Christmas will be here before you know it and if you’re lucky there’s a writer on your list this year. Now we understand that writers are an odd bunch who spend excessive amounts of time staring blankly at a computer screen while mumbling incoherently to people who only exist in their mind, and you might be at a loss on what to get them for the holidays. Well fear not, that’s what we are here for!
Oh, and just for full disclosure, we aren’t being paid to advertise any of these products.
Here’s your writer gift-giving guide:
Most writers I know like to write with some kind of hot beverage at hand, so why not get them a cool mug to drink it out of and inspire them all at the same time? There are a ton of mugs out there with quotes just for writers. One of my favorite mugs says “Please don’t annoy the writer, she may put you in a book and kill you.” On my personal wish list, I have a travel coffee mug that says “tears of my readers.” There are plenty more out there ranging from funny, to inspiring, to literary.
- Coffee or Tea (and accessories)
Your writer is going to need something to put in that mug. Tea is widely popular among writers, and Amazon even carries a product called Novel Teas (I’ve never tried it but I love the look of it). If you don’t know what kinds of tea to get, there are a lot of sample packs out there. If you really want to take the gift to the next level, add a cute teapot. If your writer isn’t a tea drinker try a sample pack of some exotic coffees. To push your present over the top, finish it up with a mug warmer so that their beverages stay warm when the muses take over and they get lost in their story.
- Waterproof note pads.
My life as a writer changed when I discovered the Aqua Notes waterproof notepad. I would always get the amazing ideas for my stories while I was in the shower, probably because that was the only time my kids wouldn’t bother me, but I would lose most of it by the time I jumped out of the shower. Even when I tried keeping a regular notebook on the counter, I would end up losing most of my inspiration by the time I jumped out, grabbed a towel, dried off enough to not ruin the paper, and started to write. Enter Aqua Notes! I’ve gone through two pads of these and they are amazing. Now when inspiration strikes, I grab the notepad (complete with suction cups) and pencil and start writing right there under the hot water. As the pencil that comes with it says, “No more ideas down the drain.” My one tip, don’t keep the notepad in the shower all the time. I found the pages stuck together that way. I only actually put it in the shower when I’m using it.
- Fancy Notebooks and Pens
You might think the writer in your life has enough journals and pens. You would be wrong. It’s like an addiction. I can’t stop myself from buying cute notebooks even though I have a ton at home that I haven’t used yet. I even have some that are so cool I’m saving them for something special. Do I know what that something special is, no. But that’s not the point. It’s an easy gift that most writers are sure to appreciate. Add to it a nice pen that’s easy to write with and they will love it even more. My personal favorite pens (yes I have a favorite pen, don’t judge me) are the Pilot Dr. Grip Gel and Pentel EnerGel. Both have nice grips and write smoothly.
Writers are readers, so you can’t go wrong with books, like my book Crystal and Flint *wink wink*. If you know what kinds of books they like, then it’s pretty easy, but if you don’t that’s okay too. Get them a book that you love, but they might not have read yet. Get them books about writing. Stephen King’s “On Writing” is a pretty popular one and having read it I can say it lives up to the hype. Or you could get them books to help them improve their craft. My favorites are “The Emotional Thesaurus” series. The writer in your life will probably get a kick out of shocking the family by opening “A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma” on Christmas morning. What can I say, we are just weird like that.
- Litographs products
Writers love words, litograph lets them wear them. They carry a wide range of products with both current and classic novels printed on them to form designs. They are really cool. But that’s not even the best part. If you are super sneaky and get your hands on a copy of your writer’s files, Litograph will custom print their words onto one of their products. For Mother’s Day a few years ago my husband had Crystal and Flint printed on an infinity scarf. It was an amazing gift that brought tears to my eyes. Looking at their site, it now appears you can custom order not only scarfs, but also blankets, pillows and shirts (options that weren’t available when I got mine).
- Scribbler Subscription
Subscription boxes are all the rage right now and this one is designed specifically for writers. I’ll be honest, I haven’t gotten this, yet, but Founding Member Renee does and I’m super jealous when she posts pictures of it every month. I’ll let her tell you more about it.
[Renee here! Scribbler is one of the absolute BEST resources for writers ever! Every month there’s something inspiring: a new book, some writing tips by the author of said book, and awesome writer swag! The October box was the best one yet, with a candle, Neil Gaiman pin, a thriller book, notebook, fake tattoo and more!)
Say you are strapped for cash this holiday season but still want to give something meaningful to the writer in your life. If you’ve read their work, there’s one easy thing you can do: write a review. It doesn’t have to be long or elaborate. Just a line or two saying how much you enjoyed it would mean the world to the writer. Reviews helps them get their books noticed by more readers and hopefully sell more copies. They can affect how the book shows up on Amazon and other retailers. So jot down a few lines and post it anywhere you can, though Amazon and Goodreads are the big ones.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments what one your writer wish list.