I love giving gifts!
It’s one of the joys of the holidays, especially if you totally surprise someone with something they would never expect, but secretly were wishing for. Here is a special list of goodies that can have big impact ranging from $0-$350.
1. Give him/her a date night away from their kids. This free gift can make everyone happy! You get to babysit your friend’s kids, they get to have a date night… all is merry and bright! #dinnerfortwo
2. Sealed With a Kiss. Tired of having your stage kisses turn into red lipstick wars? If you have an actor friend who is always playing the love interest, an $8 tube of this gem will give her the gift of kissable lips AND keep her lipstick where it belongs. #herlipsaresealed
3. Brush-on Eyelash Glue. I died and went to heaven when I discovered this magical thing! For years, I’ve used the tried-and-true tube glue that smells like dead fish, sometimes squirts too much glue, and sometimes seals over. But this brush-on eyelash glue is soft on the skin, never leaves a sticky film, and still smells like nothing since the day I bought it. When I found it, it felt like I had hit the lifesaving jackpot! Approximately $11. #eyelashmagic
4. Slippers. There’s nothing worse than a cold dressing room floor when you’re out of town or touring. Find a fluffy, cushy, uber-comfy pair for your favorite friend. Why not make this gift super unique with some animal slippers! Around $6-$30. #cozytoes
5. The Organized Actor®. I mean, come on! How could I not include my signature product on this list? But really, it is a delightful gift for an actor friend and still only $20. Purchase before December 17 to guarantee it’s received by Christmas. #organizedactor
6. A Gift Certificate for TodayTix. Broadway shows are expensive, and sadly, it is often the thing an actor will forego when saving money. So why not treat a close friend to a $25 gift certificate or more to TodayTix, so they can splurge on the show they’ve been dying to see? #broadwaybaby
7. Carols for a Cure. This annual album features current Broadway shows singing holiday songs of their choice. All the proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. I was honored to be on the 2015 album with Amazing Grace, and giving this gift also gives the gift of life to so many! #bcefa
8. A Massage. For me, a massage is my favorite gift hands down. But if you’re thinking they are too much money to give to a friend, check out all the great deals on Groupon. Why not treat your bestie to a holiday massage for 60% of the cost? For your mate, why not surprise him/her with a couples massage? Around $39-$59. #relaxation
9. A Membership to The Artist Co-op. You’ve heard me talk about this place, and I can’t get enough of it. If you’ve got an extra special artist friend, producer friend, or writer friend, treat them to a membership to The Artist Co-op, a shared workspace for creatives. They offer day passes, monthly memberships ($50) and even designated desks coming soon. #theartistcoop
10. A Subscription to Showfax. I’m never one to ASSUME, but as an actor, you should definitely know what Showfax is — it is your ticket to your audition sides! It’s a must-have for all actors, especially if you are not represented by an agent. It’s an annual fee of $68, and if you’ve got a super actor friend, it’s a great gift to move their career forward. #subscriptionforsides
Leslie Becker is a Broadway actress, Billboard artist and best-selling author of The Organized Actor®. Since 1994, her teachings have empowered thousands of actors to be strong individuals so the highs and lows of the industry are balanced by a strong belief in themselves. As an actress, she has appeared in 10 Broadway and National Tour productions, and she has starred in over 50 regional shows. She is the host of the Facebook Group Organized Actor Alliance and offers free tips for actors at www.OrganizedActor.com.