When you're powering through a marathon of Nutcracker performances, holiday shopping may feel more like a stressful chore than a fun seasonal activity. If you still haven't crossed everything off your list, consider these meaningful dance-inspired gifts that are backed by research:
Handmade legwarmers or baked goods. A study from the Journal of Marketing found that people valued homemade items over mass-produced ones, when shopping for loved ones. The thought is that handmade items have a more personal feel and are literally "made with love," making them more appealing. If you can craft something yourself, even better.
Donate to a scholarship fund for less fortunate dancers. Giving to charity tends to make people happy, but a study published in the International Journal of Happiness and Development found that it makes them even happier when the giving helps to build social connections (like giving in someone's name instead of making an anonymous contribution). Try making even a small donation to a cause that a friend or family member cares about. It'll help you both get into the holiday spirit.
Tickets to an upcoming ballet performance. A study from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School found that people who receive experiences instead of items feel more connected to the gift-giver. Plus, why not take the opportunity to spend time with a good friend? You could also plan a lunch for the two of you to celebrate the end of Nutcracker craziness.