11 Brilliant Gifts for the Film Buff in Your Life

Insight Editions/TASCHEN
Insight Editions/TASCHEN

Can’t figure out what to gift the cinephile in your life now that DVDs have pretty much bitten the dust? Here are 11 suggestions sure to delight movie lovers who know their stuff.

1. The Star Wars Archives


TASCHEN

Did you know that the stormtroopers from Star Wars were originally all going to wield lightsabers? Or that a lake of lava was going to surround the Emperor’s throne room in 1983's Return of the Jedi? No matter how many times you’ve binged George Lucas’s iconic space opera, there’s always more to learn about the Star Wars universe. And in TASCHEN’s 600-page Star Wars Archives, you’ll be treated to a gorgeous trip through the original trilogy, complete with high-quality production photos, script pages, unused concept art, and storyboards, all detailing the mammoth production process behind each film.

Find It at Amazon for $130.

2. Vizio 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System

A talented cast of actors delivering lines from a well-written script may be the first things that come to mind when thinking about the most important elements of "a great movie," but all the clever dialogue and George Clooneys in the world won't help much if you can't hear the film properly. This Vizio sound bar brings the movie theater experience into your living room with a compact sound system that turns any movie (or television series, football game, etc.) into a totally immersive experience. You'll never see—or hear—Jurassic Park quite the same way again.

Find It at Amazon for $180.

3. Scratch-off movie bucket list poster


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Think you're a true cineaste? Prove it. See how many of the iconic films included on this poster you've already screen and scratch off the titles. Then, queue up the rest of them in order to complete your film education, and get the full aesthetic effect of this poster. The titles range from bona fide classics like Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany's to newer titles like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonlight.

Find It at Amazon for $15.

4. Inflatable Movie Screen With Storage Bag

Turn any gathering into a movie party with this gigantic inflatable movie screen that can be blown up for either indoor or outdoor use. Stick it in the basement for your kid's next sleepover party or, when the weather allows, set it up right next to the pool, have all your guests grab a raft or inner tube, and settle in for a terrifyingly vicarious screening of Jaws. The screen measures 12 feet in height and 11.5 feet across, so there won't be a bad seat (or flotation device) in the house.

Find It at Amazon for $125.

5. Reservoir Dogs Socks

Reservoir Dogs socks from Nordstrom.
Nordstrom

Does the film fanatic in your life already have a Blu-ray collection full of Tarantino classics and a closet of Pulp Fiction graphic tees? Then pick up this pair of Reservoir Dogs socks from Nordstrom, featuring the same image from the movie’s poster.

Find It at Nordstrom for $18 per set.

6. Roku Ultra

Roku Ultra from Amazon
Roku/Amazon

Give the gift of unlimited entertainment with the Roku Ultra, compatible across a range of devices (including smartphones and tablets) plus over 300,000 movies on demand. Even the biggest movie buff is sure to find a new favorite with that many options. Plus, you can use the device to access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and hundreds of other streaming networks.

Find It at Amazon for $99.

7. The Awkward Family Photos Movie Line Caption Game

The Awkward Family Photos Game.
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You don’t need to be a film historian to win at the Awkward Family Photos Movie Line Caption Game—all you need to have is a little imagination and a taste for irony. The rules are simple: Basically, you’ll be pairing famous movie quotes with the hilariously awkward family photos included with the game, and the winner will be determined by whoever the game’s judge deems has the funniest pairing. It’s quick, simple, and always a good time.

Find It at Amazon for $8.

8. QKK Mini Projector

QKK Movies Projector Found on Amazon.
QKK

The full HD mini projector from OKK is all about flexibility. It’s small enough to easily be moved for both indoor and outdoor screenings, and it comes equipped with HDMI, AV, VGA, and SD card ports—meaning you’ll be able to screen movies and TV from your laptop, TV sticks, and Blu-ray players. And it makes a great pair with the inflatable movie screen up above.

Find It at Amazon for $73.

9. Cinephile: A Card Game

Cinephile Card Game on Amazon.
Cinephile/Amazon

Now this is a game for people who really know their movies. Cinephile offers a variety of game types—including its own take on trivia and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. But where Cinephile really stands out is in the fully illustrated cards themselves, which pay as much attention to blockbusters like 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road as they do to indie hits like 2016's The Lobster.

Find It at Amazon for $20.

10. The Art of Mondo

The Art of Mondo book Available on Amazon.
Insight Editions/Amazon

You’ve no doubt seen those glorious Mondo movie posters online, at conventions, and on T-shirts over the last 15 years. The sometimes minimalist, sometimes photorealistic art company covers everything from big-screen classics like Jaws to Avengers: Infinity War and other modern blockbusters. But if you want to give one as a gift, you’ve probably run into the same problem as so many others: They sell out within minutes. Well, with The Art of Mondo book, you can own the incredible art without vigilantly waiting online for the exact release time or paying top dollar for a print on the secondary market. Clocking in at over 350 pages, this book includes poster art for the likes of Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Frankenstein, and more.

