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Movitly's Holiday Gift Guide, Part One

The weather's going from bright and breezy to down right cold and Christmas-y. The jack'o'lanterns are put away, the turkey's out, and next a sleigh. The year's flown by, and what's this now? There's about six weeks left to shop in the Christmas countdown. No idea what to buy? Reference Movitly's shopping guide.

Price Range: Low

FireTV Stick, $39

Available from Amazon.com.


The FireTV Stick slips into your TV's HDMI port and turns it into a smart TV with access to sites like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and YouTube.com via your WiFi network. The stick compares in size to a USB drive but, features a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory. Although most of the services to which it connects cost money, you do get a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial. It boasts near instant streaming using ASAP technology which learns your favorite choices so they start instantly. It comes with a remote or you can download the free Android app. They're working on an iPhone app. You can share apps (games included) to the FireTV Stick to free up or mirror your phone or tablet.

Roku 3500R HDMI Streaming Stick, $49

Available from Amazon.com.


The Roku 3500R has the same USB stick style and HDMI interface. It provides more than 1500 channels and the same ability to use phone and tablet apps on your TV screen. It also comes with a remote but, has mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Stunning HD video quality. There's no Prime trial but, you still get a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory

Price Range: Medium

GoPro HERO4 Silver, $399.99; Black, $499.99

Available from Amazon.com.


If you're shopping for someone who'd rather make movies than watch them, grab the GoPro HERO4. It shoots 12MP photos at speeds up to 30 fps. It's waterproof up to 131 feet, wearable, and mountable using GoPro accessories, sold separately. The built-in WiFi and Bluetooth let you share photos easily. Comes with a  remote, plus there's the GoPro App, available for iOS and Android. The HERO4 boasts cinema-quality capture, night photo capabilities, including time lapse, and wide angle abilities.

Price Range: High

Home Spa Waterproof Television, $1,400

Available from Hammacher Schlemmer,hammacher.com


Love your shows so much you can't stand to miss them while in the shower or bath? Home Spa makes a 17" 720p high-definition waterproof, humidity proof television. The screen's also scratch-, fog-, and condensation-proof and the unit has integrated dual 3-watt speakers, HDMI, VGA, and AV ports. You'll need a pro to handle hard siding and installation of the wall bracket and waterproof box (both included). Plugs into a standard AC outlet.

iMac Retina, $2499.00

Available from The Apple Store,  http://store.apple.com


Perhaps someone on your list would rather watch while working on the computer. Pick them up an iMac Retina. It's 27-inch display and AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory makes for great movie watching. Its 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz) and its 8GBs of memory ensure easy, quick app and movie loads. Download to your hearts content because it comes tandard with a 1TB hard drive.

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