Looking for the perfect gift for the theatre lover in your life? Just in time for peak shopping, Playbill has put together the ultimate gift guide. This year’s list covers theatre tomes and holiday albums by your favorite Broadway voices, small mementos and ornaments, and more. We want you to tailor your gift to the type of theatre fan you’re gifting, so we chose tools for singers and products for beauty mavens, titles for bookworms and clothing for Dear Evan Hansen fans.
Here are our top picks to give the theatre fanatic in your life—or, add these items to your wish list! (Just click the product name to purchase!)
Check out PlaybillStore.com for even more gift ideas, including Playbill swag, songbooks, and show-specific trinkets.
Hang a Tony-winning performance on your tree this year with this ornament celebrating Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad in the 2002 Broadway musical Hairspray. Designed by Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company, proceeds from this ornament benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
As the days get colder, Playbill’s re-designed pajamas will keep you toasty and warm all night. Hit the sheets wearing Playbill covers from some of your favorite shows, like Rent, Hamilton, Annie and Sweeney Todd. Available for both men and women!
With Mary Poppins Returns poised to hit movie theatres nationwide December 19 (starring Into the Woods’ Emily Blunt and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda), theatre fans are bound to be think fondly of Broadway’s Mary Poppins. With snow globes, a carpet bag mini purse, ornaments, and Mary’s iconic parrot head umbrella, Playbill Store offers the best goodies for any Mary Poppins fan.
Add a little Arendelle to your holiday this year with the Frozen ornaments—including your very own frozen fractal and a Sven rocking horse!
Vanity Fair and The New York Times’ Todd S. Purdum reflected upon Broadway’s Golden Age for his latest book, which explores how the legendary writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein changed the face of the musical theatre with such works as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. Available anywhere books are sold.
Broadway’s Mamma Mia! has made a splash on the big screen with two hit movies (one in 2007 and one this past summer) featuring an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Amanda Seyfried. Take both Mamma Mia! and its sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again home on Blu-ray or DVD. Don’t worry: Sing-a-long editions are included. Available anywhere movies are sold.
Looking for some special Broadway flair to add to your bag or outfit? Look no further than Broadway Pins. These enamel lapel pins feature the faces of Broadway legends such as Stephen Sondheim, Patti LuPone, and Mandy Patinkin (pictured), as well as Kristin Chenoweth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters, and more—with new designs on the way.
Inspired by the actual costume worn by the title character in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen, snag this unisex striped 100 percent cotton pique polo. A portion of the proceeds benefits a group of not-for-profit organizations, including the Child Mind Institute, Crisis Text Line, The JED Foundation, The Trevor Project, and the Born This Way Foundation.
10. Little Shop of Horrors Funko Pop
Add some beloved musical theatre characters to your bookshelf with Little Shop of Horrors Pop! figures from Funko. Styled as they appear in the 1987 film adaptation, figures are available of Seymour, Audrey, Orin, Audrey II, and even baby Audrey II. Available at Funko outlets including Amazon.com.
Give your lips a pop of color and a little old-fashioned theatre magic with Intermission Beauty's full line of Broadway-inspired lipsticks. From a deep plum for Rent fans to a Color Purple option that's—what else?—bright purple, all of Intermission Beauty's colors are gorgeous and designed with theatre fans in mind.
There are walking tours galore in New York's Theatre District, but only Broadway Up Close pairs tour groups with guides currently working as professional actors and stage managers in the industry. Your knowledgeable guide will share insider behind-the-scenes secrets and anecdotes about Broadway's biggest successes and worst disasters, all while visiting where they really happened. Plan a tour for the theatre fan in your life, or let them plan it on their own with a gift card. Choose from the Act 1 Tour, Act 2 Tour, Act 3 Tour, the Hamilton Tour, or the Ghostlight Tour.
If you're looking for something one-of-a-kind, look no further than CustomBroadway's Etsy shop. Put your favorite show, lyric, or quote on shoes, coffee mugs, or memorabilia boxes, all custom and hand-painted.
14. The BeltBox
Do you have a performer on your holiday list? Warming up for an audition in a small apartment, rehearsal studio, or school hallway can be incredibly difficult to do without bothering everyone around you. Enter the BeltBox, an innovative and easy-to-use device that muffles your voice by up to 30 decibels while still being able to hear if you're in the right key!
Celebrate your love of the theatre with this beautiful and fun series of trading cards from illustrator Justin "Squigs" Robertson. With cards covering your favorite shows, actors, designers, directors, and writers, you never quite know just what you'll find in a pack—and there's only one way to find out!
Though she's best known for her seminal work A Raisin in the Sun, this playwright and activist accomplished even more during her short life (Hansberry died tragically at age 34). Read her entire fascinating story in this new book by Princeton’s Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies Imani Perry.
Hamilton and In the Heights writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda has been sending affirmations to his thousands of Twitter followers every morning and evening for years. These original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry have been brought together in a new volume, fully illustrated by Jonny Sun. If you’re in need of a mood-enhancing quick fix, this book might just be the ticket.
This two-for-one includes both the full audiobook edition of Broadway performer Alexandra Silber's novel After Anatevka (which explores what happens to the characters of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof after they're forced out of their shtetl of Anatevka) and a recording of After Anatevka: Live, a concert event held at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre in August 2018 that paired readings from the novel with original songs written by Broadway writing teams.
19. Musical Theatre Lover Pillow
This throw pillow makes the ideal present for anyone whose brain is consumed by lyric references and muscle-memory choreography. Think of it as "this is your brain on musical theatre." At a cozy 16" x 16", this is the perfect addition to any bedroom—especially a college dorm where space can be tight.
20. A Comprehensive Curtain Call of Broadway Costumes
A simple gift goes a long way. For the theatre fan who also loves fashion or design, this classy poster commemorates iconic looks from Charlie Brown to the Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.