My fiance and I bought his mother a new Kindle Fire for Christmas, but she received one from someone else before we were able to give it to her. I'm super bummed because I was very excited to give her the Kindle, and now I have to return it and think of something else to get her. I'd prefer not to get her a gift card because that's so much less personal. Looking in the $100-$150 price range. Any ideas?
Getting the Kindle accessories is a good idea. The exact same thing happened to me last year with my dad. He got the Kindle from someone else, before I had a chance to give him my gift. I let him open it, anyway, then returned it and sent him a wireless router (since he did not have WiFi at the time) and put the balance on an Amazon gift card, so he could buy books/apps for his new Kindle. I know you said the gift card seemed too impersonal to you, but I thought it worked out fine in my case, especially since he knew I had picked out something for him originally.
OH Wow... I would do the gift card for Amazon too after I told her I had also bought the kindle... Or OH OH Does she like to cook? Check out http://www.thecakepanlady.com/ Custom cake pans..I bought some and put kitchen mitts, kitchen towels, and chefs aprons tucked inside. That was a Big hit for all the cooks in my family. A Viking Cooking school class.. http://www.vikingrange.com/consumer/cookingschool/cookingschool.jsp?id=cat13100027 As long as it don't look like you are saying she can not cook LOL
I think she is going to use the Kindle Fire more as a tablet than a reader, and so I'm not sure she'd ever use the $100+ gift card for books... She's not super into cooking, but I do like those ideas! I'm actually looking into getting her a wine opener/pourer/vacuum sealer set now. I also don't think she has any red wine glasses, since we were all drinking red wine out of white wine glasses on Christmas eve... so maybe a set of those as well?
Cool! That is a good idea..... UHHH As I don't drink at all I did not know there was a differance in white and red wine glasses (blush). HA One drink would make my upper lip go numb two drinks and I was sick so I just don't do it. But you are on the right track I would think.
>>Grumbler says: why would anybody buy a roku box these days? either get a tv with the functions built in, or a blu ray player with the functions built in for about the same cost as the roku box... <<
Because a Roku is $50.
A new TV costs more than $50... last I checked anyway. And a new (decent) Blu-ray player with those features costs more than $50... at least the ones that also interact with your iPad or Android tablet, like the Roku does.
the first (sony) blu ray player i just mentioned is 94 dollars. the second one (the 3d player) is 99 dollars. so for 20-30 dollars above a roku box you have a blu ray player as well. seems real cheap to me.
I have a networking tv in one room. And I have a networking blu-ray in another room (and it doesn't have amazon on it...bought it too early I guess. It is an LG one and no updates have added amazon.) But I still have roku boxes in other rooms!! My kids' and guest room doesn't have cable and it was much cheaper to get a roku than pay for cable installation!!
Even at BHL's fault for not realizing the blu-ray players still have composite outputs ...at what price is the Sony BDP-S590? oh, it's not $50.... it's closer to $100. As is the Panasonic model you mentioned... as most of the models that do what the Roku does (even still they don't interact with your tablet)
So, again, the Roku at $50 is ideal for the price point, and (again) to answer your question "why would anyone buy a Roku these days?" -- is that it's only $50 compared the $100 suggestions you offered up just now.
>>Grumbler says: the first (sony) blu ray player i just mentioned is 94 dollars. the second one (the 3d player) is 99 dollars. so for 20-30 dollars above a roku box <<
And your math is flawed... $50 (Roku) minus $95 (Sony) or $100 (Panasonic) is a $45 to $50 difference... not a $20 to $30 difference. $45 or $50 more is now TWICE the price of the Roku box, making it more than just a mere price upgrade.
Especially if someone has a basic Blu-ray player already. -- or maybe for someone who doesnt even have a hi-def TV (which might have been what BHL was alluding to) and doesnt NEED a Blu-ray player.
You're obviously putting way too much emphasis on the "no votes" -- I don't even use the buttons as they're purely pointless. I choose to disagree verbally, not by pushing a button. You've earned those no-votes from someone other than me.
The Roku is a great idea. If she doesn't already have it Amazon Prime and/or Netflix for streaming. Just pay for for a year of unlimited streaming. That way she can watch movies on her Kindle Fire. The wine opener sounds nice. I wouldn't get glasses if she has a nice set. I am an avid wine drinker and for the most part the wider red wine glasses make little difference when drinking white wine. But A nice bottle of vino verde, a Portuguese light refreshing wine with a set...nice. Of course if she is a cappuccino drinker then nespresso and breville makes excellent milk frothers that are perfect for hot coco, cappuccino, latte and anything else you may want foam for. Perfect for winter months.