Yup, you've totally run out of time. But, hey, everyone likes a DVD in their stocking. Call it one-stop shopping-here's what you should grab for each member of the clan.
For the kids: Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Vol. 1 (Disney)
Disney released this strange cartoon to Saturday-morning audiences back in 1985. Yes, it's about a strange race of talking bears who live in medieval times, drinking a magic gummi juice that makes them bounce. The animation was better than anything else around at the time, and the Gummis remain great for kids under 10 and teens under the influence.
For the 'tween: High School Musical Remix Edition (Disney)
Parents just don't understand how big High School Musical, a Disney Channel movie about a jock and a geek who meet in the school play, is with the middle-school set. The two-disc package includes two versions of the movie (original and sing-along), music videos, a reunion interview with the cast and a perfect-for-slumber-parties “learning the moves” featurette.
For the brother: Oldboy Collector's Edition (Tartan Video)
Dudes like movies that kick ass, and few movies kick as much as Park Chanwook's Oldboy. The Korean director has staked out the action-film turf, as a mild-mannered family man exacts his revenge on the people who kept him captive for 15 years. A Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner, Oldboy comes in a three-disc set, complete with optional dubbed track (for those who don't like to read their movies) and commentary from the director and cast, and is topped off with a manga version of the picture and an original 35-mm film cell from the shoot.
For the sister: The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox)
Meryl Streep flipped on the bitch switch for this ugly-duckling story set in the New York fashion world. It's a role that wouldn't have worked for anyone else, but she pulls it off with delightful wickedness. The Devil's other stars-Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier-are all charmers, and the DVD includes a commentary from director David Frankel and, far more importantly, the costume designer.
For the parents: Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season (Universal)
You think your parents aren't cool? They watched SNL when it was cutting-edge. Here's all 24 episodes from the 1975 inaugural season, back when John Belushi and Gilda Radner were still alive and in their prime, when hosts were heavy hitters like George Carlin and Richard Pryor, and when musical guest stars included the likes of Simon & Garfunkel and ABBA. Let Mom and Dad relive “Samurai Delicatessen” all over again, and check out the screen tests of the entire cast, including Mr. “I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not.”
For the Warcraft addict: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Extended Edition (Disney)
Statistically, every home in America now has 1.14 World of Warcraft addicts. To get them away from the computer this holiday season, stick a treadmill in front of the TV and let them enter their own Narnia nirvana. The four-disc set goes deep into the wardrobe's nether regions and includes commentary from the director and the child actors.
For the sweetie: Six Feet Under-The Complete Series Gift Set (HBO Home Video)
HBO's groundbreaking show ushered in the current state of well-written, well-acted, well-funded TV. And it tackled the big question: Where do you go when you die? For all 63 episodes, the answer was the Fishers', owners of a dysfunctional family-run funeral home. With scads of commentary, multiple featurettes, deleted scenes, a pair of soundtrack discs and ridiculously well-designed packaging, make sure you give this one to the one you love-so they'll share-and hope that when your time comes, you end up someplace this cool.
For the whole family: Little Miss Sunshine (20th Century Fox)
Call it a feel-good, dysfunctional-family road-trip movie that deals with sex, drugs, beauty pageants and the self-esteem of a family of eccentrics. The performances from Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano and Alan Arkin are charming, but Abigail Breslin as young Olive will steal your heart. The release includes several commentary options and some good old alternative endings.