In Love With a Writer? Here’s the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with it comes the usual pressure to get your loved one something that’s just the right mix of romantic, thoughtful and personal.

Lucky for you, if your valentine is a writer, you’ve got some great options for gifts they’re sure to love. We’ve covered general gifts and holiday gifts before, but this season of amore calls for something a little more special.

So we’ve put together this list of 10 writerly gifts with a romantic spin, perfect for inspiring warm and fuzzy feelings in the writer you love.

1. Things that smell like books

Any true book lover savors all aspects of the reading experience — the feel of a page between their fingers, watching as a cover slowly becomes dog-eared, and, of course, the smell of books.

(If you don’t know what books smell like, then you’ve been found out, because you are clearly not a book lover.)

Give your beloved book nerd the smell of their favorite thing (even if they’re using an ereader). If he loves reading by candlelight, try Modern Alchemy’s Ex Libris candle. If she enjoys a little perfume now and then, consider Demeter’s Paperback fragrance, which the company describes as “sweet and lovely with just a touch of the musty smell of aged paper.”

Need a few more ideas? Try one of these 25 perfumes and candles that smell like old books, libraries and more.

2. Romantic writing prompts

Nothing will make a writer love you more than helping them out of the valley of writer’s block. And with this thoughtful gift, you’ll win major bonus points for taking the time to make a personalized present by hand.

Snag a love-themed journal of your choice, like this one from Etsy, and fill the pages with love-related writing prompts like:

Pretend that Valentine’s Day has been outlawed. Write a paragraph to convince the the people who make the laws to make it legal again.


Your main character wakes up and it’s a perfectly normal day. However, when he calls his significant other, he discovers his partner’s name is not in his phone. He soon discovers that his loved one no longer exists. Everyone seems to think he’s crazy, since they have absolutely no idea who this loved one is. What happens next?

You can come up with your own creative prompt ideas, or check out lists like this one and this one if you need a little help.

3. Anything massage-related

All those long hours spent hunched over a keyboard can really take their toll.

Any writer will love a good massage to loosen up the knots, whether you buy him a personal gadget like a hand massager, office chair massage cover or eye massager with soothing sounds, or give her a voucher for an all-over professional massage.

(A romantic couple’s massage is also an option. It is V-Day, after all…)

 Tequila Mockingbird4. Tequila Mockingbird

Looking for the perfect drink pairing for your writer to take to book club or enjoy during quiet evening hours curled up with the classics? She’ll love Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist.

A 2013 Goodreads Choice Award for Food & Cookbooks, this fun mixology book contains 65 literary-inspired drink recipes like The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose and Vermouth the Bell Tolls. It’s also full of clever illustrations and commentary, bar snack recipes and drinking game ideas.

5. Pre-made meal service

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but the way to any dedicated writer’s heart is through her stomach with food she doesn’t have to prepare herself.

Why? If she has to prepare it herself, dinner typically consists of Saltines and a jar of peanut butter eaten over her keyboard. (I may or may not be speaking from experience.)

Give your writer the gift of yummy pre-made meals with a subscription to a service like Freshology. Or, subscribe her to a service like Plated, Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, which have some assembly required but remove all the hassle of meal planning and shopping by delivering the ingredients she needs to cook meals from easy-to-follow recipes.

The result? She gets a fabulous homemade (or “homemade”) meal without as much of the hard work.

Let her light some candles, pour some wine and enjoy a variety of gourmet meals she doesn’t even have to put on real pants to enjoy.

6. Reasons to stay in bed

Olde Book Pillow Classics - Treasure Island

Let’s be honest; we’ve all had those mornings when we’d prefer to just stay in bed all day. Why not make that not only possible, but delightful for your writer?

If he’d prefer a lazy day in bed, this bookcase headboard and these book pillows ought to do the trick.

If she’d like to get a little bit of work done, try a nice laptop-friendly bed desk or bed tray.

Or, for a little bit of both, opt for this amazing bed rest that combines combines a built-in massager, reading light, cup holder and slot for a notebook or reading material. (Really, what more would anyone need for a day?)

7. A bathtub book caddy

Help her relax at the end of a long day of creating with a hot, luxurious bubble bath, some candles and her favorite read thanks to this bathtub book caddy. It’s even got a spot to hold a glass of wine!

The Storymatic Rememory8. Your writer’s own treasured memories

Writers see the world as one big story, and love to find the beauty and meaning in moments big and small.

Help your favorite writer relive his own most-loved stories and create some new ones with the card game Rememory, which works like a writing prompt to uncover special or memorable moments.

9. Bookish jewelry

It might be a cliche, but nothing says romance like jewellery. Let your writer keep her favorite book close to her heart (or her wrist, or her ears) with these awesome pieces of jewellery made from real pages of popular novels like Treasure Island, Pride & Prejudice and Moby Dick.

10. Literary wine and chocolate

Saying “I love you” with chocolate might be traditional, but when you say it with chocolate inscribed with a line from a famously romantic novel, it certainly takes things up a notch. Might we recommend this “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you” Darcy-bar?

And since that chocolate didn’t cost very much, why not go full-on classic Valentine’s Day by pairing it with a lovely bottle of literary wine like Writer’s Block Pinot Noir or Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon?

Writers, what gift would win your heart over this Valentine’s day?

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  1. Great suggestions…now I have to figure how to get these suggestions in front of my husband. Also! Moving my library/writing space to a larger room this summer – love the book fragrance candles and especially the book pillows. Just perfect.

    Thank you for posting!

  2. My wife and I are both writers and bloggers. For Valentine’s Day, we’re both giving each other an afternoon away from the kids to sneak off to a coffee shop and catch up on our various projects. 🙂

  3. A nice candle for me. Love to have one burning when I’m writing. Current favorite: Yankee Candle’s Clean Linen or Fluffy Towels.

  4. Andrea fein says:

    Familiar with it? T shirts, posters, tote bags, temporary tattoos with full text of books surrounding excellent artist’s graphic. Of course, the smaller the item, the fewer words. New titles all the time. 100’s already, across genres.

  5. #8 and #9 definitely! Maybe a shirt with fave quotes or lines? A small chest full of mysterious objects or antiques that will flood my chest with warmth? Oh, this post is giving me so many ideas!

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