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Holiday gift ideas (that aren’t movies) under $25 for classic movie lovers

Movie lovers know that old movies are priceless: the memories, the enjoyment, the emotion. But what to get that classic movie lover as a holiday gift that they don’t already have – and that isn’t a copy of a movie they already own? 

Whether it’s Christmas stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or holiday presents for family and friends, below are a few holiday gift ideas for the film fanatic in your life. And perhaps for yourself as well. 

Lessons from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is part of many families’ holiday traditions, but the 1946 Frank Capra movie starring James Stewart offers inspiration all year long. This book compiles some of the quotes, dialogue and stills from the movie into a small volume as a $2.99 ebook or $4.99 paperback. 

We can all learn from, as Capra put it, “a film to tell the weary, the disheartened, and the disillusioned … that no man is a failure! … that each man’s life touches so many other lives.”

Movie projector music box

This gift combines movies and music into a unique room display. The classic design of a vintage movie projector really houses a music box that plays Mozart. 

‘Oz’ continues on

What’s better than a set of Russian nesting dolls? A “Wizard of Oz” themed set! This 5-piece set includes characters from the 1939 classic movie for all ages: Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and Toto, too.

Puzzle til your puzzler is sore

Your love of jigsaw puzzles and classic movies combined in one fun gift. Both come in a metal tin, with 252 pieces or up to 1,000 pieces.

First 20 years of Oscar best pictures: Beautiful movie poster artwork from the first 20 best picture winners, from the first awards on Hollywood’s biggest night in 1927 all the way up to 1947. Can you name the title and years for them all? The classic designs from the 1920s through the 1940s continue to impress film fans today. 
Movie posters from the silent movie era: Beautiful artwork from 20 silent movie posters including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson and more of your favorites. The classic designs from the early 1900s through the 1920s continue to impress design conscious puzzlers.

The ultimate movie organizer

Everyone has a friend who is the ultimate list-maker and organizer. Or maybe that’s you. With this old school card catalog, classic movie buffs can keep track of their film library, when/where they watched, who they loaned materials to and more. 

Good morning, Joel McCrea

Classic movie actor Joel McCrea greets you every morning for that first cup of coffee with this retro mug. Who wouldn’t want this guest for breakfast every day? 

McCrea was the star of such Old Hollywood classic movies such as “The More the Merrier” (this still is from that movie), “Sullivan’s Travels,” “Foreign Correspondent,” “The Palm Beach Story,” and so many more. 

Movie-themed ornaments

Instead of generic ornaments as gifts, personalize your offering with some movie magic as these movie-themed decorations celebrate the big screen. 

New showings of old movies

As movie-goers return to movie theaters, give the gift of a classic movie screening. TCM re-releases a couple of movies each month via Fathom Events. Flashback Cinema hosts classic movies in select theaters across the U.S. and many more local movie houses and drive-ins are showing old movies as current day production continues to ramp up. Gift cards, a ticket subscription and other possibilities would be the perfect gift for the classic movie lover. 

Bonus: Gift a streaming service subscription

Well past $25, a gift subscription to a video streaming service will likely set you back a few bucks but well worth it for the depth of classic movies. 

Amazon Prime includes classic movie hidden gems (you can purchase a quarterly gift subscription here), as well as streaming stalwarts such as Hulu, which sells gift cards at retailers such as Target. The Criterion Channel offers gift subscriptions from a month to a year. Streamers such as Tubi and Pluto TV are free (with ads) but include many classic movie deep cuts and cult favorites. Even getting a free service set up for someone who isn’t tech savvy can be a great budget gift: just give your time!

Need even more inspiration? Explore the Reel Old Movies shop to see more puzzles, T-shirts, phone cases, coasters, blankets and more with classic movie style. 

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