Do you have a TV or movie addict on your Christmas list this year? Here are some gift ideas for people who, like me, can't seem to tear themselves away from their screens.
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A bit of an obvious one, but your mate or loved one may be behind the times. Perhaps they are still hording thousands of decade-old DVDs when they could be experiencing their favourite shows in digitised glory.
Anyway! Here are some options we can get in Australia.
- Stan, $10 a month
- Netflix, from $8.99 a month
- Foxtel Now, from $10 a month
- Hayu, $5.99 a month
- Amazon Prime Video, currently US$2.99 a month
- YouTube Red, $11.99 a month
The Chromecast is a great affordable solutions for people who don't have smart TVs or consoles. My parents have two and can now easily utilise all of my streaming subscriptions with ease.
Here are some of my favourite Chromecast apps:
At the moment Catch has it for a steal at $46, but just in case that sells out - you can also get them from Kogan and JB Hi-Fi for around the $59 mark.
If the TV in question has 4K capability, you might want to look at the Chromecast Ultra (currently $77 on Catch) to boost that resolution the max.
Because you need to have popcorn for a hardcore binging session. And with a kitchen accessory like this, it's an indulgence that won't destroy your wallet.
Fun Fact: Popcorn has become synonymous with watching movies largely due to the Great Depression. It was a really cheap snack that people could afford to indulge in during tough times, so cinemas started installing them as a way to bring people back to the theatres. You can read more about its fascinating history here.
I'm not going to include any 4K TVs on this list. As much as the TV obsessed probably want their shows to look as pretty as possible, they tend to be way outside a person's gift budget. However, if they already have a gorgeous TV, you may be able to help them position it in the best way possible.
Sure, a wall mount is an incredibly practical present; but there's nothing wrong with that. It will help showcase the television as the feature of the lounge room, as well as save valuable floor space. Now, what you buy will depend entirely on what model they have, but here are a few good options.
- Tilting: Kogan Tilt Extendable Wall Mount, $59
- Fixed: 36-64" Soniq AWM3000 Fixed Wall Mount, $99
- Swivel: 42-70" Heavy Duty Tilt Swivel TV Wall Bracket, $139.95
- Adjustable: Soniq AWM7002 Adjustable Wall Mount, 37-70">$199
For anyone who is serious about their viewing - the visuals tend to be at the top of their lists. But sound comes in at a close second. If you want a more well rounded experience, it's worth investing in some auditory pleasure.
There is a lot of debate surrounding which is the best sound bar on the market - it will always come down to personal preference and budget. But here are a few of the most popular choices at a range of different prices.
- Sonos PLAYBAR Wireless Soundbar, $995
- Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650, $599
- JBL Cinema SB250 Wireless Home Speaker System, $358
- Sony HT-MT300 2.1ch Compact Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, $349
- Yamaha - ATS-1060 - Sound Bar with Dual Built-In Subwoofers, $199
- Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar, $119
TV Show Cook Books
If you really want to help someone take their obsession to the next level, perhaps consider a cook book themed around their favourite show or movie. Here are some of the best ones out there. Personally, A Feast of Ice and Fire and feeding Hannibal are my favourites.
- A Feast of Ice and Fire, $40.63 (11% off)
- The Sopranos Family Cookbook, $26.57 (15% off)
- The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, $23.94 (20% off)
- Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur's Cookbook, $32.75 (34% off)
- The Bob's Burgers Burger Book : Real Recipes for Joke Burgers, $27.65 (11% off)
- Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook : 40 Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Recipes, $26.38
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