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Gift Ideas For The Writer In Your Life

By Pam Humphrey

Do you need a gift idea for the writer in your life?

Gift Ideas for the Writer In Your LIfe by Pam Humphrey

Do you have a writer in your house, your life, or on your street that you want to surprise with that perfect something?

I asked writers all over the interwebs what they wanted, and I received fabulous feedback. Here is a long list of ideas, broken down into categories: Time, Support, Tools, Space, and Goodies.

I hope you find the perfect gift for your writer somewhere in this list. I used the $, $$, and $$$ to represent the following budgets.

$ - up to $20

$$ - $20 - $100

$$$ - $100 and up

$$$$$$ - Make up a very, very large number

The next time you are buying for your writer, for any occasion—Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Arbor Day, Christmas or just because—keep this list in mind.

  • TIME – This was the most common answer. I’ll break down suggests by budget.

  • $$$$$$$ – These options may be out of your price range.

      • A year of solitude to write, meals provided. – Don’t laugh. More than one writer requested this.
      • A luxury yacht as a writing space. – Only one requested this.

$$$ – Want to splurge on your author? These are sure to please.

      • A garden shed, nicely decorated, with a lock on the door.
      • A few days away in a quiet space.
      • A night in a hotel (room service included).
      • A writer’s retreat (This was mentioned a lot) on the beach, in the Welsh countryside, or anywhere beautiful, inspiring.

NOTE: Recently, my husband was scheduled for two days of training in a different city. He asked if I wanted to accompany him. YES! We arranged for our kids to stay with grandparents, and while my husband spent the day in class, I wrote. After class, we had date night—two nights in a row! Be creative with the getaway.

$$ – For the cost of a dinner out, you can show love to an author with these great ideas.

      • Make arrangements for them to get a morning, afternoon, or full day away, either for writing or inspiration.
      • Deliver dinner or give gift cards to restaurants. If writers don’t have to cook, they have more time to write.

FREE – You don’t have to spend money to gift an author with time. These were some ideas I loved.

      • Coupons for quiet writing time that your writer can redeem when they want solitude in a room in the house.
      • Letting them disappear into a different room and lock the door (not for a year, just an hour or so.)

NOTE: One writer mentioned how her husband would fix dinner and clean up to give her time to write. LOVE THIS! And on Saturday mornings, he would keep her mug filled with hot coffee. That’s love and support… which brings us to the next category of gifts.

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  • SUPPORT – Want to make a writer cry? (Or feel the swell of emotion that leads to tears in others?) Show them support. Investing in what they are doing says that you value their talent.

$$$ – These are big ticket ways to support your writer.

      • Conference Registration – Pay to send them to a writer’s conference.
      • Money or gift certificates toward editing, cover designers, marketing.
      • Paying for (or saving up for) them to take a writing course or workshop – Want to surprise them, but don’t know how to find out what classes? Ask on of their online writing buddies.

$ or $$ – These ideas can be scaled to fit your budget.

      • Babysitting – Pay for a sitter. This is closely tied to time, but your writer will appreciate it however you frame it.
      • Gift Cards – For dinner, for housecleaning. This is worth mentioning again.

FREE – You don’t have to spend money to show your writer support.

      • Neck and Shoulder Massage – Absorbed in their words, writers sometimes sit until their muscles ache. Loosen those muscles with helpful hands.
      • Read Their Stuff – Writers spend hours crafting in hopes that people will read what they write. Read it and offer helpful feedback.
      • Motivation – Ask them about their story; show genuine interest.
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  • TOOLS – Every good craftsman needs tools.

$$$ – Some tools are more expensive than others.

      • A Computer or Laptop – There really isn’t much more to say about this. (And if you’re techy, you can offer SUPPORT when the writer needs tech help.)
      • Scrivener or other writing software.
      • Typewriter – More than one writer listed this.

$$ – Not all writers want the same thing, but there is likely something in this list that will put a smile on their face.

      • Chicago Manual of Style
      • Bluetooth Keyboard – With a smartphone or table, this makes anywhere a writing space.
      • Leather-bound Journals or Notebooks – Based on the response, I learned writers have a thing for notebooks.
      • A Visual Timer – Changes from green to yellow warning that little time is left, then to red when time is up.
      • Subscriptions to Writer Magazines

$ – Not all tools have to cost a lot.

      • Craft Books (Book on Writing) or Gift Cards for the writer to choose their own.

