Hey everybody, the holiday season is upon us. I know if you’re anything like me, you may be stuck on a gift for someone. Never fear, I’m here to help you out. I made a writerly gift guide last year and the 2013 gift guide. Why break tradition? Stick around until the end and enter to win some a Book Depository gift card and much more!
Last week, our #writestuff tweetchat topic was “T’is the season.” We talked about all kinds of things that we as writers would love to receive and what would make things easier for us.
I thought I’d compile some of the answers from that to give you some extra ideas for gifts for the writer in your life.
One thing I realized, all of us had a go-to drink that we like for our writing. Many said coffee,
But not everyone.
I would suggest going the old fashion route and making a gift basket. You can add a cute mug, beverages of choice, preferred snack, pens, etc that your writer would need at the desk. It would be a go-to present.
Another we’re all short of is time.
If you’re short on case, but have time to give, make some redeemable gift cards. Depending on your writer, you could use:
- Will babysit for two hours so you can write.
- Help you with household chores for one day
- Will puppy sit so you can go to coffee shop for a writing day.
- Will listen to you gripe about your editing/characters/stupid editor etc.
Some other ideas that didn’t come from the chat.
This necklace is so cute and would be perfect for the writer who is still working toward that dream. It’s from the IntuitiveJewellery Etsy shop.
Isn’t this what we all want to do? If the writer in your life likes her art a little salty, this wall hanging would be absolutely perfect. Created by keilo on Etsy.
Does your writer love to collect journals? This one is a handmade personally engraved journal. Burgundy, pure leather and absolutely gorgeous. Created by MemoriesMadeCustom on Etsy.
Does your writer have a sense of humor? This “The Mind of a Writer” T-shirt designed by Belinda Yandell on CafePress could be the perfect gift.
It reads: The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing: Isolated neurotic caffeine-addled crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, & soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on good day.
Noise cancelling headphones is a big on writers’ wish lists as well. I am by no means a techie, so I’d suggest checking out a few lists like:
Personally, when I buy tech, I do too much research. This will give you a nice start.
You’re writer is probably a reader as well. Here’s a few books on the craft. Stephen King’s On Writing is always a favorite. I’ve been told that Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott is a solid read. I wouldn’t know yet. I just ordered my copy last week. Then if maybe the person is struggling with some fundamentals: The Elements of Style by Struck and White. This one sits on my desk, right beside my laptop. FYI: These links to books are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you order from there.
If the person on your list is looking more for bookish presents, I have a video I made today on my channel that can give you some hints. Also, tomorrow is my BookTube anniversary, last month I reached 500+ subscribers on my channel, and Sunday was my birthday. All these powers combined made me really want to give some stuff away. Check out the video and the giveaway is right below.
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Let me know down in the comments any suggestions you can add and which one of these ideas is your favorite.