What to put in a movie gift basket

What to put in a movie gift basket

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We all need a bit of hibernation every now and then and there is nothing so glorious as a movie marathon at home with loved ones. Except, that is, a movie marathon complete with its own personalized gift basket.

That’s right! Take your family movie night to the next level with these gift basket ideas.

If you’re heading to a movie night at a friend’s or have a loved one who’s sick and stuck to the couch with nothing but Netflix for company, why not surprise them with a movie gift pack? Here are some movie basket gift ideas to help take your home screening to the next level.

After these movie theater gift basket ideas, you’ll never want to go to the cinema again!

How to make a movie basket

Wondering what things to put in a movie basket or how to make one? The good news is that these gift ideas are so versatile that, from the kind of container you use to the treats you put inside, the sky’s the limit.

Add your favorite sweet treats, keep it salty with a popcorn movie gift basket, or make it cozy with some nice blankets or pillow pals – there is no right or wrong way to make your own gift hamper. However, there is a general list of things you will need to build your own movie basket.

You will need:

  • A container in the form of a basket, a decorated cardboard box, a plastic bucket, or anything else you can think of!
  • Filler, in the form of shredded paper, newspapers, or tissue paper
  • Your chosen treats
  • Novelty cinema items
  • The DVDs of choice

Now we’ve covered the basics, let’s get stuck into exactly what to put into your home cinema hamper.

What to put in a movie night basket

Once you’ve selected your desired container and decorated it accordingly (you could print out posters of the movies being watched and wrap your container in them, for example), now it’s time to fill it!

The great thing about these movie baskets is that they can be inexpensive while still being chock-a-block with mouth-watering treats. There are lots of ways to make your movie basket a generous present without breaking the bank. Let’s look at some of the most popular ways to fill your basket.


What cinema experience is complete without popcorn! You can bulk out your movie basket with bags of premade popcorn and spoil your desired receiver with a variety of flavors, from savory to sweet. Alternatively, you can create added fun by gifting popcorn kernels so that a family or friend group can have a go making their own popcorn!

Candy and chocolate

A cinema trip isn’t complete without a visit to the Pick-n-Mix stand! So, why not bring the Pick-n-Mix to your loved ones with a selection of their favorite candy by adding them into your movie basket.

Spoil the chocolate lovers in your life with an assortment of chocolate goodies in your basket. To recreate that cinema feeling, be sure to include share packs of chocolate treats for a guaranteed crowd pleaser.


It’s always a good idea to include some drinks in your basket and sodas work particularly well as those are often the drinks we treat ourselves to in movie theaters. Add the favorite flavors of the person who will receive the movie basket for a refreshing treat.

Novelty items

Customize your movie basket with some novelty cinema items to really take your basket to the next level. Think of the classic red-and-white striped popcorn holders, handmade or printed out cinema tickets – you could even craft your own 3D glasses if you were feeling really creative!

Anything that will bring that cinema atmosphere to life can be added to create a unique and extra special movie basket.

Christmas movie gift baskets

Of course, the best movie night box ideas are those that center around a theme. And what better time to watch movies together than at Christmas? Spice up your basket and turn it festive by adding Christmas classics such as The Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street or Die Hard.

To truly bring the Christmas theme home, you could use holly or mistletoe to decorate your hamper and swap out some sweets for festive candy canes.

You can also use Christmas-themed chocolates or even an advent calendar to add extra Christmas flair. 

Healthy movie night gift basket

For the more health-conscious, it’s easy to keep your basket nutritious and tasty. Use healthy alternatives to traditional cinema treats by replacing your soda with natural fruit juice or even some flavored water options.

Choose popcorn that is low in salt, flavorings, and butter and replace the candy and sweets with something like a trail mix or dried fruits and roasted nuts for a moreish treat.

Opt for dark chocolate instead of sweeter varieties and you could even get rid of sweet snacks altogether by replacing them with some healthy dips like hummus and cute bags of crudités.

As you can see, there is really no end to the ways you can personalize a movie basket to suit every family!

However, if all of this sounds like too much work, the good news is there are lots of chocolate and sweet treat movie baskets available online. Order from delivery services such as1800 Flowers,FromYouFlowers, orSendFlowers for a hassle-free but indulgent basket filled with the best candies and chocolates to see you through any movie marathon.

Happy munching!

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