In need of a luxury gift for a movie lover, film fanatic, cinephile or cineaste? What are the best gifts for movie lovers? We are sharing a curated Christmas holiday luxury gift guide with the best gifts for a movie lover or film buff, including vintage posters, games, boxed sets and more.
what’s the best luxury holiday gift for a movie lover or film buff?
Do you know someone who is absolutely obsessed with movies? Maybe this person follows all the latest news from behind the scenes. Maybe they attend film festivals and read reviews. They may even want to make films themselves some day!
If like some people, you personally don’t share that passion, you may be at a bit of a loss for what to give the budding director or cineaste in your life when gift-giving time rolls around. Whether its for a birthday, holiday gift, or to mark some other special occasion, fear not. We’ve got lots of ideas for you.
Here is a gift guide designed to suit every cinephile’s needs. We have DVDs, books, amazing experiences, and everything else you could possibly need to help fill the lives of the people around you with movie magic.
the holiday luxury gift guide: the best for a movie lover or film buff
1. Epsom Film Projector.
Much in the same way record players are arguably the best way to listen to music at home, projectors are the best way to watch movies. Rather than investing in a new television, get your cinephile the luxury gift of an Epson Home Cinema film projector. That way, they can turn their home into their own personal movie theater. And enjoy all their favorite films on the big screen.
BUY NOW: $599.99.
2. Silent Movie Projector.
Or give them a piece of history with this silent movie project from the 1920s. It’s a Metro Goldwyn Meyer projector, totally unaltered, and in good condition. A once-in-a-lifetime gift.
BUY NOW: $5,900.00.
3. Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies by Andrew DeGraff.
For anyone obsessed with both movies and geography, Cinemaps, an illustrated tome by Andrew DeGraff, will be a dream come true. It is a physical atlas, showing the real-life routes that well-known fictional characters have traveled on screen. The images are meticulously created and absolutely beautiful.
BUY NOW: $18.89.
4. Sonos Compact Home Theater set.
A leading consumer electronics reviewer had this to say about the Sonos 5.1 system: “a brilliant choice for any apartment dwellers who crave true surround sound and Dolby Atmos compatibility.” So if your roommate or life partner happens to be the film buff on your list, here’s a way for them to have high-quality audio whenever they watch a movie at home – and for you to have a lot less clutter and visible cords to contend with. Win-win!
BUY NOW: $2096.00.
5. The Wes Anderson Collection by Michael Chabon and Matt Zoller Seitz.
This gorgeous volume is much more than your average coffee table book. The Wes Anderson Collection is filled with essays, interviews and stunning illustrations. Upon seeing it, we were immediately seized with the desire to sit down and read it cover to cover. Wes Anderson is such a visually unique director, any fan of his will love seeing his signature aesthetic translated in the pages of this book.
BUY NOW: $44.99.
6. Alamo Drafthouse Gift Card.
A fun night at the movies is a guarantee if you gift your cineaste an Alamo Drafthouse Gift Card ($25-$150). The Alamo Drafthouse is one of the greatest places to watch movies right now. With theaters all around the United States, the Alamo has figured out how to take the act of movie going and renew some of its magic. Give someone the ability to sit it in an incredibly comfortable armchairs and order a delicious meal delivered directly to their seat, while enjoying all of the latest releases. They can save the Netflix and chill for some other night.
7. Movie Buff: The World’s Greatest Movie Trivia Game.
Trivia buffs and film fans will love the gift of Movie Buff: The World’s Greatest Movie Trivia Card Game. With a set up similar to Uno, the game cards are open-ended enough to allow players to instill it with their own film knowledge and preferences. Play for as many hours as you’d like with up to sixteen people!
BUY NOW: $19.95.
8. Movie Posters.
Minimalist Movie Poster is a fabulous Etsy market that makes minimalist movie posters for favorite films. This set will get you thirty-five of them, which you can give to different people. Or perhaps all to one person who wants to fill an entire wall. The posters are crisp and eye-catching, and the selection is out of this world.
BUY NOW: $99.50.
9. Film Reel Table from Uncommon Goods.
The perfect conversation starter for a cinephile? This film reel table from Uncommon Goods. The side table is handmade, with a 1930’s aluminum 35mm film reel encased between two sheets of glass and supported by a steel base made from salvaged gear parts.
BUY NOW: $850.00.
10. 1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die by Steven Jay Schneider and Ian Haydn Smith
1001 Movies to Watch Before You Die is the ultimate guide to many of the most important films in the history of cinema. It comes with full color photos, information about each film and why it was selected, and a handy index that they can use as a checklist.
BUY NOW: $31.49.
11. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster.
This clever Movie Scratch Off Poster ($15.00) could be a great accompaniment to 1001 Movies to Watch Before You Die. It allows your gift recipient to keep visual track of their film bucket list. Every time they see a new movie for the first time, they scratch the film off the chart. It’s a way to turn the act of exploring the film canon into a really fun game.
12. Membership in the AMC Theaters A-List.
If you have an AMC movie theater near you, then consider the gift of an AMC A-List Membership. ($19.95/month) Membership is a great way to help someone see lots of movies in a theater every month. A subscription earns members three free movies every single week. Plus, they can earn points toward future free films and movie snacks.
