5 Birthday and Christmas Gift Ideas for Men and Women Who Are Salsa Dancers

Updated on December 18, 2018
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Anya Brodech is a professional salsa, latin, swing, and ballroom dance teacher in Oakland, CA.

I'm a professional salsa and Latin dance instructor and have been dancing salsa since 2005. My friends always ask what to get me and I say "Get me something I use for salsa dancing!" So, if you have a salsa dancer in your life, whether it's a family member, spouse, friend or coworker, one of these options will be sure to make them happy! I included a range of gift ideas at different price points, depending on how much or how little you want to spend. Happy gifting!

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1) Salsa Themed T-Shirts, Tank Tops and Other Apparel

People who dance salsa are very passionate about it, or can be, and they want to show their enthusiasm for it even when they are not on the dance floor. Salsa themed t-shirts and other apparel is a fun and easy gift that is appropriate for all of the salsa dancers in your life, whether they are friends, coworkers, family members or romantic partners.

There are speciality websites that exclusively sell salsa and latin dance themed merchandise, such as Salsa Vida and Stay Fuego. The "Salsa by the Bay" website has a "Shirts" tab where you can easily browse and purchase items as well. You can also look on general websites that include salsa/dance themed apparel as part of their selection such as Amazon, Cafe Press and Spread Shirt. You can usually customize the size and color of the item to make it even more personal.

Salsa Themed T-Shirts and Apparel for Men

I love this "Real Men Dance" shirt from Salsa Vida apparel. Perfect for the salsa dancing man in your life!
I love this "Real Men Dance" shirt from Salsa Vida apparel. Perfect for the salsa dancing man in your life!
#Salsero (which means male salsa dancer) is another fun shirt from Salsa Vida.
#Salsero (which means male salsa dancer) is another fun shirt from Salsa Vida.

Salsa Dancing Themed T-Shirts and Apparel for Women

"Salsera" T-shirt from Salsa Vida is a cute shirt to get the salsa dancing lady in your life.
"Salsera" T-shirt from Salsa Vida is a cute shirt to get the salsa dancing lady in your life.
"Take More Chances, Dance More Dances" is a fun and playful shirt from Salsa Vida.
"Take More Chances, Dance More Dances" is a fun and playful shirt from Salsa Vida.
"Shut Up and Salsa!" women's tank top from Salsa Vida is a fun and sassy shirt for that fabulous salsa dancing lady in your life.
"Shut Up and Salsa!" women's tank top from Salsa Vida is a fun and sassy shirt for that fabulous salsa dancing lady in your life.

2) Salsa Themed Coffee Mugs, Pillows and Accessories

Salsa themed coffee mugs, throw pillows and other little accessories are a fun and easy way to gift your salsa dancer if you don't know his/her clothing size. This gift idea is appropriate for a variety of people including friends and co-workers. You can also use it as a stocking stuffer or as an add-on to a larger gift depending on what the situation is.

You can purchase these sorts of items from Salsa Vida, Amazon. You can also check your local dance supply stores if you don't want to shop online.

Salsa Themed Coffee Mugs

"Straight Out of Dance Class" coffee mug from Salsa Vida.
"Straight Out of Dance Class" coffee mug from Salsa Vida.
"Salsa x5" Coffee Mug from Salsa Vida
"Salsa x5" Coffee Mug from Salsa Vida

Salsa Themed Throw Pillows

"Heart of Salsa" throw pillow from Salsa Vida
"Heart of Salsa" throw pillow from Salsa Vida
"Take More Chances, Take More Dances" throw pillow from Salsa Vida
"Take More Chances, Take More Dances" throw pillow from Salsa Vida

3) Gift Certificates for Salsa Lessons and Classes

What better gift than the gift of dance itself? If your salsa dancer loves taking dance classes and lessons regularly, ask him/her what studio they go to and surprise them with a gift certificate for a group class or private lesson.

Contact the studio directly and ask them how much each group class/private lesson is worth so that you can figure out how much to gift. Ideally you'd want to put in enough for at least one or two classes. Ask the studio if they have any specials on gift certificates for the holidays and if they know your dancing friend/family member/coworker so that they can suggest a personalized recommendation.

You should also be able to get a nice printed certificate that they can mail you or pick up in person depending on the studio.

Gift Certificates or Gift Cards for Dance Classes and Lessons

Gift cards and gift certificates to your dancer's favorite local dance studio are a great gift idea.
Gift cards and gift certificates to your dancer's favorite local dance studio are a great gift idea.

4) Dance Shoes

I'm always wearing out my dancing shoes from dancing so much! Speciality dance shoes are important for serious salsa dancers, especially if they compete or perform.

Getting new dance shoes for someone else can be a little tricky because there are a lot of variations between manufacturer's in terms of sizing. I recommend purchasing a gift certificate for a local dance supply store that sells dance shoes and other dance apparel (make sure you check that they sell salsa/latin dance shoes), or an online retailer such as Discount Dance Supply.

Dance Shoes!

Women's Salsa Dancing Shoes
Women's Salsa Dancing Shoes
Men's Salsa Dance Shoes
Men's Salsa Dance Shoes

5) Salsa Concert and Tickets

If your salsa dancer loves going out to salsa concerts and events, consider buying him/her tickets to an upcoming salsa concert/event in town.

This gift idea is a little more personal and pricey than some of the other ones, so I recommend doing it if you know the other person very well (close friend, significant other, family member).

You'll need to do a little of work for this one to find which artists/bands they really enjoy listening to and would be interested seeing in concert and then doing a google search to find out if that artist/band is going to perform in town any time soon. I recommend doing a google search for "Salsa Concerts Near Me" or "Salsa Events Near Me" and seeing which artists are listed and then buying tickets online.

You can get two tickets so you can go with them or let them take another salsa dancing friend with them depending on the situation.

Sasa Concert and Event Tickets

Marc Anthony is a very famous salsa singer and usually gives fantastic concerts! Go if you can!
Marc Anthony is a very famous salsa singer and usually gives fantastic concerts! Go if you can!

Conclusion

I hope that you found at least one thing on this suggested gift list that you think might be appropriate to give. Do some research and ask her subtle questions about things she is interested in so this way you can find her something thoughtful and meaningful that she will enjoy and use!

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