32 Gift Ideas for a Movie Directors

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Watching movies is like a regular ritual for most people when spending their free time at home after work. It’s so nice and cozy to get into your favorite PJs, prepare your favorite snacks and drinks, get on your comfy warm bed, and immerse yourself in a good movie. While most people do it, many just care about the plot and don’t research the movies more thoroughly. However, some like to dig into the background and details of the movies that left the biggest impression on them, such as who is behind those art pieces. The first thing they might look into is who is the film director, as they happen to be one of the most important people on the set of any film project.

If you know a film director yourself and want to surprise them with a nice little gift and show your appreciation through it, you’re in the right place! Here’s a list of best gift ideas for any film director to show them that you know exactly what they need and want in life:

  1. Director's Chair
    When you think of a film director the first thing that might pop into your mind is that classic director’s Hollywood-style high chair. It is like a must-have for all film directors since the Golden Age of Hollywood when it was made by the famous entertainment industry. The director's chair was first introduced in the U.S. in 1892 at the Chicago World's Fair by Gold Medal Camp Furniture but its history stretches beyond that and endures today in the design world thanks to its comfort and versatility. This will be a great gift for any film director as a symbolic furniture piece for their home.
  2. Film Director’s Clapper Board
    Dating back to the earliest days of the filmmaking craft, the clapper board has been an instantly recognizable symbol for the art of making movies, specifically for the action of starting a scene on a film set. Its history dates back to the earliest days of even silent cinema and it can be seen all the time in popular media depicting this craft. Even though they probably already own at least one of those, getting them another one is always a good idea, especially if they’re working on multiple projects at the same time. They can also keep it as a symbolic decor piece in their home.
  3. World's Best Film Director Black Sweatshirt
    Gifts don’t always need to be too over the top to impress people and a simple gift with a funny and interesting personalized twist is a great choice. Giving people honest compliments never gets old and is as good as giving them gifts, so why not do both at the same time and surprise a film director with this simple black sweatshirt with a message: ‘’World’s Best Film Director’’ printed on it? It will be a lovely little motivational gift to remind them that they are amazing at what they do.
  4. The Blockbuster Game: A Movie Party Game for The Whole Family
    Many people out there don’t like bringing their work home, but film producers often choose that job because of their great love for movies so bringing work home is a regular thing for them. That’s why you can’t go wrong with this party game made for the whole family to play and have fun together. The Blockbuster Game will be an amazing gift for all movie lovers out there, especially film directors, to spend quality time with their friends or family while talking about their all-time favorite topic. The game starts with players shouting out as many movies as they can that match a theme before the time runs out.
  5. Light Meter
    You might assume film directors mainly just sit in their famous high director chair and decide how the story goes and if the filmed scenes are good enough or not, but they also have their professional equipment and certain tools they use on every set. One of those useful and important tools is a light meter that they use to measure the intensity of light on a subject and determine whether they should change and adjust the lights to get the perfect shot. That results in great aesthetics that we all appreciate when we see in a movie.
  6. DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
    If the film director you want to surprise with a gift is somebody very close to you, for example your child or a sibling that has recently graduated and is just starting their career now, and you don’t mind spending a bigger budget on the gift, you might consider getting a DSLR camera for them. A DSLR camera is something every film director needs in their life and is the first thing they should invest in. If you know that they still don’t have one or want an upgrade, you can surprise them with this Canon bundle that also includes other needed accessories.
  7. “Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction” Book
    Whether for a beginner or a professional film director with many years of experience, a good book covering the topic of filmmaking is always a great idea for a gift. We never stop learning so books are something we should all use to upgrade our knowledge on any topic. This book is described as a backstage pass to 100 years of Hollywood’s most memorable film sets and has hundreds of rare photographs, set sketches and original renderings showcasing films of every era and genre with many shown here for the very first time. Every film director who loves the history of film will appreciate such a gift.
  8. Camera Lens Coffee Mug
    Suppose they already own their DSLR camera and you’re on a somewhat smaller budget. In that case, this interesting coffee mug designed as a camera lens will be a wonderful gift for any film director. Digital cameras and lenses are a part of their daily lives so drinking their coffee or another drink on the set from this camera lens mug will be very interesting and make them the coolest film director ever! This one comes with a stainless-steel spoon, straw and a cleaning brush as well and will be a great one to use on the set.
  9. Directors Hollywood Style Megaphone
    One more thing that everybody instantly associates with film directors is that classic Hollywood-style megaphone we’ve seen in some old movies. For decades, film directors used this little tool to easily communicate with the rest of their cast and crew on sets where it was hard to hear. The megaphone they used before was an acoustic one, and even though modern directors today use electric megaphones, the acoustic one became an iconic clichéd symbol of every movie director on a set. This old-school-style megaphone with the word “Director” written on it will be a funny and symbolic gift for them.
  10. Movie Clapboard Kitchen Rug
    If you’re looking for a unique gift that will make you stand out and make the film director, remember your gift choice for many more years to come then this kitchen or hallway rug designed as a movie clapper board is going to be a wonderful and funny gift that will instantly put a smile on their face. Having a kitchen or hallway rug is very useful and keeps the house tidy and clean as it keeps the little food pieces that might fall in the kitchen while cooking in place, as well as keep the water drops from spreading everywhere.
