It can be surprisingly hard to shop for a movie fan for the holidays.
Our gift list seems obvious – movies, movies and then some more movies – but the problem is that we've usually purchased the Blu-Rays of our favorites long before the holiday season rolls around. You can ask the person, of course, but for some people surprises are the best part of holiday gifting. Besides, it's possible they won't come up with an idea, either.
There are always movie theater gift cards, but those can get dull if you have to default to them year after year (also, they stop counting as a surprise). So, if you're struggling to find something special to give the movie lover in your life, here are a few gift ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
For many people, listening to the soundtrack of a movie they enjoy allows them to experience a piece of it while they're driving to work, out jogging, or busy cleaning the house. Pretty much every movie that hit the big screen has had a soundtrack released, so if your movie fan has a favorite a quick online search should give you all the information you need.
If they're already taken care of on that front, some of the movies released this year have had excellent soundtracks. "Pitch Perfect 2" is great for pop or a capella fans, while "Spectre" offers a nice collection of dramatic instrumentals (there are two versions – one that's purely the movie's score and a second that includes Sam Smith's theme song, "Writing's On The Wall." The soundtrack for "The Peanuts Movie" offers a mix of both, from nostalgic instrumentals to perkier tunes from Meghan Trainor.
Illustrated Guides/Reference Books
If your movie fan is in love with a specific cinematic universe, an illustrated movie guide can serve as a fun edition to the boxed set of films they undoubtedly already have at home. Anyone who is counting down the days until "Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens" opens this Christmas probably already has a few illustrated guides at home, but there's a chance they haven't yet picked up the new "Ultimate Star Wars" reference guide that was released this past April. Even if they have, they might not have the special edition released in September with images, props, and behind-the-scenes shots from Episode VII.
There are also a variety of James Bond guides, many of which were released in conjunction with the universe's 50th anniversary in 2012. Still, there are a variety of possibilities, from the 2014 updated edition of the "James Bond Encyclopedia" to a guide detailing all of the locations in Bonds's books and films in "James Bond's London." For fiction lovers, there was also a Bond novel released this year, written by Anthony Horowitz, called "Trigger Mortis."
There are dozens upon dozens of Marvel-related guides and illustrated compilations, but if you're looking for something new you might want to check out the newly started series of guidebooks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They just started releasing them this October, which means that only Iron Man and Thor are out so far, but at about $3 each they'll make for excellent stocking stuffers.
Salt Lake Film Society Membership
If your movie lover is a champion of independent film or gets super excited every time awards season rolls around, buying them a year membership to the Salt Lake Film Society might be just the ticket. There are varying degrees of membership (the cheapest is $50), with perks such as discounts on film admission, free rentals from Tower Theatre, and invitations to members-only events.