Have a writer in your life? Never fear, I’ve rounded up a list of some of the best gifts for writers.
Readers and writers can be a strange, awkward bunch, with particular tastes when it comes to, well, all things reading and writing. But, and this is a big but, this doesn’t mean you should be intimidated when a gift-giving opportunity arises. We’re really not that scary. Well, most of us, that is. Read on for some great ideas of gifts for writers:
Whether you’re a business shopping for your freelance writers (hint-hint), a fellow writer looking to treat yourself, or a friend or family member unsure what to get the writer in your life, I’ve got you covered. Included are ideas for any and every budget, so you can go as frugal or as extravagant as you’d like — it’s the thought that counts (and I’m sure the writer in your life will be tickled to receive something related to their passion)!
Fancy, expensive pens make great gifts for writers, but I just want something that feels good in my hand and gets the job done. PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pens are smooth, and glide effortlessly over paper. One can never have too many pens, especially when you’ve got notebooks and note cards stashed everywhere, on the off-chance that inspiration strikes.
Aqua Notes, $8
Aqua what? You know those notebooks stashed everywhere? Well, Aqua Notes allow writers to jot thoughts down in the shower, a place I’ve hatched a brilliant idea or two. If you’ve served in the military, then this concept won’t be anything new for you; Aqua Notes are basically the same paper used in tactical notebooks, with the ability to mount in the shower. If you’re buying for a travel or nature writer, or someone who likes to write on the go or out in nature, consider buying them a tactical notebook instead. This way their notes aren’t ruined if an errant coffee should spill on them, or they get caught in a downpour while writing on the trail.
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Writing Gloves, $6-$26
A few years ago I would have scoffed at the idea of writing gloves, and then I moved into a drafty old farmhouse and broke my wrist (not at the same time). If you don’t have a standing desk (it’s on my own list), writing for hours at rest makes for chilly extremities; I also wear a shawl in the winter, and have even been known to wear a hat. My writing gloves and shawl were a couple of the best gifts I received last year, and they are used well and often throughout the cold months.
I actually own three pairs of writing gloves — two black wool and a lightweight pair of Anne of Green Gables gloves from Storiarts (I have the matching scarf — as well as a Pride and Prejudice one — I’m obsessed!).
Vintage Typewriter, $10-$2,000
I’ve created an wonderful writing atmosphere in my office, and a vintage typewriter would be a fun decorative piece to have. If you scour thrift stores, vintage/antique stores and even eBay, you can find a beautiful old typewriter with a ton of character. I remember the days when thrift stores couldn’t give them away, but now they’re en vogue.
Essential Oil Diffuser, $25+
I use essential oils everywhere in my home, and especially like to diffuse citrus oils in my office to energize and perk me up while I’m working. I personally recommend PureSpa diffusers (I own 3 of them), but there are plenty of other great diffusers available on the market. If you’re not sure whether your recipient is into diffusing oils, no problem. Gift a bottle of essential oil mist for your friend to spritz in their office area whenever they need a boost. I used Aura Cacia Essential Solutions Mist in Pep Talk (a citrus blend) before I invested in a diffuser.
The Synonym Finder, $16
Every writer needs a little help sometimes, why not get the writer in your life a resource book to keep handy on his desk? Much faster than thumbing through a thesaurus, The Synonym Finder is the gift that keeps on giving!
Passion Planner, $30
I’m old-fashioned, so I like to write everything down. My planner is my catch-all, and instead of having a separate planner for work and personal, I use the Passion Planner. Heavy paper stock, columns for both personal and work to-dos, and if you’re really ambitious, you can fill out the weekly and monthly personal goal worksheets.
Standing Desk, $249-$2,200
This is actually on my own list, and I can’t wait to add an automated standing desk to my office. I like the option to either sit or stand when I’m writing for hours, and having an electronic control makes it much easier to adjust. Standing desks can run $1,500 or higher, but Autonomous released the SmartDesk, making standing while you work much more affordable! The additional accessories, including a cord management system, both wireless and USB chargers, and speaker are what sealed the deal for me. And, if you use my referral link, you can save $25 off of your order.
When I write creative nonfiction, I like to be able to devote myself to writing, sans distraction. Pair that with a mentor, editor or critique partner, a dose of nature for inspiration, and you have yourself a writing retreat. A hotel room for a weekend would suffice, maybe a B&B or a cabin. Formal writing retreats are located almost anywhere you can imagine, so you can choose somewhere your budget allows. I plan to do a retreat within the next few years with the Arvon Foundation, because the book I’m penning takes place in the U.K. (and I plan to spend an additional week visiting my childhood haunts). Or how about this farmhouse in the Swiss Alps — if you don’t mind caring for goats and checking in Airbnb guests, your stay could be generously discounted or free!