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Here Are the Top Holiday Gifts for Actors

The festive holiday season fills the air with joy, sparks celebrations and inspires us to give thoughtfully.

When you have actors or budding thespians among your friends and family, scouting out that ideal gift that truly resonates with their love for show business can be quite a task.

We understand that budgets are stretched thin, with many actors adding cold hard cash to their wish lists. But if you’re looking to gift beyond cash, we have a few suggestions that you can steal or use as inspiration.

This guide aims to make your holiday shopping easier, offering a range of gift ideas suitable for actors from the novice to the seasoned professional and catering to various price points.

Gifts Under $25: Budget-Friendly Finds

Monologue Books: A great monologue can be a valuable tool for any actor. Books like Monologues They’ll Remember You By: 80 Unique and Compelling Monologues That Leave a Lasting Impression and One-Minute Monologues for Teens: 100 Original Monologues are excellent resources.

Theater-Themed Mugs: A mug featuring funny sayings or theater motifs can be a charming addition to any actor’s collection.

Keyrings and Jewelry: What would an actor be without the Comedy/Tragedy masks on their person? This keyring and necklace say it all!

Log Books: Actors are always on the go. Keep this Audition Log Book and the Actor’s Residual Log Book in your bag at all times.

Mini LED Clip-On Reading Lights: This Reading Light is great for actors who need to read scripts in low-light backstage areas… or under the bed sheets if you’re memorizing your lines at 3 a.m.

Makeup Brushes or Kits: Basic stage makeup kits or quality makeup brushes can be a practical gift for actors who do their own makeup for performances.

Reusable Water Bottle with a Theatrical Design: Staying hydrated is important, especially during rehearsals, and a theater-themed water bottle adds a personal touch.

Gifts $25-$100: Mid-Range Marvels

Customizable Script Binders: Keeping scripts organized is essential. Script binders with customizable covers are both practical and personal.

Portable Voice Recorders: Useful for rehearsing lines or vocal exercises, a good quality voice recorder is a must-have. The Sony ICD-PX370 Mono Digital Voice Recorder with Built-In USB has a proven track record.

Acting Workshops: Many local theaters and acting schools offer workshops. Gifting a class can be a great way to support an actor’s continuous learning.

Bluetooth Speaker: For practicing lines or listening to music during warm-ups, a portable Bluetooth speaker can be very useful. This JBL Clip 3, Waterproof, Durable & Portable Bluetooth Speaker has up to 10 Hours of Play. It includes a Noise-Cancelling Speakerphone and Wireless Streaming.

Dance Shoes or Attire: If the actor is also a dancer, a pair of quality dance shoes or dancewear can be a thoughtful gift. Capezio Jazz Slip-On are options to consider. Let’s not forget about the kids! Capezio Unisex-Child Tic Toe Tap Shoe comes in two different colors.

Board Games: You’ll be the most popular person on set if you carry board games with you. Trivial Pursuit Horror Ultimate Edition and classic games such as Chess and Backgammon are sure to keep everyone busy during those long waiting periods. Add a Deck of Cards as a bonus gift.

Themed Bookends: Bookends with a theatrical theme, ideal for organizing scripts and books of all kinds. These Vintage Movie Reel Book Ends are perfect for anyone who loves television and film.

Gifts Over $100: Splurge-Worthy Splendors

Subscription to Acting Magazines or Online Resources: Subscriptions to resources such as Casting Networks, Variety or The Hollywood Reporter can keep them informed and inspired.

Theater Tickets: A pair of tickets to a hit Broadway or Off-Broadway show can be an unforgettable experience.

Acting Software: A year’s subscription to the software Scriptation can help actors learn lines and annotate scripts efficiently.

Wall Art and Posters: Perfect way to make a dressing room or trailer feel like home. Wall Art is also a great conversation starter! Make a bold statement without saying a word by hanging items such as the Comedy and Tragedy Mask Metal Sign and Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe Wall Prints.

Studio Director’s Chair: As an actor, you may have or are thinking about directing and producing your own YouTube series. Get in the right mood with this Director’s Chair and Producer’s Chair. You can even personalize your chair!

Portable Projector: Take movie night to the next level with NEBULA by Anker’s Capsule 3 Laser 1080p Portable Mini Projector. You’ll wow your friends and neighbors, and it’s great for gamers, too!

Visa Gift Card: Sometimes it’s hard to find anything for the person who has everything. That’s where the Visa Gift Card comes into play.

Affordable Bonus Gift: Snuggling under a throw blanket is the best! This Movie Clapboard Blanket is the right choice for any cinema and television lover.

Happy Holidays from Casting Networks!

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Ilana Rapp is a media-savvy Generation Xer with instinctive wit, quick humor and a taste for deep human emotions. As a former (child) actress with Broadway, film and television credits, she is adept at, well, lots of things.