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Classic Movie Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again, so I’ve compiled a list of inexpensive, creative gift ideas for the classic movie fans on your list. Or for you, of course! Enjoy!

The Thin Man

Christmas Eve in The Thin Man–nothing on this list is from the aquarium, I promise!

  • Movies!

Pretty obvious, but always welcome! You can search MovieZyng, TCM, and Amazon for all sorts of cool box sets and hard to find titles. For instance, I’m pretty excited that lesser known films such as Chance at Heaven or Luxury Liner are available on DVD/BluRay. And if you’re introducing someone to the world of Classic Hollywood, I think the That’s Entertainment! trilogy is a great choice, especially for kids.

  • These fantastic enamel pins!

The Etsy shop Sweet and Lovely offers these super cute pins for $13 to subtly show off your classic movie flair! Pin one to your collar or your coat and you’re guaranteed to smile.

 

It comes in several different colors and can be yours for $19.95. There’s also an actor version available with Brando, Bogart, Chaplin, etc!

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ClassicFlix.com is a classics only (pre-1970) Netflix-type mail service with an incredible inventory of movies and TV shows that can be difficult to find elsewhere. The DVDs or Blu-Rays you select are mailed to your door–it’s a gift that keeps on giving! Plus, plans start at only $7.99 a month, and a subscription gives you access to a wonderful community of other classic movie fans. I’ve been a member for over a year, and I highly recommend it.

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FilmStruck is a joint venture between TCM and the Criterion Collection, and features a remarkable streaming library of classics and independent films from all over the world. You can browse the collection here. The movies are supplemented by expert articles, commentary, and behind the scenes features, making FilmStruck perfect for the serious movie fan. Subscriptions start at $6.99 a month, and they offer an annual membership for $99.

It memorializes a classic moment from The Thin Man, and you can get it from the Etsy shop Hey Bernadette for only $10! Perfect for the classic cocktail and classic movie lover.

 

Miss the days when telegrams, not text messages, ruled the wires? You can still feel delightfully vintage as you jot down grocery lists or ideas on this Kate Spade notepad available for $12.89.

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  • Books!

A classic choice! Here are some of my favorites:

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema by Anne Helen Petersen

The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography by Esther Williams with Digby Diehl

Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca–Bogart, Bergman, and World War II by Aljean Harmetz

Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer by Scott Eyman

MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot by Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester, and Michael Troyan

Dangerous When Wet

 

The Film Freak shop on Etsy has an amazing collection of minimalist movie posters from classic and recent films. Most are around $19. Take a look!

 

Visit the TCM Shop to browse their beautiful selection of memorabilia from films such as High Society, Down Argentine Way, and Anchors Aweigh for about $205.

  • Some classic Hollywood style!

We could all use a vintage-style phone, some opera gloves, and a monogrammed compact to get in that classic movie mode! And throw in a train case while you’re at it!

 

Esther Williams started a swimwear company that is carrying on her fantastic swimming fashion! It’s hard to find a real “vintage style” bathing suit, but with Esther Williams Swimwear you get the real thing! I bought one of her suits and love it. Check out the different styles here, and have fun choosing from the incredible color and print options!

Neptune's Daughter

Neptune’s Daughter (1949), in which Esther played a swimsuit designer.

 

It’s perfect for the beach! (or the grocery store or library. Anywhere, really!) The “Diver” bag is available at TCM.com for $15.95. They also have a fun collection of mugs, wine glasses, and even clothes.

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The Etsy shop Oakmont Cufflinks has these director chair cufflinks, as well as some other Hollywood-inspired options! They sell for $25.99.

 

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  • This print perfect for the movie costume nerd!

Find it at Talula Christian’s Etsy shop for $25. There are some other beautiful classic movie options, too!

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I hope something in this list strikes your fancy! Follow me on TwittertumblrpinterestInstagram, and Facebook for more. Happy shopping!

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