Lots of people say that it isn't easy buying gifts for people, but I have to disagree. Unless you have almost zero contact with a person, it's easy to just keep a few mental notes about their likes and find a gift that's at least moderately suitable. But with the advent of the Internet and a sweet little service called eBay, it became ridiculously easy to put in less effort and get even better gifts -- especially for the rabid movie geek. The site is a veritable smorgasbord of movie memorabilia. Remember a few key words from past conversations, and you can come up with tongue-twisting gifting greatness -- memorable movie memorabilia.
Yeah, some of it is beyond ridiculously-priced. I'm still bummed that I couldn't buy a few Buffy auction pieces a few years ago when the show ended, but not all of it is made for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags. There's also funky Buy it Now stuff, and little trinkets from films that never come close to the dreaded 4-figures. What follows is a list of current auction goodies that could make you the best Santa ever. Some are always available, others are rare, funky finds, and all of it is something that'd be special and unique. And remember -- be a smart bidder.
Detergent Container from Superbad - Auction Ends 12/19
Who knows how pricey this item will get when it hits its end date on December 19, but as I'm writing this on Saturday morning, it's current $10.50. Sure, that price is guaranteed to go up, but it's still a heck of a cheap price for a highly-recognizable prop from this summer's best comedy. Team this puppy with a picture of Jonah Hill running with the detergent containers and the prop's certificate of authenticity, and you'll become a gift-giving God to any fan of Judd Apatow, Hill, and all that is Superbad.
Will Smith Bling from Men in Black II
There are two pieces to this little auction. If you're a fan of all things Smith, you can nab either the silver hoop he wore in the film, or his silver necklace. Neither piece has been bid on yet -- the hoop has a starting bid of $199.99, and a Buy it Now price of $400.00, and the necklace starts at $249.99, and has a Buy it Now price of $550.00. Yeah, this isn't pocket change for most people, but if you're a big fan of Smith's, this is a pretty decent starting point to get something he actually used and wore. And as an extra bonus, it's small, so it can be displayed or stored easily, as opposed to some of the larger piece of memorabilia. And of course, it can also be worn.
Kevin Smith's Suit from Catch and Release -- Auction Ends 12/21/07
Okay, so this isn't from one of the films he directed, nor is it hugely recognizable, but as of noon Saturday, the current bid for this official wardrobe piece is $0.99. Of course, that amount should increase, but it gives you Smith fans out there a much better chance of owning Smith memorabilia. Unfortunately, you just missed your chance on a live auction of Smith memorabilia, from Jay's outfit in Dogma, to Liv Tyler's bra in Jersey Girl. However, there's also some other Smith-themed goodies around -- signed scripts under $20, and even more Catch and Release wardrobe pieces.
Rachel McAdams College Outfit from The Notebook -- Buy it Now or Best Offer
Yeah, the price on this puppy is pretty steep -- $499.95. However, the seller is offering a "Best Offer" option, and if McAdams continues on her successful trajectory, this item could be both a good score for the weepy romance fans, and a solid investment. Or, if you know someone wild for Rachel who is, approximately, a size 5, it could be one hell of a Halloween costume. The plus of this wardrobe sale -- if you have the base price, you don't have to deal with the auction at all -- it's just yours.
For Creep, War, and Gore: Battle Gear, Horns, Zombies, and Rats
Now I'm bunching some things together, because well, there's just too much out there I found during my brief search. 300 was definitely one of the hugest movies this year, and scoring one of these pieces would be a geekboy's dream. Here you can find some fun 300 bits -- a severed Spartan head, spears, a Leonidas costume, a sword, and a helmet, ranging in price from a start of $9.99 to $4,499.99. If Snyder's 300 isn't to your liking, how about Hellboy's horns? Bidding has already started, but the price is still under $100.00. They were actually used by Ron Perlman, so you can't get much better than that. Or how about a marquette from Evil Dead 2? In other words, it's a concept mold that was used when creating the look of creepy Henrietta, the auction ends soon on the 16th, and it has a Buy it Now price of $125.00. Finally, if you want something creepy, but more indie alternative, there's rat props from Crispin Glover's Willard -- going for the super-cheap Buy it Now price of $8.49!
Roast Beast for Derelicte
The live-action remake might not have been as good as the original cartoon, but it would still be awesome to have Grinch's trivets for your own holiday roast beast -- although you might want to find out what they're made of before you put something hot on them. The auction ends on December 19, and the price is currently under $20, which makes it a cool gift and a super-unique Christmas decoration. Or, if you don't want to go the Christmas route at all, you can Derelicte your.. well, you should know how to end that. Yes, it's a Zoolander pass for Mugatu's Derelicte campaign, and is another super-cheap, yet fun item. With one bid currently in, It's at $9.99.
You can make the first bid of $199.00 on a life-size cast of Arnold Schwarzenegger's whole head as Mr. Freeze from Batman and Robin, or you can partake in one of the on-going life mask auctions. Go retro with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Alfred Hitchcock, or James Cagney. Or, maybe you want some Babs, Brando, or De Niro as Travis Bickle? But there's also even more recent names like Jack Nicholson, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Campbell, and Johnny Depp. On a budget, it's one of the best gifts you can get for a fan -- someone who wants to see Jolie up close and personal, or maybe steal a smooch to a life-size, 3D Depp.
But this is all only a start for you. You can go trashy with Anna Nicole, or check out the many other auctions for your favorite recent films -- Halloween, Akeelah, and Lars, Talladega Nights, Big Fish, and The Holiday, Southland Tales, The Mist, Cry Baby, or even Dreamgirls.
Good luck, happy shopping, and Happy Holidays!