The Ultimate Gift Guide for the discerning Bellydancer


It’s back for 2016 – my Bellydance Gift Guide from last year was so popular I’ve decided to do another one! The list is a bit different in that we have a special ‘Extravagant Options’ section where if you REALLY want to know deep inside the dancer’s soul, this is what she wants if money was no object! Don’t forget to comment below if there’s something I’ve missed or that you’d like to see added!

So without further ado, I bring you 15 gift ideas for Bellydancers:

For the Oriental Princess

– Silk Veil –

Every bellydancer needs a veil, whether as a performance prop, backdrop or to be used as a cover up before and after shows. Investing in a beautiful silk veil will be worth the years of wear you’ll get from it and there are so many pretty options to go with any dancers costume collection.

Silk Veil in Isis + Seafoam, $99 Buy it here

– Bellydance Oasis Magazine Subscription –

These days so much of our media consumption comes in the form of digital that sometimes it’s nice to have that tactile experience and satisfaction that comes from flicking through a glossy magazine. Even better when it’s about our favourite topic: Bellydance! Subscribing to a bellydance magazine not only means you’ll get a surprise in the post a few times a year (it’s the gift that keeps giving!) but you’re also supporting the wider community who work hard to collate & produce high quality content time and time again. Plus, it is a great conversation starter with guests at the coffee table!

Bellydance Oasis Subscription (3 issues, AU) $39 Buy it here

– Footless Jewelled Sandals –

These were one of the most popular gift ideas so they make it back onto this years list. Just pop them on and off you go with stunning adornment that won’t affect your dancing, and finish off your costume beautifully.

Swarovski footless sandals, $118 Buy it here

For the Tribal Goddess

– Handmade Adornment –

Everybody loves collecting a piece of unique adornment, so why not gift a dance sister or friend with a beautiful handmade work of art that can be worn on or off stage.

Acushla Designs Pendant, $68 Buy it here

– Fabulous Faux Assuit –

This year Melodia Designs unveiled her Faux Assuit collection, and it absolutely SLAYED. The real deal is incredibly difficult to come by, and she’s created some core designs that work as costumes all on their own or as statement street wear pieces. Seriously, it’s to die for.

Faux Assuit Collection ‘Domina’ Gown, $249 Buy it here

– Fusion Beats –

There’s one thing us dancers cannot go without and that’s music! Give the gift of dance to your favourite belly babe by signing her up to Spotify – that’s completely free, otherwise you can upgrade to the premium version for only $11.99 per month. She’ll never be stuck for music inspo again!

Spotify Premium, $11.99 (monthly) Buy it here

For the Workshop Addict

– Glitter Drink Bottle –

One thing you’ll learn if your significant other is a bellydancer, is that YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH GLITTER! This fun drink bottle will ensure that every single practice, no matter how sweaty, still has some sparkle!

I Shine Water Bottle – $8.99 Buy it here

– Drill Belt –

Give the gift of bling with a gorgeous drill belt that can be worn on and off stage! Lovingly hand crafted by fusion bellydancer Lilly Sim, by purchasing her wares  you’re supporting the dance community AND looking great!

Custom Drill Belt (4 pictured above) from $140ea  Buy it here

For the Costumier

– Costume Storage –

If you’re anything like me, costume storage is always a challenge. Help a sister out and grab her a storage rack that she can hang her veils, skirts and other accessories on so they don’t get wrecked!

Scandi Garment Rack, $49 Buy it here

– Sewing Machine –

A dancer’s best friend, especially right before a big show, is her sewing machine. You’ll save time and money with your own hardware and who knows, you might even be the next costume go-to designer!

Brother GS3710 Sewing Machine
Brother GS3710 Sewing Machine, $349 Buy it here

Extravagant Options. . .

– Bespoke Costume –

For the ultimate in gift giving, nothing is more indulgent than having one of the top industry designers custom creating your very own bellydance costume. Though this process may take weeks or even months to complete, having your own unique piece professionally created just for you is an incredible investment as the pieces are built to last time and time again.

Bespoke Custom order Bellydance costume, $1,793 Buy it here

– Strike a Pose –

Every bellydancer loves to dress up and be photographed. Whether its an opportunity to get glammed up or a long overdue update for her marketing material, treating your dancer other half to a professional photoshoot is a great gift option. You can even take some of the photographed images to be printed onto canvas to turn your beloved into a beautiful piece of artwork in the home or studio!


