The holidays are upon us, which means ‘tis the season for stumbling over what gifts you should buy for the special people in your life. It’s practically a rule that gift giving is rarely easy.
If you’re unsure of what to get the writer in your life – aspiring or otherwise – look no further. Here are seven killer gift ideas for writers that will definitely get the creative juices flowing.
(And please, back away from the lined journal at Target. We have enough of those already, and – if you know a journal addict – we’ve got that covered too.)
Ambiance is everything. Behind every writer is a secret (or not-so-secret) book nerd, and Frostbeard Studio has an amazing collection of bookishly great soy candles. Not sure if you should pick the ‘Bookstore’ or ‘Book cellar’ scent? Play it safe with one of their sample packs!
If anyone wants to buy me ‘Reading at the cafe’, I wouldn’t hate it.
If you’re laughing at this, don’t. These might seem cheesy as all get out, but this is seriously one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Tested and approved, these notes are waterproof and seriously awesome. Inspiration strikes in the weirdest moments, and – for shower lovers – this means you have to try to remember great ideas until you’re dry.
I kid you not, I drafted out my last novel on AquaNotes, and – a month later – it’s already written. Thumbs up, AquaNotes!
Literary swag has never been cooler. Sure, you can buy a wicked t-shirt covered in the text of Jane Eyre, but now Litographs offers custom scarves! Upload the text, and you can create a custom scarf made entirely from your special writer’s own words.
It’s like getting them published, only way easier.
Games that help you become a better writer? Sign me up.
No seriously, this is another gift I actually own and love. The Writer’s Toolbox is a great way to work through writing exercises that is a little less boring and ‘writing prompt’-y. Sometimes you need to think out of the box to be a great writer, and this gift will definitely help the writer in your life do exactly that!
A little bit of encouragement goes a long way. Give the gift of gab – magnetically – with this box of 72 encouragement-themed magnetic word tiles. It’s not just about creativity, it’s about positivity.
Being a writer means facing rejection pretty much constantly. Remind your favorite writer that giving up is not an option!
6. Books, books, and more books!
When polled on Twitter, most writers wanted more books! Check out Goodreads to see if the writer in your life has added any books to a ‘Want to Read’ list, or consider one of these great options.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic is a must-read for any creative, writer or otherwise, looking to live a happy and creative life. Need something a little less serious? Check out Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist for that writer who is a serious Hemingway aficionado and wants to write drunk then edit sober.
Sometimes the best gift ideas for writers are the simplest. Remember that writers need fuel! There’s no shame in gift cards, especially when they’re for local coffee shops. We all need that extra caffeine infusion to meet deadlines, and sometimes a DIY latte just doesn’t cut it. Whether it’s coffee, tea, or hot cocoa for the uncaffeinated folks, hot beverages are basically part of every writer’s arsenal.
Bonus points if the gift card is delivered in this awesome grammar-friendly mug.