5 Things to Check Before You Buy Family Holiday Insurance

When you go on a family holiday, one of the most important things to organize before you set off is a decent family holiday insurance policy. If something goes wrong on your travels, it can be the only thing standing between you and a financial crisis. In some cases, medical bills abroad can add up to thousands of pounds, even for minor injuries, so it really is not worth taking the risk.

However, when you buy your policy, there are a number of areas you should look at very carefully so that you know exactly what you are covered for. Here are five key things to keep an eye out for.

1. What Activities Are Covered?

Family holiday insurance policies may provide cover for various activities that are common on holidays, such as swimming and snorkelling. However, when it comes to more extreme sports like skydiving or bungee jumping, you may find that you are not covered. If you then take part in one of these activities and injure yourself, you may have your claim for medical costs refused.

It is there essential essential that you know exactly which activities you are covered for when you travel. Check through the list carefully as you may be surprised: often, activities that you thought would have included may not be.

2. What Are the Per-Item Limits?

If you have cover for lost or stolen personal possessions, you will usually have a maximum amount, which may be in the region of £ 1,000 or maybe more. However, you should also check whether there is a maximum per-item limit, because this will often be lower. This means if you take an expensive item like a laptop, should it get stolen you will only be able to claim for the maximum per-item limit. You need to know whether the cover provided is sufficient, and if it is not, you may want to leave your expensive items at home.

3. Is It Cheaper to Get a Multi-Trip Policy?

If you are planning to have more than one family break this year, you may want to find out whether it is cheaper to get a multi-trip policy. If you travel abroad two or three times a year, it could work out less expensive – so do your sums before you purchase anything.

4. Are Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Covered?

Family holiday insurance policies often have exclusives when it comes to pre-existing medical conditions, so check what these are before you buy your policy. It may be that you can not get cover for your condition, or you may need to pay extra.

5. Do You Need All the Cover?

Sometimes insurers provide different packages with different levels of cover. You should check the level of cover you really need before buying one. For example, the least expensive will often provide just medical expenses, and the more expensive may cover other events like cancellation cover and missed-departure cover. You have to ask yourself what is most suitable for your situation and choose a policy accordingly.

Family holiday insurance is one of the first things you should purchase when you plan a trip. However, make sure you are aware of all the details of a policy before you buy it, focusing specifically on these five areas to help you find the most suitable one for your needs.

Source by Patrick Chong

Ready Or Not – Here Come the Holidays

There is an old holiday song by Jerry Herman that goes: Haul out the holly! Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking! I may be rushing things but deck the halls again now! For we need a little Christmas! Right this very minute! Candles in the window … Well, you get the idea.

More and more, that song tend to haunt me as we get to the end of every passing year. The holidays are no longer for the fainthearted. The minute Halloween ends (and sometimes earlier), the Christmas / Hanukah / … season begins. And while it might be true that we do "need a little Christmas", what about those of us who love the beauty and fellowship of Thanksgiving?

I'll admit that there is a definite charm that falls over us during the holiday season. We become less the "I" "Me" generation, and turn into a society of givers. There is true, undeniable beauty in that. We become stressed over not being able to do enough for other people during this time of year. And for those who try to live their lives like that all year round, it is gratifying when the rest of civilization plays catch up, even if it is just for a little while.

The problem that remains, however, is the pressure that gets put on most of us during this time of year. "Black Friday" now starts at 3:00 AM at many stores. Shoppers could be out of luck if they fail to get in line at 1:00 AM or before the line wraps all of the way around the block. I happened to be related to two young retailers (that being the first job of choice in my family), who relied on their misgivings of what was to come as we shared Thanksgiving dinner. Hardcore shoppers are gleeful at the thought of being the first in line for their purchases. But what of those who balk at such tactics? Should shoppers who prefer to enjoy their rare long weekends by sleeping in be punished? Almost so!

Of course there are other options for those who prefer not to go sleep deprived and bleary eyed to the mall. Many choose on-line shopping. This is a great option for those who live far from their relatives, and are not traveling home either at all, or not until the holiday hits. The gift can reach its destination before you, and all you have to worry about is wrapping it when you arrive. Although there is sometimes not so small challenge of ensuring that the overly curious gift recipient keeps their hands to themselves (this is a reference to my mother whose tactics are legendary in my family).

There is also the option of the personal shopper. A good internet search (or even word of mouth) is usually all it takes to find a business of this sort that will not cost you an arm and a leg. This service is ideal for the busy professional with gifts to buy, but no ideas or time to get it done. I've been in the zero hour position with zero to show for myself – it's not a good feeling.

Long story short, the holidays are here and that's a great thing: Seeking out friends that somehow we have not spoken to in awhile, decorating the house, and let's not forget the countless parties! But the least favorite part of them is the stress that we place on ourselves in an effort to get everything done. It is never a crime to ask for help when we need it. There are friends and family we can ask; services available. There is also a reason for the season. So happy holidays everyone! It's time to Deck the halls again now!

Source by Jennifer G Smith

Stress During Holidays

Holidays are one of those special times when you know you are going to relax and enjoy yourself but, wait until the holidays are here that you feel stressed out due to the many things you have to organize for the holiday when you are having one. Stress during holidays is very much real and if we plan to have time to enjoy. There are several things that you need to consider while planning for a stress free holiday. The first vital thing is to analyze your expectation. Many women make the mistake of having unrealistic plans for the holidays but, you have to clear your head and see what you can really expect with what you have. It is helpful if you start thinking about this much earlier so that you can get to put everything into perspective.

The second thing is to consult your family and confirm that you have realistic expectations. Sometimes you might be under stress and you need someone who can hear what you have in store then they can criticize until you are looking at a realistic plan. Sharing activities will ensure that you avoid stress during holiday. Let your family members also have a taste of responsibility and by the end of it all, they will be feeling more involved. Another thing that will help is to develop you sense of achievement which you can do with you family. Do not wait for the final holiday rush, make a point of ensuring everything is ready.

The other most important thing to do plan what exactly you are going to pend and this will be done by fixing a budget. List items that will be necessary an the one that you will need. This will save you a lot of heartache and stress when your holiday. When you have done all you can, go through the list and plan once again and make sure you have done all you need. When you ready, it is time to take your stress free holiday knowing that everything is taken care of. There are people especially house wives who are not really able to loosen up and enjoy the surroundings. There are several tips that that will help you warm up to your holiday.

The first thing is too forget home and all other thoughts and focus on the holiday and the people around you. It might be difficult at first but you will get used to it. Tell your family members not to talk about the past and they will help you have a fantastic time. If you find yourself still going back to stress have an activity that is going to divert your attention. There is no doubt that when you have planned well you will only have time to enjoy. One thing to remember while you are planning is that you do not have to plan the holiday just the events that will facilitate it. Let the holiday unfold itself as you continue to have a fun holiday.

Source by Peter Gitundu

Unique Photo Gifts to Personalize the Holidays

In a world where technology makes it easy to communicate without seeing, hearing or physically interacting, it is always nice to receive a great present with a personal touch. The personalization of gifts and greetings is not a lost art, just one that just takes an extra moment of consideration – which always goes a long way. In fact, the same technology which has made the world more impersonal can be used to create custom photo gifts.

Here are some specific ideas for gifts and greetings using photos for personalizing the holidays this season. Not only are these presents which give that special someone an extra wide smile, they'll be able to see your photo year-round no matter how far away you actually are.

Family Holiday Photo Card – There is no better way to spread the joy this season than to send your families' smiling faces to your annual holiday card list. Holiday photo cards allow your family to show their personalities, how much they've grown or changed, and feature new additions to the family including any furry friends. For extra flavor, decide on an unrelated holiday theme (biker family, cowboys … use your imagination) to give recipients some holiday cheer and a chuckle.

Digital Photo Frames – Insert a memory card with recent pictures, pictures from a vacation, or through the years and surprise a family member with a digital photo album they can showcase anywhere within a digital picture frame. If you do not have a full memory card, include that as part of the present and plan a day to make some new memories!

Printed T-shirts – Take your favorite photo, enlarge it and print it onto a t-shirt for a totally customized present for parents or grandparents. They enjoy bragging about their loved ones every chance they get anyway so why not give them one more? Custom t-shirts make for a great conversation piece and save lots of time usually spent digging in wallets for snapshots.

Lockets – Lockets are great for moms, sisters or friends and serve as a constant reminder that someone cares and is "hanging around their neck." The photo selection takes careful consideration and the reaction when opening the locket for the first time is always worth it. Lockets come in a variety of shapes sizes and precious metals so customization goes beyond the photo selection and adds personality and meaning to the present.

Collages – For those who are creative on their own and like to engage in some arts and crafts, cutting, pasting and creating a photo masterpiece is a great option. Pick a shape and size as the background and organize photos to create a wall hanging or poster.

Calendars – Use photos that depict an event for each month of the year and combine them to make a year long present that keeps giving. Personalized calendars are perfect for grandparents (to remind them of monthly births), parents or significant others. If you start planning early in the year, you can coordinate and ensure you get a great photo each month to use for your final masterpiece.

Personalizing gifts for the holidays provides a great option which contrasts the traditional cards and informal gifts that tend to get thrown away after the holidays. Give a gift that is unique, personalized, stylish (and maybe even actually useful) and you've got something family and friends can enjoy year round.

Source by Jennifer Cohen

Holiday Traditions Instill Work Skills in Young People

I was musing over holiday traditions, and how they're stylized to make kids "work" for the good stuff.

On Easter, children are dressed in finery. They have baskets and run around searching for hidden eggs, some of which are filled with candy and treats.

On Halloween, costumed kids armed with sacks or bags, run around asking for trips.

At Thanksgiving, best behavior is encouraged and more dressing up nicely. Many kids, particularly in large families, eat at the "kiddie table." Families all gather together for a huge dinner and bonding.

Christmas is the big one, actually requiring the most "work." Little tykes assist with tree decorations, and put out milk and cookies to entice the Jolly One. Why they even have to be good ALL YEAR LONG for the mother lode, because he knows who's "naughty or nice."

What work skills might holiday traditions instill in young people?

Easter hunts encourage them to dress nicely. A sharp dresser is better received at job interviews. The hunt itself encourages problem solving and objective reasoning. It also teaches that sometimes you try your best, and a good one still gets away – acceptance of that fact with a positive attitude.

Trick-or-treating involves more thought, planning and awareness skills. See the porch light on? That's a good indication trips are forthcoming, seek there. Then sell yourself with personal flair while remembering the Open-Sesame of yelling "Trick or Treat!" All good sales people know how to close a sale.

Thanksgiving reminds children again that wearing well strikes approval from higher-ups. There is a right of passage, or "moving up the ranks," event that occurs over time with segregated seating – children mature and are then allowed to sit at the "grown-ups table" (with the heads of state, or those in a supervisory capacity). The lingering reminder of being thankful for what we have infuses patience and appreciation for one's career, no matter how humble or revered.

Santa-pleasing requires developing consistency of proper behavior and helpfulness. Otherwise, the work "bonus" at the end of year may be lacking!

All holidays are repeat performances through the years. Practice makes perfect.

Did you think it was all just fun and games? There's actually a method to the madness.

Source by Laura McDonald

Car Rental and Self Drive Holidays in South Africa

Of all the great places in the world, people often choose South Africa to escape, and hiring a car will enable tourists to explore all South African has to offer. Most holiday packages often include a transfer option and tourists are often restricted to certain parts of the country, while hiring a car gives one the option of visiting personal and unique places of interest.

A self drive holiday is often an awarding and exhilarating experience particularly in South Africa, which is one of the top sight seeing destinations in the world. With views of the infinite Mountain ranges, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, plenty game viewing opportunities and the natural vegetation including fynbos, visitors will be impressed at the plentiful attractions presented to them. South Africa is a vast country with many thousands of kilometers between cities, and therefore is fast becoming a popular destination for self drive holidays.

Self drives are the easiest ways of experiencing a world within a country, Holiday makers can venture down to the Wild Coast, Garden Route, Sunshine Coast, Mpumalanga Highlands and the Kruger National Park. The easy driving distances between your destinies will make your self drive holiday more interesting by giving the driver the opportunity to stop in the middle of nowhere or by venturing off the slightly beaten track

In South Africa the self driver is well catered for with 50 000 Km of easy to drive road networks with safe driving conditions, and an extensive mobile phone network, so help is only a call away. Plot your route before hand and make sure you have all the necessary maps and driving instructions, a useful map that will help you find where all the small towns are in relation to all the major well known cities.

Driving in South Africa can be adventurous and entertaining activity. The country is truly a fear for the eyes and the mind of many travelers. South Africa is the most biologically diverse country in the world, encompassed by deserts, mountain ranges, game parks and 3000 Km of coastline, the country boasts a spectacular collection of national reserves with some of the most endangered species and the legendary big 5.

Hiring a car will make a huge difference in enjoyment levels while on holiday, and if traveling with the family, this can be a less expensive option which satisfies every family members needs.

Source by Maryann Lister

Beach Resorts And Villas For Exotic Holidays

When planning a vacation especially one you've been waiting to take for long, the accommodation becomes an important consideration. Vacations to exotic lands like Sri Lanka – land of sun and sand – are best enjoyed in villas and beach resorts. Why? It is within these beaches that all the holiday fun is hidden.

Lining the seashore, beach resorts are in a perfect location and with the perfect climate, you have plenty to enjoy. Holiday villas on the other hand, are also located in prime locations either closer to the beach or in proximate to the city. The best thing about them is that they offer you enough privacy and space all through your stay. They are of a huge variety and you can choose the one that you feel will work for you and the others traveling with you.

When choosing resorts and villas as accommodation options, a few factors must be taken into consideration. These factors will guide you in making the right decision at the end of the day. We've also included recommendations for Sri Lankan beach resorts and villas on these lines.

The Location :

Even if you are settling for the beach resorts, you must decide whether you want one that is at a beach front or a beach back. The location of your accommodation will determine the environment you are exposed to through the holiday stay. The location can also determine the climatic conditions and accessibility to important facilities. The Club Palm Bay Hotel is a watery paradise overlooking the sea. Surrounded by lush gardens and a lagoon, it is a good destination for those considering a peaceful and rejuvenating holiday. The Weligama Beach resort has the beachside as its backdrop. It is also in proximity to the provincial center Matara.

Accommodation Amenities :

These are the amenities you can enjoy in the privacy of your room. Facilities provided include appliances such as refrigerators, hair dryers, desks, baby cribs, coffee makers and internet among many others. By looking at the amenities you have at your disposal, you will find it easier to choose according to your needs thereby ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free stay. Paradise Road The Villa Bentota is a villa-styled boutique hotel in Sri Lanka. It has 15 rooms and suites done up luxuriously and fitted with modern amenities. The accommodation amenities include air conditioning and Wi-Fi among others. They also have a private pool, a restaurant, shops and airport transfers.

The Facilities :

The resorts and hotels will of course offer you different facilities within their locations. They play an important role on what you can do and enjoy during the holidays. For instance, consider the availability of a restaurant, bar, fitness center, spa and a hair salon amongst others. Among the Sri Lankan beach resorts, Era Beach and the Club Palm Bay Hotel Blue are the places to go for if you love adventure and activity. Owing to their location, they offer water sports such as snorkeling, surfing, boat rides and game fishing.

The Rental Rates :

The charges differ for boutique hotels, holiday homes, resorts and villas. If you ask for more privacy, you should be willing to pay a higher rental rate for your room and the facilities that come along with it. For instance, going for a villa is more expensive than choosing a hotel room. On the other hand however, you stand to enjoy more privacy and flexibility in one compared to the other. When looking at the rental rates, therefore, weight your options on the basis of the facilities being offered to your for a particular rental charge. You, however want to go for something that you can comfortably afford.

The Green Rooms and Meedum Villa are two budget-friendly guesthouses and villas in Sri Lanka. If you're looking for a beach resort, Udekki and Paradise Beach Hotel will not dent your budget. Those willing to step-up their budget can choose between Amanwella Resort and The Fortress.

Source by Shalini Mittal

British Holiday Destinations – Why Poole is a Cool Resort

Forget the bucket and spade image of the British seaside holiday. A small corner of Dorset is fast becoming the UK's own Riviera. Homes on the two mile stretch of Sandbanks Peninsula, overlooking Poole harbor, now command some of the world's highest property prices – snapping close at the heels of hot spots Tokyo, Hong Kong and central London. Enjoying the world's second largest natural harbor after Sydney, Australia, Poole has long been a center for sailing and water sports and is home to the prestigious Sunseeker yacht manufacturer and the highly collectible Poole Pottery. It also boasts the headquarters and brand new training center for the revered Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Now that footballers, pop singers and the odd veteran crooner are making the most of the spectacular views, golden sands and private moorings, a new wave of upmarket bars and restaurants are coming to Sandbanks – check out the Bentleys and Ferraris in the parking lot. Increasingly outlandish properties are springing up as wealthy residents attempt to outdo each other on the style front. Homes by award winning developer, Seven, are causing a stir among more conservative locales. With names like Moonraker and Thunderbird, these cutting edge designs are a far cry from the region's more familiar mock-Tudor and neo-Georgian houses. One is even rumored to be featured in the latest James Bond film, Casino Royale. Do not worry too much if your budget does not stretch into the multi-million bracket, though. You can always rent a pretty smart beach hut from the local council for about $ 35 per day!

Fancy seeing what all the fuss is about? Book into one of the many fine hotels right on the Sandbanks Peninsula and find out what else Poole has to offer for the whole family.

Poole is two hours from London by train and Sandbanks is only a taxi ride from Bournemouth International airport. This rapidly expanding airport is constantly adding new destinations to its repertoire.

Source by Louise Dop

Holiday Gift Guide for the Movie Buff on Your List

So it's that time of year. Time to buy gifts for your friends and family yet again as the world all over celebrates this corporate, commercial, money-hungry, festive and generosity-filled holiday. Some of you may already have it all taken care of by now. Others may be last-minute shoppers like myself and think that even now is just the start of the shopping season. No matter which you fall under, there's bound to be at least a couple more on your list to check off. In this article, we'll give you some ideas for gifts for those movie buffs you may have on your list.

1. Movies

Of course a movie buff loves movies. However, this gift selection is not as obvious as some of you may think. In fact, it could have been one of the hardest choices for a movie fan there is. There are all types of problems that may arise here. You could pick the wrong format, the wrong medium, the wrong edition. Or you could plain and simple just pick the wrong movie. Or even more possible, buy them a movie they already own (afterall, they are movie buffs, chances are they have TONS of movies already making it even more likely to buy something they already have). That, that's why I recommend staying away from this selection without that movie fanatic in your life has actually been hinting at a certain movie laTely. In which case, go for it. Movies are definitely good for us movie buffs. But again, be careful in what you buy. Or at least save the receipt and do not be offended when that person needs to return your gift.

2. Netflix

Now for those of you wanting to get your movie buff some movies, but do not want to go through the head of making sure you do not get the wrong thing, Netflix is ​​your answer. Netflix allows that cinephile on your list access to all kinds of movies from the old to new, domestic to foreign, indie to blockbuster and so on. The great thing about this too, they get to choose which movies they want to watch, while you just pay for the subscription. Netflix Gifts come in a variety of plans and a variety of lengths. You can get your movie lover just the streaming package or you can choose a package which allows streaming, plus up to 1, 2, or 3 DVDs out at a time. These can all be bought in lengths from 1 month to 1 year. For instance, a streaming package for 6 months will run you about $ 48. Or you can go with 2 DVDs out at a time for 1 year for about $ 180. No matter what the choice, it's sure to be a hit with the movie buff in your life. It does not matter if they already have a subscription either as a Netflix Gift can simply be added to their already existing subscription and they'll get free months of their service.

3. Fandango Card

Of course every movie buff spends ample amounts of time at the theater. So, along the lines of the Netflix thing, another option is a Fandango gift card (or a gift card from a local theater). This gives your movie buff a gift that will keep on giving over the year as they revisit the theater. Each time getting to enjoy the big screen magic on your dime. The movie buff on your list will surely love a gift like this over the months as they get to catch all the latest releases.

4. Movie Memorabilia

Your typical movie buff is obsessed with movies in probably a way you will never fully understand. As such, this means everything about movies that they enjoy. Thus, another good gift for that movie lover on your list is movie memorabilia. This ranges from movie posters, to shirts, to collector's items, to autographed items, to boxed sets, to film cells and artwork. You can even buy scripts / screenplays / props from their favorite movies online. With many online outlets that sell this type of stuff, the possibilities are endless once you know some of your movie buff's favorite movies or actors, etc.

5. Movie-Related Books and Magazines

As I stated before, chances are the movie buff in your life loves everything movie-related. This goes for books and magazines as well. Biographies on their favorite actors or movie-related books are good unconventional ideas for the movie buff in your life. There are plenty books out there designed for these types of people. From 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die to 1000 Films to Change Your Life to The 100 Best Movies to Rent You've Never Heard to even more specific books like 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die . All would be a welcome treat for the movie buff in your life. Likewise, the movie buff in your life most assuredly likes to keep up with all things movies and get insights into the industry they so love. As such, magazine subscriptions that cater to these types are also good choices. These include print and online types. Although I will say you'll want to go beyond the more mainstream types of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stones, etc. Instead, look into things like 'Boxoffice Magazine', 'Hollywood Reporter', 'Premiere', 'Empire' (UK), 'MovieMaker' or 'Filmmaker Magazine'. Likewise, you could also get them a subscription to online industry rags like Variety.com or ProductionWeekly.com.

6. Universal Remote

As you probably know, the movie buff in your life definitely has a love for electronics. This is especially true when it comes to their home entertainment setup. All of that gear can get out of hand though when remote controls begin piling up. Introduce the Logitech Harmony. The cream of the crop when it comes to universal remotes. This line of remotes from Logitech range from about $ 100 to over $ 300. Any movie buff would be happy to get their hands on such a remote control to accent their setup.

7. Roku Box

This is a great accompaniment gift for a Netflix subscription. The streaming player allows the movie lover to use any of those streaming services to stream movies directly to their TV instead of having to watch on their computer or laptop. This is great for any movie buff who would much rather watch on their big screen TV rather than their little computer monitor. The Roku box allows for Netflix instant streaming on your TV. It also allows access to such services as Hulu Plus, Amazon On Demand and more.

8. Blu-ray Player

Chances are your movie buff already has one of these in their collection. However, for those that do not a Blu-ray player is a great gift for the movie buff in your life. Providing for a high-definition movie viewing experience, the movie buff in your life will love the immersion of watching their favorite movies in pristine hi-def.

9. Popcorn Maker

Everybody knows: popcorn goes with movies like jelly goes with peanut butter. And for some reason, kettle popcorn just tastes better. So why not bring that theater goodness into the home of your favorite movie buff giving them the gift of snacks anytime they sit down to watch a movie at home. You can find many kettle popcorn makers for under $ 100. Any movie buff would find it cool to have their very own popcorn maker sitting in the corner of their room for access whenever they want to spend the evening watching movies (and trust me, they do this very often).

10. "Gaming" Chair

These provide the ultimate comfort when sitting in front of the TV for a movie. With built-in speaker systems and ultimate comfort, there are tons of stylish gaming chairs out there. Any movie buff would love one of these cool recliner / pedestal chairs to kick back and enjoy their movie-viewing experience. Not only does it just flat-out look cool and are they comfortable, but they also provide more immersion with the speakers in the headrest and subwoofers built into the chair that make you rumble along with explosions on the screen.

11. Surround Sound System

Speaking of sound, if your movie buff does not already have one, a surround sound system is always a welcome addition to their home entertainment experience. Providing an immersion of sound to accompany their viewing experience, a surround sound system is an absolute must for any movie buff that is looking to make the most of the home entertainment experience. Of course, this can be a costly gift, but the movie buff in your life will definitely be grateful.

