If you're an avid reader of this site, odds are you're receiving something for Christmas or Hanukkah this year that taps right into that movie love. Movies can be a very personal thing, of course, but when your friends and family get wind of a movie or TV show that you're a particular fan of, it makes it infinitely easier for them to get you a present based around that. People who were big Lost fans six years ago are probably still learning that the hard way.

We've already brought you a lot of good ideas for pop culture gifts with our series of gift guides, but now we're getting a little nostalgic for our own holidays gone by, remembering the best gifts we ever gave or received that proved what a major role pop culture can play in our lives. Put on your Harry Potter scarf and join us as we revisit our best pop culture Christmases past.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
by Kelly West
Years ago, my boyfriend (at the time) had been trying to convince me to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, insisting that I would love it. I was sure I wasn't interested. I remembered having seen the pilot years prior, back when it first premiered, and it just hadn't caught my interest. Jump to Christmas of 2004, more than a year after Buffy's final season aired. I bought my boyfriend the first season on DVD, making no promises that I'd watch it with him. In fact, the only promise I remember making that Christmas was to marry him, which I eventually did. But some time before we tied the knot, I also ended up watching Buffy with him, starting with that first season on DVD. I soon learned that the show was smart, funny and dramatic, and by Season 2, I was completely hooked.

Buffy wasn't the first great show my husband convinced me to watch and it probably won't be the last. Sometimes it just takes me a little while to buy the hype. I said the same about Battlestar Galactica, which he also talked me into watching, and I anticipate saying something similar about Doctor Who if and when I finally get around to watching that series. And I like to think I've sold him on a few amazing TV shows and movies through the years. That's part of the dynamic of the relationship when one geek marries another, I suppose. I thought I was buying him a present when I got him that first season of Buffy on DVD, but in the end, we both got something out of it. I also got a ring that year, so it was a really good Christmas.

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