I originally wrote this on the (now-defunct) articles section of my website around Christmastime 2010, but felt that it might come in handy for those looking for Mother’s Day and Graduation Gifts for those special sparkly people in our lives.
Have the holidays got you crying SOS? Looking for something special for that shimmy sister? Finding only cheesy “How to be a belly dancer” kits near the checkout at Borders?
With only a few shopping days left, here are five easy gift ideas for the belly dancer in your life that are guaranteed to have them smiling. Whether you’re an off-the-shelf shopper or ready to roll up your sleeves and get creative, there’s something for every taste and budget.
Instant Belly Dancer Bag
Running from gig to gig and rehearsal to rehearsal can get crazy, and sometimes you forget things along the way. Make sure your dancer is always prepared by making an “Instant Belly Dancer Bag.” Stop by your local pharmacy for travel-sized essentials like hairspray, makeup wipes, lotion, tissues, perfume, mirror, bandaids, and nailpolish, then add in extras like mints, safety pins and a mini sewing kit (you never know when a costume might break!). Put them all in a pretty bag and your dancer is ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Put together an album with photographs from shows, programs, ticket stubs and everything else that will bring back fabulous memories of dances past. Not so crafty? Get a big photo album and glue some pre-made beaded trim from the craft store on it.
For most belly dancers, it’s all about the sparkly costumes, which means that we end up practicing in the same old pair of yoga pants all the time! Considering all the rehearsal time that dancers spend in the studio, cute workout clothes are a great gift for the beginning dancer and professional alike. Find a simple, sleek outfit at Target, or splurge and get them a fancy set from dancer-friendly companies like Sharifwear, Dahlal or L. Rose Designs. Check out the dancerwear I have in my online shop for ideas.
The Gift of Dance
As much as we all love to dance, the economy sometimes makes it hard for us to afford to go to class on a regular schedule. Help your favorite dancer shimmy in the New Year with a certificate for classes at her studio of choice, or for a private lesson with her favorite instructor. No studios in your area? Surprise her with a DVD! Check out Cheeky Girls, World Dance New York, and IAMED for instructional and performance videos in a wide range of styles.
What better way is there to relax after all that rehearsing in your new practice gear than with a massage? Make a DIY coupon redeemable for a massage, or go all out and book a day at the spa.