we have the blood-inspired gifts. (Come on, it’s Dexter after all.)
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1. Blood slide soaps and 2. Dexter’s memento necklace

And, of course, we have the very best Dexter-related gift: our …

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What Every Gleek Needs (Plus a Giveaway!)

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Right on the heels of a brand-new Glee episode, here is our gift guide for every Gleek (and that’s nearly everybody, right?).

First, something to keep you warm (or, at least clothed).

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From left to right: 1. Grilled Cheesus t-shirt; 2. I Heart Artie t-shirt; 3. The Gouda News

There are a few more tees you should check out, too, like this “It’s a Metaphor” t-shirt and this “Lima Loser” one.

Or, if you don’t like clothes (we don’t judge), you probably need to drink a lot of coffee to keep warm. So why not drink from this Brittany-inspired mug.

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For those Gleeks who like to show their devotion by accessorizing, here are a few pretty things.

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From left …

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Perfect Holiday Gifts for Fans of the Narnia Series

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We hope you enjoyed all those fun Harry Potter gifts yesterday. Today, another book series, another set of great gifts.

First, you should check out a few things over at Zazzle like this Narnian t-shirt and East of the Moon, West of the Sun mousepad!

Now, a gift collage:

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Top row: 1. No, that’s not an actual lion we’re suggesting you buy for your friends or family, but an 8.5 x 11 lion print; 2. It would take a really observant friend to even notice this Narnia charm necklace is a fan item and not just a piece of awesome jewelry; 3. This SmartGirl Book Purse is, well, pretty smart. (I have to suggest checking out the rest of the store for …

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A Holiday Gift Guide for the Harry Potter Fan

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Inspired by our favorite pop culture properties (and our own anthology titles), we’ve put together a treat for you this week: each new day we’ll post a new holiday gift guide for the specific fans in your life. Today, we’re targeting those Harry Potter fanatics among us, but check back daily for things for Gleeks, True Blood fans, and more.

So, what do you buy the person in your life who can’t stop raving about The Deathly Hallows or just Harry Potter in general?

How about:

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Threadless shirts are always a win, and this House Brawl one is no exception.

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You can pick up one of these limited edition potions necklaces (the same shope also offers Felix Felicis, Polyjuice Potion, and Veritaserum among others, in …

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