The Sphero BB-8 droid toy was an office favorite.

The Sphero BB-8 droid toy was an office favorite.

Sphero

You'll be forgiven if you think there's only Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars, in the pop culture gift category this year.

The movie, opening Dec. 18, does have a way of monopolizing the aisles. And the cutest droid you ever saw -- the Sphero BB-8, featured here -- likely is on the list of someone you know. Here's a selection of gift ideas from the GuideLive.com and Arts & Life staffs that covers many interests and price points. (Prices listed are full retail unless noted.)

Sphero BB-8

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hasn't yet hit theaters, but the adorable rolling droid BB-8 is already on track to capture as many hearts as R2-D2 did years before. While the app-enabled toy version by Sphero is pricey, it's as capable of inducing the same "Awww" reaction as its on-screen counterpart, even at a fraction of the size. The BB-8 toy can be rolled like a remote- controlled car using your phone, or be left to patrol your room on its own. ($149.99)

Britton Peele

Here he is being delightful in our office:

And, there he gooooooes! #bb8 #starwars #theforceawakens #holidaygiftguide

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail: 40th Anniversary Edition

It has been 40 years since the British comedy troupe's ridiculous (and ridiculously quotable) saga hit theaters. The anniversary edition includes outtakes, extended scenes, lost animations from Terry Gilliam and a Q&A with the surviving members of Monty Python that John Oliver hosted at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Now go and buy it, or I shall taunt you a second time. ($19.99 Blu-ray; $55.99 for a limited-edition set that includes a castle catapult and rubber farm animals)

Amanda Wilkins

The X-Files: The Collector's Set

Fans can get ready for the upcoming miniseries by feasting on all nine seasons of Fox's hit series about a pair of FBI agents investigating the unknown. This set is packed with bonus features, including commentaries by creator Chris Carter and others, documentaries about each season, deleted scenes and more. Alternate gift option, if you don't want to shell out nearly $300: Get the X-Files fan in your life a Netflix subscription. All 202 episodes are available on the streaming service. ($299.99 Blu-ray, will be released Tuesday)

Amanda Wilkins

Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story

The 57-year-old Georgia baritone Alan Jackson has long held his rightful place in the upper echelon of country music. Through a two-decade career and 35 No. 1 hit songs, Jackson's consistency of style and quality is matched by few. None of this newfangled country-pop, thanks -- Jackson would rather stand and deliver honky-tonk gems, from earliest hit "Here in the Real World" to the heartwarming biographical story "Drive (for Daddy Gene)." The singer's traditional classics are arranged chronologically in a new three-disc boxed set exclusively sold at Wal-Mart ($29.98). Grab this for the dyed-in-the-wool two-stepper in the family -- they'll thank you for helping them reconnect with old favorites, and they'll also be thrilled about the eight previously unreleased tunes including Jackson's version of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Hunter Hauk

David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973

This is the first of a few boxed sets to come from the master pop provocateur and reinvention king, David Bowie. It's a worthwhile adventure for any music geek to go back and explore the first few years of Bowie's career-making material. The new set ($119.99) includes a whopping six studio albums -- from Space Oddity to PinUps, including both The Man Who Sold the World and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. There are also two live albums, an additional 2003 remaster of the Ziggy Stardust album, and a two-CD set of previously unreleased stuff. The set will help prepare Bowie fans new and old for the upcoming documentary David Bowie: Five Years, airing on Showtime in January.

Hunter Hauk

The Wire: The Complete Series Blu-Ray With Digital HD

The Wire isa show beloved by both critics and an adoring public. For the first time, it's available on Blu-ray. The 20-disc box set has 60 episodes, four documentaries, three prequels and all the crime and punishment and everything in between you could want. Catch Idris Elba's riveting performance as drug dealer "Stringer" Bell, and see why every watcher knew he was on his way to total-screen dominance. ($199.99)

Dawn M. Burkes

MasterChef Junior cooking sets

If your little one loves to cook, but you can't bear the thought of them cutting up your handmade carving board, then this TV-inspired line is for you, er, them. The breakfast cooking set includes a mixing bowl, a whisk, a juicer, an egg cup and even recipe cards. Other kitchen sets include ones for burger, pizza and baking. (You can also get logo kitchen utensils and accessories from $4.95-$83.99 at shop.fox.com and amazon.com.)

