Christmas can be an expensive time, particularly for those who choose to travel to ski resorts or island getaways to celebrate the Yuletide. Add in the food shopping (with luxury items), not to mention gifts, and your credit card will be creaking. One way to focus on the lighter side of life is to settle down on the couch with a pack of bargain DVDs.
With new animations such as Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 – the Squeakquel, The Smurfs, Yogi Bear, Despicable Me and Wallace and Gromit, DVDs make great gifts for kids. Family films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Avatar and Johnny English are good for a light-hearted laugh. Much anticipated adventure films such as The Adventures of Tintin and Spider Man bring a sense of excitement that just about matches the carving of the turkey.
For the not-so innocent, a DVD after dinner by candlelight is a great way to spend the winter break. Make it a marathon with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy box set or opt for a rom-com with Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Another popular PG15 DVD is No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. Get the benefit of commentary from the films’ directors, casts and crews, watch deleted scenes, alternative storylines, behind the scenes footage and flick through photo galleries.
This time of year can be a financial nightmare, when consumers pay top prices for products in demand and shipping costs can leap through the ceiling. Prepare for the rush by picking up DVDs from your local supermarket and adding them to your trolley (alongside the turkey). Whether you’re stacking them under the tree or slapping them in the player, DVDs are a great way to relax this Christmas.