The house lights dim, the curtain goes up, the stage lights turn on, and the audience is silent in anticipation of the beginning of the performance. Switch scenarios. The aroma of popcorn, film trivia on the screen, then it goes dark, and the surround sound zooms in our ears as the previews start. Whether on the screen, TV, or live on stage, our lives would be sorely lacking without actors. However, it takes a long time to make it big. We have all heard the term struggling actor, so when buying a gift choose something the actor needs or can’t afford for themselves. I have included several must have gifts in this list, as well as some hard to find gifts for actors and actresses. Whichever ones you choose, you are sure to be a star with them.
1. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
Fun gifts for actors
There is a wide selection of 100 top films of all time posters, including 100 horror films and 100 comedy films.
Another cool gift for an actor is a 100 Musicals scratch off poster which includes musicals from 1927 to 2021. For a funny actor gift, get a chart of Shakespearean insults. This is a must have gift for Shakespeare fans.
2. Digital Notebook
Christmas gifts for actors
Most actors need an audition journal, and for those that like modern technology, a digital notebook makes a helpful gift. These come with numerous reusable pages that can then be uploaded to cloud storage. Then just wipe the page clean with a damp cloth.
For those that like good old pen and paper, get a paperback audition journal. This is one of the best gifts for aspiring actors and seasoned actors as well. Performers need to keep track of auditions with times, dates, and locations. Plus, they need to take notes on wardrobe, make-up, and special effects. This is useful prior to an audition, but it is also helpful afterward to write down additional details regarding characters and scenes in case of call backs. There are also many books on acting available with tips, recommendations, and inspirations.
3. A Master Class
The best gift for actors
Give the gift of Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, or Helen Mirin as an acting coach. Each online class has approximately 20 video lessons that are about 10 minutes long and can be watched on a computer, smart TV, or smartphone. Membership is annual and allows access to all classes. I recommend either the Plus or Premium memberships which allow classes to be downloaded for offline viewing.
If you don’t want to give a subscription, other online classes are available as gifts for acting students. As a gift for young actors, get an acting book for teens or kids.
4. Custom Champagne
Unique gifts for actors
To celebrate their big break, have a custom label made to congratulate them, and affix it to a bottle of bubbly.
To make it a romantic gift for an actor, have custom champagne flutes made, so the two of you can celebrate their debut in style. Another unique gift for an actor is a wine stopper with an image of the comedy, tragedy masks on top.
Important actor gifts
An actor’s voice is their most important tool. They can’t afford to have a sore throat, or worse, lose their voice. Their throats get dry from practicing lines. Also, heating during the winter, and air conditioning during the summer lead to dry air. Help keep those vocal chords in shape with a humidifier to prevent dry air from irritating their throat. Humidifiers also help decrease congestion and coughing at night to provide more restful sleep.
A tea gift set will also help them with any throat ailments. Some herbal lozenges are helpful gifts for actors to keep with them on the set.
6. Practice Monologues
Gifts for aspiring actresses and actors
Often actors need to prepare a monologue for an audition or for an acting class. Why not buy a whole book of monologues so they will always have some on hand.
You can even buy a book of monologues for kids and teens as a gift for young actresses and actors. Or for practicing with a partner, get a book of acting scenes.
7. Skin Care Products
Useful gift ideas for actors
For an actor, their skin is part of their resume. Gift sets with products for daily cleansing routines, reducing puffiness, tightening skin, are all useful for an actor whether male or female.
Actors need great hair as well. They are constantly dying it, straightening it, or using styling products and tools that cause a lot of damage. A hair mask makes a great stocking stuffer gift for actors for rejuvenating unhealthy hair. Similarly, hands and feet make an impression on people, so actors need to keep theirs in top shape in between manicures. Foot and nail care products are great gifts, whether moisturizing lotions, home manicure kits, or foot scrubs.
8. Sturdy Gear Bag
Great presents for actors
Often actors are running from one audition to the next without much time in between. A sturdy backpack with an insulated section will allow them to keep food or drinks cold. This way, they can eat on the run. One with a lot of sections helps keep notebooks, change of clothes, and makeup organized. Try to get one with a USB port. You don’t want their phone to die, and they miss finding out their audition time changed.
For an aspiring actress gift, give a personalized makeup bag for touch ups right before the big audition. For actors that travel a lot, you can get packing cubes to help them find items quickly in their luggage. You don’t want them to be late because they couldn’t find an important accessory in their unorganized suitcase.
You might want to take a look at gifts for other jobs too!
9. New Smartphone
Thoughtful gifts for actors
A good quality phone is an actor’s gift they can’t afford for themselves. A phone is their lifeline. They need it for directions to auditions, keeping track of appointments, contacting agents, downloading scripts, and last minute photos. Make sure your loved one doesn’t miss out on their big break because their phone isn’t up to speed.
A phone tripod makes a great gift for new actors. There may be times they need to record themselves doing a scene to send in for an audition. This way they don’t need to rely on someone else to do the filming. Noise cancelling wireless earbuds are another great technology gift for actors. This way they can tune out noise on the bus or before an audition and focus on reviewing their lines.
10. Shadow Box
Theater gifts for actors
Give this personalized gift for an actor to keep playbills or ticket stubs from shows they performed in. They can also use it for keepsakes from shows that inspired them.
Another unique theater gift for an actor is a custom playbill keychain. Choose a musical or play you want and a custom engraving. Or you can choose a piece of jewelry with theater masks. This makes a nice thank you gift for a theater teacher.