So the whole year. It’s time to buy gifts for your friends and family again as the whole world celebrates this corporate, commercial, money-hungry, festive and generous holiday. Some of you may have taken care of everything by now.
Others may be last minute shoppers like me and think that even now is just the start of the shopping season. No matter which one you belong to, there are sure to be at least a few more on your list to check out. In this article, we will provide some gift ideas for movie fans that might be on your list.
Of course movie lovers love movies. However, this gift selection is not as clear-cut as you might think. In fact, this can be one of the hardest choices for movie fans. There are all sorts of problems that might arise here. You can choose the wrong format, wrong media, wrong edition. Or you can plain and simple just pick the wrong film.
Or even more likely, buy them a movie they already own (after all, they are movie buffs, chances are they have a LOT of movies which makes it more likely to buy something they already own). So, that’s why I recommend staying away from this option unless the movie buff in your life has been actively hinting at a certain movie lately.
In this case, go for it. Movies are definitely good for us movie buffs. But again, be careful in buying. Or at least keep the receipt and don’t be offended when that person needs to return your gift.
Now for those of you who want to get some movie fans, but don’t want to bother making sure you don’t misunderstand, Netflix is the answer. Netflix allows the cinephiles on your list to access all kinds of movies from old to new, domestic to foreign, indie to blockbuster and so on. The great thing about this too, they can choose which movies they want to watch, while you only pay for a subscription.
Netflix giveaways come in different packages and lengths. You can get a streaming plan just for movie lovers or you can choose a plan that allows streaming, plus up to 1, 2, or 3 DVDs out at once. These can all be purchased in terms ranging from 1 month to 1 year. For example, a 6 month streaming plan will cost you around $48.
Or you can put out 2 DVDs at once for 1 year for around $180. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit with the movie buffs in your life. It doesn’t matter if they’re already subscribed, because Netflix Rewards can be added to an existing subscription and they’ll get months of free service.
3. Fandango Card
Of course every movie buff spends a lot of time in the theater. So, in line with the Netflix thing, another option is a Fandango gift card (or a gift card from a local theater). This gives your film fans a gift that will continue to be given throughout the year as they revisit the theater. Every time enjoy the magic of the big screen with your spare change. Movie buffs on your list will surely love gifts like these for months on end as they can catch all the latest releases.
4. Movie Memories
Your typical movie buff is obsessed with movies in a way you may never fully understand. As such, it means everything about the movies they enjoy. So, another great gift for movie lovers on your list is movie memorabilia. Starting from movie posters, t-shirts, collectibles, autographed items, box sets, to film cells and works of art.
You can even buy scripts/screenplays/props from their favorite movies online. With many online outlets selling this type of stuff, the possibilities are endless once you get to know some of your movie fan favorite movies or actors, etc.
5. Movie-Related Books and Magazines
As I said earlier, chances are good that the movie buff in your life loves everything that has to do with movies. This applies to books and magazines as well. A biography of their favorite actor or a book related to movies is an unusually good idea for the movie buff in your life. There are many books out there designed for this type of person.
From 1001 Movies You Should See Before You Die to 1000 Movies to Change Your Life to 100 Best Movies to Rent You’ve Never Heard of to more specific books like 101 Horror Movies You Should See Before You Die. All will be a welcome treat for the movie buff in your life. Likewise, the movie buff in your life will surely love to keep up with all things film and gain insight into the industry they are passionate about.
Thus, a magazine subscription that caters to this type is also a good choice. This includes both print and online types. Although I would say you want to go beyond the more common types of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stones, etc.
Instead, look at things like ‘Boxoffice Magazine’, ‘Hollywood Reporter’, ‘Premiere’, ‘Empire’ (UK) , ‘Filmmaker’ or ‘Filmmaker Magazine’. Likewise, you can also get them to subscribe to online industries like Variety.com or ProductionWeekly.com.
6. Universal Remote
As you probably know, the movie buff in your life is bound to love electronics. This is especially true when it comes to their home entertainment arrangements. All that equipment can spiral out of control when remote controls start to pile up. Introducing Logitech Harmony. The cream of the crop when it comes to universal remotes. This range of remotes from Logitech ranges from around $100 to over $300. Any movie buff will be happy to get such a remote control to accentuate their setup.
7. Roku Box
This is a great companion gift to a Netflix subscription. Streaming players allow movie lovers to use one of these streaming services to stream movies directly to their TV instead of having to watch on their computers or laptops. This is great for any movie buff who prefers to watch on a big screen TV instead of their tiny computer monitor. The Roku box enables instant streaming of Netflix on your TV. It also allows access to services like Hulu Plus, Amazon On Demand, and more.
