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.
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 she loves reading by candlelight, try these Library Set candles with scents like “antique books” and “ancient scrolls.” If he enjoys a little cologne now and then, consider The Library of Fragrance’s Paperback cologne, which the company describes as “sweet and just a touch musty, a lot like Pym’s world come to think of it.”
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, 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?
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 mini 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…)
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.
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
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?
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!
8. 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 jewelry. Let your writer keep her favorite book close to her heart (or her wrist, or her ears) with these awesome pieces of jewelry 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 “I have nothing to declare except my genius” Oscar Wilde chocolate 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?
This post originally ran in February 2015. We updated it in February 2017.
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