  11. Alfred Hitchcock Collectible Figure
    Many people love to keep their bookcases full of these little collectible figures. They come in all different shapes and designs and no matter what the person might be into, they can find a collectible figure for their field of interest. For film directors, this funny little Alfred Hitchcock collectible figure will be a very symbolic addition to their home decor and a lovely gift that will give them something to laugh about. Even if they are not into “Psycho” and similar movies made by this famous filmmaker, he’s still widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema, so owning his collectible figure is a symbolic thing for every film director.
  12. Professional Large Director's Viewfinder
    If you really want to contribute to the film director’s career, getting them a piece of their professional equipment will be a great way to do that. A director's viewfinder or director's finder is a viewfinder used by film directors and cinematographers to set the framing of a motion picture or movie camera. It looks like a short telescope that can be held easily in one hand and is often seen hanging from a lanyard on the director's neck. Experienced film directors already own those but getting another one for them is never a bad idea as it’s a piece of equipment they always need.
  13. Vintage Movie Ending Screen Camera Shower Curtain
    If you want to bring some fun and laughter together with your gift then this shower curtain in the style of 1950s vintage movie ending screens will be an amazing gift choice. Who expects a shower curtain gift?! It will definitely be an original and unique one. This shower curtain isn’t just a regular shower curtain with a common design that you can find anywhere. Its design resembles the way all vintage movies used to end, with a classic “The End” message. Any film director will be pleasantly surprised to get such a gift and proudly display their passion for movies even in their bathroom.
  14. Film Director Ornament
    If you’re not looking for anything expensive or flashy but a simple and symbolic gift that will show your appreciation for their work and talent, this little film director’s clapper board ornament will be a good enough choice, especially if colder days are approaching and Christmas time is close. Everybody loves decorating their Christmas tree, making their house all cozy during those winter months, and putting a personal touch on their tree, so any film director will gladly place this clapper board ornament on their tree or another place in their home even if it’s not Christmas time yet.
  15. Hollywood Film Strip Themed Picture Frame
    If you’re not too sure about this film director’s personal style or what they need in their life at the moment, the best thing to do is go for a neutral gift that would suit most people’s needs or preferences. One of those gift options that is commonly chosen is picture frames. Everybody likes to display a dear and meaningful photo in their house, and doing so in an aesthetically pleasing photo frame makes it even better. This Hollywood film strip-themed picture frame will be a wonderful choice for film directors as it will showcase their love for filmmaking and decorate their homes accordingly.
  16. “Directing Actors” - 25th Anniversary Edition
    We’re here with another amazing book gift choice for film directors. What we all see as an end result of a movie is the outcome of so much hard work while it’s in the making. We’re often impressed by the actors’ performances and forget that behind all that isn’t just actors’ talents, but the work and talent of a film director who worked with them. Directing actors is one of the most challenging parts of the art of directing a movie, so this book will be a useful gift choice for all directors who want to continue improving their work.
  17. Film Digitizer Converter
    A great little gadget every movie lover will be thrilled to receive as a gift, especially a film director who dedicated their whole life to creating them. Even modern film directors are usually interested in old vintage films, so this film digitizer is going to be a lovely gift choice for them. If they have some old 8mm films, they can bring them straight into the 21st century with this film converter and enjoy watching and learning from them through the best possible high-definition 1080p digital video files. They can also bring back to life some of their family’s old memories and relive them.
  18. Vintage Photograph of Ernst Lubitsch
    Vintage photographs are great collectible pieces and besides them being captured moments in history and a great addition to any collection, owning them is also a great and valuable investment for the future as many predict the price and value of some vintage photographs will increase in the future. They will always be a valuable depiction of the previous times and a nostalgic reminder of how things were before. This vintage photograph of one of the greatest film directors of all time - Ernst Lubitsch, is going to be a valuable gift for any film director out there as a collectible that can be used as a lovely decor piece as well.
  19. Movie Director Cap
    Everybody loves and needs at least a couple of those caps for everyday wear. Film directors often spend their time on the set outdoors so wearing those caps is a good way to protect themselves from the sunlight. Even if they are not too into fashion, they will most definitely like this cap design as it’s a simple two-tone cap with the word “Director” embroidered on its front side. Film directors are always proud of their job and proudly talk about it with everyone, but this cap will do that talking for them! They will be the coolest person on the set and everybody will know who is in charge!
  20. Director of Life Cosmetic Bag
    Film directors do the most important work when it comes to making films and everybody knows they’re the ones in charge and the ones that everyone on the set should listen to. Just like they are the directors on the set, they’re also the directors outside of it - directors of their own lives. That motivation message is exactly what is printed on this little cosmetic bag that will be of great use for all film directors to take with them to the set and have all their bits and pieces organized in it. It also has a clapper board printed on it, which makes it perfect for them.
