15 Christmas Gifts for Movie Lovers
Is there a movie lover on your Christmas list? Here are fifteen gift ideas to help you find the perfect gift.
Gifts for Movie Lovers
Movie nights are among the simple pleasures of life, whether they involve a trip to the theater or a night on the couch. Is there a movie lover on your Christmas list?
Movies have something for everyone, from sidesplitting laughter to heart-warming romance, wild adventure thrills to nail-biting suspense.
With a little forethought, you are sure to find the right gift for your movie lover. To get you started, here are 15 Christmas gift ideas. You will find something here for just about every interest and price range.
1. Movies on Disc or Tape
Movies are popular Christmas gifts. And why not? They provide great entertainment during the holidays and throughout the year.
Whether you choose a full-price blockbuster film or an older release from the discount bin, movies are an inexpensive way to say "Merry Christmas!"
For most people, DVDs are the way to go. Blu-ray versions are great for fans with the technology to play them.
Some movies are still available in VHS format, but they are hard to find these days. Many classics are only available on videotape, so if your movie lover enjoys classic films, you may have to shop around a bit.
2. Movie Theater Tickets
Movie tickets are great for any occasion, including Christmas. What better way to escape the cold weather and busy shopping malls than an afternoon matinee?
This year, spread some holiday cheer with movie tickets or gift cards from your local theater.
3. Movie Rental Gift Cards
Many families celebrate holiday time with movie nights. For those who enjoy watching movies at home, movie rental gift cards may be just the ticket.
Many movie rental stores, such as Blockbuster, sell gift cards, digital gift cards, and gift subscriptions for movie rentals and purchases. Be sure to include suggestions for great holiday movies. Need some ideas? Check out the classics.
4. Netflix Subscription
A Netflix gift subscription is another Christmas gift idea for movie lovers. Subscribers can watch unlimited movies through any device that streams video, including game consoles.
Viewers can watch any movie they want, whenever and as often as they want. Subscriptions start at $7.99 per month, and gift subscriptions are available for one month to one year.
5. Dinner and a Movie Club
Give the gift that keeps on giving. Amazing Clubs and Flying Noodle are gourmet "gift of the month" clubs. Movie lovers will enjoy receiving one of two gifts tailored just for them: the "Dinner and a Movie" club or the "Movie of the Month" club.
The "Dinner and a Movie" club delivers a savory pasta dinner each month, along with gourmet popcorn and a Blockbuster movie rental card. The "Movie of the Month" club features gourmet popcorn, seasonings, theater candy, and a Blockbuster gift card.
Most "gift of the month" clubs offer 3-, 6-, and 12- month options as well as seasonal clubs with spring, summer, fall, and winter selections.
6. Portable DVD Player
Is your movie lover always on the go? Consider a Christmas gift that can go along: a portable DVD player.
While modern smartphones serve as de facto media players, many film buffs would appreciate having their own personal movie player.
Portable DVD players are perfect for air travelers or back-seat passengers on a long road trip. The best models feature a long-life battery and LCD display for clear, widescreen viewing.
7. Blu-Ray Disc Player
Is your film lover ready to upgrade to a new movie format? A Blu-ray disc player is an ideal choice this Christmas.
Blu-ray disc technology supersedes that of DVDs. Blu-ray discs are the same size as DVDs and CDs (and they look the same, too), but they have a greater storage capacity.
This translates into high-quality images with more details, better contrast, and richer colors.
8. Widescreen Monitor
Does your movie lover use the computer to its full viewing capacity? With more websites offering films for download, the Internet may be the perfect place to find that cinematic gem: a foreign film, forgotten classic, or obscure movie that is hard to find anywhere else.
With a small fee and the click of a mouse, you can now view entire movies on your computer screen. Since most films are best viewed in their original widescreen format, a widescreen computer monitor is a great gift idea for movie lovers.
9. Movie Board Game
Movies and games, games and movies: they just fit together. Many popular films are based on video games, board games, or memories of a favorite childhood toy. On the flip side, several board games are based on movies or film characters.
Board games make great Christmas gifts for all ages. Trivia games like "Movie Mania" challenge serious film buffs, while casual games like "Pass The Popcorn!" entertain even passive movie goers.
Some games are cheesy movie tie-ins. Others build on themes and characters to enhance the movie experience. Toy stores, department stores, and online retailers offer countless movie game options.
10. Movie Action Figure
Surprise your film lover with a movie action figure. Movie toys are fun novelties that add color and whimsy to an office or workspace.
A good thing about movie memorabilia is the wide range in prices. While high-end collectibles can cost hundreds of dollars, many action figures sell for less than $20 at a toy store.
You are not limited to blockbuster action films, either. You can find collectibles for fans of Hollywood classics and cult movies, too. You just have to look a little harder. Think specialty stores, comic book shops, thrift stores, mall kiosks, and online retailers.
11. Movie Trivia Book
Movie trivia books are another good choice for film buffs. They allow fans to test their movie knowledge as they rediscover their favorite films.
Trivia books are fun to read alone or as a question-and-answer quiz with friends. They tease the brain with challenging questions about movie stars, directors, famous lines, and more.
Most bookstores and online book retailers sell trivia books. You can find them for individual movies like Gone With The Wind or film genres like monster movies.
12. Movie Poster
A movie poster is another gift option. Less traditional than a DVD or book, a poster provides lasting enjoyment as a work of art.
A vintage poster can be a good investment. If it is displayed and stored properly, its value could increase over time.
The Internet is the best place to look for vintage posters. You can find new posters and poster prints in poster shops, art galleries, and bookstores.
13. Movie T-Shirt
Has your movie lover "been there, watched that?" Give them the t-shirt!
You can find countless movie t-shirts for sale on the Internet. IMDTees, for example, stocks t-shirts for nearly 200 films in six different genres. Mall kiosks and specialty stores are also good places to find movie tees.
For movie lovers who already have everything else associated with a particular film, say "Merry Christmas" with the t-shirt.
14. Movie Night Gift Basket
Movie lovers do not have to leave home for a movie theater experience. Gift baskets filled with movies, popcorn, and candy are perfect for at-home movie nights.
While you can always buy a gift basket, it is easy to create your own. Start with a basket or colorful bowl. Insert a gift-wrapped DVD or movie rental gift card. Add a box of microwave popcorn and some candy bars. Decorate your basket with festive holiday wrap.
15. Gourmet Popcorn Tin
Like movie night gift baskets, gourmet popcorn tins make nice Christmas gifts, too. Popcorn treats are available in a variety of sizes, flavors, and decorative designs.
The Popcorn Factory specializes in gourmet popcorn, from small personalized tins to large towers with premium assortments. Most supermarkets and department stores also sell popcorn tins during the holidays.
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© 2011 Annette R. Smith