your go-to list for creative gift ideas

Whether you’re looking to stick to a budget, avoid consumer culture, or just simply reignite your creative spark this holiday season, I hope these ideas will inspire your process.

make a photo or video keepsake


At your next event, don't forget your camera! Photo and video footage of epic moments can easily become keepsake items for gift-time. Websites like Shutterfly allow you to customize calendars, mugs, cards, t-shirts, etc. with your own photos. Better yet, put the photos in a DIY SnowGlobe.

A new tradition I've created for all the young ones in my family: Instead of getting them each a random gift or toy, I invite them to a "Movie Making Party" in which everyone gets to be part of a fun creative process. After, I edit the footage together to create an awesome video that the kids and parents can watch and have forever as a keepsake.

give an experience

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Another way to go is to give someone an experiential gift - tickets to a show, a class card for a yoga or dance studio, or membership to a program that they would love. Try Groupon, or better yet, visit a local studio and buy directly from them.

Might I suggest my online class, The Art of the D.I.Y. Dance Video? It’s great for dancers, artists, movement professionals, dance hobbyists, or business owners who want to use the medium of video to boost their confidence, creativity, and impact online. Plus, a percentage of proceeds will be donated to charity. Click here to get the details.

shop small

image via  Rosy Made Designs

Support artists, artisans, and small businesses and get gifts that are really unique and really meaningful. Check out Etsy for personalized gifts, crafts, vintage stuff, and more.

My latest favorite purchase from Etsy were wooden frames made to fit license plates. I had old plates from the Buick my grandfather used to drive (which was passed down to me when he died) and so I gave my mom and grandma the framed plates as a gift to remember him by.

get crafty

image via  Paper Source

image via Paper Source

If time allows, get some supplies at your local arts & crafts store or use found items to make a bunch of gifts. Make your own chapstick or candles. Or search Pinterest for more ideas!

You could also get crafty in a digital or written way. make someone a dance video, a poem, or a playlist. Thoughtfulness goes a long way!

hope these creative gift ideas have sparked something in you.

I know that holidays are not always the happiest time for many, so hang in there, take dance breaks, and stay in touch. The new year will be here before we know it!