If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet and need some inspiration for the dancers on your list, read on. And if you’ve been good and not stepped on anyone’s feet, maybe Santa will bring you one of these gifts too!
For the theater lover:
Nothing beats the magic of live performance, especially if it involves some of your favorite dance celebrities. For the performance junkie, snag tickets to Dancing with the Stars or Derek Hough on tour. Both productions have dates across the United States (and some in Canada) through the end of 2018 and into 2019. Tickets range from about $50 to $90, unless you want the Derek Hough VIP experience (photo ops, special merch and the $900 ticket includes a dance with the man himself).
For the nomadic dancer:
Is your friend at a different congress or festival every weekend? Help her fit everything she needs for classes and social dancing in a carry-on with packing cubes. They’re not vacuum bags, but can be compressed and stacked so you can fit more items in smaller spaces. There are a range of brands and prices, but a simple three-piece set (with extra dirty laundry bag included) start at $18.99 on Amazon.
For the music lover:
If you’ve got a friend who has a record player, you can’t go wrong with vinyls of Latin music. Chicago-based Dusty Groove has hundreds of records from the 1930s and on ranging from $0.99 to $59.99. And if you just can’t decide between Ray Barretto’s “Acid” and Fania All Stars live, you can give a gift certificate and let your friend face that dilemma alone.
For the coffee drinker:
Have you looked recently at the amount of dance-related coffee gifts and coffee-related dance gifts online? From silly to sublime, there’s something for every sensibility. Give your coffee-drinking dancer a test of priorities by gifting an “Ok, But First Salsa” coffee mug and a “First I Drink Coffee, then I Salsa” t-shirt. Checkout Etsy and Amazon for more of these fun stocking stuffers.
For the frequent social dancer:
Let your friend leave her purse at home with a GFranco “poclet.” Described as a bracelet and a pocket combined, the poclet eliminates the need to stuff debit cards, cash, IDs and hotel room keys down the front of your shirt or leave them unattended in a shoe bag. They come in a few different colors and styles and are $25 each.
Happy Holidays! What is on your dance wish list? And what are you gifting to the dancers on your list?