Welcome to the ultimate list of gift ideas for writers.
This guide is broken up into sections, so you don't need to scour the whole guide every time you need an idea. Click one of these links to jump to that section.
Beautify your writing life.
Or, if you want something more practical you can pick up a "Proofreading Cheatsheet" or "Genre Guide" poster over here.
The perfect guilt trip.
You can even stare at it while you come up with excuses for "why you haven't finished your book yet."
For all the darker fantasy fans out there.
Nerdy Side Note: this is what the Iron Throne is supposed to look like, according to A Song of Ice and Fire.
As Albus Dumbledore said, “One can never possess enough socks. Another Christmas came and went and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
Do you think Jane Austen was written in the Harry Potter universe? ...I bet Dumbledore would've loved these.
Comes with a surprising amount of words and combinations. Great for procrastinating... I mean, for getting your creative juices flowing. There's also Scrabble for your fridge.
Always a great way to procrastinate...
Dixit is a game where you try to figure out who is telling what story.
Basically, you use storytelling to bluff your opponents. Has a solid rating on Board Game Geek.
Amazing? Also yes.
Comfortable? Only one way to find out...
Speaking of games...
This one is a really easy way to break through your writer's block.
Sick of getting interrupted in public (or even in your own home)?
This T-shirt could solve all your problems.
Surround yourself with the smells of an old library.
If you want more Literary Candles, you can find them here.
Writing time is sacred to a writer. Unfortunately, most family members don't really understand how hard it is to sit down and write for extended periods of time.
So, here's one solution - put this on your doorknob whenever you must have that peace and quiet.
Speaking of peace and quiet...
...I'm sure the tub is a great place to get some reading (or writing) done. Much safer than just holding a book, right?
Just look at this little guy.
You can find more literary bookmarks here.
Note: if you’re having trouble finding ones you like on Amazon, check out this Etsy Page on Writer Mugs.
Also works for any good book lovers in your life.
This one is covered in great first lines from classic literature. Bring on the inspiration.
I love this one.
...and especially this one.
Coffee and Tea = Writers' Jet Fuel.
Without it, I don't know if there would be any books at all. So this is a nice, practical gift for writers who like to write away from Home.
Here's another one that’s slightly less “eye catching,” and just as practical.
Gifts for writers that are practical, but not overly expensive.
This box of exercises, creative games, and prompts will certainly get your writer... uh... writing.
I don't know how people live without one of these.
Most of my writing time is spent working on the couch, so this is a must when I'm at home.
Another option for a lap desk.
This one is much lighter, easier to move around, and far less cumbersome for people who like to fidget.
And this one is perfect for paperback readers, or people who write by hand.
What's a "bullet journal?"
Why are there no lines?
Why is every page covered in dots? Watch this.
This is an awesome way to get your note-taking to the next level.
Take this, the classic approach to note taking.
Bonus: it's hard not to look distinguished when you whip one of these out in public.
Speaking of looking distinguished...
There's a few different types you can get, but my favorite is Thorin’s Map from The Hobbit.
Nothing kept me more motivated to KEEP WRITING last year than this.
There's something about checking off the days that keeps you going. Calendars are great for writers who want to get more done, because it's a massive visual reminder of how close they are to their goal.
Monthly calendars also work, in general, for keeping yourself accountable to your writing.
Nothing makes you feel more like a professional writer...
...than holding a ridiculously nice set of fountain pens.
How can you not want this?
There's even a tissue-box version.
Technology will obviously be more expensive, but these are the tools that serious writers use every day to read, research, and write.
My personal favorite reading device. This is Amazon's flagship e-reader.
I honestly can't remember the last time I left home without this.
Technically, this is a step above the Paperwhite.
Lighter, longer battery life, and it comes with buttons for turning the page.
It's called the Pomodoro technique, and it's perfect for writing sprints (getting a ton of words in a few minutes).
Here's a video explanation:
To you, this may appear to be a simple kitchen timer...
...to me, it's how I track all of my writing and run word sprints on my own.
Combine this with a thoughtful note about how much you support them, and how you want to make sure they're getting time to write.
You can write almost anywhere with these.
Great option to see if they even like it
Seriously, this stuff is amazing for writers who NEED to tune out the noise.
Obviously, these ones are the best sound quality of the bunch.
Note: don't expect these to fully drown out all sound. It's mostly to cut down on the atmospheric disruptions. That said, I don't know how I could write without these...
Planning a novel? Scrivener is fantastic for first-time writers who need help organizing and understanding their structure.
There are separate version for both MacOS and Windows.
For the Science Fiction Writer in your life.
Disclaimer: I have no idea how this keyboard works... but I really want to find out. Come on, a laser keyboard?
A writer’s laptop is a sacred thing. For most of us, it’s how we do all of our writing.
So, this gift can be tricky. Some writers need to choose one on their own. Others have a simple list of specs they require. And still others will be happy with anything that works.
With that in mind, I've provided some laptops from a range of prices that will work beautifully for almost any writer.
My personal favorite. By far.
The Solid State Drive and decent processors let you boot up, get to your writing software quickly, AND browse the internet at crisp speeds... for research topics or reading writing blogs, of course.
It's definitely not powerful enough to play games (which is good for cutting down on distractions).
Chromebooks are the lowest cost option to get your writer started. I've used them a couple times, and while they won't be lightning fast... they're still much faster than laptops from 5+ years ago.
Note: needs to be connected to WiFi at all times to work properly.
For the person in your life who has to have a Mac. The specs are high quality, but so is the price.
It does look pretty slick though, and I don't know a single writer who would complain about getting one of these.
There's only one thing you can write about when you're hungry:
I don't know about many classic food-based heroes, so if you want to help your writer out - make sure they have the fuel to write something other than hunger.
