Sure, you could always get Dad the Coppola restoration of the Godfather trilogy, or pick up Mamma Mia! for Mom.
But what's the must-have holiday DVD for your shy indie-rock boyfriend? (Answer: Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket.) And what to do for the avant-garde musical Marxist in the family? (Answer: Moses und Aaron, the intractable 1975 adaptation of Schoenberg's opera by the legendary filmmaking duo Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub.)
Herewith, our holiday DVD-giving recommendations — from among 2008's very best new DVDs — for various underserved demographics: