With Christmas now officially just around the corner (the Coca Cola advert has now had its first airing), it’s that time of year again when we put together our annual Christmas Gift Guide – our comprehensive list of the films, games, tech, books and more that you need to consider buying for loved ones this Christmas. Or for yourself, if noone loves you.
So, get yourself a mince pie, get into the spirit and follow us as we run through the bumper list of goodies that you should be buying in time for the big day – also look out for your chance to win a lot of the gifts included as we go through the list.
We’ll start with some of the bigger and most prestigious gift ideas, before we go through each section in turn, including the festive batch of stand-up comedy DVDs that invariably get released as the air turns a bit more frosty.
You can skip to any of the sections of the guide by following the links below…
1. Super Slim PS3 with Wonderbook
After the recent unveiling of the new super slim PS3 hardware announcement, Playstation announced that you will be able to get Wonderbook: Book of Spells bundled with the new PS3 in both 12GB and 500GB varieties, making an ideal Christmas gift for PS gamers. This will include the Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera, plus Wonderbook and Blu-ray disc.
The Wonderbook: Book of Spells Move bundle comes with everything you need to start practising spells on your PS3 system, including the Book of Spells game, Wonderbook, PlayStation Eye camera and a PlayStation Move motion controller.
Wonderbook works with the PlayStation Eye camera and brings books to life – s you turn the pages of the physical Wonderbook, images and scenery appear on your TV screen, adding interactive elements along the way. The first title launched will be the much-sought after Book Of Spells from the Harry Potter universe.
2. Sony Bravia 55-inch KDL-55HX853 3D LCD TV
The clearest pin-sharp images- Remarkable picture technology brings you detail so razor-sharp that the tiniest raindrop might blow you away.
The richest life-like colour - Stunning, true-to-life colours in deep and vibrant tones thanks to our advanced colour technology.
Non-stop entertainment - Choose from a huge selection of instant entertainment – catch up TV and whole TV series, sports and the latest films.
Big, bold audio - The sleek stand doubles as a home theatre system for sound with added oomph.
Smooth, real-life action - Our motion technology improves fast moving scenes. No more judder or blur, just crisp images and smooth movement.
3D at its best - You’ve seen 3D, but wait until you’ve experienced it in full high definition.
3. CoolPix SS3300
For gadget girls or on-the-go mums.
Colourful and cool and super-quick, this is a camera made for lives lived in style and on the go.
- 16-megapixels, NIKKOR 6x zoom lens, 720p video recording
- Smart Portrait System: With features such as Smile Timer, Blink Proof and Skin Softening
- Easy in-camera filter effects, such as Selective Colour, which converts your image to monochrome then adds a splash of colour to an area of your choice
- Available in seven colours – black, silver, blue, pink, purple, green and red
4. Bond 50
All the Bonds. All the girls. All the action. All in high-definition. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment mark James Bond’s monumental golden anniversary with the release of BOND 50, the complete Bond experience showcasing all 22 classic films on Blu-ray together for the first time ever, neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set. The collection will be available on September 24 in the United Kingdom with additional international markets to follow that week. BOND 50 marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray and comes with a dossier of more than 122 hours of bonus features.
Bond 50 is available to buy from HMV now.
5. Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Box Set
The magical film franchise that enchanted Muggles around the world is now available in a spectacular limited-edition collectible box set. The most comprehensive Harry Potter film collection yet, the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, features all eight films, exclusive never-before-seen content and must-have memorabilia.
This new limited and numbered 31-disc collection contains all eight Harry Potter films on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy and more than 37 hours of special features including all previously released materials, more than 10 hours of new to disc bonus content and more than 4 hours of never-before-seen material. Witches and wizards that think they’ve seen everything will marvel at the all-new special features including the final two “Creating the World of Harry Potter” features titled “Story” and “Growing Up”. Many other, yet to be revealed, features are also included.
The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection will also allow fans to conjure up every available version of all eight films. In addition to the theatrical release of every film, the collection also includes the extended versions of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; and the 3D versions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.
Beautifully packaged in a stunning gift box measuring 32.4cm x 26.4cm x 28.6cm and weighing 19 lbs, the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection is the largest collection ever released by Warner Bros. and contains eight artistic and authentic film memorabilia that are essential for anyone who has ever dreamt of being accepted to Hogwarts. The collectibles are exclusive to the set.
Films included in collection–all on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet digital copy:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone–theatrical version and extended cut
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets–theatrical version and extended cut
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1–2D and 3D versions
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2–2D and 3D versions
- 37 hours of special features
- 5 hours all new special features
This article was first posted on November 15, 2012