Movie posters are great, but they have a lot of drawbacks as gifts for movie lovers. For starters, your movie-loving friend probably already has posters for their fave films, right? And aside from that, do you really want to be telling your friend what they should put on their walls? Next time you’re looking for a gift for the cinephile in your life, check out these gifts that don’t dictate their interior decor choices.
For Theater-Going Cinephiles
Ticket Stub Diary
Designed for people who collect tickets from memorable events, this ticket stub diary is the ideal gift for that friend who drags you out at midnight to attend a first-run movie premiere. It’s got roomy sleeves for the tickets themselves and plenty of room to note who attended with them, what they thought of the movie, and anything else they want to add. It’s one of those gifts they didn’t even know they needed in their lives.
Movie Popcorn Blanket
Movies on the Common? Outdoor movie showings are a growing trend in cities around the country. This 5-foot-long fuzzy blanket shaped like a popcorn box will be the hit of the next backyard or community movie night.
The Perfect T-Shirt
Unlike posters, T-shirts don’t require any wall space. Whether you pick a tee that references their favorite movie or one that simply declares their love for the cinema, you can’t go wrong with this gift. Bonus points if it’s a relatively obscure reference, like this one.
Gifts to Make Movie Night Fun
Movie Night Popcorn Seasoning
Movies and popcorn go together like…well, movies and popcorn. Help them spice up their next movie night with this Urban Accents Movie Night Popcorn kit. It includes three non-GMO popcorn packets and five seasonings, ranging from buttery caramel to sizzling sriracha, to suit everyone’s taste buds.
Expand their entertaining repertoire with a movie-themed recipe book. Movie Night Menus pairs 30 classic movies with menus and cocktails inspired by the plot or setting. If you want to be even more literal, check out Eat What You Watch, with recipes recreated from iconic food scenes from more than 40 classic and cult films.
Theater-Style Popcorn Popper
Stow the microwave popcorn. Gift your movie-loving friends a vintage theater popcorn popper to serve up the crunchy kernels in style. It will give any home theater an authentic movie-theater feel and make it a favorite gathering spot for home movie night.
Movie Trivia and More
The Ultimate Movie Trivia Challenge
Take movie trivia games to the next level with Cinelinx, the ultimate trivia game for cinephiles. This is not your average trivia. The challenging card game is a fast-paced cross between movie trivia, dominoes, and Uno. You’ve got to know your actors, directors, producers, and more to find connections between the movies listed on the cards.
Stock Up on Movie Quotes
We all have that one friend who has a movie quote for every occasion. Help them buff up their collection with a book of classic quotes for all occasions — 1,000 of them. They’ll be even more insufferable!
A Movie Gift Card
Feed their addiction. For the cinephile on a budget, you can’t go wrong with a movie gift card. For theater-going movie lovers, an AMC Theatre gift card (available in $25 and $100 denominations) will pay their admission at any AMC movie theater. The homebody cinephiles will love a Fandango gift card that will cover the cost of rental movies for home viewing.
So go on, indulge your favorite cinephile with a gift of movie love that isn’t a poster. Their walls will thank you, and your friends will have a whole lot more fun.
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Deb Powers is a freelance writer who specializes in home, education, and lifestyle topics. She draws on her experiences as a teacher, mother, grandmother, and all-around creative spirit to help others achieve their own goals.