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post #1 of 52
Thread Starter 
Each year dh's family does a holiday gift exchange and each year there is a theme. This year the theme is 'The Movies' which means that the gift has to pertain to a particular movie. The name of the movie gets written on the outside of the wrapped gift. It can be an obvious connection to the movie or a not so obvious connection. When all of the gifts are in the center of the room and it's your turn to pick a gift, the movie title could help you make your decision or could 'backfire' and be a not so obvious connection and be something you have totally not anticipated. I hope I explained that well. It's kind of corny, I know, but it's all in good fun and beats buying presents for each person (which we used to have to do)... there are about 20 people. The price range is anywhere from $40 to $60 dollars. The age range of the participants is 21 to 79. Ugh... hard to find something that would be somewhat useful to that broad of a range. Anyway, here are some examples of things I have come up w/so far:

1. A cordless phone - E.T. (get it, phone home, lol)
2. An alarm clock radio w/ipod dock - Good Morning Vietnam or Groundhog Day or even High Noon.
3. A waffle maker - Breakfast Club.
4. A bunch of booze/martini makings maybe - Cocktail.

That's all I can think of and I don't think any of them are that great. My dh thought that the phone wouldn't be good because he thinks all but his parents and us use cell phones exclusively. The alarm clock I thought was pretty good, but most people already have that. Ugh.... any thoughts/recommendations? TIA

And I promise I will give you the credit!

FWIW, This is dh's gift: A blender and a bottle of booze - Turner and Hooch!
post #2 of 52
How about Julia Child's cookbook or a morter and pestle or a nice french wine and cheese, the movie is "Julie & Julia" I just finished watching it so it's kind of fresh in my mind.

hmmm...I'll keep thinking...
post #3 of 52
How about a leg lamp? I've seen them in a few catalogs.
post #4 of 52
are there many book lovers in your midst that would want books that have been made into movies like Shakespear's Hamlet, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet etc...

Or Christians who may like a nice study Bible ( they can run even higher than $60) to go with the movie "The Ten Commandments" or something...

How about a new quilt or comforter that has roses in the print...movie "Bed of Roses"

Or a collection of gardening tools and seeds movie "The Secret Garden"

hmmm....still thinking...
post #5 of 52
If you could find a leg lamp, that would be the most awesomely awesome one IMO!

Will people get to choose a gift based on the movie on top, or are they given out at random and you have to guess what's in the package? If you want to go with something more people will use (but who wouldn't use a leg lamp that must be Italian?!), maybe:

Ocean's 11: Interesting decks of cards, poker chips, how to play card games book

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Candy; or Candy Making Supplies

Slumdog Millionaire: "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" board game

Eh, not the greatest, I'll keep thinking about it.
post #6 of 52
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Originally Posted by living_organic View Post
How about Julia Child's cookbook or a morter and pestle or a nice french wine and cheese, the movie is "Julie & Julia" I just finished watching it so it's kind of fresh in my mind.

hmmm...I'll keep thinking...
heehee, I literally just finished watching that tonight. I like all your suggestions.
post #7 of 52
What about Sunglasses from Top Gun?

Or chocolate covered grasshoppers from A Bugs Life?

Or a box of cheesy goldfish crackers from Finding Nemo?

or an Apple Pie Mix from American Pie (eww!)

A toy microphone from Anchorman?

A watergun from "Men in Black"

A backpack (Flight of the Navigator)

Face Paint (Braveheart)

Tights (Robin Hood: Men in Tights)

Scrapbooking supplies (Green Card)

Rubix cube (Wall-E)

McDonalds Gift Card (Super Size Me)

Hair Gel (Ace Ventura)

A boombox/radio (Sleepless in Seattle)

Hand Warmers (March of the Penguins)

A box of chocolates (Forrest Gump!)

A S'More's kit (Ghostbusters)

Some good whiskey/brandy/spirits (Arthur)

Baseball and glove (League of Their Own)

Gift certificate to a salon (Steel Magnolias)

Really yummy breakfast cereal mix (granola etc) (Oliver Twist)

A denim jacket (Brokeback Mountain)

A cool drum (The Visitor)

A handheld poker game (Ocean's 11/12/13)

A cool classical music CD (Mr. Holland's Opus)

Tickets to a sports event (Jerry McGuire)

....Ok that's all I've got for now, just off the top of my head!!
post #8 of 52
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Originally Posted by allnaturalmom View Post
3. A waffle maker - Breakfast Club.