12. HDTV

Since we're mentioning essential components, a TV definitely falls in that range. Obviously your movie buff already has one, but they're never opposed to a new TV (or even just a secondary TV). Whether it be a smaller LCD TV to put in their room or an upgrade to a top-of-the-line brand new 3D TV, TVs are always welcome. Your movie buff would definitely love you for this. With the pushing of 3D TVs, these are a definite hot item too which most movie buffs in your life would more than happily take. Again though, this is one of the more expensive gifts, so expect to pay thousands for something like that.

13. Movie Storage

You probably know this already, but the movie buff in your life probably has a very extensive collection of movies. A collection they love to proudly show off as well. Of course such a collection can often become something of a beast that needs taming. Enter the realm of media storage. This actually comes in two forms as well: physical and digital. First we'll touch on the traditional physical form. This simply means cabinets and shelves. If the movie buff in your life does not already have the shelving for their collection, or is simply running out of shelf space, then a new shelf, rack or tower would be a practical and welcome gift for your movie buff in helping to tame that ever-growing collection and bringing some order to it. Of course you have the digital front as well. This is the same concept as storing all of your music on your computer. Many companies make devices specifically for media storage like this. There are even companies like Kaleidoscope and PrimeArray which create systems that serve as storage and servers. This means all movies are saved on a digital storage device. The cherry on top though is that these devices then provide a means to share all that data across a network and have access to your entire movie collection with one click of a button on your remote. Having instant access to any movie in your collection without having to get up and change out discs, etc. These however can get extremely expensive. Some even more expensive than the TVs themselves. But the techphile / cinephile in your life would love it.

14. AFI Membership

Every film buff is familiar with the prestigious American Film Institute. What better way to reward their passion for films than allowing your movie buff to become part of that institute by buying them a membership to the AFI. This can range from $ 60-2,500. Offering cool perks like movie tickets, exclusive release schedules and magazine subscriptions, an AFI membership also grants members admission to AFI events. On top of that, your movie buff would even be able to vote alongside the industry professionals for various movie awards and accolades deal out by AFI each year. To top it off, they would even get an AFI membership card to proudly show off to friends as a sign to their dedication to films.

15. Film Festival Pass

I'm sure you've heard of them. Sundance. Cannes. Attending these more prestigious film festivals are like a life-long dream for the movie buff in your life probably. They'd probably give an arm or a leg to get to experience going to the prestigious Sundance festival or Cannes or the Venice Film Festival. However, these events book well in advance and can be costly. Thus, they do not make good last-minute gift ideas. Though, I'm sure your movie buff would happily take a "rain check" on a gift if it means the promise of getting a pass to one of these festivals later on. Likewise, many larger cities offer their own film festivals through the year. If you live near one of these, your movie buff would definitely love the chance to get to attend one of those as well.

So there you have it, a plethora of ideas to make sure the movie buff in your life has a happy holiday and make sure you come out on top with gift ideas for that movie buff (rather than being that relative that gives a crappy pair of knit socks for Christmas or such).

Source by Josh Lyons

How to Pick a Holiday Game

Holiday games are predominately featured at, yes; holiday parties and you'll have a hard time finding a holiday themed game at a non-holiday party. Of course the first rule to deciding on a holiday themed game is to make sure that it is geared towards your holiday party or that it can be altered so that it's able to be geared towards the holiday that you are celebrating. For instance many basic games can be changed around or given accoutrements that feature holiday specific themes.

You can easily turn a relay race into a specific holiday themed event. On Easter it becomes and egg run. Guests better be careful not to drop the eggs from their spoons. On Halloween it becomes the bone relay. You can find a fake plastic arm or thigh bone and have the teams run their bones to each other.

Also, games need to be geared towards your guests. Are you going to have a lot of kids at the party? Or will this be adults or will it even have a lot of older guests? Older guests will not be able to keep up with the high energy level required of many racing and other active type games. While kids will not be able to stay still long enough to engage in a holiday themed board game. Holiday themed board games are perfect for those who are having a small group of guests over. Larger groups may not work so well because it will be difficult to get everyone centered around the table. Of course you can also set up a tournament with several board games going at once.

You'll also need to create prizes that are appropriate to the age group you having the party for. Adults and kids alike may go for homemade candies on holidays like Christmas, Easter and Halloween. While the Fourth of July you might want to give out sparklers.

Source by Gail Leino