No matter who you are, last minute Christmas shopping is always stressful and uncomfortable. With the clock winding down to the big day your chances of finding the perfect gift are slim to none. Therefore, we’ve decided to help your holiday dilemma by listing the Top Ten Gifts for the Movie Lover. Film fanatics are picky, and hard to impress so we’ve narrowed down a few favorites that even the most asinine fan will love.
1. Online Movie Membership
Feed their addiction with a free membership to one of the big online rental stores. With Netflix you get your choice of film and television on demand, while Blockbuster allows you to rent online, and exchange movies at any local store. Membership prices for both span between 8.99 – 19.99 per month, so if you’re thinking about going this route plan your money out in advance.
EBay is your friend! Online auctions are the most convenient places to shop for vintage or contemporary film merchandise. We’re talking posters, T-Shirts, action figures (for our Star Wars fanatics), or autographed photos if you can cough up the cash. Find out their favorite film, genre, or actor and look for something unique that celebrates them. You’ll be surprised by what people put up for sale. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
- Buy Now: eBay
- Buy Now: All Movie Replicas
- Buy Now: Hollywood Memorabilia
- Buy Now: Premiere Props
- Buy Now: MemoMine
- Buy Now: Movie Goods
3. DVD Box Sets
There are a few words that every movie buff loves to hear: collector’s edition, special edition, limited edition, unrated version, director’s cut, you get the picture. If you’re thinking about buying a specific movie, go hard or go home. Get a rare copy or a version that has different cover art. You can even up the ante by going for a specific box set that features a particular actor, director, or franchise. They usually cost a bit but more, but their worth the extra cash.
- Buy Now: The James Bond Box Set
- Buy Now: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
- Buy Now: Star Wars Original Trilogy
- Buy Now: The Godfather Trilogy
- Buy Now: The Back to the Future Trilogy
- Buy Now: The Karate Kid Collection
4. Books on Film
There are some movie lovers who are aficionado’s, who go out of their way to learn everything that can about film history. In this case, your local bookstore should be your shopping weapon of choice. Venture to the TV/Film section and sift through everything from biographies to coffee table books. Some of the best one’s focus on classic cinema, science-fiction, or any type of documentary.
- Buy Now: Robert Altman: The Oral Biography
- Buy Now: The Art of Avatar: James Cameron’s Epic Adventure
- Buy Now: James Bond: The Secret World of 007
- Buy Now: To Infinity and Beyond: The Story of Pixar Animation Studio
- Buy Now: Star Trek 101
- Buy Now: The Godfather: Classic Quotes
5. Magazine Subscription
If books are too stuffy or boring for your taste, a magazine would be the next natural step. Their not as thick and contain pretty pictures on glossy paper to keep your attention. Invest in a subscription to one of the major movie magazines like Empire, Premiere, or even Filmmaker. This way you can mix entertainment and information without the fear of boredom. You can also pay for it up front, which means no monthly fees.
6. Movie Soundtracks
Some people ignore the background music in movies, but any real fan of the medium submerges themselves in it. For every great movie there’s an equally amazing soundtrack, which means you have a huge selection to choose from. Find a movie that has a theme song that sticks out or represents a certain time in someone’s life and you’ve got the perfect Christmas gift. Music is nostalgic and can bring up good or bad memories, so be careful with your soundtrack of choice.
- Buy Now: The Ultimate Movie Music Collection
- Buy Now: The (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack
- Buy Now: The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack
- Buy Now: The New Moon Soundtrack
- Buy Now: The O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack
- Buy Now: The Across the Universe Soundtrack
7. Movie Trivia Games
Have you ever played the movie trivia game, Scene-It? It’s an insult to anyone who’s ever watched more than five films in their lifetime. The questions are ridiculously easy and don’t serve as a challenge to any real movie fan, but somehow it still manages to entertain. The deluxe edition versions are the best, because they focus on one particular franchise of films, for example they have some dedicated to Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Trek and even Twilight.
- Buy Now: Scene It? Harry Potter
- Buy Now: Scene It? Twilight
- Buy Now: Scene It? Star Trek
- Buy Now: Scene It? Marvel Edition
- Buy Now: Scene It? Disney Edition
- Buy Now: Pirates of the Caribbean
8. Flat Screen TV
We can’t all have a 40 foot projection screen in our living room, but a flat screen TV is a cheaper more accessible alternative. Wide screen TVs are becoming all the rage in home entertainment so why not step it up a notch? They cost a pretty penny, but if you want to watch your favorite movies with high quality sound and HD picture, you might want to start saving. Depending on the size, a flat screen TV can run you anywhere between a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars. It’s not a light investment, so make it count!
- Buy Now: Samsung – 40″ Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LCD HDTV
- Buy Now: Samsung – 46″ Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LCD HDTV
- Buy Now: Samsung – 50″ Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
- Buy Now: Panasonic – VIERA / 50″ Class / 720p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
- Buy Now: Samsung – 52″ Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LCD HDTV
9. Blu-ray Player
Technology changes every few years and the film industry is pretty much forcing HD Blu-ray discs down our throats. A Blu-ray player would be a great gift for the film fan looking to keep up with the times. Every week older movie titles are released in the format, which means a better selection to choose from. We’re unsure of what the next media advancement will be, but with a Blu-ray player at least you’ll be covered for the next six months.
- Buy Now: Magnavox Blu-Ray DVD Player
- Buy Now: Philips Blu-ray Disc Player
- Buy Now: Sony Blu-ray Disc Player
- Buy Now: Sony BDP-N460 Network Blu-ray Disc Player with Content Streaming
- Buy Now: Vizio Blu-ray Disc Player
10. A Reclining Chair
No matter who they are, the ultimate movie lover’s fantasy will always include a big screen TV, junk food, and a reclining chair. It’s the trifecta of successful movie watching. There are so many chairs on the market with everything from leather to suede covering. To a movie fan, the material doesn’t matter as much as the reclining action. As long as it gives the proper support, while relaxing every muscle in your body, you’re good to go. If you find the right one they’ll live in that thing, Archie Bunker style.
- Buy Now: La-Z-Boy
- Buy Now: Every Recliner
- Buy Now: Recliner Showroom
- Buy Now: Everything Furniture
- Buy Now: One Way Furniture
What do you think of our Top Ten Gifts for the movie lover? What would you add?