Congratulations, you just made the team! Joining a new cheer team or even joining cheerleading for the first time can be intimidating and bit nerve wrecking. Don’t fret! Your ‘Big’ is here to save the day! Your Big is the best! Bigs, or senior cheerleaders on any given cheer squad, help younger cheerleaders such as yourself learn the ropes and make you feel welcome onto your new team. Your Big is special to you–the mentor, friend, or even sister you never had. So, what is a Little to do to show your Big just how much they mean to you? Here are some spirit bag ideas for the Big in your life.

1. Something practical. 
I have seen decorative hangers online for a wedding, but I have seen it pop up more and more for cheerleaders. What a great idea! Just like a wedding dress, your cheer uniform can be expensive and something you want to cherish. Having a spirit hanger designed and made for you Big is something fun and cute they can use all the time. This idea is simple, fun, and you can be as creative as you want to be.

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2. Something to eat... or something sweet! I have said it before and I will say it again: food is always a crowd pleaser and, hey, we all have to eat! Get a cute bag or container and fill it with your Big’s favorite goodies. Nothing is better after a long day of practice than munching down on your favorite snacks! This is a perfect simple and cost-effective way to show your Big that you care.

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3. Something sentimental. Is your Big a senior and graduating this year? Maybe your Big is moving on to another team next year or just hanging up her pom poms for good soon. Why not get your Big something sweet and sentimental to show how much you care? I have seen some really cute ideas using shadow boxes. You can frame a team bow signed by all the cheerleaders as a farewell gift to your Big. Shadow boxes are a great gift idea because they can be as big or small as you want. If you Big is retiring from cheer, you can frame their old uniforms, or make a collage of pictures of you and your Big. They will love it, and it is something they can cherish for years to come.

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4. Something to share. Show your Big just how much you like being their Little by getting matching T-shirts! Depending on if you’re balling on a budget or have some extra cash, you can buy pre-made shirts or make your own. I have found some iron-on pre-made stencils available online at Etsy that are really cute, and not very expensive. This is my favorite gift idea… because who doesn’t love clothes?

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5. Something for the cheer family. Your cheer squad is your second family, and your Big was a Little once upon and time. Depending on your team, your Big’s Big may still be on the team. So, why not share the love and get matching shirts for you the Little, Big, and Grand Big! Cheerleaders are close and have a tight bond with each other. Plus, we love to be loud and proud, so why not show how much we love our cheer family by getting matching shirts and letting everyone know just how proud you are to be part of that family?!

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What are other cheer gift ideas for your cheer Big? Share your spirit ideas with us in the comments!