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iPad Gifts for Movie Lovers

With big screens and more video options than ever before, iPads are great mobile platforms for watching movies and videos. Whether it’s commuting work or taking longer trips – on a bus across the country or flying at 35,000 feet – an iPad packed with movies and TV shows can be a great way to pass the time. If you’ve got a big movie or video fan in your life, here are some ideas for great presents this holiday season.

Don’t need anything for movie lovers? Check out the recommendations anyway, something great might still catch your eye. If not, no worries, check out one of our other iPad Holiday Buying Guides.

1. iPad Air

The iPad Air is a great option for movie fans thanks to its 4:3 9.7-inch 2048×1536 Retina display at 264ppi. The iPad Air displays movies in widescreen format, improving the viewing experience. With up to 128 GB of storage, the iPad Air is a terrific package for movie lovers. The iPad Air has an Apple A7 chipset, which includes both a custom 64-bit ARMv8-based Cyclone CPU, a PowerVR Series 6 “Rogue” GPU, and an Apple M7 motion coprocessor. Apple lists it as having up to 10 hours of wireless web use or video playback.

2. DVD to iPad Ripping software

For movie fans with big DVD libraries, these programs can help them convert DVDs into iPad-compatible video files. There are many programs that do this, ranging from free to those that cost $20-$40. They vary in output quality, so try a free download or read reviews before buying. Read the best DVD to iPad converters and review here.

3. iTunes Gift Card

Every iPad owner can do well with an iTunes Store gift card. With that card, they can buy movies and videos for download. Though the selection of movies at the iTunes Store is smaller than its selection of music, more movies and TV shows are being added all the time. An iTunes gift card is a perfect accompaniment to any gift of an iPad model.

4. elago P2 Stand for iPad

For the iPad user, a case that props the iPad up for easy viewing gives arms and shoulders a rest and makes watching movies or reading books a pleasure on long trips. Elago [iPad2 compatible] P2 Stand is the kind of accessory that you put in your living room to brag to friends because it looks so stylish, being made from aluminum and resembling something Steve Jobs would have designed. Once mounted, the screen of the iPad sits at the right angle and you can start using it as you would have touched the screen on a laptop. A back hole allows for cable management (I know you have messy cables as much as I do). What’s interesting is that eLago P2 stand is also compatible with other tablet PCs, not just the iPad. Here are some other best stands for watching movies on iPad in comfort, including those from elago, Griffin, etc.

5. OtterBox Series Case for iPad

For movie lovers on the go,a protective case is a must.  You’ll probably want to check out series cases from Otterbox.  The company, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, is well known for their protective cases for iOS and other devices. The company has four main series of products: the Defender, a multi-layer design which is designed for rough conditions; the Reflex, which uses a lighter design that emulates the automobile crumple zone concept for protection; the Commuter, which is designed for protection from day-to-day drops and scrapes; and the Impact, which is made up of simple silicone sleeves.

6.  iMovie App for iPad

If movie lovers are interested in photography, iMovie for iPad [Normally $4.99, but FREE for iOS 7 enabled devices – iTunes link]  is the app to have. You can turn all your video recordings to epics. This app lets you edit and re-create the entire video, the way you want. So after you’re done playing the photographer by shooting the entire video down, it is now your time to be the editor and the work the magic of being a good director. The app makes any video, look nothing less than being watched on the big screen.

And your gift ideas?

There are a lot of good iPad cases, apps, accessories on the market. If you’ve already picked the perfect gift for your iPad student, or have the perfect idea for one, let us know in comments!