Whether you need a present for your show-loving mother, or the perfect purchase for someone who doesn't know doesn't know Adele Dazeem's real name, look no further.
Our top 12 picks for cast albums, books and tchotchkes will introduce your loved ones to the awesomeness of theatre or to add to their collection of essentials.
The two-disc album is Hamilton. Produced by Questlove and Black Though of The Roots, it's the ultimate listening experience for anyone. Consider this CD the perfect gateway to Broadway. Your brother only listens to rap? No problem. Your cousin likes R&B? Good to go. Your dad loves documentaries on the History Channel? Boom. Of course, if you're a bona fide musical theatre buff, you can't wear that title without the recording of this phenomenon on your shelf.
"What's Inside: Songs from Waitress"
Get your sneak peak of what's to come this spring when Waitress hits Broadway. If you're a Broadway junkie, you need to stay ahead of the curve. Still, any Sara Bareilles fan needs a copy of this album. The story — and the vibe of Bareilles songs — is one of female empowerment. Drop this in your aunt's stocking. The feminist in her will love it.
An American in Paris
This is the CD for the classicist in your life. If your grandma yearns for the days of Hollywood glitz and glam, no cast album captures it better than that of this Tony nominee. Stacked with Gershwin standards, it's a great one for humming along.
"The Hirschfeld Century"
You can't go wrong with a coffee table book, let alone one chock full of Hirschfeld's iconic and whimsical cartoons. The compilation features the story of his 82-year career with over 360 of his drawings. This one is for the artist in your life (or anyone who read the Sunday paper just for "the funnies").
"Joy Ride: Show People & Their Shows"
New Yorker columnist John Lahr's book explores the personal lives (and works) of playwrights like Arthur Miller, Tony Kushner, David Mamet and August Wilson. It's essential reading for anyone who loves theatre, but also makes a great introduction for your friends who eat up biographies like Amy Poehler's "Yes Please!" or Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs."
"Better Nate Than Never"
Actor-turned-author Tim Federle tells the story of a 13-year-old musical theatre fanatic Nate Foster who bolts to New York for a shot to star in Broadway's E.T. The Musical. If you're trying to get your kid to love the stage, this is the book to stick on their shelf.
If you want to say you read what Nathan Lane reads, pick up a copy of Isaac Oliver's account of the New York City gay experience. But the book is also a relatable read for those grappling with issues of sexual identity. Written as a series of essays and diary entries, the book is also great for anyone who appreciates a pithy piece-meal read instead of a slogging narrative.
"Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway"
Whether you're a fan of New York Post columnist Michael Reidel's polarizing opinions or not, we feel confident you'll like this piece of his writing. A departure from his reviews, this title charts the financials of Broadway. Slip this under the tree for your business-minded boyfriend and watch as the economics of Broadway make a theatrelover of him yet.
On Broadway: The 2016 Playbill Wall Calendar
Everyone needs a calendar. No really. It's the quintessential holiday gift. For Broadway fans, is there another calendar worth hanging? We think not. And if you want your friend to start recognizing the names of shows on the Great White Way, this calendar highlights Playbill covers from hit Broadway musicals (and show info) to build a Broadway vocabulary.
Broadway Cares Classic Collection Shower Curtain
Admittedly, this one is for the theatre addicts. But isn't it only appropriate that after belting out Defying Gravity under the steamy water, you should emerge from a matching Broadway curtain?
Be a Broadway Star, the Board Game
Give the gift of family game night! Start out in acting school and work your way to stardom. Thanks to the "make or break" cards that could have you singing and dancing, this is a great way to sneak in some performances.
The Ultimate Playbill Binder
This is the gift for your show-loving mom — we didn't forget about her. The custom-made three-ring binder is like the scrapbook of the theatre realm, preserving her Playbills and her memories. Even for the theatre novice, it's a beautiful way to start a collection.