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Best Gifts for Movie Lovers and Film Fans

From books to trivia games, calendars to gourmet popcorn, this gift guide is filled with present ideas for the cinephile in your life.

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It’s always a good time for a movie marathon, but the holidays feel particularly special because there are so many great films hitting streaming services and SVOD on a regular basis.

Now that the season of gift giving has arrived, you still have a few weeks to score that perfect holiday present for someone you love, even (or especially!) if that someone you love is actually yourself. A lot of us have been spending more time at home over the last year, so why not find ways to spruce up your abode with posters, books, snacks, trivia games, and even organizing tools perfect for the cinephile in your life?

From books to box sets and plenty in between, we’ve collected a wide variety of items that will appeal to fans of all genres. Below, find a list of movie-related paraphernalia that will make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays, and other occasions.

Urban Accent Movie Knight Popcorn Set

It doesn’t feel quite like movie night without popcorn. The Urban Accent Movie Knight Popcorn gift set has a variety of seasonings with unique Non-GMO Project Verified popcorn kernels and natural popcorn flavorings to satisfy your savory, spicy, sweet, and cheesy cravings. Speaking of popcorn, you might also want to check out this silicone microwave popcorn maker for $12.

TCM Home for the Holidays Bundle

Classic movie lovers can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this TCM Home for the Holidays Bundle. This delightful holiday collection features a best-selling book, the official TCM holiday mug, and “It’s a Wonderful Life” on DVD.

Classic Movie Posters 2022 Calendar

This 16-month calendar pays homage to iconic movie posters including “ET,” Top Gun,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Titanic,” “Back to the Future,” “The Terminator,” and “Apocalypse Now.” The calendar comes with 180 reminder stickers to help you stay organized and keep up with important dates.

Lights, Camera, Action Movie Trivia Game

A family-friendly option to transform game night! Lights, Camera, Action is a movie trivia game designed for three or more players, ages eight and older. To play, pick a movie card and roll the dice to determine the challenge. Depending on the roll, players will either have to ask trivia, hum, draw, mime, or describe the film listed. The game comes in a clapperboard-style box that includes a notepad, pencil, timer, hourglass, dice, and 50 question cards.  Lights, Camera, Action is available at Kohl’s, and Amazon.

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies by Andrew DeGraff

“Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies” features illustrated maps inspired by more than two dozen films including “The Breakfast Club,” “Back to the Future,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Princess Bride,” “Fargo,” “Pulp Fiction,” “King Kong,” and “North by Northwest.” The atlas includes routes of major characters charted in meticulous detail.

“This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars & Stories” by Carla Valderrama

This one-of-a-kind Hollywood history from the creator of Instagram’s @ThisWasHollywood account reveals “the forgotten past of the film world in a dazzling visual package modeled on the classic fan magazines of yesteryear.” From former screen legends who faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating, little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.

Columbia Classics 4K HD Ultra 6-Film Collection, Vol. 1 (Blu-ray + Digital)

This limited-edition gift set features six classic Columbia Pictures films: “Anatomy of a Murder,” “Oliver!,” “Taxi Driver,” “Stripes,” “Sense and Sensibility,” and “The Social Network.” The 14-disc set includes over 30 hours of special features comprised of rare archival materials and exciting new content, including anniversary reunions between cast and filmmakers, an extra disc featuring 20 acclaimed short films from the Columbia Pictures library, and an 80-page collectible book with rare photos and insightful history on the featured films. You also might like the Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection, or the Drive-In Cult Cinema Collection featuring 200 films.

Iconic Movies of the ‘80s and ‘90s, 20-Movie Collection (DVD)

 Looking for a smaller box set? This 20-movie collection includes “48 Hours,” “Airplane,” “Ghost,” “Footlose,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Clueless,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Tommy Boy,” “Wayne’s World,” and more legendary films from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

 

Film Noir 10-Movie Spotlight Collection (DVD)

Starring Hollywood legends such as Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, and Ava Gardner, these films represent a classic era in cinema history. The Film Noir 10-Movie Spotlight Collection DVD showcases a selection of defining movies including “Double Indemnity,” “Touch of Evil,” “This Gun for Hire,” “Criss Cross,” and “The Killers.”

Best Picture Essentials 10-Movie Collection (Blu-ray + Digital)

From “My Fair Lady” to “No Country for Old Men,” the Best Picture Essentials movie box set comes with 10 films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The set also includes digital editions of the films.

