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Have you ever seen a movie that changed your life? Most people have, at one point or another. Some people have seen a lot of movies that just really made them see things in a brand new way — and oftentimes, it's why they became movie buffs.
A movie buff is someone who doesn't only enjoy movies; they basically eat, sleep, and breathe them. They're a rare breed who can tell you the ins and outs of mainstream movies, and also show you some of the more obscure sci-fi cult classics you should have known about years ago.
If you have a movie buff friend, you already know that, though. They're great people and should be celebrated. Finding good gifts for movie buffs, though, can be hard. That's why we made this list for those who need some help shopping for the movie fan in their world.
Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology by Will Francis and Stacey Marsh
If there's one thing that both TV addicts and movie buffs can tell you, it's that mixed drinks always seem to make an appearance in media. The Big Lebowski had White Russians. James Bond had martinis that were "shaken, not stirred." And, there were so many drinks in Archer that there could be a whole book on that, too!
Cocktails of the Movies is a brilliant book that teaches you how to make all the drinks from your favorite movies. It also features amazing images and cool factoids, too. Needless to say, it's one of the best gifts for movie buffs who love a good drink!
Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers by Andrew Rea
Much like Cocktails of the Movies, Eat What You Watch is a book that takes real recipes featured in favorite films, and teaches you how it's made. So, yes, you can enjoy the birthday cake from Sixteen Candles, and give the dancing dinner rolls Charlie Chaplin ate a try, too.
Andrew Rea's the guy behind YouTube's Bingeing with Babish; so it's safe to say that this is one of the best cookbooks you can buy involving movie themes. It's one of the coolest gifts for movie buffs and foodies alike!
The Best of Charlie Chaplin
Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for movie buffs who love old school comedy would have to be a series from their favorite silent film stars. One of the most popular is Charlie Chaplin, also known as The Little Tramp. During the 1920s and 1930s, he was the king of comedy.
His career was one of the most illustrious in Hollywood history, and remained one of the most outspoken critics of Adolf Hitler during the war. This collection shows his most hilarious shorts — and will be sure to please any silent movie fan.
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schnieder
This is one of the most dangerous gifts for movie buffs in existence, primarily because it will drastically increase the chances of you never seeing them leave their rooms. Most movie buffs will take the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book as a challenge — which may end up messing with your ability to actually talk to them for a while.
If you need a guide to help your movie buff buddy find a new film to watch, this is a great option. If you are sick of watching the Harry Potter movies and ranking them, you might want a copy too. However, watching movies on this massive list can be addictive. So, gift carefully here!
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
Most people know Tim Burton as the genius director behind The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and the newer, live-action renditions of Alice in Wonderland from Disney that involved a creepier Cheshire Cat. But, did you know he's also an author?
It's true. Now, you can give the gift of awesome stories written by the pop culture icon himself. Cool? You betcha! We're hoping he'll make some movies of these trippy tales, too.
Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Poster by Marvel
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the hottest Marvel superhero franchises in the movie industry right now; and that's part of the reason why actually snagging a movie poster with the crew is such a smart idea. This is an officially licensed movie poster, in full length.
Quality-wise, it's worth framing. You know it is, since movie posters always are. That's why it's one of the best gifts for movie buffs who just really, truly love Marvel comics...or Rocket Raccoon!
Hollywood Party Kit by Windy City Novelties
If you're going to an Oscars party being thrown by your movie-addicted friend, then this gift is a must. This prop kit features an old school movie clapboard, a director's megaphone, and of course, a fake award for all sorts of movie industry hijinks.
Regal Gift Card by Regal Entertainment
If there's one thing movie buffs love to do, it's hit the theater. However, movie theaters are expensive as hell. So, it only makes sense that one of the best gifts for movie buffs is a gift card to their movie theater of choice, right?
You'll know you did well when you see their ticket stub and a smile on their face the day after.
The Tim Burton Collection and Hardcover Book Set
Tim Burton fans unite! This is one of the best gifts for movie buffs that love all sorts of surreal movies. It comes with a collection of his best work, including big titles such as Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Beetlejuice — and a hardcover book spilling the beans about each flick.
Movie night just got a whole lot spookier, didn't it?
Universal Studios Classic Monsters Collection
Nosferatu? Frankenstein? The Wolfman? Oh, you know they were critically acclaimed monsters — and they were the focus of some of the best horror movies of all time.
That's why the Universal Studios Classic Monsters Collection is one of the best gifts for movie buffs that love classic monster movies. This DVD set contains six famous movies; each of which has a movie monster everyone knows and loves.
Austin Powers Action Figure by Mezco
Perhaps one of Mike Myers's best films, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a serious comedy classic these days. Though the movie may have come out almost 20 years ago, you can still find movie merchandise online featuring the retro playboy spy.
The Godfather Notebook by Francis Ford Coppola
Have a favorite crime movie fan in your life? Then, boy, are they going to love The Godfather Notebook, a notebook filled with the notes that Francis Ford Coppola took when putting together direction for the classic mafia movie.
This is one of the best gifts for movie buffs who want to direct, write screenplays, or act; simply because it lets you see into one of the greatest minds in the film industry. Oh, and it also gives you the chance to read the novel that the classic movie's made out of.
Movie Buff: The World's Greatest Movie Trivia Card Game by Golen Bell Studios
Admittedly, this was designed to be one of the best gifts for movie buffs on the market. It's even in the title. Marketing shtick aside, it's a great game that will put even the most obsessive movie fans' knowledge to the test. If you love a challenge, and love movies, it's a must.
Color Your Own Classic Movie Posters by Dover Art
Rounding out our list of the best gifts for movie buffs is this super-fun, super-relaxing coloring book filled with classic movie posters ready for you to color-in. This book lets you check out great movie posters from such classics as Ben-Hur, Stagecoach, and yes, Casablanca too!
Unleash your inner artist. Show your skill at coloring scenes from the Golden Age of Film. After all, even the most movie-loving cinephile has to take a break from watching flicks once in a while.