It’s already October, so that means holiday season is approaching quickly! If you know a dancer, you might be thinking of a few gifts that you could get them - you may be thinking of items like shoes, competition outfits, dance classes, or tickets to a show or dance convention. All of those ideas are great, but they can end up being a bit pricey. However, there are some options that dancers will still appreciate, and you won’t even have to spend too much money!
Jewelry and Accessories
With any costume that a dancer has, it’s likely that they will always need some accessories to go along with it. There are a variety of different items you can get for dancers: hair pieces, gloves, ties, hats, scarves…sunglasses? The possibilities are endless! Dancers may even enjoy small key chains so that they can attach them to their dance bags. (And speaking of bags…)
Dancers always need a place to store their important items like shoes, snacks, and water. A lot of them do not have a designated dance bag; many carry their items in purses or backpacks, which can cause confusion if they are used elsewhere. To prevent items from being misplaced, most dancers should designate a separate bag where they can keep their dance-items. The bags don’t have to be anything elaborate - small backpacks or totes will do just fine. You can even find bags with cool designs on them!
Refillable Water Bottles
Hydration is a priority, especially for active dancers. The best way to ensure that they are getting enough water is to constantly keep a water bottle on hand. Refillable bottles can be a useful tool because they remind you to get your daily intake of water, and it’s a good way to keep track of how much water you have consumed. They also save dancers money so that they won’t have to continuously buy tons of plastic water bottles (this is better for the environment, too).
Sewing Kit/Costume Repair Kit
Because of the many performances dancers are often a part of, they end up having a ton of costumes. Therefore, they also end up having a lot of costume malfunctions and mishaps. Rips, tears, stains, and broken zippers are inevitable, so it’s always good to have a backup plan. You can get them a “toolbox” with many different items like sewing needles and string, super glue, safety pins, costume tape, bobby pins, stain remover, and more. Your dancer friend will surely be thanking you later when they need to do a quick fix on their outfits!
This one may sound like a strange idea, but if you give a dancer a new pair of socks, they will totally appreciate it! Since they are constantly moving, they like keeping their feet warm. In fact, dancers appreciate a variety of warm-ups - legwarmers, sweatpants, and sweatshirts are also items that are useful to any dancer. Not only do they help to keep dancers warm, but they are also cozy and help to protect their feet on those rare occasions when they don’t use dance shoes.
Dancers are constantly on the move so they obviously get hungry often. Therefore gifting a dancer with food or snacks is a fantastic idea! You could get them a gift card to their favorite restaurant or food store. You can also supply them with snacks such as nuts, crackers, pretzels, and other small, quick items they can stuff in their bags and eat on the go. Every once and a while, dancers love to have treats like chocolate bars and candy, so don’t hesitate to get them junk food, too! Since they also need to stay energized during the day, coffee, tea, and energy bars are also fantastic gift ideas.
Finally, dancers will certainly love any type of massage package you gift to them. After a long day of dancing, a massage is the perfect thing to help them wind down, reset, and ease tension in their bodies. Getting a dancer a gift card to a massage parlor would one of the best things to do for them. You could even get them portable massagers or foam rollers so they can roll out their muscles on the go!
Happy Dancing! ^_^