The 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time. And if you have a friend or family member who is a big fan of this movie, there are plenty of interesting It’s a Wonderful Life gift ideas available. Because much of the It’s a Wonderful Life memorabilia is collectible, you may have to scour sites like Ebay.com or Amazon.com for some of these items. Still, it’s worth it to find a unique gift or collectible for a fan of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Here are some of the best gift ideas for fans of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.
It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Village and Figurines – Companies like Hawthorne Village and Enesco offered limited edition illuminated Christmas villages that featured buildings from the movie. These highly collectible items can be found on Ebay. There is also a line of It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas figurines that was issued by Target as well as other collectible items from Bradford Exchange. In the 1990’s Hallmark issued keepsake It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas ornament, including a 1996 ornament in honor of the movie’s 50th anniversary. These ornaments can still be found on Ebay today.
It’s a Wonderful Life Board Game- Pressman Toy Corporation. This game, which was created by Pressman in the late 1990’s, is a must-have for any fan of the movie. Players must answer trivia questions about the movie. The first player to collect 5 Friends & Family cards and an $8000 card wins the game. This game can still be found in new condition from sellers on Ebay and Amazon.
Martini Family Gift Basket– Any fan of It’s a Wonderful Life knows the scene where George and his wife Mary present their friends, the Martini family, with symbolic housewarming gifts for their new home in Bedford Falls. You can mimic that gift by filling a basket with the following items. Be sure to include a card with the accompanying quotes from the movie:
Bread – (“That this house may never know hunger”)
Salt – (“That life may always have flavor”)
Wine – (“That joy and prosperity may reign forever”)
Zuzu Bailey’s It’s A Wonderful Life Cookbook: Recipes and Anecdotes Inspired by America’s Favorite Movie by Karolyn Grimes. This cookbook was written by the actress that played youngest daughter ZuZu Bailey in the movie. Grimes’ cookbook has over 250 recipes that are based on the movie and its characters. She also included anecdotes and photos from the film.
The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life: a Scene by Scene Guide to the Classic Film by Michael Willian. This book takes readers scene by scene through the movie and includes anecdotes, trivia and movie mistakes. This book is a great companion to the movie and even diehard fans will learn something new.
It’s a Wonderful Life Mugs, T-shirts and Jewelry. Sites like Café Press feature sellers who create It’s a Wonderful Life mugs, t-shirts, charm bracelets and other items that feature quotes and pictures from the movie. Do a search for ‘It’s a wonderful life” on www. Cafepress.com or www.etsy.com to see what items are currently available.
It’s a Wonderful Life Movie Poster-. Sites like Allposters.com and Movieposter.com sell reproductions of the original movie poster from the film. The poster features leading man Jimmy Stewart lifting up his co-star, Donna Reed. It includes the stars names and the text “Liberty Films Presents Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life“
It’s a Wonderful Life Photographic Print . The website Art.com sells an interesting IAWL photographic print. The photo, which is from the archives of Life magazine, features the main street in the movie’s fictional town, Bedford Falls, with the machines that were used to make snow and wind in the movie. This print can be framed for a nice and unique gift.
Signed Movie Photo. You can find signed It’s a Wonderful Life movie photos on Ebay and reputable memorabilia sites. The most popular photos would be photos signed by the star of the movie, Jimmy Stewart or by the producer of the movie, Frank Capra. It may be easier to find photos signed by the younger stars of the movie like Karolyn Grimes (ZuZu Bailey) or Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey), as they are still living. Always be sure to verify the authenticity of signed movie photos ands only purchase from reputable sellers.
It’s a Wonderful Life Snow Globe- Lands End. This limited edition issue from Lands End is a snow globe that features the movie’s hero, George Bailey, and his family in front of a Christmas tree. The musical globe plays the song “Auld Lang Syne”, which was the final song in the movie. This collectible can be found on Ebay or Amazon.
it’s a Wonderful Life Trading Cards. Check Ebay for sellers with sets of IAWL trading cards. The cards were manufactured by DuoCards in 1996 and the complete set features 72 cards with photos from the movie. This is a great stocking stuffer for any It’s a Wonderful Life fan.
The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern. This short story was penned in 1943 and served as the inspiration for the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Modern editions of this book, which can be found at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, include an afterward by the author’s daughter who explains how her father’s short story, meant as a Christmas card story to family friends, ended up inspiring one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time.