Straight from the Screen: This Year’s Best Gifts for Movie-Lovers

Spy for a Day

First, a blank screen. Then, the disclaimers. Next, the previews. Finally, the feature presentation. While you’ve paid only half attention, the person next to you has been silent, gazing with rapt attention at the screen for the past two hours.

It’s true: a movie lover is an easy person to shop for. Snag a DVD or soundtrack CD of their favorite film, slap on a bow, and you’re good to go. But, for those wanting to surprise their intended with something unique that says, “I recognize your obsession and support it with this thoughtful gift,” here are some suggestions for you.

Spy for a Day

In reality, a spy for an hour, but what could be better for the spy movie enthusiast? With Escape Rooms popping up in cities all across the country, instead of re-watching Bridge of Spies or the latest Mission: Impossible film, your thriller-loving friend could be searching for clues and solving puzzles to unlock the mysteries hidden inside the room. This can also make for an exciting group activity, if you happen to have a whole group of cinematic adrenaline junkies and a free night.

For the Kid in You

Is someone you know indulging their inner child with fun, imaginative children’s films? Grab a Pixar collection or some Disney DVDs and watch their Christmas get that much better. For a personal, yet useful, gift, you can order cheap online checks depicting your movie-loving friend’s favorite scenes or characters.  Movies geared toward kids tend to inspire an endless amount of toys and games, so you’ll never run out of great gift ideas for your fun-loving friend.

Just Like Them

Blood pounding, heart thumping, adrenaline rushing – it’s not just for the movies anymore. Bring the action to life by getting an actual archery kit for your wannabe-Katniss friend or treat them to a new pair of sneakers to run like Gladers in Maze Runner. Tone down the action by gifting voice lessons so your movie lover can sing along to Pitch Perfect, or surprise them with a sewing machine so they can be their very own costume designer.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Or so they say. If the movie buff in your life likes the talking pictures that much, they might also enjoy those thousand words in the form of the book the movie was based on. Andy Weir’s The Martian, Emma Donoghue’s Room, or the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James will be titles your friend recognizes. Surprise them by digging deeper and getting them books that inspired films, such as Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar, any of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Don’t neglect the classics, like J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or any picture book version of Cinderella.

Hopefully one of these ideas will spark creative gift giving for the movie lover in your life, but if you’re really stuck, don’t forget the tried-and-true special edition versions of original classics. Regardless of what number in the series came out this year, whether it be The Terminator, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, The Transporter—even Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel—had to begin somewhere. Cough up for the box set that includes the latest film, and you’ll be the star of gift-giving this year.

There’s no one easier to shop for than a movie fanatic. With just a bit of creativity and some brief searching, you can find the one gift that will be the hit of their holidays!

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