8. Blu-Ray Player
Chances are your movie buffs already have one in their collection. However, for those who don’t have a Blu-ray player it is a great gift for the movie buff in your life. Delivering a high definition movie viewing experience, the movie buffs in your life will love the experience of watching their favorite movies in pure hi-def.
9. Popcorn Maker
Everyone knows: popcorn goes well with film like jelly goes with peanut butter. And for some reason, kettle popcorn tastes better. So why not bring that theater goodness into your favorite movie buff’s home by gifting them a snack whenever they sit down to watch a movie at home.
You can find many kettle popcorn makers for under $100. Any movie buff would find it cool to have their own popcorn maker sitting in the corner of their room for access whenever they want to spend an evening watching a movie (and trust me, they do this often).
10. The “Game” Chair
It provides ultimate comfort while sitting in front of the TV to watch movies. With a built-in speaker system and ultimate comfort, there are plenty of stylish gaming chairs out there. Every movie buff will love one of these cool lounge chairs/pads to relax and enjoy their movie experience.
Not only does it look cool and comfortable, but it gives a more immersive feel with the headrest speakers and the seat-mounted subwoofer that let you rumble with the explosions on the screen.
11. Ambient Sound System
Speaking of sound, if your movie buff doesn’t already have one, a surround sound system is always a welcome addition to their home entertainment experience. Providing sound immersion to accompany their viewing experience, a surround sound system is an absolute must for any movie buff who wants to make the most of the home entertainment experience. Of course, this can be an expensive gift, but the movie buffs in your life will surely thank you.
Since we mentioned important components, TV definitely falls in that range. Obviously your movie buffs already have it, but they’re never against a new TV (or even just a secondary TV). Whether it’s a smaller LCD TV to put in their room or an upgrade to a new, top-of-the-line 3D TV, TV is always welcome.
Your movie buffs will definitely like you for this. With a boost from 3D TVs, this is a definite hot item that most of the movie fans in your life will be more than happy to pick up. Again, this is one of the more expensive gifts, so expect to pay thousands for something like that.
13. Film Storage
You may already know this, but the movie buff in your life probably has a huge collection of movies. A collection that they proudly display as well. Of course such collections are often beasts that need to be tamed. Enter the realm of media storage. It actually comes in two forms as well: physical and digital. First we will touch on the traditional physical form. This means cabinets and shelves.
If the movie buff in your life doesn’t already have a shelf for their collection, or is simply running out of shelf space, then a new shelf, shelf, or tower will make a handy and welcome gift for your movie buff in helping tame an ever-expanding collection and bring some to it. . Of course you have the digital front too. This is the same concept as storing all your music on your computer. Many companies make special devices for storage media like this.
There are even companies like Kaleidoscope and PrimeArray that make systems that work as both storage and servers. This means all movies are stored on digital storage devices. But the cherry on top is that these devices then provide the means to share all that data across the network and have access to your entire movie collection with the click of a button on your remote.
Have instant access to any movie in your collection without having to get up and change discs, etc. However this can be very expensive. Some are even more expensive than the TV itself. But the techphile/cinephile in your life will love it.
14. AFI Membership
Every film buff is familiar with the prestigious American Film Institute. What better way to reward their passion for film than to allow your film fans to be a part of the institution by buying them a membership in AFI. These can range from $60-2,500. Offering cool perks like movie tickets, exclusive release schedules, and magazine subscriptions, AFI membership also gives members access to AFI events.
In addition, your film buffs can even vote with industry professionals for the various film awards and awards presented by AFI every year. In addition, they will even get an AFI membership card to show off proudly to friends as a sign of their dedication to film.
15. Film Festival Tickets
I’m sure you’ve heard of them. Sundance. Cannes. Attending this more prestigious film festival may be like a lifetime dream for the film buff in your life. They might give a hand or a leg for the experience of going to the prestigious Sundance festival or Cannes or the Venice Film Festival. However, these events are booked well in advance and can be expensive. So, they don’t make great last minute gift ideas.
Nonetheless, I’m sure your film buffs will be happy to receive a “rain check” on the prize if it means the promise of getting admission to one of these festivals at a later date. Likewise, many major cities offer their own film festivals throughout the year. If you live near one of these, your movie buffs will surely love the opportunity to attend one of these as well.
So there you have it, lots of ideas for making sure the movie buffs in your life have a happy holiday and making sure you come out on top with gift ideas for those movie buffs (rather than being a relative giving an ugly pair of knit socks for Christmas or something).