11 Brilliant Gifts for the Film Buff in Your Life

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Can’t figure out what to gift the cinephile in your life, now that DVDs have pretty much bitten the dust? Here are 11 suggestions sure to delight movie lovers who know their stuff.

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1. Criterion Designs Coffee Table Book

If there's one word that can get any rabid film fan's pulse pounding it's this: Criterion. For nearly 35 years, the home video distribution company has been putting out pristine versions of an eclectic lineup of foreign films, indie favorites, cult classics, and even a few recent hits, including Richard Linklater's Boyhood and the Coen brothers's Inside Llewyn Davis. The company's DVD and Blu-ray releases are as well known for their cover art as they are their special features, and it's this former attribute that takes center stage in the Criterion Designs book.

Find It at Amazon for $120 and also at these other retailers:

2. Vizio 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System

A talented cast of actors delivering lines from a well-written script may be the first things that come to mind when thinking about the most important elements of "a great movie," but all the clever dialogue and George Clooneys in the world won't help much if you can't hear the film properly. This Vizio sound bar brings the movie theater experience into your living room with a compact sound system that turns any movie (or television series, football game, etc.) into a totally immersive experience. You'll never see—or hear—Jurassic Park quite the same way again.

Find It at Amazon for $180.

3. Scratch-off movie bucket list poster

Think you're a true cineaste? Prove it. See how many of the iconic films included on this poster you've already screen and scratch off the titles. Then, queue up the rest of them in order to complete your film education, and get the full aesthetic effect of this poster. The titles range from bona fide classics like Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany's to newer titles like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonlight.

Find It at UncommonGoods for $15.

4. Inflatable Movie Screen With Storage Bag

Turn any gathering into a movie party with this gigantic inflatable movie screen that can be blown up for either indoor or outdoor use. Stick it in the basement for your kid's next sleepover party or, when the weather allows, set it up right next to the pool, have all your guests grab a raft or inner tube, and settle in for a terrifyingly vicarious screening of Jaws. The screen measures 12 feet in height and 11.5 feet across, so there won't be a bad seat (or flotation device) in the house.

Find It at Amazon for $18 and also at these other retailers:

5. Fictional Movie Hotel Notepads

Great for stirring up the imagination or just scribbling out a shopping list, these fictional movie hotel-inspired are like a souvenir from a favorite film. Choose from one of eight iconic hotels from The Shining, Vertigo, Dirty Dancing, National Lampoon's European Vacation, and more.

Find It at Herb Lester Associates for $12 per set.

6. Roku Ultra

Give the gift of unlimited entertainment with the Roku Ultra, compatible across a range of devices (including smartphones and tablets) plus over 300,000 movies on demand. Even the biggest movie buff is sure to find a new favorite with that many options. Plus, you can use the device to access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and hundreds of other streaming networks.

Find It at Amazon for $74 and also at these other retailers:

7. Minimalist Movie Posters

These handcrafted, beautifully designed canvas prints are perfect for the movie lover looking to class up their home's mise-en-scène while still representing their favorite flicks. The artists at iCanvas make even the goofiest movies into works of fine art worthy of displaying (check out their classy Borat poster for proof).

Find It at iCanvas for $30 and up.

8. Retro Movie Theater Popcorn Maker

The only thing better than a fresh tub of movie theater popcorn is a fresh tub of movie theater popcorn that you didn't have to remortgage your house to pay for. The "Throwback" popcorn maker cooks up kettle-fresh popcorn in a flash, and even comes with the all-important popcorn scoop.

Find It at Williams Sonoma for $100.

9. Movie Buff Trivia Game

Let the movie lovers in your life show off their film knowledge with the ultimate movie trivia card game, featuring quotes, roles, movie facts and more.

Find It at Amazon for $25.

10. Movie Ticket Stub Diary

The Ticket Stub Diary from UncommonGoods comes with clear sleeves to fit all ticket sizes and space in the margins to write notes, so your cinephile can preserve all their silver screen memories. (It also makes a great gift for sports fans, loyal concertgoers, or anyone else who likes to preserve ticketed proof of a night out.)

Find It at UncommonGoods for $14.

11. Deco 79 Metal Glass Accent Table

Directors might be going digital these days, but this glass top wrought iron film reel-inspired side table will let your movie lover pay tribute the bygone days of film—plus, it’s the perfect accent for any movie room.

Find It at Amazon for $60.

These ASMR-Ready Headphones Promise to Lull You to Sleep

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AcousticSheep

What do hushed whispers, gently tapping fingernails, and Bob Ross’s voice have in common? They’re all examples of triggers that may cause what’s known as an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or, as Dictionary.com succinctly explains it, a “calming, pleasurable feeling often accompanied by a tingling sensation” that can be triggered by soothing stimuli. ASMR has recently been recognized as an effective relaxation technique for those looking to calm their nerves; now, ASMR enthusiasts and novices alike can experience it in the form of a sleep-ready headband.

Upon first glance, SleepPhones: ASMR Edition may look like just a fabric headband, but the device actually features flat speakers tucked into soft, stretchy, eco-friendly material. Unlike regular headphones, SleepPhones can be worn comfortably to bed, even if you sleep on your side, and they come preloaded with content designed to help you relax. They feature eight hours of built-in ASMR content by 16 different ASMR artists (or ASMRtists), including but not limited to tracks with rhythmic tapping and "peaceful Italian whisperings."

A close-up of the SleepPhones speaker technology
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The speaker components of SleepPhones
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Using SleepPhones is designed to be a stress-free experience. The speakers have the ability to play for 20 ad-free hours with a mere three-hour charging time in between. There are also zero cords involved, meaning you won’t get all tangled up as you lie down or if you have a tendency to toss and turn at night. The small button located in the back of the headband allows you to start, pause, or skip tracks and control the volume.

For people looking for ways to relax beyond yoga and meditation, ASMR may be the way to go. One study observed that subjects watching ASMR videos not only reported feeling that aforementioned pleasant tingling, but were also found to have reduced heart rates.

You can get a pair of your own SleepPhones on Kickstarter with a pledge of $75 or more. They come in three different sizes with seven colors from which to choose.

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Make Shopping Easier With This Super-Light Reusable Bag

Nanobag 3.0
Nanobag 3.0

With the current state of our environment being what it is, it's vital to try to reuse, reduce, and recycle as much as possible. Every year, people consume billions of plastic bags, leading to tons of unnecessary waste. Many consumers have made the switch to reusable bags, but they're often not the sturdiest nor most attractive method of portage.

The Nanobag 3.0, which is now raising money on Kickstarter, claims to be a comfortable, easy-to-fold, high-quality bag that can reduce the number of single-use plastic bags needed per year. This super-soft sack can easily fit into the smallest of places, like the watch pocket in your jeans.

Putting a bag into the watch pocket of jeans
Nanobag 3.0

Weighing just 0.7 ounces, the Nanobag 3.0 is made of water- and dirt-repellant rip-stop fabric. You can carry about 66 pounds of goods in its 18-liter capacity, and the bag's reinforced handles work to distribute the weight evenly on your shoulder or arm. Attached to the bag is a small pouch that can carry keys or a small wallet, so you can have all your essentials in one place.

For each bag sold, one tree will be planted with the Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit organization that restores forests and reduces poverty in developing nations.

With over a month left in its campaign, the Nanobag 3.0 has already exceeded its goal of $3,831, raising over $73,000 as of June 17. By pledging $10 or more, you can get your own ultra-light and ultra-strong reusable bag on Kickstarter. Shipping is scheduled for December.

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