"What gift can I give my son after his performance on this premier night that he will appreciate?"
This question is indeed a troubling question for most parents. It’s bad enough that kids grow really fast, it’s even worse that their tastes change drastically as they grow upward and onward like Castrated chickens.
Traditionally, boys and flowers are not necessarily synonymous, and as such, you may need to put on your thinking caps for this one. In all honesty, most boys would prefer a huge round of applause and a standing ovation above a vase of roses.
So, what would boys really appreciate after their opening night or premiere night's performance?
We'll attempt to show you five gift alternatives to the stems of hibiscus or Roses that would probably stick longer in their memories and if you’re lucky to make the impression you desire.
1. A customized personal gift
Your son starred in his school play as the antagonist Herod in the story of the birth of Jesus, and boy did he do a good job, Darth Vader got nothing on him seeing that he and evil seem synonymous. You begin to wonder just what to give a boy after such a dazzling performance. A new game console, new sneakers or a burger at McDonald's.
You can quit wasting all that mental energy and make something memorable for him, it could be handmade or professionally made depending on your budget. You definitely do not want to turn homeless because you wanted to get your son the “best gift” you see.
Some suggestions include having his script professionally bound with his name on the cover of it or recording his performances and making them into video clips. Perhaps a photo of him during the dress rehearsals which would have his 'co-actors'' signatures on it would make an intelligent child really happy. Emphasis on “Intelligent child”…
Other options include making a fake magazine cover with a major headline saying "Jack Wins Grammy Award for his Premiere Performance" as a memorable fun keepsake. Well, you know your son better, so you'll be able to do something he'll really appreciate. I hope for your sake you do.
2. A gift that praises his performance
You can get him something special like a closing night memento, like a mug, limited edition tee-shirt, or a coffee cup with an inscription such as 'leg-breaking talented actor', or 'ace actor' and just about anything that he would get a great kick from and be greatly thrilled about.
And who says you have to play by the rules, get him a bong with his initials inscribed on it, if he’s into that sort of thing, of age and if your community permits such.
There is no limit to how creative you can be about getting your son that gift to urge him on. You can get him something that was autographed or used by one of his favorite stars - whether it's from the real star or not, if you are not telling, then nobody is. Well, I wish you luck getting the real deal. These kinds of gifts are usually unforgettable and priceless, also, keep in mind that they can be pricey too.
3. Special gift or treat
If you have one of those foodies for a son, you may consider giving him a special treat by ordering edibles, from cookies by design or a candy bouquet with music notes from a gift store as an opening night gift for the male actors on his set, the females can also partake in this bountiful feast too, lest perceived patriarchy plunges us into further elongated bouts with feminists.
Alternatively, you can go to a gift store for musicians, dancers, and theatre fans and find a special gift for him or take him to the gift shop with you to pick a gift for himself.
4. Frame something memorable
This would largely depend on what is of importance to him. For instance, you can pick and frame one of the posters that advertises the play and proceed to present it to him on the opening night of the play.
This works especially well if there is a celebrity guest artist involved in the play. Get them to sign his framed poster and take a picture with him. He will probably never have a prouder moment.
5. A practical and thoughtful gift
There are some gifts that would make an actor want to break a leg or two.
Consider a gift that is creative, thoughtful and practical. A typical example would be 'The Actor's Survival Kit & Silhouette Promotion - the thinking closet’
This survival kit contains:
- mini water bottles
- Throat Coat tea
- Simply Balanced Wild Berry Fruit Strips
- pens (for signing autographs)
- clear gift wrap
- Cottonelle fresh wipes
- Altoid breath mints
- Travel-size deodorant (for the guys)
- Downey Wrinkle Releaser Plus (for the gals)
A quote from the manufacturer of this survival kit "I thought long and hard about a gift that would be both thoughtful and yet useful… and I came up with this lil guy:"
That's someone’s well thought out practical gift. You can also be creative about how to get such. Other practical items can be included as you deem necessary such as band-aids, mini flashlights, Bobby pins, glow tapes, safety pins etc.
Sincerely, just get him a nerdy gift if he’s a nerd, and if he’s one of the spoilers of the earth like his father, get him a video game, or something which projects his ability to further taint humanity’s name just like his father.
A good book on titles like "10 Ways to Standout at an Audition", "22 Signs you're a Theatre Major" or "How to Audition Like a Pro" etc. would make the day for your creative, yet nerdy kid. A video game, a reviling one would capture the imagination of your LSS-nerdy child, you know your kid, so take the lead.
To give your son a thrilling experience after his performance on the opening night is something worth putting thought into, in a bid to create an unforgettable experience for your kid.
A pat on the back is a 90’s way of encouraging a kid, and we would not support that, we accept that we all are broke to a certain degree, but a pat on the back isn’t a 21st-century motivator you see. Put a little effort into your gifts, else disregard all these and get him a flower.
Visit a brand gift store for musicians, dancers, and theatre fans and you'll get some ideas on what to get for your son.
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