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I've been trying to think of a fun little way to surprise my mom lately. She's done a lot for me over the course of my life (like giving birth to me, for example), but recently I feel like she's been going out of her way to do extra nice little things for me and Stan. For example, I got a package from her the other day filled with dried nuts and fruit—why? "It's your Thanksgiving fruit!" she exclaimed proudly over the phone. Is Thanksgiving fruit a "thing"? I'm not so sure, but it was thoughtful nonetheless. My mom and I have pretty different taste in general, but there is one thing that both of us could always agree on: Watching movies. Lots and lots and lots of them. So I decided to give extra back and make her a little surprise "Movie Night" gift bag—a nostalgic treat she can enjoy even though we live far apart now.
When planning a Movie Night gift bag, the first thing you should probably consider is the actual movie. What genes does your recipient like? What sorts of player devices do they have (e.g. DVD, Blu-ray, digital streaming accounts)? I knew a DVD would be the way to go for my mom, since she doesn't own a Blu-ray player and has never touched the Roku box I set up for her over a year ago.
I chose this double-feature disc of Steve Martin movies because I know that My Blue Heaven is a nostalgic favorite of hers. Seriously, she must have rented that movie at least ten times after it came out on video. She was actually just a really big fan of Steve Martin in general—he made a ton of movies in the 80s and 90s, and because of my mom's rather intensive viewing habits I've seen all but one or two of them. Thanks for the education in comedy, ma! I suspect it's been a while since she's seen either of these, so hopefully she'll enjoy reliving those memories.
The other essential component of a Movie Night gift bag is SNACKS. My mom always used to smuggle a duffel bag-sized purse full of treats into the movie theater with her, but somehow I don't think she'd get the joke if I sent her a handbag full of candy, so I'll be stuffing a little popcorn bucket instead.
You can get these little popcorn buckets at most discount stores—I found mine in the dollar bin at Target. To keep with the Movie Night theme, I'll be padding the bucket with something a bit different than the usual gift basket grass:
Crumpled up tickets as confetti! You can rip them or cut them with pinking shears to shred them into whatever shapes you want. Not sure where to buy big rolls of tickets? Office supply stores often have them, and I happened to find these ones in the stationery section of Target!
The first snack to go in the popcorn box is... you guessed it... popcorn.
Since I will have to either send this through the mail or take it on a long train journey to give to my mother, I thought it would be better to leave the kernels unpopped for the time being. (Bags of microwave popcorn would work too, of course!) I sealed it up in a sandwich bag so it stays fresh and then wrapped it in a decorative cellophane bag so it looks a bit prettier. Popcorn sorted!
Next up: Chewing gum!
I don't know about you, but I always bring gum to the movies with me. I like something I can chew on for the entire duration of the film, haha! I'm especially fond of Extra Gum Dessert Delights because they taste like delicious baked goods—the Peach Cobbler one is my favorite and Stan really likes Mint Chocolate Chip. Which one does my mom like the best? I'm actually not sure—guess I'll find out after I give it to her!
I wrapped the various packs of Extra Gum together with a ribbon so they don't flop all around the inside of the popcorn box. I recommend lining the bottom of the box with some movie ticket confetti, then the popcorn, more confetti, and then the gum on top.
Voilà! Cover the top with tissue paper or more movie ticket confetti and you're almost ready to go. I added one last touch to my snack box:
A cheesy handmade card. I cut an index card into the shape of movie ticket for this—I recommend using a thick paper for this (like index cards or card stock) so it's sturdy enough to write a longer message on the back.
And that's it! Bundle your box-o-snacks and movie up in a little gift bag and get ready to make your loved one smile. And if you want more nifty gifting ideas featuring Extra Gum, be sure to check them out on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
What do you think of my Movie Night gift bag? Would you enjoy getting a gift like this?
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