  21. Vintage Film Camera Face Mask Set
    All of us have had enough of wearing those medical face masks, and while we all wait for life to become carefree and normal again, we still need to protect our health and the health of our family, friends, and colleagues. Face masks are still not fully canceled, and we don’t know if they are ever going to be. People who work in crowds, just like film directors do on the set, should have at least one face mask in their bag or pocket in case they need to put it on. This set of two black face masks with a vintage film camera design printed on them will be a perfect choice for film directors.
  22. Directors Chair Mouse Pad
    If a film director is looking for a new perfect mouse pad, this is probably the best one they could ever find. But since they are often so busy with their interesting film projects, you can be the one to surprise them with it. Since everything today is digitalized and even film directors use computers for their work, a good quality mouse pad is a useful thing to have. This one not only has a film director’s chair, clapperboard, and megaphone design, but also a non-slip rubber backing, smooth surface, and round edges allowing easy gliding. The image is clear and the colors are vivid.
  23. Vintage Cinema Tripod Floor Lamp
    No matter what our job is we all love coming back to our nice and cozy house after a long day at work, where interior design is tailored to suit our needs, interests, and preferences. Even if someone is not really into interior design, they will appreciate a gift that will contribute to their living space and make it comfier and chicer. Good lighting is a very important thing for making the space cozy and comfortable to spend time in, and this floor lamp in the form of a vintage cinema tripod will be a wonderful choice for a film director.
  24. 3 Piece Film and Camera Canvas Wall Decor
    Another great gift that most film directors would gladly use as their home decor is this set of film and camera design canvas wall decor. It is a simple yet meaningful piece that will not take up a lot of space on the wall and make the place look busy and too crowded, but will delicately display the passion and love that they have for their work. It will look wonderful in the living room, hallway, or even on the bedroom wall and elegantly decorate the film director’s living space. The canvas is ready to hang with hooks and accessories attached.
  25. Filmmaker Necktie
    Imagine working on the set with them and seeing the film director arrive wearing this necktie, or seeing your film director friend wear it while grabbing a coffee with you. You couldn’t help but think how cool and chic they are, right?! This necktie is one of our favorites when it comes to gifts for film directors, its design is simple yet meaningful and chic with little black and white film clappers embroidered onto the fabric that is a charcoal gray color. Perfect for any occasion, from daily casual wear to more professional and elegant events, this will be their new favorite fashion accessory.
  26. Film Director Dangle Earrings
    A great little gift for every film director who loves accessories and unique jewelry, and most importantly - loves their job! These dangle earrings are simple but have cute “Act I” & “Act II” words engraved on each of them which makes them a perfect choice for anybody working on the film set, especially film directors! They are made of stainless steel which is lead-free and nickel-free so they won’t rust, change color or tarnish. It is also hypoallergenic which makes them perfectly safe to wear all day on the set even if it is hot outside. This will be a nice and thoughtful gift.
  27. LED Video Light Kit
    One of the most important things when it comes to getting a perfect shot or scene is good lightning. Anybody who works in the filmmaking industry or as a photographer knows the importance of good quality light equipment and they can never have enough of it. Having more than one video light kit is very useful because film directors might have to work on multiple projects at the same time and carrying the equipment from one set to another every time is definitely not easy. This easily portable LED video light kit with an adjustable tripod stand & color filters will be a great addition to the film director’s equipment.
  28. Director's Project Notebook
    If you’ve ever experienced temporary brain fog or lack of focus and motivation, you probably know that writing plans, ideas, and goals down in a notebook with a cute design is a very motivating activity that can easily lead to new positive energy, inspiration, and a productive mindset. That especially applies to people who work in creative industries such as filmmaking. Film directors constantly need to come up with new ideas for projects and need to keep them organized, so this undated and unnumbered notebook with “Director’s Project Notebook” words printed on it will be a great and useful gift for them.
  29. HD Field Monitor
    Another really important piece of equipment for anybody working on the film set is a field monitor. If you know a film director who is just beginning their career journey you might consider surprising them with a professional HD field monitor that will definitely be of great use for their future work. This one comes with a 4K HD display that will accurately show what the scene will look like once it's filmed, and a sun hood that keeps the light out so it’s more applicable for different environments. A very important tool for the art of filmmaking that will pleasantly surprise any film director.
  30. Movie Maker’s Coffee Mug
    Who doesn’t like sipping on their favorite type of coffee while working?! Even though film directors are very busy when they are working on the set, having a nice little cup of coffee somewhere close to them can always make the working day better. Coffee alone is good enough to make any moment more pleasant, but if it comes in a personalized mug with a cool design, the experience is even better. This two-tone black and white coffee mug will be a perfect choice for any film director as it has “Eat, Sleep, Film” words printed on it. A simple yet cool gift that they can use every day.
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  32. Film Director Socks
    Let’s be honest - all of us can always benefit from a new pair of socks no matter how many we already own. They can easily get lost or damaged from frequent washing and wearing, yet they somehow always end up as the least important thing on everybody’s shopping list. That’s why you can’t go wrong with choosing these funny and cool socks as a gift for a film director, especially because they have a specific design that suits their career with “Write, Shoot, Edit, Repeat” words embroidered on them. Film directors will be thrilled to receive them as a gift even though it’s a simple one.