Holiday shopping is fun (and a good way to boost your mood), but when you're in the middle of a Nutcracker run, it can be hard to get anything else done. If you're still scrambling to find something for everyone on your list, we have a few ballet-inspired ideas.

NYCB's Nutcracker, photo © Balanchine Trust; © Paul Kolnik

For the bookworms and dance history buffs in your life...

The Art of Movement

There are tons of great ballet books out there—stunning dance photography books, like NYC Dance Project's newly-released The Art of Movement, memoirs by the likes of Gelsey Kirkland and Michaela DePrince, and rich histories of ballet and its artists. Here are some of our favorites.

For your most stylish studio friend...

Who understands what dancers want in clothing better than dancers themselves? These days, many pros are making and designing their own lines of leotards, skirts, warmups and more. Just this month, for instance, Misty Copeland launched her new dancewear line, Égal Dance. Check out our 2016 holiday gift guide for more dancer-made products—like colorful legwarmers made by Boston Ballet's Ashley Ellis, or fun printed leotards by former Houston Ballet dancer Jordan Reed.

A piece from Misty Copeland's new collection, photo via @egaldance on Instagram

For the friend who's always too busy to hang out...

Carve out some time for the two of you to do something together. Bonus: Research has shown that gifting an experience instead of a tangible item can make the recipient feel more connected to you. Grab tickets to a dance performance in your area, or plan a post-rehearsal dinner at their favorite restaurant.

For the friend who dreams of saving the world...

Make a donation in your friend's name, to a cause they care about. A little goes a long way, and making even a small contribution will lift both of your spirits.

And for every bunhead out there...

A subscription to Pointe, of course! 

 

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Dancers are all about personal style. Whether it's ordering custom rehearsal skirts or handmade legwarmers, there's something unique out there for everyone.

Well, almost. For dancers who need a little bit more structure or support from their leotards, the options are fairly limited. That's where Misty Copeland's new dancewear line, Égal Dance, comes in. The line, which launched yesterday, is made to be wearable and flattering for many different body types. Copeland has famously defied the typical ballerina-body expectations—and succeeded. If anyone knows what makes a comfortable and stylish leotard for a wider range of bodies, it's her.

We have an exclusive login for Pointe readers, which allows you to access the capsule collection during the pre-launch sale, until December 4.

Code: LAUNCH2016

Presumably Copeland's designs will sell out instantly, considering her viral fame and good taste. Now you just have to decide if you're going to spring for a gift or treat yourself. Find the collection here.

A photo posted by Égal Dance (@egaldance) on

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Everything Nutcracker

Just when we think Misty Copeland has done it all (how many dancers can say they have their own Barbie doll?), she surprises us with another exciting project. The American Ballet Theatre principal is set to star in Disney's new live-action Nutcracker film as the lead ballerina. She announced her involvement in the project on Instagram earlier this week.

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