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Photography by Gee Greenslade, $POA Enquire Here

– Textile Treasures –

Every dancer covets a piece of genuine antique Assuit. Named after the Egyptian region where the craft comes from, many of these pieces date back to the 1920’s when Orientalism & Art Deco peaked amongst fashionistas across Europe and America. Assuit fabric is made from tiny pieces of metal hammered into tulle, and is very delicate – but as you can see below is exceptionally stunning.

Ivory Antique Assuit Shawl, $1,888 Buy it here

– Antique Adornment –

Treat the dancer in your life with a genuine article of adornment that can be worn with costume or kept as an heirloom piece. Genuine antiques are getting harder to find and thus are becoming more and more expensive but they are made to last a lifetime and will be cherished by their owner!

Silver Rajasthani Cuffs, $1,110 Buy it here

– Extravagant Experience –

Fulfill every bellydancer’s fantasy with the opportunity of a lifetime – a trip to Egypt! Here she can get swept up in the history and culture of Ancient Egypt but also take lessons with some of the top dancers and also see a real live show in a river cruise on the Nile.

Egypt Holiday Tour, $POA Plan it here

Phew! If you’ve reached the bottom, well done! I have plenty more gift ideas but now it’s your turn – what kind of gifts would you give to your dancer significant other or bellydance sister/teacher/student?


Sparkle Spotlight: An Introduction to my Favourites

I have something to confess.

I have an addiction.

A costuming/sparkles/shiny objects sort of addiction. The kind that if I were one of those impulse buyers (thankfully I’m not!) I would probably have the equivalent of a Kardashian nightclub appearance fee in credit card debt.

I come across lots of lovely things as a bellydancer, and I think that instead of keeping my addiction a secret I would like to shamelessly share whatever gets my gears going at any particular time.

I’m hoping to make this a semi regular series, with some themed posts now and then. You may have read my blog about my recommendations on gifts for bellydancers which was one of my most shared posts of all time! Bellydancers love presents and also love collectively gasping over gorgeous, covetable items – so I’m sharing the love so that the online space is that much more of a prettier place!

So without further ado, my Sparkle Spotlight Favourites:

3. I am loving this pendant ($68) from Acushla Designs:


It looks amazing teamed with the assuit as pictured and would be a gorgeous addition to any outfit on or off stage!


2. This headdress ($950) by Shape Shifters Tribe.


It has taken all my self control to not. push. add. to. cart…..


1. The entire collection of Faux Assuit by Melodia Designs


I’m throwing cash at the screen but nothing’s happening…….

Seriously it’s to die for.


So there you go folks – my top 3 favourite things right now! What are you totally obsessing over at the moment??

15 Gift ideas for the Belly Dancer in Your Life

The festive season is quickly approaching, and gifting that special something for the bellydancer in your life can be a minefield of confusion (and glitter). So to help ease off the stress of buying for your belly babe, or to gift to your fellow dance sisters, I’ve compiled my top gifts for bellydancers! (this may or may not be a hint to my significant other…*coughnudgecough*)

These aren’t necessarily ‘bellydance’ gifts, but more practical items that would come in handy or enhance the  dancing practice, performance, and experience!

For the Gig-a-holic Dancer

– The Gig Bag –

For the travelling performing dancer, the gig bag is essential. This gorgeous bag has a safe place to store makeup, costumes and some snacks for when you’re on the go, in style of course! This also doubles as a great bag to take to the gym or to a workshop weekend intensive!

Stella Sport Leopard Team Bag $79.95
Stella Sport Leopard Team Bag $79.95  


– The Portable Speaker –

When you’re backstage prepping for a show, a portable speaker is an awesome option especially if you have a last minute group rehearsal. It’s also a great one to pop into your bag when you’re travelling to shows to have an impromptu dance practice at your accommodation, or to start a party post show!

Bose Bluetooth Speaker $399 


– Travel Size Brush Set –

Every dancer needs her go-to makeup brushset,  this beautiful collection from 3CE has both striking design (so if it gets mixed up backstage it’s easily identified) and a sleek, no fuss storage that is perfect to throw into your gig bag!

