Classic Movie Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again, so I’ve compiled another Classic Movie Gift Guide for the film fans on your list. (Or for you, of course!) Happy shopping! And check out my other Classic Movie Gift Guides for more movie-inspired goodies!

  • Vintage-inspired barware!

Channel your inner Nick and Nora Charles with a gleaming cocktail set. Crate and Barrel has some fun options, including their Callaway drinkware collection that would look right at home in a Thin Man movie.

While you’re at it, grab Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist and get those cocktail shakers shakin’! And remember:


  • Movies for young classic movie fans!

If you’re shopping for kids this holiday season and you know they love Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, or Moana, why not try a classic musical? My favorite options for kids include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, Esther Williams’ movies, Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, and Singin’ in the Rain. And That’s Entertainment! (1974) is a fantastic way to introduce old movies in bite-size chunks. (There are more kid-friendly picks in my Great Classic Movies: For Kids.)

You can find these and other films at MovieZyng, TCM, ClassicFlix, and Amazon. And for the older movie buffs on your list, there are some great box sets available. I’m especially excited about this collection of Best Picture winners and this Barbara Stanwyck set.


  • Decadent gloves to add glamour to any outfit!

A chic pair of gloves is a great way to add classic style. Splurge on these opera-length leather gloves or this 1940s-style suede pair. And these cashmere beautiesadorable bow-gloves, and buttoned-up options (so many colors!) will instantly elevate your ensemble.


  • A gorgeous poster featuring a favorite character or film!

The Etsy store The Film Freak has some beautiful prints that re-imagine beloved characters and movies. My current favorites include Bette Davis from Now, Voyager, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Mary Poppins. The prints range in price from $15-50 depending on size. They also offer a custom option so you can pick the colors, font size, and even the silhouette scale!

And The Film Artist has some unique, minimalist prints for $10-35.


  • For the dedicated movie buff: a subscription to FilmStruck!

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 with FilmStruck + the Criterion Channel for $99.

I Love Melvin: Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor

Movie viewing in I Love Melvin


  • Snuggly vintage-style pajamas perfect for movie nights!

Nothing is quite as classic as a set of elegant, matching jammies! Land’s End has lovely sets for men and women for about $70.00, and you can top them off with a matching robe (with a monogram if you want to capture all that mid-century charm!) Amazon offers a short sleeve option in 11 colors for $30.



  • A silver coffee set to complete your classic morning!

Once you’re dressed in your monogrammed PJs, a normal coffee pot just won’t do! If a fancy silver set seems a little over the top, perhaps a silver-ish carafe from Crate and Barrel or Amazon will be just the ticket.


  • A classic choice: books!

Some of my favorites:

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True by Victoria Wilson

Creating the Illusion: A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers by Jay Jorgenson and Donald L. Scoggins

Miriam Hopkins’ novels in Old Acquaintance

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop by Richard Isackes and Karen Maness

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

The Dame in the Kimono: Hollywood, Censorship, and the Production Code by Leonard Leff and Jerold Simmons

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

Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn

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

Warner Bros: Hollywood’s Ultimate Backlot by Steven Bingen and Marc Wanamaker

You can read more about some of these titles in my Great Books on Classic Movies.


  • A brooch or lapel pin for that finishing touch!

A classic character never leaves the house without something sparkly or dapper on their lapel (or their bottom if they’re Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas). Channel that glamour with these shimmery options from Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Amazon, and Etsy.


  • A vintage-style cake plate!

The Vermont Country Store sells Mosser Depression Glass wares in several colors, including the classic milk glass and jadeite. Besides the cake plate ($59.95), you can deck out your table with plates, salt and pepper shakers, a sugar and creamer set, and mixing bowls. You can find all the Mosser products here.


  • Illustrated sheet music of a favorite movie song!

Amour Prints on Etsy has some lovely options that would be perfect in a kid’s room. I also like the minimalist themes at Headfuzz by Grimboid.


I hope something in this list strikes your fancy! Check out my other Classic Movie Gift Guides for more ideas, including makeup by Max Factor and Tangee, the cutest enamel pins ever, and lots of fun prints. Follow me on TwittertumblrpinterestInstagram, and Facebook for more!

And enjoy this gift guide from 1945!





























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