Whether the film buff on your list likes comedies, horror movies, or the latest in independent film, these gifts will put a smile on his face this Father’s Day.
Movie theater gifts: Most large or chain movie theaters sell gift cards. Small independent theaters sometimes offer movie passes or annual memberships at discount rates. Check your local Yahoo movie page for theaters you may have overlooked in your city.
Film reference books: Whether the father on your list is a hardcore cinephile, or just likes watching movies, you’re sure to find something educational and entertaining. Some books are for broader, more general audiences, while others come from a critical, academic angle.
Biographies of favorite actors, directors, or other movie figures are also great for movie buffs, and movie trivia and gossip books like Hollywood Babylon make fun Father’s Day presents. Before picking out a movie or book, it’s always a good idea to check his collection to avoid duplicates.
Subscriptions to movie magazines: Like film books, movie magazines can range from those covering mainstream movies to obscure films or particular movie genres. Film Comment takes a smart look at popular and lesser-known films.
For a more celebrity-focused, light approach, try Entertainment Weekly. Fangoria and Rue Morgue are well-known horror movie magazines, and you can find something for fans of science fiction, cult, classic, and other film genres as well.
DVDs: DVD sets are a great way to round out his movie collection. Sold by genre, director, and actor, sets often come in cool packaging and contain extra features.
Large chains like Borders usually stock sets of the works of perennially popular film figures like Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne, Frank Capra, Martin Scorsese, and other directors and actors, but you can find more obscure sets at Amazon or other online retailers’ sites. Stores like Barnes and Noble will also order a set for you if they can get it.
If your giftee has upgraded to a Blu-Ray player, find out what DVDs need to be replaced in Blu-Ray format.
Movie snacks gift basket: Create a basket filled with treats for your movie lover. Throw in movie candy like Sno-Caps, Milk Duds, and M&Ms; these can often be found at WalMart for a reasonable price, or at dollar stores. Include Chex Mix, popcorn, or other salty snacks, and pop, beer, or another favorite beverage.
Consider upgrading to a healthier, gourmet version if your budget allows. Organic popcorn can be bought online or at farmers’ markets and health food stores, and tastes incredible popped on the stove. You could also whip up your own batch of trail mix from the bulk bins at your local health food or grocery store for a personal touch.
Health food stores and online retailers like Amazon stock healthy, but still delicious versions of chocolate bars and other candies as well. Jones Soda, Izze, Hansen’s, and other companies offer soda using good, old-fashioned sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners.
Whatever option you choose will be a hit this Father’s Day, because the movie lover on your list will appreciate your interest in his favorite hobby.