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13 of our Favorite Gifts for Actors This Year

Looking for the perfect gift for that special thespian in your life this year? Then make sure to read through this list of our absolute favorite gifts for actors. Happy shopping!

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1.The Game of Saying ‘Huh?!’

This creative card game challenges players to bring words and phrases to life using only their voice and facial expressions. An absolute perfect gift for actors, it’s a hilarious party game that adds some extra laughs to any gathering.

The Game of Saying Huh.


2. A Fresh Moleskine Notebook

If you want to play it safe when choosing a gift this year, a notebook is always a great option! Actors are always learning, taking notes, writing, and journaling out their thoughts. And a fresh new notebook is always appreciated.

Moleskine Notebook.


3. The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor

This is the perfect book for anyone who is trying to take their acting to the next level. This quote in the introduction sums it up – “I call this book The Intent to Live because great actors don’t seem to be acting, they seem to be actually living.” – Larry Moss

The Intent to Live Book.


4. Healthy Snack Care Package

Between auditions, rehearsals, shows, and staying in shape, actors are always busy and on the go. And the aspiring/amateur performers are often strapped for cash and hungry. You just can’t go wrong with a big box of interesting and healthy vegan snacks!

Vegan snack box.


5. The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide

This is such a great gift for any actor who may currently be in need of a bit of encouragement. In this book, Jenna Fischer talks about her own acting journey, and she shares some useful tips and tricks on how to get ahead in such a competitive field.

The Actor's Life.


6. On a Scale of One to T-Rex

A downside to being the actor in your family is that people might be a bit too intimidated to play charades with you. Or maybe you are just not up for charades because it reminds you too much of your job. Well this game is the answer! It’s a hilarious charades-like game where your acting skill matters about zero!

On a Scale of One to T-Rex game.


7. The Art of Acting

If you’re looking for a book that’s a bit more focused on the nuts and bolts of being a great performer, this is a great choice! In this book, her decades of experience are shared through 22 practical lessons for the driven performer.

The Art of Acting.


8. Tell Me Without Telling Me

Here’s another great game idea for both actors and non-actors to play together at one table! In this game, you’ll be given super random topics. But it will be up to you to get the other team to guess your word. This game is also a great exercise for improv enthusiasts, as it helps you think quickly and hilariously.

Tell Me Without Telling Me Game.


9. Throat Coat Tea

Being an actor can take a toll on something very important – your voice! Tea can be an invaluable tool in an actor’s day-to-day survival. And this tea is so sought after by actors, that it even makes a funny little cameo in the movie Theater Camp. 

Throat Coat Tea.


10. Audition

This book is a MUST for both stage and screen actors. The audition is one of the most important parts of an actor’s career. And in this book, Michael Shurtleff reveals everything you need to know to get the part.

Audition book.


11. It’s In the Bag!
Described as “charades on steroids”, any stage actor is sure to enjoy playing this board game with their friends and family! “It’s in the Bag” is a great party game to have on hand for your get-togethers.

It's in the Bag Board Game.



12. “Eat. Sleep. Theater.” Mug

I just love a silly mug, don’t you? And if the actor in your life is also an avid coffee drinker, this would make the perfect gift. And if you’re looking for something a little snarkier, this mug➝ could be a fun choice too!

Eat Sleep Theatre Mug.


13. The Thespian’s Bucket List

And of course, I can’t leave my own book The Thespian’s Bucket List off of the list! It’s your interactive checklist with 1,001 must-do theatre experiences for all enthusiasts. Plus, you can easily track the shows you’ve seen!

The Thespian's Bucket List in brown packaging.


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Which of these gifts for actors is your favorite?

Or have you ever received any theatre gifts that you went absolutely crazy for? Feel free to share in the comments below! Here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with fun and stress-free shopping. Happy holidays!

Stacy Karyn, Author of Gifts for Actors.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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