13. Ticket Stub journal.
If you know someone who likes to hold onto their movie tickets, this Ticket Stub Journal is an excellent gift for the movie lover on your list. It’s like a photo album, but with sleeves perfectly sized for all of their cinematic mementos. Help them old onto the memories of Avengers: Endgame forever!
BUY NOW: $17.00.
14. Membership in Movie Subscription Service.
For people who still love having physical DVDs, this Movie Subscription Service ($49.99, monthly) sends a monthly box of films from the criterion collection right to the gift recipient’s door. Along with a packet of trivia information, and additional goodies.
15. Movie Night Menus by Tenaya and André Darlington.
Movie Night Menus takes 30 favorite films and creates inventive menus of food and drink to accompany them. The book includes thoughtful text and research, as well as excellent photographs. It’s the perfect aid for helping someone plan the greatest movie night of all time.
BUY NOW: $23.99.
16. Big Lebowski Pins.
Film buffs love the Coen Brothers’ classic film The Big Lebowski, and these adorable Big Lebowski Pins are a great way to give someone a little token of one of their favorite movies.
BUY NOW: $10.00.
17. A Studio Tour.
The Deluxe Studio Tour at Warner Brothers ($70.00 – $300.00.) in California is a full five hours long. It gives exclusive access to some of the most famous movie sets in all of history. Your gift recipient can pop in to visit the Wizarding World, explore the landscape of the DC Universe, and learn more about their favorite films than ever before.
18. A Director’s Clapper
Is the cinephile in your life an aspiring director? This fun gift of a Hollywood Movie Clapper will surely be an inspirational piece of decoration. Not to mention – if they plan to try their hand at making any of their own films – an actually useful item to have on hand. Help them feel like they are already an auteur with this iconic item. Action!!!
BUY NOW: $3.50.
19. Old-School Movie Music.
We all know that so much of what makes great movies is great music. Why not give a great soundtrack or two as a luxury gift for the cineaste on your list? For example, John Hughes’ beloved 80’s classics have fantastic soundtracks. This Pretty in Pink vinyl will free your loved one to dance around their house to some of the best movie songs of all time.
BUY NOW: $16.99.
20. Stage Eleven Seven By Victoria Brynner Director’s Chair.
If you really want to make a statement with your luxury gift for a movie lover, we suggest going all the way over the top this leather director’s chair from 1stDibs. Completly hand-sewn by Dario Alfonsi in Rome, the beaehwood chair is the same retro style that is sought out by directors all over the world = but it also doubles as a fabulous chair for the everyday.
BUY NOW: $1465.00.
21. Greta Gerwig Shirt from Girls on Tops
We love Girls on Tops. They have a simple mission: putting the women of Hollywood on t-shirts. If you’ve been craving a shirt that says the name of a cinema superstar – think Michelle Yeoh, Ava DuVernay, Sofia Coppola, and so many others – look no further. And in honor of everyone’s new favorite summer blockbuster, the brand has recently released a limited-edition pink shirt with the name of the Barbie director herself. Get your pink Greta Gerwig shirts before they’re gone.
BUY NOW: $33.00.
22. My First Movie
They’re never too young to develop a love for the movies. If you’re buying a gift for a budding cinephile, consider My First Movie: Vol 1 by Cory Everett, with illustrations by Julie Olivi. These picture books are fun, colorful, and totally kid-appropriate, and believe it or not they will teach your children about film noir, French new wave, and Giallo horror. A very special present, and it comes straight from one of our favorite online shops, the ever-trendy Super Yaki.
BUY NOW: $45.00.
23. I love this banana bread
We love to support our local movie theaters, and there’s no local movie theater we love more than Film Forum. The nonprofit has been screening independent films in New York since 1970, and they remain one of our favorite destinations for cinema in the city. And one way we can support them? By sourcing our stocking stuffers straight from their online store. This magnet contains the Jacques Derrida quote “I love this banana bread,” which is a reference that only true cinephiles will get. They’ll appreciate the thought – trust us.
BUY NOW: $5.00.
24. Akira Kurosawa Tote
The IFC Center is another one of our favorite New York theaters, and their director tote bags are a must-have for all cinephiles. If you’re shopping for someone who doesn’t live in the city, they may not own one yet – so now is the time to change that! There are many directors to choose from (and all come with whimsical doodles that represent the directors’ films), but we are partial to the one that honors auteur Akira Kurosawa.
BUY NOW: $25.00.
25. Sugarfina and Hollywood Tasting Collection
A cinephile who also has a sweet tooth? Look no further than the recent cinematic collaboration with Sugarfina. We always love Sugarfina’s sweets, and these arrive in a box designed to look like a movie theater! Complete with the Hollywood sign.
BUY NOW: $34.00.
Bonus: 26. A Donation to the Entertainment Community Fund
But you know what the cinephiles in your life would love most of all? A donation to the Entertainment Community Fund. As we all know, SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and the WGA (Writers Guild of America) are currently on strike. Until the studios agree to a fair contract, many actors and writers – many of the people behind the movies we love so much – are left to struggle. We know the cinephiles in your life would appreciate a donation in their name to the Entertainment Community Fund, which helps to provide a safety net for artists in these difficult times. There can be no better present.
the best luxury holiday gifts to shop for a movie lover this holiday
That’s our annual holiday luxury gift guide with the best gifts for movie lovers and film buffs, including vintage posters, games, boxed sets and more. Have fun shopping! And happy holidays, dear reader.