Hanukkah has passed and Christmas is just a few days away — and you still haven’t shopped for all your dance besties?! Fear not: We have a few easy (and affordable) gift ideas for when you’re short on time, cash, and (let’s face it — those mall crowds and parking lots are no joke) patience.
1. A ton of bobby pins. Swing by your local drugstore, buy 10 packs of bobby pins, and tie a cute ribbon around them. Cute and practical!
2. A month’s (er, week’s) supply of Band-Aids and blister blocks. Same as above. Drugstore, ribbon, a splash of glitter glue, and boom — just what every dancer needs after a grueling Nutcracker season!
3. Homemade cookies. Make a few batches of your favorite holiday treats, stick ’em in a cellophane bag or mason jar, and top with a festive bow. Your friend gets something homemade, sweet, and delicious. Winning!
4. A journal. You can buy a pretty one at your local bookstore, or pick up a plain Moleskin-style notebook and decorate it with stickers, glitter, or decoupage. Write a nice note for your friend on the first page wishing her a great, dance-filled 2016, and let her take it from there.
5. A cozy pair of socks. Everyone loves socks. Especially super soft ones that’ll feel extra indulgent after a long day in the studio.
6. Nail polish. Go classic or crazy. It’s the ultimate stocking stuffer!
7. A picture frame. Pick up a frame at Bed Bath & Beyond or get a plain wooden frame you can paint, and print out one of your favorite Instagrams of the two of you.
8. A love letter. Whether it’s for your BF or BFF, everyone loves a sweet, handwritten card. Say how much your friendship means, what you loved about being buds in 2015, and what you look forward to in 2016. (Bonus points: Include a drawing which, as you know, is worth 1,000 words.)
9. A copy of your favorite book. Write a note on the inside cover telling her why it’s your favorite read, and why she’ll love it as well. (Bonus if you include a cute store-bought or homemade bookmark!)
10. A hand-decorated mug. Buy a plain mug, draw or write on it using your friend’s favorite colors (oil-based paint Sharpies work best), throw it in the oven for 20 minutes to set, and bam, your friend has a homemade mug for her morning tea!
Happy shopping — and crafting!