Oh, holiday season, how I love thee.
Except for a few things coming by mail – and whatever little trinkets catch my fancy between now and Christmas (you know – for those relatives it’s just aggravatingly difficult to shop for – I am
going to be an excellent feeling.
If you’re not finished with your holiday shopping yet and have a writer (or editor or reader!) on your list, consider any of these holiday gifts for writers.
1. Good old-fashioned paper and pens. Many writers still like to write. Journals, notebooks, pens with smooth-flowing ink – ah, our weaknesses.
2. A coffee pot. Maybe even go all out and get a fancy-shmancy Keurig or even a cappuccino, latte, or mocha machine.
3. A wine rack, wine refrigerator, or just a bunch of wine. (So what if it’s stereotypical? I can say it because I’m a wine-drinking writer.)
4. A pre-paid VISA or MasterCard to help them cover the cost of writing contest entry fees.
5. A laptop. Or, laptop accessories like a laptop stand, lapdesk, or a laptop case.
6. Novelty items like feather quills and wax seals. FUN. (Don’t forget the ink pots!)
7. A nice stationary set. I know it’s not green, especially in this day and age of e-mail, instant messaging, and text messages, but I’m a writer who likes to write and send by post office actual letters. Perhaps your writer does, too.
8. Unique bookends.
9. An e-reader or tablet with e-reader capabilities.
10. A membership to a professional writers organization, like the National Writers Association, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, or the National Writers Union. (If none of these sound like YOUR writer, check out this directory of writers associations.)
11. Books for writers. Consider the latest edition of the Writer’s Market or maybe a book geared more toward your writer’s particular kind of writing, such as guides for writing romance, crime, or science fiction. You can find a wide selection over at Gotham’s Writer’s Bookshelf.
13. A domain. I wholeheartedly believe that, eventually, every writer needs his or her own domain. Note that you might not be able to purchase this gift in secret (because your writer will probably want some say in deciding the name!).
14. Website hosting. Pay for a year’s worth of website hosting for your writer’s blog or website.
15. Web design. Lots of Web designers offer packages (especially those that work with WordPress) so you can pick a package that works with your budget and still gives your writer a kick-ass website.
16. A webcam. Sometimes freelance writers need to video conference with their clients, or fellow writers and editors working on a particular project.
17. A video camera, or a camera with video capabilities. This is great for writers who don’t need webcams, but who do want to get into video blogging or making videos as part of a content marketing plan. These don’t have to be expensive to produce good quality videos; my first camera with video capabilities was a little over $100, and that was $&#^$% years ago. So, things’ve improved.
18. A writing course or webinar. Whether it’s at a local college or university, or associated with writing organizations like Gotham or Writer’s Digest, a writing course that teaches or sharpens skills is a great gift idea.
19. A biography (or autobiography) of your writer’s favorite writer. Because some famous names have so many of these out there, be sure to spend a little time reading reader reviews.
20. Ergonomic item like a keyboard, mouse, or computer chair make great writer gifts.
21. A massage. Writing is tense business. Grab a salon gift certificate for a massage, or even a combo package that includes other treats like facials, manicures, pedicures.
22. A bookmark. Hey, bookmarks can be really nice. Currently, I’m using a free ASPCA one that I’ve been dragging around for, like, two years. Find a unique one that touches on your writer’s or reader’s tastes.
23. Personalized items. Shop with a store that allows you to create your own products (such as Zazzle) and choose an item like a mug or mousepad with a quote from your writer’s favorite writer, or a quote about writers in general that relates to your writer.
24. A ticket to a writing retreat or a speaking engagement with your writer’s favorite author.
25. Solitude. The only free gift on the entire list, but for some writers, probably the most valuable. Create a book of babysitting vouchers and let your writer cash in when he or she needs some uninterrupted time free of all responsibility – except for writing, of course.
Now, how about you? Have you already shopped for the writer in your life? What’d you get? If YOU’RE the writer, what are your ideal writing gifts?