11 Gifts for the Movie Fanatic

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The movie buff in your life probably owns all the Blu-rays he or she could want, as well as a giant television—or projector—to watch them on. For some alternative ideas, check out these gift options sure to please anyone who likes to get lost in stories told at 24 frames per second.

1. TAOTRONICS HOME THEATER SOUND BAR; $86

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Amazon

TV speakers are usually cheap, tiny afterthoughts for the manufacturer, but not everyone wants a mass of wires or enormous subwoofers filling up modestly-sized living rooms. Enter the TaoTronics sound bar, a 21-inch wide amplifier that boasts Bluetooth connectivity and the option of wall-mounting.

Find It: Amazon

2. POPCORN ON THE COB; $16

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Uncommon Goods

For a new twist on that popcorn tub, check out this inventive play on movie snacking. These corn cobs stay in one piece until they’re buttered and placed in a paper bag for microwave popping.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

3. FILMSTRUCK MEMBERSHIP; $99

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FilmStruck

Many of the major streaming services can be slow to update their library of films and even slower to offer older titles. FilmStruck, a streaming service backed by the Criterion Collection, has curated an impressive line-up of classics, including many of the 1000-plus titles the company has previously released on disc.  

Find It: FilmStruck

4. ROKU STREAMING STICK; $40

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Amazon

Sever the cable cord permanently with this streaming stick from Roku that provides access to a vast variety of streaming libraries. The 2017 model even includes voice activation to search for that favorite movie.

Find It: Amazon

5. FICTIONAL MOVIE HOTEL STATIONERY 8-PIECE SET; $24

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Herb Lester Associates

Compose handwritten missives using stationery pads from some of cinema’s most famous—and infamous—retreats, from the Overlook Hotel of The Shining to Kellerman’s Resort from Dirty Dancing. Each pad has 50 pages.

Find It: Herb Lester Associates

6. VINTAGE CINEMA LIGHTBOX; $65

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Uncommon Goods

Turn any living room into a private screening area with this retro-style lightbox that allows you to announce the evening’s feature presentation. It’s back-lit and battery-powered. Red carpet optional.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

7. CINEFLIX CARD GAME; $22

A selection of playing cards from the Cineflix card game
Amazon

Like Trivial Pursuit but hate all the non-movie related questions? This inventive card game quizzes players on film history and allows them to make connections with the answers: The first player to get rid of their cards wins.

Find It: Amazon

8. MOVIE PASS SUBSCRIPTION: $30 FOR THREE MONTHS

A Movie Pass membership card
Movie Pass

For less than the price of a Netflix subscription, movie addicts can see as many first-run movies as they like in theaters with this pass that connects to a ticket-reservation app. Just reserve seats, then use the pass to pay. (They’ll still have to buy their own soda, though.)

Find It: Movie Pass

9. MELTING INDIANA JONES TOHT WAX CANDLE; $33

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Firebox

One of the great practical effects sequences in all of film is the climax of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, when sadistic Gestapo agent Toht is subjected to vengeful forces that melt his face off. Recreate that satisfying demise with this wax candle shaped like Toht’s head.

Find It: Firebox

10. DANCING SNACKS TIN SIGNS; $19

A dancing hot dog and friends entice movie goers to purchase concessions
Amazon

These retro signs reminding visitors they can visit the lobby—or kitchen—for a snack will help any living room or finished basement feel like a drive-in.

Find It: Amazon

11. A DIE HARD CHRISTMAS: $17

A two-page spread from a Die Hard storybook
Amazon

Everyone knows Die Hard is one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made. Now, you can relate the tale of John McClane and edit out the nasty parts to a captive family audience in this colorful storybook. Yippy-ki-yay, and happy holidays.

Find It: Amazon

12 Items Every Taco Lover Needs

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Amazon

October 4 is National Taco Day. Let’s tacobout some products you can buy to show your love for this most excellent of foods every day of the year.

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1. TRICERATACO HOLDER; $22

Two dinosaur shaped taco holders with tacos in them.
Amazon

Yes, you could buy some more standard stainless steel taco holders, but why not get these punny and whimsical stands instead? They’re made of BPA-free plastic and are dishwasher safe. If carnivorous dinos are more your speed, try the TACOsaurus Rex.

Find it: Amazon

2. SHORT SLEEVE TACO SHIRT; $16 - $25

Subtly show your taco appreciation with this button up shirt, which is equipped with a tiny taco print and is made of 100 percent cotton. (They recommend buying a size up from your usual size.)

Find it: Amazon

3. TACO WAIST PACK; $11

A fanny pack with tacos on it.
Amazon

Don’t call it a fanny pack: This taco-adorned waist pack has three compartments and an adjustable strap that will accommodate taco bellies up to 46 inches.

Find it: Amazon

4. TACOS: RECIPES AND PROVOCATIONS; $21

This book, written by New York City chef Alex Stupack, is filled with essays, gorgeous photographs, and, of course, recipes. Learn how to make tortillas from scratch, whip up delicious salsas, and top it all off with fillings that are anything but basic. The book promises to “change the way you make—and think about—tacos forever.”

Find it: Amazon

5. TACO HAT; $20

A hat that looks like a taco.
Amazon

Perfect for Taco Tuesday or Halloween (or both!), this hat measures 8 inches by 18 inches.

Find it: Amazon

6. TACOS VINTAGE TEE; $20

This retro shirt comes in men’s and women’s cuts and five different colors.

