Each year, we list our top gifts for writers in our annual holiday gift guide. Be sure to check out our holiday gift guides from 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, as well as this list of creative and clever presents for your favorite writer.
‘Tis the season again, and that means time to wrack your brain for gift ideas for the writer (or writers) in your life.
As always, we’re here to help. We’ve searched the interwebs for the best 15 gifts we know will make any writer smile.
1. Wordy books
If your writer has a lexicographical bent, they’ll love books that get into the nitty-gritty of how words and their meaning evolve over time.
Looking for more recommendations? Here are 25 amazing book recommendations for writers.
2. Literary action figures
Because writers are superheros, too.
Great for decorating an office or staging an elaborate battle when you ought to be revising.
3. A domain name
Whether your writer is a blogger or a freelancer, having their own customized domain name is a must. Give them a leg up with these options from Bluehost.
4. Coffee-themed swag
Caffeine is a common addiction/religion among writers.
Think outside the usual coffee mug to other items attesting to your loved one’s fixation. For instance, check out coffee-themed artwork like the following:
5. Typewriter-inspired keyboard
There’s no feeling quite like clacking away on an old-fashioned keyboard — until you get fed up about a minute later by its lack of every feature you’ve ever come to rely on.
Which is where the QwerkyWriter S® comes in. A wireless keyboard with a tablet stand, it offers the tactile feel of the real thing, with all the modern amenities.
6. Ergonomic writing accessories
Working at a computer all day can wreak havoc on the body.
7. Creative games
A game night with friends is a great way to let off some steam (and do that thing you’ve been hearing about called “being social”).
A game that requires imagination and creativity lets you have fun while also exercising your brain. Try an image-based game like Dixit, a debating game like Superfight or a storytelling game like Joking Hazard (warning: that last one is not for those who dislike risque humor).
One thing all writers have in common is a love of reading. Give them a way to display their favorite books with unique bookends that speak to their interests and personality. Some ideas:
9. Desk toys
Sometimes writers just need a break from writing. A little bit of mindless amusement can help relax the brain and loosen the hold of writer’s block. Check out miniature Zen gardens, tiny tabletop versions of classic games or this intriguing stop motion animation toy.
10. Card catalog notecard set
Give your writer a better way to keep plotlines and story ideas organized with this card catalog notecard set.
It’s way cooler than Post-It notes and packs a nice dose of nostalgia.
11. Storymatic or Story Cubes
These games can be writing prompt generators, writer’s block busters and more.
12. Writing-themed cookbooks
A good book can suck you into its world, inspiring you to see, hear, feel and taste the things it describes.
Help your writer enjoy the “taste” bit with cookbooks inspired by literary classics. Options range from the A Feast of Ice & Fire (Game of Thrones) to Dinner with Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) to The Little House Cookbook (Little House on the Prairie).
13. Personalized embosser
Create custom stationery, give your party invitations an official flourish or ensure those who borrow your books remember to give them back.
A customized embosser allows you to stamp a raised seal with your name, address and more.
14. Kindle Unlimited subscription
There’s nothing like a physical book, but sometimes digital is nice to have, too.
You can try out new titles you’re not sure you want on your permanent bookshelf. You can bring multiple books with you wherever you go, without needing a backpack to carry them all. With Kindle Unlimited, your favorite reader can access over a million books, plus thousands of audiobooks, for a flat monthly fee.
Every writer has days where showering and changing into “real” clothes takes a backseat to getting that draft finished. (For some of us, that’s most days.)
Why not give them a set of comfy pajamas that explains why they’re greeting the UPS driver dishevelled at 3:00 in the afternoon? CafePress has lots of fun options.
16. Alcohol subscription
The best gift a client ever gave me was a subscription to a bourbon-of-the-month club.
Like many writers, I love to “write drunk, edit sober” (or vice versa), but fancy spirits aren’t always in my budget.
What other gifts would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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