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

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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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

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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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Turn Your Laptop Into a Multi-Monitor Hub With This Lightweight Accessory

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If your dining room table has been doubling as your work-from-home station over the past few months, you’re probably missing the extra space, supportive chair, and the dual-monitor setup at your old office. The Mobile Pixels Trio, a portable triple-screen laptop monitor accessory, is designed to give you the space that multiple monitors provide without needing to be hardwired in a cubicle.

The Mobile Pixels brand offers an innovative multi-screen laptop accessory that's easy to use. Once you fit the magnetized accessory to the back of your laptop and plug it in, you simply slide the extra screens out and start working. The product began on Indiegogo with a single monitor attachment, but the new Trio model comes with an additional monitor, bringing the total number of screens at your disposal to three.

The lightweight tool comes in two sizes, Trio (12.6 inches across) and Trio Max (14 inches), and is compatible with any Mac, Linux, Chrome, or Android device with a USB connection. The Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max can be configured however you want, so if you need one monitor to be in portrait mode for design and coding work, you just need to turn the screen and you're good to go.

Right now, both sizes are discounted, with the smaller screen going for $214.99 and the larger one for $269.99.

Price subject to change.

Mobile Pixels TRIO: Portable Dual Screen Laptop Monitor - $214.99

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