The ultimate holiday gift guide for writers 2014

Learn what writers want for the holidays!

Writers can be a difficult bunch to buy for. Last year I gave you some ideas about some things to buy for the writer in your life. But this year I decided that I couldn’t do this alone. I wanted to give you options and opinions for more than just me.

I’ve recruited ten of the most interesting writers I know and they’re here to tell you, what they’d like under their Christmas tree, for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, ect… For any of your holiday needs. Now, some of these things may not fit under a tree, but ya know what? Writers dream big. And then we write about it.

Let’s get into it.

Starr (aka my blogging bestie) from The Insomniac’s Dream has some simple dreams that may be harder to provide, “What I would like for Christmas is one year’s worth of bills paid, and one year’s worth of grocery money in a bank account with my name. Without that stress, I could write creatively and finally finish my book. But that’s not realistic, so I’ll take some peace and quiet, a few purple pens and maybe a journal.”
(You should see this one’s purple pen collection. Holy cow!)

Terrye at Asshat Rants said, “Top shelf whiskey to help the words come. The best beans to grind my own coffee to keep me up long enough to get down on paper what my muse is whispering into my ear. And good friends to help me through the rough times and help me celebrate the good times.”
(I’m all in for the top shelf whiskey. But I have to pollute it with cola. Sorrynotsorry. )

Phil Holtberg from The Regular Guy NYC wants all the things:

  • An electronic thesaurus and dictionary
  • A nice leather bound notepad to keep by the bed to jot ideas down
  • A book of ideas to help break writer’s block
  • A great totebag to bring all your gear to the coffee shop
  • A really classy old school fountain pen

He also gave me this picture, sans the gift…
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(I think he REALLY likes fountain pens.)

Joy from Evil Joy Speaks wants, “Endless coffee cup at local coffee shop. A reserved seat at that coffee shop and the time to write there! Paper books from any of my Wish Lists. For entertainment, inspiration and to support fellow writers!”
(That’s sweet. Y’all can all buy her a copy of my book. Link in the sidebar. #shameless #selfpromotion)

Carrie-Anne from Carrie-Anne Foster- Social Media Made Easy said, “Scrivener would make a wonderful gift for those who write!”
(Now, I have the program…how the heck do I use it? #writerproblems)

Linda from Carpool Goddess said, “Call me crazy, but I would like one of those standing desks. I practically spend the entire day on my tush and things need to change. ”
(Okay, crazy…though that would probably be healthier than sitting behind a desk eating popcorn and drinking copious amounts of wine. Not that I–err…umm…anyway…)

Soooo many people wanted a getaway. Writer’s retreats, hanging out with blogging buddies and even getting some $$ for blogging conferences.

Oh and time. Though ya know, a 25th hour is hard to wrap, just sayin’ Lizzi from The Considerer.

Chrissy from QuirkyChrisy said, ” A clean house, so I can write without clutter.”
(This is a good one for anyone. If money is tight this year, make some cute cards with things that you’ll do– like run the vacuum and wash dishes. Did you mind travel to the gutter? Tsk tsk. I’ll be there in a sec.)

Michelle from Rubber Shoes in Hell said, “The occasional backrub from Norman Reedus.”
(Told ya. I’ll kill zombies with you sir. I lie. I am not about the zombie killing life. But I would be down for the backrub.)

Lisa from The Golden Spoons said, “A getaway weekend with all of my blogging buddies!”
(C’mon over, the water’s fine! Well…a little chilly. We can just go hangout on da beach.)

Celeste at Running Nekkid is a woman after my own heart, “New. Fricking. Laptop. And a critique partner so I can have someone to pester with all of my “so what did you think about…” questions besides my patient, clueless husband.”

There you have it folks, some awesome ideas for your gifts for your writing loved ones. If you can put time in a bottle and send it to all of us, we’d appreciate it. Thanks to everyone gave me their holiday list. I’m sorry I couldn’t include everyone!

Did any of these ring true for you? Let me know in the comments!

Aloha y’all!


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25 Responses to The ultimate holiday gift guide for writers 2014

  1. Well it’s quite the condundrum. I would kill to have someone daily walk my four-year-old excessively energetic border collie cross. But then I’d become a plumpkin wouldn’t I? Ok – I’ll opt for the more hours in a day. Who do we need to speak to about creating a 28 hour day?
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    • Tamara Woods

      I bet with 28 hours, you’d find you need 30. However, I’d like to take that bet and see how it shakes out.

  2. Hope every one gets what they want, Tamara. What a fun post! As for me, I want discipline – any one willing to give me some? πŸ˜‰

    • Tamara Woods

      Discipline…if you find the magical fairy who grants the wish of discipline, please send her to Honolulu. My household could use a good dose. lol.

  3. I want it all! Except Norman Reedus. Yeah, I know, I’m fucking weird, but I don’t see what all the hype is about. Send me Eric Northman (True Blood) or Spike (Buffy) and I’m down for whatever the fuck they want to rub.

    Love this, you did a great job wrapping everyone’s wishes into a flowing piece!
    Starr Bryson recently posted..Behind Every Scrooge is a Broken HeartMy Profile

    • Tamara Woods

      Wouldn’t Spike be a little long in the fang? I haven’t watched True Blood–ever–so I don’t know who that is. Norman Reedus reminds me of a lot of hot guys I went to school with. West Virginia.

  4. Yes to the back rub ams the blogger getaway!

    • Tamara Woods

      Yup, I could go for both, lol. I’d really like to do a writer retreat. That would be amazing.

  5. I love this list! I’d be happy with any ONE of them. Hubby told me after he bought me the BMW that he wasn’t getting me anything else but he lied. πŸ˜€ I don’t think it’s a new laptop cuz I love this one. I’m hoping for a vacation in a tropical location with 10 of my best blogging buddies. See ya in paradise! πŸ˜€

    • Tamara Woods

      Heh. If your hubby springs for your favorite 10 bloggers to go to a tropical location…you’re coming to Hawai’i and we’re going to Maui. Cuz…I need a reason to go over there. πŸ˜€

  6. Tim told me last night since he bought me a new laptop for my birthday last month he wasn’t getting me a gift for Christmas but I am fine with that not like a new laptop is a $5 gift
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    • Tamara Woods

      Yeah, the gift of the laptop is an awesome one! I’d be happy with no Christmas gift too, while I saw and looked at my Facebook after dinner. lol.

  7. Oh man, I hope Santa brings that laptop! And maybe a critique partner can fit in my stocking…
    celeste noelani recently posted..Baby’s First ChristmasMy Profile

  8. Kim

    What?! You left me out?! I was the first one to comment on that thread. *runs off and cries*
    Kim recently posted..The Night the Bathroom Looked Like a Crime SceneMy Profile

  9. Is there a place where I can just sign up to get all of this? Fantastic list and spot on!
    Laura A. Lord recently posted..The LeagueMy Profile

  10. I’d like one of those scarves with the words from a book, maybe Poe’s Raven; a writing cave (wooden shed in the backyard converted to writing shed) is my ultimate wish–along with a new computer and printer, camera and tripod, to go in said writing cave; gift certificates to Books-a-Million, Amazon, and Starbucks (some books I want new, others used, and coffee is always a good thing); an antique red typewriter; a long comfy thick sweater for when I’m writing and it’s cold; and last but not least, new bookcases.

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