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10 Show-Stopping Gifts for Actors in 2023

Buying a gift for an actor can feel as daunting as decoding a Shakespearean soliloquy. Whether they’re delivering heartfelt monologues in an acting class or starring in the latest Hollywood production, actors are notorious for having unique needs and tastes. Unfortunately, this is doubly true regarding their preferences for presents. 

But fear not! We’ve put together a list of ten gifts, all tailored to the interests and lifestyles of actors. Our hand-selected gifts range from practical self-tape gear to inspiring books to playful stocking stuffers, all of which we think will resonate with the passionate performer in your life.

Let’s dive in!

#1 Subscription to Actor’s Access 

In the digital age, your ability to stay connected and tap into opportunities is more important than ever. That’s why we recommend skipping Netflix! Instead, gift the actor in your life a subscription to Actor’s Access

Actor’s Access is a digital platform that provides actors with access to casting notices, allowing them to submit themselves for auditions and connect with casting directors. It’s an incredibly useful resource that many actors pass on due to the yearly fee. 

Available Here

#2 The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, known for his revolutionary approach to acting, brought a new level of naturalness, honesty, and emotional depth to his performances. His roles in classics like ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘On the Waterfront’ stand as unparalleled examples of his talent​​. 

Mann’s book doesn’t just celebrate Brando; it also presents a candid look at his challenges, including his difficult upbringing, personal struggles, and the controversies that surrounded him​. 

In our opinion, this book is the perfect gift for performers interested in drawing inspiration from Brando’s groundbreaking acting methods while learning more about his fascinating life.  

Available Here.

#3 Microphone for Voiceovers

Another exceptionally practical gift option: is a microphone, so your acting friend can get started with voiceover work! 

We recommend the RODE NTUSB Mini. This USB condenser microphone is perfect for voiceover work because of its highly precise cardioid pickup pattern, which minimizes background noise and focuses on capturing clear, crisp audio directly in front of the microphone. Its compact size makes it ideal for small, home studio setups, ensuring convenience without compromising quality.

#4 The Professional Actor’s Handbook

They say knowledge is power, and “The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call” is a treasure trove of it! 

This book offers a comprehensive guide for actors looking to succeed in the industry, no matter what stage of their career they’re in. It touches on subjects such as how to create a great resume, how to establish a strong online presence, and how to nail your first audition. 

Available Here.

#5 Headshots

A picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true in the world of acting. So why not gift a session with a professional portrait photographer to help your actor friend make a lasting impression in the industry?

If you’re based in Toronto (our hometown), we recommend checking out professional photographers Tim Leyes and Denise Grant or booking a session with Callback Studios

#6 Tear Stick

When it comes to portraying authentic emotions on stage or screen, a Krylon Tear Stick is an indispensable tool for any actor. This clever little device effortlessly creates the appearance of real tears, adding depth and realism to emotional performances. Safe and easy to use, it’s a small but powerful addition to an actor’s toolkit, perfect for those dramatic scenes where genuine tear effects are needed.
Available Here.

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#7 Wooden Clapboard

Action! A wooden clapboard is the kind of gift that strikes a balance between practical utility and whimsical charm. This clapboard not only serves as a functional tool for aspiring filmmakers but also makes for an excellent decorative item in any actor’s home.
Available Here.

#8 Cineplex Gift Card

For actors, inspiration often comes from watching others perform, especially on the big screen. If your actor friend lives in Canada, why not buy them a Cineplex gift card this Christmas season? It’s a simple gift that is sure to please even the fussiest of performers. 

Available Here. 

#9 Self-Tape Gear

Self-tape acting auditions have become an industry standard. In fact, we think they’re so important for today’s actors that we wrote a 2000-word guide on the subject

Our take? The production value of your self-tape is nearly as important as your actual performance. 

So why not gift the actor in your life a full self-tape setup from CanadianStudio? This bundle includes two fully adjustable light stands, two octagon softboxes,  a 1x 7’x10′ backdrop stand kit, and a full-sized green-screen backdrop. 

Available Here.

fake oscar

#10 Fake ‘Best Actor’ Oscar 

It’s no secret – every actor dreams of winning an Oscar. While the real deal might be out of reach, a fake Oscar is a playful and encouraging gift. What’s more, the one offered on Etsy (linked below) can be delivered with a custom message. 

Available Here.

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Niko Pajkovic
Niko Pajkovic is a marketing copywriter at the Toronto Film School. He’s also an academically published author whose research focuses on algorithms, AI, and their intersection with film and television. Niko holds an MA in Professional Communication from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Hon. BA in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. His freelance bylines include Film Threat, Independent Australia, Film Matters Magazine, and Film Cred.

Niko Pajkovic

Niko Pajkovic is a marketing copywriter at the Toronto Film School. He’s also an academically published author whose research focuses on algorithms, AI, and their intersection with film and television. Niko holds an MA in Professional Communication from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Hon. BA in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. His freelance bylines include Film Threat, Independent Australia, Film Matters Magazine, and Film Cred.

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