Gift Ideas for Film and TV Buffs

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today we hope you can find some gifts for those film, TV and theater critics in your group of friends, from our Film & TV, Plays and Animation sections.

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Film & TV

Ebook available for 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (older edition, though).

“Yep, it’s the film best guide in town.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Film & TV buyer Jilles on Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide.

“These – yes – are the 1001 movies you MUST see before you die…or at least die trying.” – Jilles on 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

“Mucho info about the making of Star Wars; every day there’s another pic with info. Enjoy!” – Jilles on Creating the Worlds of Star Wars: 365 Days.

“A 336-page long companion to GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire masterpiece. This is sure to contain spoilers for the upcoming 5th season of A Game of Thrones next spring, so: read at your own risk…” – ABC The Hague’s Film & TV buyer Jouke and ABC The Hague’s GoT Mega-fan Joe on The World of Ice & Fire.


Ebook available for Hotel.


“The DreamWorks animation studios celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, and they have 30 wonderful films to show for it.They are renowned for titels such as How To Train Your Dragon, Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Over the Hedge, Rise of the Guardians and many more. This book contains concept and production art and a behind the scenes look for all of their films to date.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Animation buyer Jitse on The Art of DreamWorksAnimation.

“Last year Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki announced that he would retire as animation film director; The Wind Rises was his last film. Over the years all of his major films had an art book published except for Princess Mononoke, the film that put him in the spotlight outside of Asia. Now at last this gorgeous art book has been published with all the concept art, backstories and full animation cells for the film.” – Jitse on The Art of Princess Mononoke.

Adventure Time is the most popular Animation series right now: it outranks the Simpsons and Mickey Mouse (well, almost), it is loved by old, young and every age in between. It’s magical, and silly, and has rainicorns. The Art of Ooo is the best book with all the behind-the-scenes action and adventure that go with making a cartoon series. It reveals the secret workings of the inner cabal of the studios that produced the epic adventures of Finn the human and his magical talking dog Jake.” – Jitse on The Art of Ooo.

“Packed with storyboards and concept art, this is a book you do not want to miss as an Adventure Time fan. ‘ALGEBRAIC!!'” – ABC The Hague’s Animation buyer Jouke on The Art of Ooo.