I've done holiday gift guides for Grey Gardens fans in 2007 and in 2008, but, even within the past 12 months, especially given the release of the HBO film, a number of new items have hit the market! Here's my most recent list of Christmas/Hanukkah/Ramadan/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice presents.
The HBO film
The winner of multiple Emmy Awards is out on DVD! If you or your beloved Grey Gardens fan doesn't have this yet, now's the time to get it.
Grey Gardens itself
Although you definitely should have the HBO film on DVD, you need the original documentary even more!
Also, make sure that you have The Beales of Grey Gardens, which nicely supplements the original documentary.
If your friends don't have either Grey Gardens or The Beales, both DVDs are available as a set (although the video quality isn't as good in the set).
You may already have the Criterion Collection DVD of Grey Gardens, but I'm also recommending that you get this British DVD. The special features are different, the image quality is slightly better, and the booklet that comes with this DVD is extraordinary.
And, yes, we US customers can order from Amazon.co.uk and they will ship the DVD to the US and it will play on our DVD players.
This book by Sara & Rebekah Maysles, daughters of Albert Maysles, includes tons of photos and drawings of the Edie Beales. The layout is claustrophobic, but very fun.
And Lois Wright's book about life at Grey Gardens makes a quick and interesting read, great if you have a lot of holiday travel ahead.
This book is big and full of photos. A pleasure to browse!
The Grammy-nominated CD for the Grey Gardens musical is a great choice for friends who were exposed to the Edie Beales through the musical.
(There are also a Grey Gardens Songbook by Scott Frankel & Michael Korie and Grey Gardens: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical by Doug Wright for musically-inclined fans.)
The Grey Gardens Brooch
A reproduction of Edie's brooch, as seen in Grey Gardens.
An interesting little book, perhaps with too much about the author himself, but it's truthful and contains some rare Edie gems.
Another item from the Walter Newkirk Grey Gardens machine!
This CD is like a bonus feature on a DVD, only longer! It's Edie herself, and she's as wonderful as you would expect her to be.
Exhaust more possibilities
McKenna's book of interviews has a real gem in it: an interview with Little Edie Beale! It's accompanied by a paper doll-inspired illustration of Edie.
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders made this film about her love of Grey Gardens. My favorite part is the interview with Sally Quinn, which is very entertaining. Yet this raccoon didn't understand the performance art section of the film.
The Edies' Cultural References
Also, for those of us obsessive fans, there are all of the Edies' cultural references.