This TV Projector is the Perfect Holiday Gift for the Whole Family

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A TV projector is one holiday gift the whole family will agree on and love all year-round.

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When family and friends visit this holiday season, you might as well have a movie night with the whole crew. Queue up “It’s Wonderful Life” or another favorite flick, slip into matching Christmas pajamas and make a few bowls of popcorn for a perfect night in.

A TV projector makes a great gift for the family because it’s something you’ll use all year. There’s no need a fancy in-home screening room either. All you need is a flat surface to project the image. We prefer the DIY coziness that comes from hanging a sheet on the wall or outside when the weather warms up.

High-end projectors can cost thousands of dollars, but the GooDee HD Movie Projector is a quality budget option that offers up to 1080p resolution and a max screen size of 230 inches. The projector connects with a host of electronics you already have — your TV cable box, Fire Stick TV, Chromecast,  laptop, tablet, external speakers, Xbox, DVD player, PS3, PS4, USB stick, media players, iPad, iPhone and Android smartphone. You can stream movies, TV and video, though you’ll probably need an HDMI adapter for some of your electronics. Note that the GooDee does come with an HDMI cable.

If that hasn’t convinced you it’s the perfect gift for the whole family, it rates 4.5 stars on Amazon with more than 3,500 reviews. That’s a lot of happy families. Here’s how to make the most of a TV projector.


Family Memories

Get your hands on old family videos and photos and project them on the wall. If the movies are silent or you’re showing a slideshow of favorite pictures, add your favorite nostalgic or holiday-themed music. We love this idea for a personalized Christmas party background, or just to show your kids how you used to dress way back when. Pro tip: The darker the atmosphere, the better your images will project.

Family Backyard Movie Night

Take advantage of warm summer evenings — or winter evenings if your climate allows — and project your family’s favorite films outdoors, complete with pizza and the neighbor kids if you’re so inclined.

Not all projectors work well outdoors, but the GooDee HD Movie Projector’s resolution, portability, brightness and throw distance are good to go. The HiFi stereo speakers are powerful enough to be heard outdoors, another important feature you won’t find on competing projectors in this price range. If you want surround sound, connect external speakers.

Indoor Art Projects

If you’ve always wanted to DIY a mural or large-scale art project in your home, a projector is an easy shortcut. Simply project your selected image — let’s say a Christmas tree — on to the wall and trace it with a pencil. Fill in the rest with paint, and voilà, a professional-looking wall art. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do mural wall painting.

Family Power Point Night

Maybe you’ve seen this trend on social media, but COVID-bound families have started to present wacky and silly Power Point presentations to each other. Topics range from “Why Boy Bands Are Better than Bach” to “Mom’s Favorite Sayings, Rated from Most to Least Annoying.” Presenting your Power Point work of genius on a projector gives it more gravitas and makes it more fun.

Make Gaming More Extreme

You haven’t lived until you’ve played Mario Kart on a 230-inch screen. Enough said.

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Megan Wood
As Deputy Affiliate eCommerce Editor, Megan Wood helps Family Handyman readers find the best products to make their lives better, easier, and more joyful. She has 10 years of service journalism and product review experience across a variety of national websites. When she’s not tracking down the best sales and deals, you can probably find her walking her dog.