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.

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2. POPCORN ON THE COB; $16

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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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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.

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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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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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Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

Home Appliances

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- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Video games

Nintendo

- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

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- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

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- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa(4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

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14 Unique Christmas Gifts on Uncommon Goods

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Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right gift for someone you care about. If you want to avoid getting a loved one the same ol' pair of winter socks or gift cards like last year, we found 14 unique gifts on Uncommon Goods that are perfectly suited for a range of different tastes and interests.

1. Personalized Hand-Written Letter Blanket; $160

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Bring warmth into someone's life—in more ways than one. This 100 percent cotton throw blanket is made to resemble a heartfelt letter written on notebook paper. Your sentiments (limited to 400 characters or fewer) will keep your friend or family member cozy all year long.

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2. Personalized Puzzles Book; $40

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This gift is perfect for the person who’s hooked on Sudoku puzzles and fills out the daily crossword in pen. Inside, you’ll find more than 50 pages of crosswords, word searches, and Sudoku puzzles. One page of puzzles is devoted to trivia on a year of your choice, letting you honor the gift recipient’s birth year, anniversary, or graduation, to name just a few ideas. Plus, there’s space inside to include a personalized dedication.

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3. Custom Travel Photo Coasters; $65-$75

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With this customizable gift, you can turn precious memories into a classy set of marble coasters that resemble antique Polaroids. A set of four custom coasters with photos alone comes in at $65, but you can choose to add unique captions for an extra $10.

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4. Custom Pet Pillow; $145

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Turn your loved one’s beloved pet into an adorable pillow. Reviewers say that it’s high-quality and surprisingly lifelike—you may not be able to tell the pillow apart from your pet at first glance.

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5. Personalized Moonshine Jug & Kit; $50

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This personalized moonshine jug also comes with flavorings you can use to make your own custom hooch. Simply pour some grain alcohol or vodka into the jug, add a little of the included apple pie, peach, or cherry flavoring, and you’re all set with some “bootleg” booze of your very own.

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6. Family Pebble Portrait; $110

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New York artist Wendy Pound uses found pebbles, seashells, flowers, and driftwood to create beautifully unique family portraits. You can even choose to feature your family cat or dog.

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7. Custom Message Shortbread Cookies; $38

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For some people, the best gifts come in delicious, sugar-filled packages. For $38, send a customized box of 24 cookies to your favorite sweet-toothed friend. Each cookie can accommodate up to three lines of text, with a maximum of 12 characters on each line.

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8. Personalized M Is for Me Book; $40

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Young children will get a kick out of reading their own names in this personalized picture book that describes positive traits for each letter of the alphabet. In addition to customizing the title, you can also choose the cover color and add a short dedication to the recipient.

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9. Periodic Table of Flavor Rub Set; $60

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Spiceology has taken the beloved periodic table and turned it on its head by converting elements into unique spice rubs like Ch for Chile Margarita, Oh for Oh Canada, and Ec for Cowboy Crust. This is the perfect gift for friends that like to try new flavors or science fans that love the play on elements.

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10. Frank Lloyd Wright Double Sided Puzzle; $16

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Architecture buffs out there know Frank Lloyd Wright broke the mold when it came to his building designs. This puzzle is also breaking the rules by making double-sided puzzles featuring some of the architect’s most famous creations. These 500-piece puzzles showcase either the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum or Fallingwater on the front, with the buildings' respective floor plans on the back.

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11. Great Women of Science Pint Glass; $18

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Even though their work has often been overshadowed by their male counterparts, women have been making huge strides in science for centuries. And Cognitive Surplus wants to celebrate these figures in the form of pint glasses showcasing portraits of scientists like Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, and Elizabeth Blackwell.

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12. 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster; $15

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If you know a film buff with a bit of an obsessive bent, this scratch-off poster could be their perfect outlet. The poster itself features tiny square images of 100 classic movies, from Charlie Chaplin to Pixar, but upon arrival, all the pictures will be grayed out. It’s your loved one’s job to scratch off the foil covering as they complete more and more of the movies highlighted on the poster.

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13. Democracy Coasters; $50

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Sections of some of the United States’s most cherished historical documents are beautifully reprinted onto these marble coasters, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil Rights Act.

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14. National Parks Notebooks; $13

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These notebooks tout a vintage travel poster vibe, and best of all, they’re all inspired by some of the most beautiful National Parks the United States has to offer. They’re available in packs of three, each with a different batch of covers. This way, you can tailor your choice to your loved one’s favorite spots.

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