I like this,

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Originally Posted by EviesMom View Post
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Candy; or Candy Making Supplies

and this.

  • Jewelry: Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Slippers: The day the Earth Stood Still (or Stand and Delivery)
  • An aquarium set up: 20,00 Leagues Under the Sea (or Finding Nimo, Jaws)
  • A roomba: Forbidden Planet (or The Terminator, I Robot, any sci-fi film featuring a robot)
  • A nice geode: Romancing the Stone (or Journey to the center of the Earth)
  • A painting, or Museum membership: The Thomas Crown Affair
  • The complete works of Shakespear: Shakespear in Love
  • A nice book: the movie version of said book

ETA: If you run across something you think would be a big hit on sale, I bet we could think of a movie it could fit for.
post #9 of 52
Like Water for Chocolate and get a Britta water filter instead of chocolate
Kung Fu Panda and get a gift certificate to a noodle restaurant
Legally Blonde and do a spa gift certificate

Catherine
post #10 of 52
A bunch of lottery tickets (scratch off are the most fun): It Could Happen To You
post #11 of 52
Night at the Museum- family museum pass
Singles- 40-60 one dollar bills
Silence of the Lambs- a nice Chianti
Driving Miss Daisy- a gas card
Pretty Woman- spa gift certificate
Wayne's World- 90s music compilation
post #12 of 52
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Kung Fu Panda and get a gift certificate to a noodle restaurant
Or a pasta maker!
post #13 of 52
Thread Starter 
You are one group of awesome mamas!

Thank you so much for all of the great ideas! Please keep them coming.... the more the better!

I'm going out 'window' shopping later to get ideas for prices/availability/look for sales etc....

post #14 of 52
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by EviesMom View Post
Will people get to choose a gift based on the movie on top, or are they given out at random and you have to guess what's in the package?

Everyone is in a circle around the room w/the gifts in the center. They have been on display all afternoon so everyone will have had a chance to think about which one they will choose. Everyone picks a number out of a hat. Number 1 goes first selecting and opening the gift of their choice. Then when it's #2's turn they can either select #1's gift, going for a sure thing, (causing #1 to then have to select another gift from the pile) or select a new gift from the pile. Then when it's the next person's turn, they can pick/take away anyone else's already opened gift or select a new gift from the pile. The object is to pick the highest number and be the last person to go.... the greatest choice of gifts.

Anyway, it's a lot of laughs and economical, too, because each person only has to purchase one gift.
post #15 of 52
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Originally Posted by eepster View Post
A bunch of lottery tickets (scratch off are the most fun): It Could Happen To You
I thought of this one, too!

Or a gift card to Jiffy Lube, wrapped in "Cars" paper.

I love this gift idea!! Imma gonna hafta steal it!
post #16 of 52
Karoake machine for "Duets"
post #17 of 52
i love the drum idea, and Ten Thousand Villages has a couple of inexpensive, traditional drums (under $25) and it's fair trade, so you're doing a good deed while also connectingg to a movie. that one is good.

my initial thought was a gift basket of hang-over cure supplies for the movie "The HangOver."

gift cert to sushi or seafood restaurant for "District 9" (abstractly, the "aliens" were called "prawns")

Julie and Julia--supplies ofr one of the simple recipes as a gift basket (or, a "coupon" for you to come and make it for the family)

i'm trying to think of the different movies that i've seen recently. LOL ah, balloons for Up

i love Up: I just met you and i LOVE you!
post #18 of 52
Get one of those figures that "moons" people when you squeeze the pump from Spencer's (or whatever novelty store) and label it NEW MOON.


Oh, wait...you said....
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hard to find something that would be somewhat useful to that broad of a range.
Nevermind.
post #19 of 52
This is a pretty neat gift swap idea.

Jug of maple syrup, few boxes of spaghetti noodles, skittles: Elf

Pinot Noir & good wineglasses: Sideways

Bunch of chapsticks & a stuffed unicorn: Napoleon Dynamite
post #20 of 52
This and the movie Weatherman?
A nice knife for the movie Ratatouille?
A mandoline and one of those Veggie Tales movies?


Most folks don't have an alarm clock like this though.Swanky.
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