Marvel Studio Cinematic Collection Phase 2

Can’t forget about Marvel fans! The Marvel Studio Cinematic Collection Phase 2 has “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Thor: the Dark World,” “Iron Man 3,” and a bonus Blu-ray filled with deleted and extended scenes, Marvel one-shot films and commentary, and other behind-the-scenes footage.

Pretty Perfect Studio Custom Home Theater Sign

Whether you’re sprucing up your home theater, movie room, or living room, a customizable home theater movie sign makes for a cool gift idea. Featuring a classic vintage movie-themed motif, these made-to-order signs are printed on canvas, and are available in four different sizes, the smallest of which is 10” x 20.”

What to Watch Streaming Decider Dice

Sometimes the hardest part of binging is figuring out what to watch. This laser-engraved dice set makes it fun to choose what’s on your watchlist. With 216 potential combos, these dice come in handy, whether you’re watching TV alone or with multiple people.

Blockbuster Lighted Sign

For nostalgia junkies, the Blockbuster video aesthetic hasn’t gone out of style. This custom lighted sign measures 7” x 6” x 1.5” and includes LED bulbs, along with an AC Adapter port, and four AAA batteries.

“The Film That Changed My Life” by Robert K. Elder

A great gift for movie buffs and aspiring filmmakers. “The Film That Changed My Life” highlights 30 directors, including Peter Bogdanovich, Michel Gondry, and Kevin Smith, examining classic movies that inspired them to tell stories.

“Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love” by Andre and Tenaya Darlington

Turner Classic Movies is here to help you plan the perfect date night (or dinner party, when the public health situation finally allows). Cue up “Casablanca” with some French 75s and a Moroccan-themed spread — or choose from the rest of the 30 movie-themed dinners and cocktail pairings, inspired by films from the 1930s through the 1980s. You’ll also get behind the scenes intel on each film, dish, and cocktail, plus cooking tips and other entertaining ideas in a culinary tour of movie history with menus based on “The Thin Man,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Some Like It Hot,” “American Graffiti,” “Moonstruck,” and many more.


“Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist” by Tim Federle

Upgrade your cocktail game with these movie-inspired cocktails from drinks guru Tim Federle, including 50 delicious drink recipes paired with winking commentary on history’s most quotable films — plus drinking games, movie-themed snacks, and gorgeous illustrations. Of course, if you’re going to up your cocktail game, you’ll want to make sure you have the appropriate fancy glassware as well, like this set of Marquis by Waterford Double Old Fashioned Glasses.

Enno Vatti Top 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster

Want to track the movies you watch? This poster includes original illustrations for 100 of the most beloved films (by fans and critics alike), from influential classics to modern blockbusters. After you’ve seen a film, get out a quarter like you’re playing a scratch-off lottery ticket and uncover the unique icon for each film. Once you’ve finished this bucket list of sorts, the poster fits in an A2 size (16.5″ by 23.4″) frame.

“Accidentally Wes Anderson” by Wally Koval

The @accidentallywesanderson Instagram account comes to life in this gorgeous hardcover book — yes, it is authorized by the director himself — that collects people’s photographs from destinations around the world that capture Anderson’s unique visual style and features writeups of each location. From the official description: “A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorized by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of his films, presented with fascinating human stories behind each façade.”

“They Drew as They Pleased Volume 6: The Hidden Art of Disney’s New Golden Age” by Didier Ghez

Award-winning Disney historian Didier Ghez explores the history of Disney Animation Studios from the 1990s through 2010s by profiling artists Joe Grant, Hans Bacher, Mike Gabriel, and Michael Giaimo; investigating the magic behind blockbusters including “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Frozen,” and “Moana,” and outlining Disney’s shift to computer animation.

“Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling Through Hollywood History” by Mark Bailey and Edward Hemingway

This book is more than a guide to Hollywood drinking history — though it does have that, with stories involving Humphrey Bogart’s arrest while protecting his drinking buddies (two stuffed pandas), Ava Gardner’s water-skiing-with-cocktail technique, bathtubs of champagne, and liquor stored in peroxide bottles during Prohibition. Anecdotes from booze-soaked films like “Apocalypse Now” and “From Here to Eternity” are featured, plus a list of legendary bars from back in the day. The book also has recipes for 40 of your favorite stars’ go-to cocktails, so you can fix yourself one of William Faulkner’s mint juleps to watch next year’s Kentucky Derby.

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