It’s that time of year. At least in the United States, as soon as you get into the months that end with “ember,” it means its time to start holiday shopping. Here’s some suggestions if you have dancers or would-be dancers on your list, or want to give your friends and family an idea for something for you!
For Music Lovers On The Go:
Back in the day, did you make music mixes for your friends? The mixtape or compilation CD may not be as relevant in 2017, but for the digital listener on your list (aka, everyone), buy a Spotify premium membership and use it to give the gift of great dance music. You can make your own playlists and choose from thousands of songs or subscribe to other user-made playlists and share them with your friends. Making personalized playlists for your friends, and then giving them a way to listen without annoying ads, is a fun and easy way to give someone something they’re likely to use. Spotify premium is $10 a month and is ad free. Regular Spotify memberships are free but include ads. You can buy Spotify gift cards in stores or online.
To Keep Them On Their Feet:
For the friends who like maximum comfort when they dance, try gifting Dance Socks. These can turn their favorite sneakers into a pair of dance shoes for practicing or even social dancing. They come in multiple colors and two styles—ones that fit over the full shoe or just the ball of the foot.
Although many avid dancers already have shoebags (plural, for the multiple pairs of shoes), try personalizing a blank shoe bag for something a little more special. If you’re crafty you can hit the craft store and dress a bag up with iron on letters, fabric paint, patches, and more, or you can get someone to do it on Etsy. Multiple vendors on Etsy offer customizable shoe bags—you can have them made with monograms, images and lettering.
Make A Night Of It:
You can never go wrong with gift certificate to local dance studios and events, but consider giving a full experience. Take a friend out to a social and buy her cover and drinks, go to dinner at a thematically appropriate restaurant dinner before a class or event, or treat a friend to a late night breakfast after a night of dancing.
You could also try taking a dance friend out to try a different style. If you always dance Swing, treat your friend to a Argentine tango lesson and milonga. You could even have fun moving at a non-social dance class, like hip-hop, bellydance or ballet.
For The Art Lovers On Your List:
A copy of “Dancers Among Us” by Jordan Matter is the coffee table book for every dancer. The book features stunning images of dancers moving throughout daily life—from subway stations to construction sites.
For the more adult crowd, try Jordan Matter’s “Dancers After Dark,” featuring dancers photographed at night and in the nude and peppered with quotes on courage, ferocity and vulnerability.
For friends with some blank walls, give dance prints. Classic ones, like pieces by Jack Vettriano, speak to dancers of all disciplines, but there are myriad other beautiful prints depicting all kinds of dancers.
You can also make your friend the focus of the frame. Many dance events, from local socials to international congresses, have professional photographers snapping great shots. Your friends probably all have at least one professional picture of themselves from an event. Contact the photographer and see if you can print out a copy of one that shows off your friend and frame it for a special, personalized gift.