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Holiday gift guide 2012: Music

Check out our gift guide to find special gifts to suit your needs, from NYC rock history to a pair of alt-rock cruises

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Photograph: Michel Verdure

S.S. Coachella

The celebrated festival sets sail with sets from Pulp, Hot Chip, Grimes and more; your recipient can head for the Bahamas (Dec 16–19) or Jamaica (Dec 19–23). Available at ss.coachella.com, $500 and up

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Unapologetic Diamonds Executive Platinum Box

This swag-loaded edition of Rihanna’s new album includes a handwritten note from the pop princess herself. Available at rihannanow.com, $250

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Reggae Golden Jubilee

Give the gift of irie vibes to last the year round with this comprehensive four-CD reggae overview, compiled by former Jamaican prime minister Edward Seaga. Available at amazon.com, $56

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Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World

Alistair Lawrence’s history of the studio made infamous by the Beatles details all the high-flying bands who passed through its doors. Available at bloombury.com, $75

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The Casablanca Singles 1974–1982

Pucker up and give someone a great big Kiss, with 29 vinyl replicas compiling the band’s hard-rock hits. Available at universalmusicenterprises.com/select, $270

The holiday season is when the record companies tend to unleash their biggest box sets, and we've rounded up some of the best special gifts for your shopping ease, from Rihanna's new jewels to NYC hard-rock history from Kiss. If money's no object, cruises on the SS Coachella will certain make unique gifts.

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