10 Holiday Gift Ideas Any Film Major Will Love

10 Holiday Gift Ideas Any Film Major Will Love

Affordable gifts every film major will love.


It's that time of year where you are looking for the perfect gifts your loved ones. If you are having trouble shopping for the film major or film lover in your life, then look no further. These gifts are perfect for any aspiring film majors that are super hard to shop for.

1. Gourmet Popcorn 


Popcorn is a staple for movie watching, and it's personally my favorite food. Gourmet popcorn may be hard to find in your city, but Garrett Popcorn in Chicago delivers right to your door. Each bucket of popcorn varies depending on size and flavor, but a classic bucket of buttery popcorn goes for $28.

2. DVDs


If they still collect DVDs then this is a great gift. Just make sure you check their collection so you don't get them any duplicates.

3. iTunes/Amazon/Google Play Gift Cards


This is a perfect way your movie lover can still get movies if they don't like collecting physical DVDs.

4. The Wes Anderson Collection

This book is an overview of every Wes Anderson film. It features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera.

You can buy it on Amazon for $38.99

5. A Lens Mug

This mug is perfect for drinking coffee during late night writing/editing sessions. Plus, it creates the illusion that you are drinking from a camera lens which will freak some people out if you are into that.

You can get it on Amazon for $22.95

6. Funko Pop Vinyl Figures


Funko Pops are the perfect decoration if you are wanting to add some character for your desk or bookshelf. You can buy them for around $22 at various retail stores or on Amazon.

7. External Hard Drive


This is a must-have for anyone who has large files on their computer. This Allows you to take more photos and video while still having plenty of memory on your computer.

Get a 2T external hard drive from Amazon for $59.99.

8. 100 Movie Scratch Off Poster


This Poster is A way to challenge your movie lover to get out of their comfort zone and watch more films. You can make a bet with them and see how many films on this list they can watch in 2019.

Get it here for $15.00.

9. Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth headphones are perfect for anyone who spends long hours on their computer writing or editing. You can use them to block out the noise or give people the illusion that they are super focused so they won't be bothered while they are working.

Get a pair of JBL T450 Headphones on Amazon for $34.99

10. A Memory Card


You can never have enough memory cards, especially when you are working in film.

You can get a 64 GB SD card on Amazon for $23.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life


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All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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