Chocolate is delicious, thoughtful, and VERY hard to get wrong...
...unless you're cursed with chocolate allergies. In that case, why not try something else:
Full disclosure: my wine drinking is like taking a picky child to a fancy restaurant. I'll only try it if you promise me "it's really, really good."
So I'm going to default to this list of wines for writers.
Here's one that sounded interesting to me: Vini Viti Vinci “Le Rougeot” Pinot Noir
"It smells like peppered cranberries in dusty trenches, and it tastes like ripe raspberries and sour black cherries strolling hand in hand down a stony Parisian street..."
And that's what wine is all about, right? It's about the story behind the wine - so make up whatever you want, and us writers will probably buy it.
...which means, I only try it whenever someone tells me "it's really good." I a fish eats plankton.
Writers are an emotional bunch (I should know). This will help them refuel their passions.
True writer's fuel.
Here's a few options...
This is my caffeine of choice. I usually alternate between green, early grey, and black.
So this will satisfy most tea drinkers in some way.
Good for at least one laugh, and several dozen cups of hot goodness.
Got a picky person on your hands?
This list will give you a good story for the snack you chose for them (and probably appeal to their ego in some way). Win-win, right?
What is the fastest way to get better at writing?
Answer: Read. A lot.
Here's a few essential books for writers (that they might not buy for themselves):
You'll see this book on EVERY writing list.
This is the peak of guilt, and probably the most useful, realistic "how to get good at writing" book out there.
Writing should be expressive, cathartic, and above all else...
...writing should be fun.
Anne Lamott covers what it's like to be a writer, and how to enjoy the process.
Want to improve your basic communication skills?
This is the only book you need to read. It's surprisingly easy to get through, too.
This is a great book for ANY kind of writer:
The craft of writing attracts people who shy away from:
In any case, this is an empowering read for ALL introverts, not just writers.
This is a fantastic reminder for writers who want to answer, "Why do I write?"
These books serve best as a constant reference for writers.
I have several of these on my bookshelf, and return to them every time I feel stuck on a certain problem.
200+ writing exercises and prompts. Great for a writing dry spell.
What's that word for when you feel...?
A collection of essays and articles on how to write better dialogue. I refer back to this all the time when I'm not sure how to make my characters talk right.
Sort of like the 3 A.M. Epiphany, this book will teach you how to come up with new ideas, and DEVELOP them.
I love K. M. Weiland's writing guides, and this is the most thorough of all her guides. Her passion for character and character arcs bleeds through the writing.
You can also find it on Audible.
Stuck writing a scene?
This toolkit of cards, details, and "story resuscitation instructions," should help out.
Cocktail recipes for writers. Brilliant.
I’m sure this will be offensive to someone. I think that’s the point?
Anyway, I wasn’t sure where to put this, so it's filed as a reference book.
This is an incredibly easy gift to give...
...and for some reason, writers tend to overlook magazines. So I've collected a few that I love to read, or that I find helpful for writers.
OK, I’m a little biased, since I sometimes write for Writer’s Digest…
BUT, you will never go wrong with this magazine. Every writer will love it. It's absolutely stuffed with useful advice, interesting articles, and writing related accessories.
The old famous.
Many of today's most popular Science Fiction and Fantasy authors had their early stories published here.
This is great material for any aspiring author to read.
A classic magazine, The New Yorker is always good.
Probably not the best for younger readers and writers, but mature individuals should love it.
This one covers more fantasy than the others on this list.
They make it pretty easy to buy as a gift for your family/friends.
One of my favorite science fiction publications.
Similar to Asimov's. Can you tell I love Science Fiction?
Magical stories that suck you in. It's hard to label this one with a genre, but they definitely tilt towards contemporary/literary.
So your writer already has everything...
Or maybe the thing they're missing the most... is not a thing.
I love audible. I hate saying that I love one giant company's product, but audible has truly changed my reading life.
There are so many things you can do while listening to an audiobook, and this study showed that story retention is essentially identical to reading.
I have a few colleagues who swear by Kindle Unlimited.
Basically, it's a subscription to the Kindle library - including exclusives you can't from anywhere else.
This is a serious "You mean so much to me" gift.
It's going to mean the WORLD to any writer, because it shows immense support for their craft.
...it's also extremely expensive.
This post has a few to consider, including:
The Watering Hole Winter Retreat - ( McCormick, South Carolina, $299–$399)
Want to go WITH your writer on a vacation?
This cruise, brought to you by the famous Writing Excuses podcast, has plenty to do for writers and family/friends alike.
This one is a little smaller than a Writer's Retreat or Cruise. But still. This is a fantastic excuse to:
I still remember walking in to Barnes and Noble as a kid, and being told I could pick ANY book under $10.
Now they have an online store, there's almost no reason not to shop there again.
Intimate, self-paced online writing lessons from the greatest living authors of our time.
These classes are outstanding. Simply outstanding. I can't recommend these courses enough.
Where are you trying to get published?
Is your story "marketable?"
Get definite answers to these questions with subscriptions to DuoTrope or Writer's Market.
What will a gift card to Writer's Digest get you?
Numerous services, books, and opportunities abound on their website.
They are so much more than just a magazine these days.
Get your writer out of the house.
Find a writer's workshop near you, and check out the tickets.
This is one of the best ways to help them make writer friends, and kick their story up several notches.
Buy their book.
Tell them how much you loved it, and think about giving them a 5-star review on places like Amazon or Goodreads.
It doesn’t cost much… and it will mean the world to them.
That’s it for this massive list of Writer’s Gift Ideas. I hope I could at least spark some ideas for your Christmas, Holiday, or Birthday shopping list.
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