We may be midway through December, but it’s not too late to be thinking about what to get for those movie lovers close to your heart. Speaking from personal experience, it’s oftentimes hard to surprise your movie lover with something, as they likely have every DVD you can think to get them, and what interests are more interesting than movies, anyway?
Fear not – I’ve got a few week’s worth of good ideas that will delight even the biggest movie nerd with a variety of gifts that reach beyond the $5 DVD section at Target.
Today, in a special edition, the idea is gifts inspired by your friends’ favorite movie characters. Either they’ll delight in the fact that these gifts remind them of their favorite films, or perhaps they resemble these characters in certain ways that would make these gifts a naturally good fit. Of course, self-gifting is never discouraged….
VINCENT VEGA, PULP FICTION
Vincent Vega is one badass motherfucker. He’s a man who takes a book on toilet, eats mountains of pancakes, takes a book on the crapper, and is a connoisseur of only the finest of recreational drugs. What might a Vincent Vega fan want to find under the Christmas tree? I’ll take a stab at that one… better make use of my red marker.
Zingerman’s Bacon Club Membership
Priced from $99-$189
Since Vincent thinks that “bacon tastes good… pork chops taste good…” this might be the perfect gift for anyone who uses that movie line to explain their predilection for pork products. This particular bacon club was featured on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and features two options: a three-month option priced at $99 (Month 1: Applewood Smoked; Month 2: Kentucky Dry Cured; Month 3: Arkansas Peppered) and a six-month option priced at $189 (the first three months plus Month 4: Virginia Dry Cured; Month 5: Tennessee Dry Cured; Month 6: Long Pepper). This is real.
The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps
Priced at $16.50 (Amazon)
When Butch guns down Vincent, he is reading a pulp novel on the john — so clearly Vincent took the film’s title to heart. This anthology book has over 1000 pages, containing over 47 stories and two complete novels. If this seems too heavy to lug around on the subway, it’s also available for Kindles — thank goodness for technology. It might also give some insight into Tarantino’s many inspirations for the film for the fans out there.
UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs T-Shirt
Priced at $21.95 (at Made In Santa Cruz)
What Pulp Fiction fan wouldn’t want to own this t-shirt and serve up some Casual Vincent Vega Realness in quotidian life. Look like a dork… and be proud. After all, it’s your shirt, motherfucker!
SPECIAL AGENT DALE COOPER, TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME
Yes, Special Agent Dale Cooper is chiefly a television character on Twin Peaks, but he was also (albeit briefly) in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Dale is a strange gentleman who has a lot of characteristic tastes, and with a mass cult appeal that hopefully will be of interest to a few people on your Christmas buying list. Again, like with Vincent Vega, his tastes translate to us all! Pour yourself a cup of coffee – as black as midnight on a moonless night — and start taking notes.
David Lynch Signature Coffee
Priced from $11.10-$54.50 (per bag – via Java Distribution)
Besides a perfect slice of pie, there is precious little that Dale Cooper appreciated more than “a damn good cup of coffee.” And one would expect that his creator, David Lynch, wouldn’t slap his name on anything less. You can choose from three different types, Organic House Roast, Organic Espresso Roast, and Decaf French Roast, and either get it shipped whole bean or ground (many quantities to chose from). Again, this is real.
Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory
Prices vary upon pie
So, as mentioned in the last blurb, nothing quite delights Dale Cooper like a slice of Norma’s pie at the RR. I happen to know Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory because it is close to Rutgers University (where I went for undergrad), and I went there a bunch during that time. But it seems, since then, Tod has been featured on Oprah and other media outlets, and therefore now his pies can be shipped fresh anywhere — conceivably to snowy Twin Peaks. Though we don’t want the RR to go bankrupt. $39.99 for a box of 10 mini pies is a good deal, and you can chose from many varieties, including pumpkin, French apple, and sweet potato.
