Unless you have a spare 10 hours per day, an unlimited supply of coffee and/or wine and a computer that never has issues (Every computer I’ve ever owned, I’m looking at you.), it’s hard to find the perfect gift for the writer in your life. Don’t fret my pet, I’m here to help ease you through it with my Gift Guide for the writer in your life.
First recognize that you may have to do a little detective work. Is your writer a techno freak, and is all about the latest gadgets? Or are you dealing with an luddite who would rather use a chisel out words on a stone tablet than a Ipad? Then you go from there.
If your friend is more a bit of a throwback, then try some of these ideas:
For the Back to Basics Writer:
- A sexy moleskin journal: Who doesn’t want to dip their ink in that, amirite?
- If they have prefer typewriter to computer, then a care package of type ribbons, erase tape and even a gift card for repairs may be in order.
- A lovely cup/drink set: If your friend is a wine and jazz writer try a set of wine glasses and a bottle of his favorite wine. If she’s more into coffee a cool mug and a different flavors of coffee, or a thermos and a Starbucks card. Tea drinker? You can find many lovely teas in pretty tins and pair that with a cup as well.
- A Writer’s Market: This book is so chock-full of useful information, whether it’s how to write query letters, information on publishers, landing an agent, the list goes on and on. You can also get an online subscription for the Writer’s Market.
Which brings us to your tech friend:
For the Tech Writer:
Maybe she needs some help keeping focused with her writing? You could get her…
- Scrivener: It’s a system that helps you organize all of your writer’s references, ideas that could lead to that finished novel.
- Livescribe3: This is brilliant. At the moment, it’s just for iPad/iPod, but when your friend is furiously scribbling on his/her pad, the words will transcribe to the device through the magic of a Bluetooth connection.
- Write or Die: This little mean bit of software can either be used for free, or downloaded for a cost. It has three different settings where basically you are alerted that you’ve taken too much time stalling in your writing. The easy setting will just flash the screen at you. The demonic one will DELETE YOUR WORDS. Now, I haven’t done that one, because I’m pretty sure I would have no copy by the time I was done.
Finally, if you’re broke, and you want to give your writer something special-engineer some quiet time for them to write. Offer some babysitting, to leave the apartment if you’re roommates, to take care of the house and kids for a so many hours per day, or whatever it is that your loved one has complained that this thing has stopped him from finishing that book.
These tips gift ideas are sure to make your writer the happiest scribe of all. If this doesn’t work, you can totally demand a refund for these suggestions. (Yeah, they’re free. See what I did there?)
If you have any suggestions for gifts for writers, leave them in the comments!
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