The Wishlist: Media Junkie’s Holiday Gift Guide

Everyone knows someone who just can’t get enough exposure to whatever is going on in the world. Movies, music, news, pop culture, gossip, and the latest technology are what get this person excited. They consume information at an alarming rate and share or repost it just as quickly. They’re the person who knows whatever social fad or trend is happening, and they can easily navigate the hashtag jungle to know what’s trending and what’s falling away from the public eye. These media junkies worship novelty, newness, and the fickle sweep of public favor, making them an impossible creature to buy gifts for, because their taste is always shifting.

Media Junkies use information as their lifeblood. They hate to be the last to know and thrive in the fickle online world of trends and a 24-hour news cycle. In shopping for them, always keep in mind how much they need to be attached to devices to keep them updated on memes so they’re never a second behind the times.

Netflix Subscription

Netflix Subscription

Littered with original programming and a huge catalog of movies both new and old, Netflix is a cultural phenomenon. While odds are good that your media junkie is already on the bus, if they aren’t, the best thing you can do is hook them up with a little Netflix ‘n’ Chill.

Purchase: $9/month

Apple Music Membership

Apple Music Membership

Streaming media is the perfect way to ensure the pop culture beast in your life is always fed. With exceptional features and functionality that go above and beyond many of its peers, Apple Music is the refined choice for anyone deep in the music scene.

Purchase: $10/month

Belkin Rockstar Multi Headphone Splitter

Belkin Rockstar Multi Headphone Splitter

The only thing better than listening to a new podcast or new single that just dropped is sharing the experience with someone. Media junkies are not a solitary breed and they want others to join them in the know. Give them the ability to connect up to 5 friends for joint enjoyment.

Purchase: $11

Bluelounge Soba Cable Organizer

Bluelounge Soba Cable Organizer

Cables and cords have become the new normal for most homes, where connectivity is more important than convenience. For those who are always on and always online, this problem quickly compounds. Help them avoid trips, falls, tugged cords, or broken connections with Soba cable organizers.

Purchase: $24

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

When it comes to television dongles, Google has the dubious privilege of being the best. Their new Chromecast is all the gaming, all the binge-watching, and all the smart connectivity that the modern person needs to get their fix.

Purchase: $35

MEE Audio Connect

MEE Audio Connect

Internet exposure has left many media junkies with ADHD, so they need to be exposed to many flashy things at all times. This can be distracting to others, so if you give them the Connect, which allows them to sync their Bluetooth headphones to any device, they can listen in sweet silence.

Purchase: $60

Anker Astro E7 Power Bank

Anker Astro E7 Power Bank

Bearing three USB ports that can quick-charge like fiends and almost 27,000 mAh worth of power, all slipped into a slim, portable, packable frame, this is for anyone who needs to stay connected. It also has an LED flashlight for safety and utility when not juicing something up.

Purchase: $60

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control

Able to talk to 8 separate devices, the Harmony 650 is still one of the best names in unwired home technology. From the couch the 650 can control everything from the stereo to your IR-enabled slow cooker. It’s power, palm-sized.

Purchase: $66

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

The book, or in this case e-book, is still many a mediaphile’s drug of choice. If they’re a reader without a Kindle, then they’re among the rare few who must have one right now. Once they find the glory of reading digital copy, they’ll gleefully disappear down the literary rabbit hole.

Purchase: $120

FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Portable Headphone Amplifier

FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Portable Headphone Amplifier

At times, a pair of headphones is not enough. When music needs to be experienced and not just heard, an amp may be just the thing to let the sound cut through the din of everyday life.

Purchase: $129
DBPOWER Portable Multimedia Mini LED Projector

DBPOWER Portable Multimedia Mini LED Projector

When you can’t take your television with you, but don’t want to settle for inferior picture on a hotel television, or need to share your media obsession with a group, this portable projector is the mobile TV that you can be proud of.

Purchase: $150

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

What is better for the person who needs an IV drip of current information than a digital assistant that will indulge their every ADHD moment? The Echo gives the opportunity for them to talk directly to their internet connection, whether near a computer or not.

Purchase: $180

Bond 50- The Complete 22 Film Collection

Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection

Every James Bond movie through the famous Skyfall, this is 23 films on your choice of Blu-Ray, DVD, or downloadable copy. From the suave style of Sean Connery in Dr. No to the aging oddness of Roger Moore facing off against Christopher Walken in A View to a Kill, Bond’s glory is all here.

Purchase: $199+

Slingbox M2

Slingbox M2

Media junkies will never leave a show or movie behind. Even when they’re out on the town, catching some sun at the beach, or traveling around the world, having a Slingbox means they can save all their home entertainment and use it anywhere from their device of choice.

Purchase: $200

The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set

The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set

Pay homage to one of the greatest bands of all time with a collector’s edition box set of 14 Beatles’ albums. Each is on 180-gram vinyl, so they’re audiophile quality and made to recapture every note in the purest form possible.

Purchase: $268

PlayStation 4 BattleFront Bundle

PlayStation 4 BattleFront Bundle

Given price reduction after price reduction, the Playstation 4 is more than just for console gamers. It is a full home entertainment system with access to movies, music, television, and the ability to control your home-viewing experience. At this cost and packaged with the new Star Wars: Battlefront, it’s a must-have.

Purchase: $299

PSB M4U 2 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

PSB M4U 2 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Here’s how media junkies want it to be: Just them and their movies, music, news, or skype gossip session. Able to block out everyone and everything then transport listeners to a world of high-quality acoustics, these headphones have deep, complex, immersive sound.

Purchase: $299

Vizio 40-Inch 5.1 Channel Sound Bar

Vizio 40-Inch 5.1 Channel Sound Bar

Here’s the ultimate addition to a home multi-media center. Using a soundbar for centralized audio that syncs with a television, a set of satellite speakers to capture the extended range of surround sound, and a wireless subwoofer to really ride the lows, this has home-filling acoustics.

Purchase: $348
Gramovox Floating Record

Gramovox Floating Record

Being on the bleeding edge of media often means appreciating the media of the past and bringing the classics out to show them off. Showing respect for the resurgence in vinyl records, and employing a new kind of technology, this is the thinking man’s turntable for hearing records they way they were meant to be experienced.

Purchase: $400

Samsung UN55JS7000 4K TV

Samsung UN55JS7000 4K TV

Here’s a television that comes with all the trimmings, all at a price that’s reasonable for the amount of tech included. A fully functional smart TV at the new normal standard of 55-inches, and built with a 4K display that makes Hi-Def seem hum-drum. Worth every cent.

Purchase: $1198

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