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Finding the right gift for someone special can feel almost impossible, especially when it comes to movie lovers. Buying them films that they already own is a hassle, but you want something more personal than just a gift certificate. No matter what type of movies they love, you can find the best collector’s gifts for them.
Hollywood films often shoot on location and treat the cast and crew to apparel that reminds them of the time that they spent together. The clothing ranges from hats and jackets to basic tees and sweatshirts. You might find a jacket that has the name of the film embossed across the back of a tee printed with the film’s logo on the front. Apparel attached to older films is often more expensive because the studios made fewer pieces and not many are still around. You should also keep an eye out for replicas and reproductions that aren’t worth as much money.
Film buffs often save the ticket stubs that they get after seeing a movie. With a ticket stub frame, they now have an easy way to display those stubs and remember all of the great films that they saw. You might opt for a ticket stub diary rather than a frame. Many of these diaries have blank or printed pages that allow your loved one to write down details such as where they saw the movie, how much they paid, who went with them and what they thought about it.
Autographed movie memorabilia doesn’t cost as much as you might think because trends dictate the prices. When a movie is popular, both the actors who starred in and the director become popular, which causes the prices of their autographs to increase. Chris Evans saw the value of his autograph skyrocket after his role as Captain America. It’s easy to find photos and other items signed by your loved one’s favorite star. Just make sure that it comes with a certificate of authenticity to ensure that it’s the real deal.
While some movies are available as bare-bones releases that come on discs with limited special features, others get collector’s editions. A collector’s edition may include a steel bookcase with a number on the back that shows it was part of a limited run. These editions often come with bonus materials that aren’t available anywhere else such as a replica of the film’s theatrical poster or an interview with the director. You’ll also find limited editions available with autographs too. For example, Kevin Smith sells DVD and Blu-Ray copies of his popular films on his website and signs each one.
Remind a loved one of the fun you had watching a film together with classic toys. Most people think of Star Wars and the high prices on some of the toys released during the 70s and 80s. As many kids played with those toys and didn’t save or protect them, their value went up. You can now buy and sell Star Wars toys online to find pieces that a movie buff will love. In addition to Star Wars, there are toys from classic monster movies and horror films. Even The Nun got a doll in her honor that came out at the same time that the film of the same name did.
What could be better than a piece of memorabilia used on the screen during a movie fan’s favorite film? Studios often sell these pieces during charity auctions to raise money for important causes. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming memorabilia auctions from major auction houses too. Not only do they get the best pieces, but they authenticate everything before it reaches the auction block. You might pick up a full outfit worn by an actor in a blockbuster movie or a small piece that appeared in a background scene. While some screen-used items go for high prices, others are more affordable. According to TMZ, one recent Hollywood auction sold more than $5 million worth of memorabilia.
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With any of these fun collector’s items, you can get the perfect gift for a movie buff. Consider screen-used or autographed memorabilia along with limited edition DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Ticket stub frames, apparel from the crew who worked on the films, and classic toys are fun gift ideas too.