Dawn M. Burkes

The Ultimate James Bond Collection

Twentieth Century Fox is so giving this holiday season that they even left space in this collection for your eventual purchase of Spectre, now in theaters. This is the first time all 23 Bond films are available in Digital HD. Of course, there's a documentary included. You can compare Bonds, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, in the accompanying poster book, and wonder aloud about the next choice for the iconic secret agent. ($119.99)

Dawn M. Burkes

Downton Abbey -- A Celebration

Fans awaiting Downton Abbey'sfinal season with a mix of excitement and sadness will linger over the lush photos and behind-the-scenes details in this companion book covering the entire series. An episode guide includes recaps of the season beginning Jan. 3 in the U.S. Try not to spoil the ending by reading ahead! Written by Jessica Fellowes, niece of series creator Julian Fellowes. ($29.99) Add a quippy stocking stuffer: The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey. ($15.99)

Leslie Snyder 

Maggie Smith (left) and Shirley MacLaine in a scene from Downton Abbey.

Maggie Smith (left) and Shirley MacLaine in a scene from Downton Abbey.

Comics umbrellas

If the daily funny pages bring sunshine to your life, a sturdy umbrella festooned with color comics could be a welcome gift, rain or shine. The full-size umbrella features eight of The Dallas Morning News'syndicated comic strips. $21.99, at The Dallas Morning News online store: store.dallasnews.com.

Leslie Snyder 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Born from the Tumblr of the same name, Notorious RBG is a tribute to the one-and-only jabot-wearing Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The book, co-authored by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, mixes a traditional biography with fan art and anecdotes from the justice herself. While the book is pop-culture-inspired and written in a fun and casual style, it is not without substance. It is well sourced and includes legal analysis of Ginsburg's writings both as an attorney and as an associate justice. This book is perfect for any Supreme Court fan, pop-culture-driven political nerd or individual looking to smash the patriarchy. ($19.99)

Hannah Wise

Broad City (Season 1)

Prepare yourself for some wildly inappropriate humor from two "New York jewesses" in Broad City, the Comedy Central show starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Both play young women trying to make it in New York City while juggling less-than-fulfilling jobs and still having fun at rooftop parties with DJs and copious amounts of marijuana. The pair's antics often have them chasing around the five boroughs looking for solutions to their First World problems. This is by no means a gift for your grandmother, but possibly for your cool cousin coming back from college. ($22.98)

Hannah Wise

Ant-Man Ant Farm

Of all the superhero-branded trinkets out there, this one is the most no-duh of them all. And it's  glorious -- and all STEM-y. This working ant farm comes complete with its insect overseer standing at attention 24-7. The farm also comes with information so you can order more harvester ants. Oh, and parents, it's "escape-proof" and "break- resistant." ($14.99, unclemilton.com and Toys R Us)

Dawn M. Burkes

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki

Japan's answer to Walt Disney features, Miyazaki's films have won many awards and countless hearts. The 11 movies and three TV episodes in this Blu-ray set (including the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away) are filled with gorgeous art, moving stories and action-packed adventures. It lacks special features, but is still a great way to obtain a bunch of really great movies. ($249.99)

Britton Peele

Lego Ideas: Doctor Who

One of the newest sets to come out of the fan-driven Lego Ideas program is based on the hit BBC sci-fi show Doctor Who. The main attraction is the interior of the time-traveling TARDIS, but you'll also find mini-figures for the Twelfth Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi in the show), his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman), the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and one of the series' most memorable villains, a Weeping Angel. ($59.99)

Britton Peele

Mensch on a Bench

Move over, Elf on a Shelf. For Hanukkah, this plush doll and accompanying book can help keep kids in line and is intended to teach children of all faiths about the Jewish tradition of the holiday, which starts Sunday. The set made a splash on Shark Tank. ($36)

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