Holiday shopping can be a nightmare if you don't find yourself invested in the same interests as those on the receiving end of your gifts. That said, at least knowing what those interests are can go a long way in narrowing down your options.
As a student of film and a fan of music, let me start by saying this: Relax. There's never been a better time to shop for people with a serious appreciation for the arts. Online shopping makes it easy to discover gifts for the cinephiles and music geeks alike. Here's just a handful of options.
Even if you're not familiar with the Coen Brothers by name, I guarantee that you've seen at least one of their flicks (and your film fanatic friend or family member has probably seen most of them). The duo is responsible for some of the best films of all time, including Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Barton Fink.
Before they solidified their status as two of the best screenwriters and filmmakers of all time, they wrote and directed their first film—a low-budget 1984 thriller called Blood Simple. It's a taut, surgically-crafted movie that shows flashes of their future work, and thanks to the restored 4K transfer on this special Criterion Collection Blu-ray, it's never looked or sounded better.
Don't let the name fool you—there's more to this book than punk music, and in fact, more to punk music than you might think.
Please Kill Me is one of those quintessential books that's cited with astounding frequency in music circles of all kinds. Whether your loved one is a musician, music critic, or just enthusiastic about music history, Please Kill Me is pretty much required reading. Inside are hundreds of pages worth of interviews and anecdotes from rock's most volatile and influential voices. It's a raw, honest, and insightful: precisely what an oral history should be.
This 48-inch 4K TV isn't the best-of-the-best, but thanks to its backlit panel with full-array local dimming and a user-friendly smart platform, the E Series is a tremendous value for movie lovers looking to make their home theater a little more special.
The E Series is available in several sizes and resolutions, so be sure to browse around before landing on the one that's right for you or your loved one.
Everyone loves a good star war; the overlap between Star Wars enthusiasts and film aficionados is a big one. The Star Wars saga resonates with just about everyone and can be appreciated from both a storytelling and a technical point of view.
The Making of Star Wars is famous among fans as being the definitive, behind-the-scenes story of Star Wars. The book is available in both paperback and hardcover versions, but we recommend the handsome hardcover version because it's Star Wars and you should treat yourself.
The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed (Paperback, $12.88)
We're living in one of the best eras of rap to date, but in case you need a little brushing up on how we got here, look no further than The Rap Year Book.
Author Sean Serrano's honest and frequently hilarious book catalogs the history of rap year-by-year with the type of passion one expects from a diehard fan. Much like Please Kill Me, The Rap Year Book is essential for any music enthusiast's bookshelf, regardless of whether or not hip-hop is a regularly listened-to genre.
These comfy cans perform at the top of their class regardless of what type of music you're into, and the noise-cancellation puts you in total seclusion. They won't come cheap, but the experience is worth the price of admission, particularly for folks who do a lot of listening on-the-go.
In our round-up of soundbars under $250, the Razer Leviathan took our top spot thanks to its compact size, 5.1-channel support, and relative affordability.
The Leviathan is the perfect gift for cinephiles looking to upgrade their home theater or music fans looking to fill their home with their favorite tunes.
We've said it before and we'll say it again—not only is the Xbox One S is the most affordable option when it comes to playing 4K Blu-rays, but it's also a heck of an entertainment platform.
This version of the Xbox One S comes with 2TB of internal storage and even supports high dynamic range (HDR), which makes it perfect for cinephiles who want to download and watch movies in the best possible format.