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13 gifts that put pop culture under the Christmas tree

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Resistance was futile.

We’ve become one with the early Christmas shopping bandwagon.

And now we’re sharing the fun by passing some of the many pop culture gift pitches we’ve received on to you.

Live long and prosper ... uh, buy early and often.

“Star Trek” cufflinks — Beam up to red-shirt, super-Santa status with silver-tone cufflinks with the “Star Trek” emblem; $65 at Kohl’s (www.kohls.com).

Literary Birdhouse — See if you can attract a finch or a well-read feathered friend with this To Kill a Mockingbird Literary Birdhouse, which uses a copy of the Harper Lee book as its roof. Atticus would approve; $125 at www.Truetous.com.

“Peanuts” Holiday Classics — If you’re like us, it isn’t the holiday season until we’ve seen Snoopy eat popcorn for Thanksgiving or heard Linus wax poetic about the true meaning of Christmas. With this collection —which includes six favorite “Peanuts” TV specials, including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — you don’t have to consult your TV guide. $29.99 for digital HD on iTunes and $24.99 for DVDs; Warner Bros. Entertainment, check major retailers.

Cold Crush Minion Faces T-shirt — You’ll look more adorable than despicable in a stylish yellow shirt bearing a star from “Despicable Me 2”; $11.99 from Kohl’s (www.kohls.com).

“Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga” — Whether they’re Team Edward or Team Jacob, they’ll be Team You when you give them “Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga,” a 10-disc Blu-ray set or 12-disc DVD set that includes all five movies, plus two hours of never-before-seen bonus material and new cast interviews, encased in a Twilight photo album; $64 to $75 on Amazon.com.

Tommy Bahama Monopoly — Wearing your favorite Tommy Bahama shirt is optional when you play this 20th anniversary, limited edition Monopoly game, complete with properties such as Beachy Breezer Boulevard and Sand Dollar Street in place of Boardwalk and Park Place, and signature game tokens that include a sailfish, pineapple and palm tree, all in a decorative wooden storage box; $198 at Tommy Bahama stores (Tommybahama.com).

Disney Sofia doll — It will be a royal smash when your little princess welcomes Sofia, Disney’s first Latina princess featured in the popular Disney television show; $24.99 for the 10-inch doll by Mattel at Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers.

Minion Operation game — The classic Operation game gets a Minions makeover when a (here’s hoping) steady hand must remove unicorn fluff or fix Stuart’s nutty noggin and toxic tongue; $20 to $30 online or at Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and other major retailers.

Ted Nugent’s “Ultralive Ballisticrock” — Your favorite wanna-be rocker will think he has cat-scratch fever after receiving this two-CD/DVD deluxe edition of the Motor City Madman playing his arsenal of hits, including “Stranglehold” and “Wango Tango,” and footage of the “I Still Believe Tour”; $15 on iTunes or at Amazon.com.

“Funny or Die” board game — Game night may go viral with “Funny or Die,” a board game based on Will Ferrell’s popular comedic website. Match outrageous photos and captions for laugh-out-loud fun; $15 at major retailers, including Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Toys R Us and HasbroToyShop.com

“What Does the Fox Say” Messenger Bag — According to the weird and wacky viral video, dog goes woof, cat goes meow and bird goes tweet, so the recipient of this gift may be as speechless as the fox adorning it; $32.99 at Cafepress.com

The Original Christmas Classics — Clear some DVR space with this DVD set that includes holiday favorites “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Frosty the Snowman” and four other seasonal staples. If this doesn’t put you in the spirit, you’re a Grinch (which isn’t part of this set, by the way); $20 at Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and other major retailers, and at Amazon.com.

Passport To The World — If you have deep pockets, take a page — or several chapters — from Jules Verne’s 1873 novel “Around the World in Eighty Days.” You and seven friends can globetrot aboard a private Flexjet to landmark destinations from Beijing to Istanbul, where in two weeks you will enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony, tour the Hagia Sophia in Instanbul before it opens to the public, enjoy a picnic on the Great Wall, and much more. This 14-day “Passport to the World” from Abercrombie & Kent will set you back a cool $1.5 million; for details, call (888) 755-3491 or go to www.abercrombiekent.com/passport.

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