11 Gifts for the Movie Fanatic

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The movie buff in your life probably owns all the Blu-rays he or she could want, as well as a giant television—or projector—to watch them on. For some alternative ideas, check out these gift options sure to please anyone who likes to get lost in stories told at 24 frames per second.

1. TAOTRONICS HOME THEATER SOUND BAR; $86

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TV speakers are usually cheap, tiny afterthoughts for the manufacturer, but not everyone wants a mass of wires or enormous subwoofers filling up modestly-sized living rooms. Enter the TaoTronics sound bar, a 21-inch wide amplifier that boasts Bluetooth connectivity and the option of wall-mounting.

Find It: Amazon

2. POPCORN ON THE COB; $16

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Uncommon Goods

For a new twist on that popcorn tub, check out this inventive play on movie snacking. These corn cobs stay in one piece until they’re buttered and placed in a paper bag for microwave popping.

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3. FILMSTRUCK MEMBERSHIP; $99

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FilmStruck

Many of the major streaming services can be slow to update their library of films and even slower to offer older titles. FilmStruck, a streaming service backed by the Criterion Collection, has curated an impressive line-up of classics, including many of the 1000-plus titles the company has previously released on disc.  

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4. ROKU STREAMING STICK; $40

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Sever the cable cord permanently with this streaming stick from Roku that provides access to a vast variety of streaming libraries. The 2017 model even includes voice activation to search for that favorite movie.

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5. FICTIONAL MOVIE HOTEL STATIONERY 8-PIECE SET; $24

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Compose handwritten missives using stationery pads from some of cinema’s most famous—and infamous—retreats, from the Overlook Hotel of The Shining to Kellerman’s Resort from Dirty Dancing. Each pad has 50 pages.

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6. VINTAGE CINEMA LIGHTBOX; $65

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Turn any living room into a private screening area with this retro-style lightbox that allows you to announce the evening’s feature presentation. It’s back-lit and battery-powered. Red carpet optional.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

7. CINEFLIX CARD GAME; $22

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Like Trivial Pursuit but hate all the non-movie related questions? This inventive card game quizzes players on film history and allows them to make connections with the answers: The first player to get rid of their cards wins.

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8. MOVIE PASS SUBSCRIPTION: $30 FOR THREE MONTHS

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Movie Pass

For less than the price of a Netflix subscription, movie addicts can see as many first-run movies as they like in theaters with this pass that connects to a ticket-reservation app. Just reserve seats, then use the pass to pay. (They’ll still have to buy their own soda, though.)

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9. MELTING INDIANA JONES TOHT WAX CANDLE; $33

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One of the great practical effects sequences in all of film is the climax of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, when sadistic Gestapo agent Toht is subjected to vengeful forces that melt his face off. Recreate that satisfying demise with this wax candle shaped like Toht’s head.

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10. DANCING SNACKS TIN SIGNS; $19

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These retro signs reminding visitors they can visit the lobby—or kitchen—for a snack will help any living room or finished basement feel like a drive-in.

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11. A DIE HARD CHRISTMAS: $17

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Everyone knows Die Hard is one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made. Now, you can relate the tale of John McClane and edit out the nasty parts to a captive family audience in this colorful storybook. Yippy-ki-yay, and happy holidays.

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Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

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Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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