NOTE: These are a few that were mentioned by name:

  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron,
  • WriteMind Planner by Perry Elisabeth,
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne,
  • Nail Your Story: Add Tension, Build Emotion, and Keep Your Readers Addicted by Monica Leonelle,
  • The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story by C.S. Lakin,
  • Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing and Outstanding Story by K.M. Weiland,
  • Any (or all) of the Thesauruses by Angela Ackerman,
  • The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler,
  • The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel by Robert J Ray,
  • On Writing by Stephen King, and
  • Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day by Katharine Grubb.
  • Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day!
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      • Books with quotes
      • Books full of writing prompts
      • Journals and notebooks
      • Planners
      • Time Management Software or gadgets (Maybe like a timer?)

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      • Gift cards to Amazon, Office Depot, or Bookstores – seeing a pattern with the gift cards?
      • Pens and Pencils – Pens in an array of colors was mentioned by more than one writer.

NOTE: These brands were mentioned by name: Black Warrior Pencils; Pilot FriXion Ball Knock Retractable Gel Ink Pen (in assorted colors); Pentel Energel Pen.

      • Fountain Pens
      • Click-style Highlighters
      • Post-it Notes
      • Aquanotes Notepad – This allows a writer to jot down notes in the shower.
  • SPACE – Having a dedicated space to write is important for some writers, but wherever they write, some of these gift ideas might spruce up their space.

$$$ – Gifts that require a little more green.

      • Bookshelves – They need a place to put their craft books and the books they write. Besides, most writers are readers who like books.
      • An Office or Craft Room – A writing space decorated for maximum inspiration and productivity.
      • An Espresso Maker – For writers who turn coffee into words.
      • A Stand-up Desk
      • A Comfy Desk Chair

$$ – Gifts for their space that are a little easier on the pocketbook.

      • A Water Dispenser
      • A CD Player
      • Noise Cancelling Headphones

$ – A little money can go a long way.

      • A Cool, Colorful Cactus – Beauty and inspiration are great ideas for a writing space.
      • Motivational & Inspirational Artwork
      • A Fountain Pen Holder made of laser-etched wood.

FREE – Sometimes it really is the thought that counts.

      • Make a pen holder
      • Paint a rock to be a paper weight
  • GOODIES – Here are fun and inspirational gifts to inspire your writer, not divvied up by price.
      • T-shirts with cool writer sayings or other nerdy/geeky fun
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      • Mugs for Coffee or Tea
      • Writer Jewelry – It’s a thing.
      • Scented Candles – One writer specifically requested vanilla.
      • Herbal Teas
      • Bath Salts – This would be the stuff you put in the bathtub.
      • A Fidget cube
      • Author Finger Puppets
      • Literary Action Figures
      • Starbucks Gift Cards
      • A Pretty or nice-looking laptop bag
      • Wine
      • Scotch
      • Writer’s Tears Whiskey – It’s a real thing!
      • And did I mention CHOCOLATE?
      • A Basket loaded with a selection of goodies listed above.
      • My Favorite goodie was a Christmas ornament one husband gave his wife, an historical fantasy writer in Maryland. He made the ornament out of a miniaturized version of her debut book’s cover, with First Book and the date added.

Writers are not that hard to buy for. Leave them alone, keep their coffee mug filled and the interruptions minimal and you can make them happy.

But for that little something extra, this list is full of great ideas.

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Pamela Humphrey is the author of Researching Ramirez: On the Trail of the Jesus Ramirez Family, a family history of her great great grandfather’s family, and The Blue Rebozo, a fictional account of her great grand aunt’s life. Her latest book, Finding Claire, is a mix of mystery, genealogy, and romance. She is currently writing the next book in the Hill Country Secrets series. She is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who enjoys many creative outlets: sewing, paper-crafting, jewelry-making, practicing her bass guitar, reading, and conversing with imaginary characters (what most call writing). She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, sons, black cats, and leopard gecko. Check out Pamela’s website at http://www.phreypress.com 

Follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/phreypress  Facebook http://www.facebook.com/phreypress Interested in her books? They’re available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Humphrey/e/B018D5UKLWFinding Claire is also available from other eBook retailers. https://www.books2read.com/u/bP1LLY

Katharine Grubb is an author, poet, homeschooling mother, camping enthusiast, bread-baker, and believer in working in small increments of time. She leads 10 Minute Novelists, an international Facebook group of time-crunched writers. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.