Penfield Chatham Red Flannel Shirt
Priced at $85 (at penfield.com)
When Dale Cooper fell in love with the ill-fated Annie Blackburn and set his sights on buying property in Twin Peaks, he started keeping it casual with outdoorsy flannel shirts. Penfield is a company with Massachusetts origins that was founded on making legit outerwear (conceivably warm enough to survive a Twin Peaks logging season) and it’s now considered cool, sold for both men and women in a lot of high-end stores.
LELAINA PIERCE, REALITY BITES
“Welcome to the world of the emtionally mature. Maybe you’ve seen Michael. He lives here.” – Lelaina Pierce
Lelaina Pierce, as played by Winona Ryder in Reality Bites, is so emblematic of the ’90s and “Generation X” and still speaks to those of us who choose to work in the film and TV industry and keep having to get shitty jobs and scrape our way through life — bet a lot of you others are reading this too! Make the winter of your friends’ discontents melt away with the sheer happiness of opening some of these gifts during the holidays.
Priced at $25, $50, or $100
So, remember when Lelaina’s stepfather gave her that gas card? Seemed like a crappy graduation present, especially for a valedictorian, but it sure proved to be useful, didn’t it…
Schoolhouse Rock! 30th Anniversary Edition
Priced at $12.49 (at Amazon)
Featuring Lelaina’s jam, “I’m Just A Bill,” and many others, this nostalgic collection will likely please whoever gets the 2-disc set. After all, we could all use a brush up on our grammar and governmental functions.
The Psychic Within Kit – With Dionne Warwick
Priced at $15.19 (at Amazon)
As we all learned from watching Reality Bites, calling psychic hotlines is pretty expensive. Thankfully, with the help of this book, your Lelaina-like friends can cut down on some of their phone bill costs by realizing their own innate psychic powers. First made in 1994, coincidentally the same year as Reality Bites’ release, the kit contains a 30-minute video, a 30-minute audio tape, and a 48-page booklet. While in limited supply, this is really still sold on Amazon. One would assume the video is a VHS, which would likely provide novelty amusement for many.
ANDIE WALSH, PRETTY IN PINK
While the John Hughes-penned (Howard Deutch-directed) Pretty in Pink was released in 1986, its heroine, Andie (Molly Ringwald) makes like the average 2012 hipster. She shops in vintage stores, sells vinyl, crafts her own anachronistic-looking clothing herself… the list goes on. We movie nerds all know a hipster or two, and hopefully these Andie-inspired choices will answer to the gifting needs of hipster and movie nerd alike.
Pretty in Pink Soundtrack on Vinyl
Priced at $22 (at Amazon)
This is a Pretty in Pink soundtrack — on pink vinyl. And Andie both worked in a record store and loved the color pink. It’s just so overwhelmingly meta. This special vinyl soundtrack was made for Record Store Day 2012 and does have a pretty stellar lineup of music, ranging from the title song by The Psychedelic Furs to still-relevant tracks by The Smiths, OMD, Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order, and INXS, among others.
Rusty Zipper ’80s Clothing Patterns
Priced from $3 to $20
Do you have any friends who can actually sew and who are hipster enough to rock ’80s outfits like Andie? Rusty Zipper is a vintage clothing site that also offers the option of do-it-yourself patterns that date back to multiple decades — the ’80s are the obvious go-to for any Pretty in Pink fans, especially those who might want to take a shot at recreating Andie’s hideous prom dress. This could also be a fun idea for people who don’t sew but would appreciate the humor in the ugly clothing.
Margaret Rosenberg Hat, Goorin Bros.
Priced at $70
If you or your friends desire an Andie-like cloche hat but would be creeped out by wearing an actual vintage hat that used to be one someone else’s head, Goorin Bros. is a chain of hat boutiques that sells finely made vintage-inspired hats. This style, in particular, looks like the ones that Andie wore, but there are also Duckie-like hats for the gents out there too.
Giving Duckie the parting thought here, this holiday season, in addition to buying people gifts, can’t we all just try a little tenderness?