Find It at Amazon for $41.

11. Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers

Eat What You Watch Cookbook
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Featuring 41 recipes, Eat What You Watch teaches readers how to make themed dishes based on popular movie scenes, like fluffy dinner rolls inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s carb-heavy utensil dance in The Gold Rush; the double New York pizza slice, as seen in the opening of Saturday Night Fever; and some When Harry Met Sally-worthy pastrami. The recipes are all written by Andrew Rea, the personality behind YouTube’s Binging with Babish, so you know this is more than just gimmicky grub.

Find It at Amazon for $18.

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These Atlases Map Out the Unique Histories of New York City, New Orleans, and San Francisco

University of California Press / Amazon
University of California Press / Amazon

When thinking of a map, your mind most likely pictures a seemingly unruly network of colorful lines showing roads and city limits. But what if a map could go beyond geography and show just what makes a particular place so unique? For over 10 years, author Rebecca Solnit has compiled three unique atlases of New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans, with each one giving readers a look at these distinct cities that goes far beyond tourist attractions and subway lines. Now, for the first time, you can buy all three atlases in a set at Barnes & Noble ($68) or Amazon ($51).

In Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Solnit, along with artists, writers, and cartographers, created 22 colored maps of the city, with each one focusing on a different aspect of its character. For example, the "Poison/Palate" map displays the dichotomy between the artisan food shops and restaurants that exist alongside the toxic mines and chemical factories found in the Bay Area. The "Green Women" map, on the other hand, celebrates the women of the city that have fought for the environment. You can find the first of the series on Amazon for $21.

The second in the series is Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, written by Solnit and co-authored by Rebecca Snedeker, a native to New Orleans and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker (Witness: Katrina). Alongside 22 maps, this atlas features more than 20 essays written by musicians, prison activists, and many other local experts. Readers can see the aftermath of the BP spill in the “Oil and Water” map, while “A City in Time” allows viewers to see how New Orleans has been settled over a period of 300 years. Find this edition for $21 on Amazon.

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas is the last in the series, and you can find it on Amazon for $22. Written by Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, a geographer and writer, this edition has 26 maps, highlighted by “City of Women.” At first glance, it looks like a typical subway map, but when you look closer, you’ll see the stop names have been replaced by those of women who have impacted the city in some way, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Dorothy Parker. If you buy the set, you'll receive an updated fold-out poster of this popular map, which includes more recent names like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Alongside the many women that have shaped the Big Apple, readers can see a mapped-out version of the different languages spoken throughout Queens and much more.

The set also includes two other color fold-out posters of New Orleans and San Francisco and an essay by Solnit reflecting on this project.

Once you're done looking through these unique maps, check out some of the most important ones in history.

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Wrap Yourself in the Sweet Smell of Bacon (or Coffee or Pine) With These Scented T-Shirts

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adogslifephoto/iStock via Getty Images

At one point or another, you’ve probably used perfume, cologne, body spray, or another product meant to make you smell like a flower, food, or something else. But what if you could cut out the middleman and just purchase scented clothing?

Candy Couture California’s (CCC) answer to that is “You can!” The lifestyle brand offers a collection of graphic T-shirts featuring scents like bacon, coffee, pine tree, strawberry, and motor oil. If you have more traditional olfactory predilections, there are several options for you, too, including rose, lavender, and lemongrass. There’s even a signature Candy Couture California scent, which is an intoxicating blend of coconut, strawberry, and vanilla.

candy couture california bacon shirt
Candy Couture California

According to the website, CCC founder Sara Kissing came up with the idea in 2011 while working in the e-commerce fashion industry, and her personal experience with aromatherapy led her to investigate developing clothing that harnessed some of those same benefits. The T-shirts are created with scent-infused gel, which “gives off a delicate, mild smell—just enough to boost your mood.”

So you don’t have to worry about your bacon shirt making the whole office smell like a breakfast sandwich, but you yourself will definitely be able to enjoy its subtle, meaty aroma whenever you wear it. The shirts are also designed to match their scents—the chocolate shirt, for example, features chocolatey baked goods, while the coffee shirt displays steaming mugs of coffee.

candy couture california chocolate shirt
Candy Couture California

The fragrances don’t last forever, but they’ll stay strong through 15 to 20 washes before they start to fade. CCC recommends using unscented detergent so as not to conflict with the shirt’s aroma, and you can further prolong its life if you’re willing to wash it by hand.

Prices start at $79, and you can shop the full collection here.

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