Deck the halls with “Yellowjackets” sweatpants and butt plug candles! The 2022 holiday season is upon us, and whether you’re playing Secret Santa or shopping for a loved one, movies and TV provide excellent inspiration for making your gifts not just more meaningful, but just a smidge more magical.
The best movie and TV gift ideas — the kind you can wrap anyway — evoke the spirit of the titles that inspired them. These physical items can underline an iconic joke (see the aforementioned naughty “Everything Everywhere All at Once” candle), sincerely salute a well-loved story (check out some adorable “You’ve Got Mail” wall art below), or allow us to enjoy feats of craft in new ways (here’s looking you, the “TÁR” concept album).
Of course experiential presents can be just as rewarding, if not more so. Visits to places, such as the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, or to events, such as the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, are sure to foster opportunities for lifelong memories: perhaps with you, the gifter, in tow! If you can’t or don’t want to embark on something so extravagant, however, there’s no reason movie tickets can’t offer you just as memorable of an experience. With Oscar contenders flooding in theaters, asking someone to the movies is especially smart during holiday season.
Listed in no particular order, here are 15 brilliant gift ideas curated by staffers at IndieWire to help you out for the holidays.