Blockbuster Gifts For the Movie Lover in Your Life

Blockbuster Gifts For the Movie Lover in Your Life

Elaine Chung

Movies are back! After over a year of delays, theater closures, direct-to-HBO Max releases, and directors being particular about how and where their films should be seen, we have finally progressed into somewhat of a normal Oscar film season—aka the good stuff. And since no one is happier about that than the film buff in your life (who still hasn’t stopped talking about the Dune theater experience), might we suggest a movie-themed gift for the holidays this year?

From sumptuous coffee table books to the gear you need for the ultimate home movie night, here are 34 great gift ideas for your favorite movie lover.

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Wireless Headphone System

If they’ve got kids or roommates who don’t want to be included in their surround sound experience, only the highest quality headphones will do.

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Pull Down Projector Screen

They’ll need this, too.

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Popcorn Seasoning Variety Pack

You’ve popped the popcorn, now it’s time to sprinkle some fancy seasoning on it. 

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Beam Soundbar

While your movie buff might have the screen figured out, Sonos has the sound on lock. The best sound for its size and price comes from their Beam, which offers voice control and can also be linked to other Sonos speakers for complete surround sound.

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Bamboo Robe

They may as well go to the movie theater if they aren’t going to get an ultra-comfy robe for movie night at home. 

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Bamboo Throw Blanket

Movie lovers spend a lot of time sitting on the couch.

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The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando

Featuring new material from Marlon Brando’s personal archives, this definitive biography of the Hollywood heavyweight interrogates Brando’s seismic influence on cinematic history, as well as his activism against segregation and discrimination. 

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The Stanley Kubrick Archives

This book has anything anyone would ever need to know if they wanted to major in Stanley Kubrick. The Stanley Kubrick Archives runs down everything detail of the famed directors work, including: set designs, sketches, correspondence, documents, screenplays, drafts, notes, and shooting schedules. Too much? Not for a dedicated Kubrick fan.

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Classic Movie Trivia

This is the perfect way to prepare for Oscar-themed trivia. This book has all the knowledge of Tinseltown that can stump even the most confident movie-watcher.

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85 Years of the Oscar

Robert Osbourne, best known as the host on Turner Classic Movies, died in March 2017, but his legacy as an ultimate movie expert lives on. So does this book he published in 2013, about the history of the Oscars, dating back to its beginning. It only covers the first 85 years, but seeing how Oscar is 97 now, that’s most of his life.

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The Bad Movie Bible

From The Blair Witch Project to Nick Fury: Agent of Shield, this compendium of movies so bad they’re good investigates just what went wrong–and why the performers and creators behind these films keep shifting the blame. 

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Plastic Popcorn Containers

Why eat popcorn out of the greasy microwave bag and profane your couch with buttery fingers when you could be eating out of this sleek, retro container instead?

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Professional Grade Studio Director’s Chairs

For the aspiring director in your life, a professional grade director’s chair from which they can call the shots and bark orders into a megaphone. Dress for the job you want, right? 

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Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies

For the feminist film buff in your life, an illustrated history of the women who made Hollywood the cultural powerhouse it is today, featuring 1200 women (known and unknown alike) from all walks of the business: actresses, directors, screenwriters, composers, cinematographers, and so on.

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Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking

Featuring letters from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Katharine Hepburn, and Marlon Brando, this book pulls back the curtain on the world of filmmaking, making it the perfect gift for old Hollywood aficionados. 

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Movie Quotes Drinking Game

The objective of this game is to test your recall of movie quotes–if you fail, bottoms up. Buyer beware–if you give someone this game, prepare to be roped into it. 

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Cinephile: A Card Game

Your classic film trivia game, but with beautiful graphic design and hand-drawn portraits of celebrities. With this gift, you can give the film buff in your life not just a game, but a keepsake. 

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Ticket Box

Do you know a movie fanatic who collects ticket stubs? Gift them this shadowbox to get their tickets out of a dusty shoebox and into the spotlight. 

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Cocktails of the Movies

From Hunter S. Thompson’s Singapore Sling to the Dude’s White Russian, this illustrated book of recipes for iconic cinematic cocktails covers all of the big screen bases. 

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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Ingmar Bergman’s prolific body of work has inspired filmmakers across the globe, and this gorgeous box set from the Criterion Collection celebrates what would be the film master’s 100th birthday.

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Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood

You Must Remember This host Karina Longworth brings her talents for telling idiosyncratic tales of Hollywood’s golden years to the written form with an exhaustive look at movie pioneer Howard Hughes, which dissects the mogul’s life through the many women he pulled into his orbit.

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Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story

No one expected Caddyshack to have such a profound impact on comedy. Chris Nashawaty’s deep dive into the making of the Harold Ramis comedy shows how wild talent and unconventional filmmaking helped produce a cult classic.

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Wet Hot American Summer: The Annotated Screenplay

Wet Hot American Summer might be the 21st century’s successor to Caddyshack, and this shooting script from Michael Showalter offers anecdotes from the cast and creative team plus a great forward from actor Michael Ian Black.

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The Wes Anderson Collection

Cultural critic Matt Zoller Seitz offers an exhaustive look at one of the most beloved contemporary filmmakers working today, and this meticulous and playful book is a marvelous companion to Wes Anderson’s filmography. 

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The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together

The excellent Big Lebowski reference in the subtitle hardly does this volume justice. If you know a Coen Brothers fan, then you know someone who will love this obsessive appreciation of the filmmaking duo.

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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies

Great movies take us on crazy journeys. This visually stunning book tracks the steps that our favorite adventurous characters have taken in film history, with movies as varied as The Princess Bride and Fargo.

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Whirly-Pop Popcorn Popper

Sure, you can throw a folded bag of kernels into the microwave for a quick treat, but making homemade popcorn on the stove is always more fun—and recreates the movie theater experience at home. 

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Cinelinx: A Card Game for People Who Love Movies

Does the movie buff you love spend too much time alone in a dark room? Turn on the lights and get them to mingle with this fun movie trivia game. 

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Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground

Movie posters are iconic images that most pop-culture fans can immediately recognize, but this collection of fan art will make you look at your favorite movies from a different perspective. 

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