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Opening Night Gifts: Ideas for Actors and the Cast

Updated on November 16, 2014

Opening Night Gift Ideas

After all of the hard work... Being brave and auditioning.. Then the many nights of practice.. The opening night approaches.. What to get to show your support? Whether this is their first performance or one of many, you want to commemorate it with something special. Here are some unique gifts ideas.

Flowers and balloons are commonly given as opening night gifts. However, if you are looking for something a bit more unique, here are some ideas for things you can buy online.

In a stage play or musical, flowers or gifts are usually given before the show. They are sent backstage to the dressing room. Traditionally, they may be sent with a card that says, "Break a leg," which in the theater means "good luck."

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"Break a Leg" Pendant for a Necklace or Bracelet - Great Jewelry Gift Idea

Sterling Silver Break a Leg Word Pendant, 1 inch wide
Sterling Silver Break a Leg Word Pendant, 1 inch wide

This looks big and bold. She'll be so proud to wear it! Get her a chain necklace to go with it so she can wear it right away.

 

Got Theater? Shirt

got theater? Funny Adult Men's Long Sleeve T-Shirt, Red, Large
got theater? Funny Adult Men's Long Sleeve T-Shirt, Red, Large

Choose from red, blue, black and white, and sizes Small to 3X. In the tradition of "Got Milk?" this shirt is for the theater person.

 

Travel Mug

3dRose Keep Calm and Act On-Humorous Gift for an Actor Actress Acting Coach Travel Mug, 14-Ounce
3dRose Keep Calm and Act On-Humorous Gift for an Actor Actress Acting Coach Travel Mug, 14-Ounce

This is a great choice for delivering caffeine as needed!! This travel mug is made out of stainless steel and features the encouraging phrase "Keep Calm and Act On". It has a lid that has a slide opening.

 

Coffee Mug for the Actor

Actor Mug
Actor Mug

Great idea to show how proud you are of them!! For some extra surprises, fill this coffee mug with treats like candy, money, jewelry, gift cards, etc.

 

Congratulations Gift Basket - Food's always a treat!

Business Card Holder for their Desk - Unique Gift Idea

Business Card Holder – Comedy/Tragedy Masks
Business Card Holder – Comedy/Tragedy Masks

Do they have a desk where they could place this business card holder? Of course this depends on the person, but this is a great idea for the professional who works in the theater industry.

 

Theatrical Earrings for Her

This could be for an actress in a middle school or high school play, college performance, or any other actress who wears earrings!

Sterling Silver Comedy & Tragedy Masks Post Earrings
Sterling Silver Comedy & Tragedy Masks Post Earrings

Here's a jewelry gift that a young lady or adult would enjoy. Just make sure that they have pierced ears!

 

Theater Mask Necklace - Play Opening Night Gift Idea

Sterling Silver Oxidized Medium Size Drama Theater Comedy Tragedy Mask Necklace (20 Inches)
Sterling Silver Oxidized Medium Size Drama Theater Comedy Tragedy Mask Necklace (20 Inches)

Lots of people have reviewed this. It's often bought as a gift. People comment that it has a lot of detailed and doesn't look cheap. However, a few people were unhappy that it was on the small side.

 

Theater Mask Cufflinks - Jewelry Gift Idea For Him or Her

Drama Mask Cufflinks
Drama Mask Cufflinks

A dazzling dress accessory!

 

Drama Themed Blanket

Comedy/Tragedy Masks Theatrical Throw Blanket
Comedy/Tragedy Masks Theatrical Throw Blanket

This would look great on a bed or couch! It would really add to the decor of the room. It could also be hung on the wall like a tapestry.

 

How about a personalized flask? - For free, you can have this engraved with a message to celebrate the occasion! Maybe customize it with the name of the play?

Personalized Flask and Funnel Gift Set
Personalized Flask and Funnel Gift Set

This is an oddball, but perhaps appropriate, gift idea for adults. You can always give them some whiskey along with this :)

 

Homemade Cookies are Always a Yummy Gift Idea - Make them mask shaped!

R & M Mask Cookie Cutter - 4" - with Cutouts
R & M Mask Cookie Cutter - 4" - with Cutouts

What a treat! Homemade gifts are always a great choice! If you have kids, get them involved too, it's just so much fun to bake cookies! You can buy a pre-made cookie box mix if you're uncertain of your abilities, or follow a cookie recipe you find online or in a favorite cookbook.

Get a decorative tin or basket and line it with tissue paper to make a beautiful presentation.

 

Funny Gift Idea: Novelty Parking Sign - Surprise them with this sign for their driveway, garage, parking space, etc

Choose the sign that most fits the occasion! Signs for director, producer, actor, and thespian.

THESPIAN PARKING actor play theater sign
THESPIAN PARKING actor play theater sign

"All others will be dramatized."

 
THEATER PARKING stage show actor play sign
THEATER PARKING stage show actor play sign

"All others will be dramatized."

 

Any Suggestions on Unique Opening Night Gifts? - I'd love to hear your ideas!

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