Find it: Amazon

7. TACO CAT BED; $48

A cat in a bed that looks like a taco.
Amazon

This adorable, cozy taco bed is perfect for your feline friend. Made of padded fleece and microfiber yarn, it has wire in the trim to help it hold its shape and comes with catnip-stuffed pepper toys.

Find it: Amazon

8. TACO DOG COLLAR; $20

A dog collar with tacos on it.
Amazon

This dog collar is both durable and stylish: Made of polyester with a plastic buckle, it’s adorned with a mustachioed taco.

Find it: Amazon

9. KIDROBOT TACO PILLOW; $30

A cute taco pillow with a happy face on it.
Amazon

This friendly-faced pillow will look great on your bed or couch. If photorealism is what you’re looking for in your taco, consider this one.

Find it: Amazon

10. TACO SOCKS; $12

These crew length cotton socks are adorned with avocados, peppers, limes, hot sauce, and tacos. On the bottom, they say “If you can read this” and “bring me some tacos.”

Find it: Amazon

11. TACO POOL FLOAT; $11

A pool float shaped like a taco with a face on it.
Amazon

At 5 feet long, this vinyl taco float is made for lounging in the pool. It comes with a patch kit for easy repairs.

Find it: Amazon

12. TACO KITCHEN TOWEL; $15

Made of microfiber fabric, this tea towel—which measures 16 by 24 inches—is both cute and functional: Made of microfiber terrycloth, it’s ultra absorbent, and the dyes won’t fade.

Find it: Amazon

16 Magical New Harry Potter Products

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Business Wire

Another September has arrived, and with it, the realization that—once again—you won’t be going to Hogwarts. But don’t cry into your butterbeer: These Potter products from Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, and Target will help you forget that you’re a mere Muggle.

1. HOGWARTS CANDLE LANTERN; $99

Pair this turret-like lantern—which is made of aluminum and glass and features an antique bronze finish—with a pumpkin juice candle from Wick and Fable to get that Hogwarts at Halloween vibe.

Find it: Pottery Barn

2. HOGWARTS COMFY THROW; $13

Don this fleece throw—which looks exactly like a Hogwarts student robe—for studying in your house “Common Room” (a.k.a. your living room) or before mealtime in the “Great Hall” (a.k.a. your kitchen). Get some treacle tart on your robe? Don’t worry—it’s machine-washable.

Find it: Target

3. GRYFFINDOR APRON; $40

As all wizards know, food is the first of the Principal Exceptions to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration: Tasty treats don’t just appear out of nowhere—someone has to make them. Now you can display your house pride in the kitchen with this cotton twill robe. The neckband is equipped with a d-ring to make adjustments a snap.

Find it: Williams Sonoma

4. HOUSE BACKPACK; $63

These adorable canvas backpacks (available for all houses) feature interior and exterior pockets, a padded laptop pocket, and a roomy interior. See if you can make it even roomier with an Undetectable Extension Charm!

Find it: Pottery Barn Kids

5. VELVET TRAIN CASE; $59

Arrive at Platform 9¾ in style with one of these chic velvet toiletry cases.

Find it: Pottery Barn Teen

6. TRIWIZARD CUP LAMP; $18

Great for your bedside table or your Halloween costume, this cordless, battery-powered acrylic lamp will make you look like a Triwizard champ.

Find it: Target

7. MIRROR OF ERISED JEWELRY CABINET; $399

If you don’t have room for the full-length mirror, this jewelry cabinet is the next best thing: It opens to reveal hooks, shelves, and pegs for all of your baubles.

Find it: Pottery Barn Teen

8. WALL DECALS; $16

What better way to show of your hoggy hoggy Hogwarts pride than with these house crest vinyl wall decals? Each set comes with five decals, which reviewers give high marks.

Find it: Target

9. HOUSE CREST COOKIE CUTTERS; $17

These detailed cookie cutters are fun for witches and wizards of all ages. Plus, they’re dishwasher-safe.

Find it: Williams Sonoma

10. HOGWARTS MAP; $129

This vintage-looking aerial map of Hogwarts is a true work of art. It’s printed on canvas and has grommets for easy hanging. And it won’t talk back like the Fat Lady!

Find it: Pottery Barn Kids

11. WIZARD CHESS; $40

It’s not life-sized, but this set is a detailed replica of the smaller board Harry and Ron play with in Sorcerer’s Stone.

Find it: Target

12. FAUX BOOK LOCKBOX; $139

Whether you’re hiding a Hallows or a Horcrux, this 20-inch-long facade—which looks like a shelf straight from the Hogwarts library—will keep all of your most precious things safe.

Find it: Pottery Barn Teen

13. GOLDEN SNITCH SNACK BOWL; $40

Made of gold-plated aluminum, this adorable bowl is perfect for serving up all kinds of snacks, from jelly slugs to Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans. (Just watch out for the earwax flavor!)

Find it: Pottery Barn

14. QUIDDITCH PILLOW; $50

This Quidditch pillow—which is made of cotton velvet—has a delightfully retro vibe. There’s also a Snitch pillow, a Hogwarts letter sham, and this throw pillow featuring one of Harry’s signature spells.

Find it: Pottery Barn Kids

15. DEATHLY HALLOWS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER, $79

This gold-gilded Bluetooth speaker is compatible with all smartphones. It’s also cordless, which means you can take it with you—and listen to the Weird Sisters—wherever you go.

Find it: Pottery Barn Teen

16. ETCHED SCENE SHEET SET, $79 - $149

These cotton percale sheets come in every size from Twin to King and are adorned with scenes from the Hogwarts grounds and the Forbidden Forest.

Find it: Pottery Barn Teen

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