Just for the record, Christmas sans Tower is not pretty. I ended up at the Virgin Megastore in search of a Salome for my father on the 24th and was greeted with exactly two options. (Tho it should be noted that Chicago Virgin Megastore is considerably quieter and more bearable than either Union or Times Square Megastores, so kudos for not being a slave to your prefix, Chicago Virgin Store.)
I opted for Behrens/Karajan over Nilsson/Solti since 1) I really like Behrens' Salome and 2) methinks the Nilsson cover is a bit unsettling for a Christmas present. Anyhow, the Chicago Virgin Megastore now offers exactly one Salome option. Yes, there are certainly bigger problems in the world, but let's just acknowledge that this is a difference.
P.S. To respond to what seems like the fairly common view that Borders "has a good section": no, no it does not. I recall New York Borders (I'm thinking of Park and 57th) being marginally better than the two-thirds-of-a-Beethoven-cycle-and-Il-Divo-overstock offered at the outposts here, but that ain't saying much.