3CE Travel Brush Kit $142 Buy it here


For the Tribal Goddess

– Finger Cymbals-

Finger cymbals are a must have musical instrument for every Tribal bellydancer! These gorgeous Sagats by Zenptah are 100% Australian made, and are similar to zills but are made of thicker, higher quality metal and have a slightly different production process. They have the perfect balance of satisfying weight and beautiful sound. Sold in lots of 4 (2 pairs), you can buy one for you and one for your fellow tribe sister!

Zenptah Sagats, $100 (2 pairs) Buy it here

– Jewelled Adornments –

Every bellydancer loves a bit of sparkle! Get her a gorgeous bindi for her to adorn herself – Check out the gorgeous range from Aussie artists 3D Bindi (pictured below) and Bespoke Bindis & Other Accouturements. Both lovely ladies take custom orders and their work is exquisite!

Bindis handmade by 3D Bindi (POA). Buy it here

– The Gift of Dance –

Now you can bring some of the world’s top dancers into your own lounge room with Datura Online! Give the gift of dance to your belly babe with a prepaid subscription of 30 days ($25), 90 days ($35) or a whole year ($260)!

Datura Online Memberships $25-$260 Buy it here

For the Costume Addict

– Beautiful Storage –

One thing you’ll learn if your significant other is a bellydancer, is that YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH JEWELLERY! Here’s a practical way to store your precious items which doubles as a gorgeous feature for your home!

Plum & Bow Jewellery Organizer Mirror $49 

– Body Bling –

Give the gift of bling with a gorgeous body chain that can be worn on and off stage! Lovingly hand crafted by internationally renowned fusion bellydancer Olivia Kissel, by purchasing her wares  you’re supporting the global dance community AND looking great!

The Serpent Body Drape by Olivia Kissel $484 Buy it here

– Footless Sandals –

Adorn your tootsies and complete every outfit with a pair of footless sandals! There’s a huge range of colours and styles online, and they’ll add that extra twinkle to your footwork!

Lotus Barefoot Sandals, $80 

For the Workshop Addict

– Yoga Mat –

Great for home or class practice, yoga mats are an essential tool for better comfort and stability when conditioning for bellydance via stretching and strengthening. The Gaiam website even has a tutorial on which mat to select based on what you’re using it for, and the mats come in a variety of gorgeous prints to make you stand out at your next workshop!

Gaiam premium Marrakesh Yoga Mat $30 Buy it here

– Look the Part –

For the ultimate in practice wear (and also great additions to your costume wardrobe) Melodia Designs pioneered many looks that are now considered synonymous with bellydance activewear. The quality of her garments has been tried and tested by hobbyists and professionals alike, with classic silhouettes and breathable fabrics.

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Melodia Designs Minnie Classic Flare $79.00 Buy it here

– Take Notes –

Keep all of your bellydance workshop and class notes in an aptly decorated notebook! This gorgeous illustration is one of many available designs on RedBubble, you could even upload your own image for a completely custom look!

Scheherazade Spiral Notebook $15 Buy it here

For the Studio

– Add Character –

Transport your dance space into an exotic haven with the addition of beautiful Moroccan style candle holders and lanterns. Light them up for beautiful patterns and shapes to shadow your walls or keep them as ornaments to add character!

Road to Home Temple Lid Candle Holder $57 Buy it here

– Evoke the Senses –

Burning scented candles or using mood diffusers work wonders in creating a lush space. We strongly associate smell with emotions, and nothing is better than coming into your favourite space greeted by a familiar smell. This also helps in de-stressing and helping you get in the right mood for dance!

Glasshouse Fragrances Persia Diffuser $43 Buy it here

– Inspire Yourself –

Beautiful art in your most sacred space is a constant source of creative inspiration, and makes your studio feel less like a workout area and more like an inviting home! Whether you are inspired by landscapes, colours, shapes or dance art, there will be something beautiful that will work for you! I like this piece because it reminds me of our roots in folkloric dance and the many branches that have flourished as we pass on the dance via our teachers to the next generation.


Mangowood Tree of Life Wall Carving $379 Buy it here

Phew! If you’ve reached the bottom, well done! I have plenty more gift ideas but now it’s your turn – what kind of gifts would you give to your dancer significant other or bellydance sister/teacher/student?