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.
All Things Equal, Inc./Amazon

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
UncommonGoods

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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Put Shakespeare's Best Insults On a Poster, Coffee Mug, or Even Some Bandages

Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Curious Charts Commission/Three Rivers Press/Amazon

If you’ve ever struggled to find the words to describe how angry or frustrated someone is making you, perhaps William Shakespeare, iconic writer and master of insults, can help.

Adorned with 100 insults from the Bard's many works, this poster from Curious Charts Commission (Amazon, $25) is the perfect reference piece to hang in your home or office for when you're struggling to think of the perfect takedown for anyone who crosses you. To help you get started, the 18-inch-by-24-inch poster is broken up into sections that include food and drink; types of individuals; inanimate objects; bodily qualities; creatures; and—of course—personal attributes and traits. Once you’ve decided the optimal route to take, you have a wide array of put-downs to choose from, ranging from “Were I like thee, I’d throw away myself,” to slightly simpler ones like, “You egg!”

The only drawback to the poster is that you can't take it everywhere with you. But the 14-ounce Shakespeare insults mug ($16), on the other hand, is the perfect choice for snark on the go. So next time a chatty co-worker tries to tell you about their weekend before you've even had your Monday morning coffee, you can simply look up and call them the "anointed sovereign of sighs and groans."

A mug decorated with Shakespeare insults.
Shakespeare insult mug from Unemployed Philosopher's Guild.
Unemployed Philosopher's Guild/Amazon

If, after all that, you’re still struggling to find the words, Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit ($12), a book of 5000 slights pulled from 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, can be of assistance. Or, you can help heal a physical wound by dishing out an emotional one with these Shakespearean insult bandages ($6). You get 15 in a pack, and each box comes with a prize inside. 

Shakespeare Insult Bandages.
Shakespeare insult bandages found on Amazon.
Accoutrements/Amazon

Beyond a repertoire of insults, Shakespeare also coined many words we still use today. Check out the full list here.

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These Eco-Friendly Bags Are Organic and Break Down in 18 Months or Less

A-Zero
A-Zero

If you’re looking to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics in your life, then reach for these fully compostable organic bags.

The A-Zero bags (which are available on Kickstarter here) may look a lot like their plastic counterparts, but they’re actually made from vegetable starch. According to the campaign, these totes are 100 percent organic, are harmless to nature, and can break down in a matter of 18 months—unlike plastic bags, which take hundreds of years. Each bag also features unique designs created by different artists from all over the world.

When it comes to sizes, you have a few different options. The smallest bag, ideal for snacks and sandwiches, is leak-proof and freezer-friendly, and can even be used in the microwave. A-Zero also makes leak-proof trash bags, grocery bags that can hold up to 18 pounds of food, and a refillable bag dispenser that can hold 20 or more grocery bags and can clip onto a backpack or purse.

You might be thinking that you already have a reusable tote at home, but unfortunately, these also have a detrimental effects on the environment. A 2011 British government study [PDF] estimated that with all the water and energy it takes to create a cotton bag, each one has a carbon footprint of 598.6 pounds of CO2, compared to a plastic bag’s 3.48 pounds.

With $22,522 raised, A-Zero bags already surpassed its original $8000 goal. But you can still help bring the project to life and get your own eco-friendly bags by heading here. Pledge tiers start at $29, and the campaign will be live until April 11.

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