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Entertainment Christmas gift ideas for the picky

Meld Magazine

Wed Dec 18 2013


WITH only a week to go before Christmas and time quickly running out, Grant Roberts offers you three gift ideas for the bunch of people most difficult to buy for.


We’ve now entered the hectic shopping period and with Christmas next week, there are those who perhaps haven’t even started their Christmas shopping yet.

While some people on your shopping list might seem pretty straight forward, there are always those few individuals who either already have everything or have niche personalities that set make them the most difficult to shop for.

Here are three helpful tips of what you can get someone that likely won’t be be returned the next day.

Movie Vouchers

Sometimes it’s the little things that people want the most and with a vast selection of movies coming out on Boxing Day, a couple of vouchers to the movies will surely be met with a smile.

Film buffs of all ages can look forward to the upcoming sequels to their favourite films including Peter Jackson’s newest instalment in The Hobbit series, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

For those less interested in fantasy/adventure films, Will Ferrell is returning to split sides as he returns to the news desk as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues from December 19.

Other movies coming out from Boxing Day and in the New Year include: Philomena; Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; animated film Walking with Dinosaurs;47 Ronin starring Keanu ReevesThe Wolf of Wall Street;Robocop;Wolf Creek 2;Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Everyone likes to go to the movies and it’s a present that doesn’t have to be used right away with vouchers valid for 12 months from the date it’s purchased.

An adult gift voucher is $19.00 at Village Cinemas with Gold Class tickets at $39.00. Online tickets can be purchased here.

CDs and DVDs

The safest and most practical present to give almost anyone this Christmas is a CD of their favourite band, or DVD of their favourite movie this year.

If your friend is by any chance a Directioner, then they will be absolutely chomping at the bit to get their hands on the Deluxe Edition of One Direction’s third album,Midnight Memories. Released just in time for Christmas, the $19.99 album from JB Hi-Fi contains 18 tracks and a 32 page booklet to keep any Directioner happy this Christmas.

Alternative British rock band Muse has also released a new album in time for Christmas with a CD + Blu-ray combination for $19.99.

The Live At Rome Olympic Stadium Blu-ray features tracks from their newest studio album The 2nd Law as well as their classics ‘Super Massive Blackhole,’ ‘Time is Running Out,’ ‘Uprising’ and ‘Plug-in Baby’, making up a 13-track CD and 20 track live performance set – an absolute must have for any Muse fan.

JB Hi-Fi is also having a 2 for $20 Blu-Ray sale on selected Blu-ray movies including: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Pineapple Express, Taxi Driver, The Hunger Games, Pulp Fiction, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club and many more.

It’s definitely a ‘more for less’ Christmas gift idea for any film aficionado out there.

If you aren’t exactly sure what type of music or films someone might be into, JB Hi-Fi also stocks gift cards – an option for anyone truly stuck for ideas this Christmas.


It’s that time of year where you want to sit down, relax, enjoy good food and be entertained, and what better gift to give someone than a ticket to an upcoming play or theatrical performance.

For those with a large appetite, you should certainly consider taking them to Melbourne’s own Dracula’s.

Home to all things vampiric, the burlesque comedy venue is currently showcasing Bloodbath, a show riddled with aerial acrobatics, optical illusions and musical ingenuity. A gourmet three-course meal is also included which justifies its $85 ticket price. A miniature rollercoaster also takes you to your seat upon entry!

Another show taking Melbourne by storm is the highly acclaimed musical King Kong. The show will leave Melbourne on February 16 but until then, it will be held almost every day. The two and a half hour performance brings romance, adventure and violence altogether in a revitalised musical performance that will appeal to almost everyone.

Tickets to see the once in a lifetime show start from $75 and with countless restaurants around the Regent Theatre, it’ll surely be a night to remember.

Have any other Christmas gift ideas? Share with us below!