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It’s always a good time to watch a movie, particularly in 2021 when there are so many great films hitting streaming services and SVOD on a regular basis. It’s also always a good time to buy someone you love a present, even (or especially!) if that someone you love is actually yourself. We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home than normal, so why not find ways to spruce up your abode with posters, books, snacks, and even organizing tools perfect for the cinephile in your life?
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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. Be sure to check back often, because we’ll continue to update this list with items when we stumble across more fun movie-related paraphernalia. And for more movie-themed roundups check out best trivia games for film buffs.
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, the dice set will definitely come in handy, whether you’re watching TV alone or with multiple people.
Once you’ve made a decision, write down the movie name, showtime, and showing location (the couch, backyard – you get the idea), and whatever else you want to add on this Movie Night Decorations Chalk Board. The chalkboard measures 14 3/4” x 10” with 5mm thickness, making it perfect to sit on a side table or hang it on the wall. It comes equipped with picture hangers on the back for mounting, and a wood stand to support the chalkboard as a table centerpiece.
“Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies” by artist Andrew DeGraff 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.
For movie lovers and 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.
Document your love for film and TV with a new journal. The intro pages include film festival listings, a glossary, and milestones from the history of cinema. Featured in the journal are three tabbed sections for your watchlist and favorites, along with other notes that you might want to jot down such as key info, ratings, and reviews. If you’re looking for something cheaper, try this Movie Watching Journal for $8.
This limited-edition gift set (releasing on Sept. 28) 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.
Whether you’re sprucing up your home theater, movie room, or living room, a customizable Home Theater Movie Sign is a nice gift idea. These made-to-order signs are printed on canvas, and are available in four different sizes, the smallest of which is 10” x 24.” If you’re looking something less pricey, check out this Movie Lovers Only sign.
For the Superstar Cinephile who appreciates snacks, this movie gift box set features Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, Act II Buttery Movie Popcorn, and other must-have movie theater favorites. The set also comes with a movie roll gift tin filled with an assortment of candy bars. Another solid option is the Ultimate Movie Night Care Package, which features a wide variety of snacks (Skittles, Cracker Jack, cookies, and more candy for your sweet tooth, plus popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, and chips for the savory lovers) and a code to rent a DVD from Redbox.
A great gift for movie buffs and aspiring filmmakers. “The Film That Change My Life” by Robert K. Elder highlights 30 directors, including Peter Bogdanovich, Michel Gondry, and Kevin Smith, examining classic movies that inspired them to tell stories.
Bring a bit of the big screen home with this eccentric film reel table. The 19-26” adjustable table features an original aluminum 35mm film reel from the 1930s sandwiched between two pieces of glass above a steel base.
This companion to the popular cooking show of the same name features the recipes that YouTuber Andrew Rea makes, all based on a popular TV show or film. Recipes that Rea teaches in this book include the babka from the classic “Seinfeld” episode, the beef bourguignon from “Julie & Julia,” and Bubba’s shrimp from “Forrest Gump.” If you want to really impress someone, try the chocolate lava cake from Jon Favreau’s “Chef” — after you read the foreword from Favreau himself. The book also includes behind-the-scenes stories, never-seen-before photos, and answers to frequently asked fan questions.
“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.
This beautifully designed movie trivia game includes multiple ways to play based on difficulty, making it perfect for casual moviegoers and hardcore film nerds alike. The 150 cards feature illustrations from Steve Isaacs, and they’re easily remixed to create your own rules, or play a game based on the included three levels of difficulty include Movie Geek (Easy), Film Nerd (Intermediate), and Cinephile (Expert).
Author Mark Harris’ latest biography goes in depth on the life of the director, writer, and performer, from his humble beginnings to his long-lasting creative collaboration with Elaine May to his lucrative and fruitful Oscar-winning films. This portrait follows Nichols from Berlin to New York to Chicago to Hollywood, and is the product of interviews with 250 people including Elaine May, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Tom Hanks, Candice Bergen, Emma Thompson, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Lorne Michaels, and Gloria Steinem.
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. Anything looks, like, 50% better if you serve it in a crystal glass, even if it’s Fresca, tequila, and some melting ice cubes. (You can also get a more budget-friendly version for $20 here.)
Take a cue from an enduring onscreen love with this book, which compiles the best advice for romances, friendships, and family relationships as seen in the “Star Wars” films. For more spacey memorabilia, see our “Star Wars” gift guide.
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.
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.”
Award-winning Disney historian 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.
“The Art of Pixar: 25th Anniv.: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation” by Amid Amidi
Animation fans and Pixar enthusiasts aren’t the only ones who will be drawn in by the stunning art in this book, which features a comprehensive look back at every film produced in the first 25 years of Pixar’s history. Classics such as “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life” are included alongside more recent (but no less important) works such as “Up” and “Toy Story 3.” A foreword by Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter precedes a volume that also includes the complete color scripts for every film (published in full for the first time) along with rare visual development art.
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.
A movie projector seems like a no brainer for a movie buff. This bright and powerful projector has a native resolution of 1280p x 168p, can project on a screen up to 230″, has built-in speakers, a contrast of 3000:1 for brighter images and wider viewing even in lighter or outdoor areas (garages, backyards, camping, etc.), and contains two HDMI ports to hook up your compatible devices (Fire Stick, Chromecast, Mac, PC, laptop, tablet, external speakers, Xbox, DVD player, PS3, PS4, USB stick, iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone, and more). If you’re interested in more projectors, check out this roundup of affordable home projectors (less than $1000) for your movie room or backyard.
Not exactly proficient with the stovetop corn-popping method and want to make your life (or the life of your loved one to whom you are gifting this) easier? Or just want a way to make popcorn a little healthier by not using any oil? This silicone bowl can make fresh, crisp popcorn without any oil — and you can serve directly from the bowl, so no additional dishes to clean up. It’s collapsible for convenient storage and easy to clean.
Okay, so this definitely could fall under the practical-but-disappointing “socks for Christmas” category, but these clear plastic organizers are perfect for de-cluttering any media lover’s TV area. They’re the perfect size for DVDs, video games, and other electronic accessories. Plus, since we’re all spending more time at home than ever before it’ll make everyone’s lives easier if things stay organized in the places where you spend the most time. Each of the bins in this eight-pack can hold up to 25 DVDs, making them perfect for organizing your collection in any way you please. (Alphabetical? By genre? The world is your oyster.) Want more choices? Check out our list of affordable media organizers.