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22 Holiday Gift Ideas for Writers

giftsforwritersIt’s time again for my annual list of holiday gifts for writers. From extravagant to simple, you’re sure to find something on this list for writer friends (or your own list for Santa!) I’ve linked some  gifts to their source; for others a quick search online will lead to multiple options. Okay? Let’s go . . .

Starting with extravagant:

homeworkspaceideasA personal domain name and gift certificate for web page design. A web page is one way authors display their work and connect with potential readers. If you know someone who isn’t tech savvy and really wants a web site, this is THE gift.

A writing retreat. A short stay at a B&B, cottage, or other getaway spot where your writer friend can have uninterrupted writing time. The poet Maya Angelou did this. She’d book a hotel room in the city where she lived just to get away from home and write.

A one-year membership in the writers group of his/her choice. Memberships in these groups are in the $60 to $100 range. A Christian fiction writer might prefer the ACFW. Children’s book authors will enjoy the SCBWI. There are other groups. It’s best to let your writer friend choose. If your person already belongs to a group, consider sending him or her to one of the group’s conferences, all expenses paid!

An office make-over. This is a “honey-do” gift! Treat your writer wife, hubby or significant other to the home office he or she has always wanted.

Now, on to some less expensive, practical ideas:

89A digital voice recorder. This gift is perfect for the author who gets brilliant ideas in the middle of the night or where writing them down isn’t convenient. Check out Omnicore for a list of the 15 best digital voice recorders in 2017.

“Nite Note Light Up Note Pad.” Maybe your writer friend prefers to write thoughts that come in the night. This inexpensive ($10) light-up note pad allows him or her to jot down notes in bed without turning on a light.

A gift certificate to Audible. Writers read! So, give them the gift of books. The Audible app makes listening to books easy.  The first month trial is free. After that it’s $14.95/month. You can cancel any time.

BLACK+DECKER Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug.” How about a single cup, compact coffee brewer for your writer’s home office? This affordable (under $20 on Amazon) machine brews a perfect 15-ounce cup and keeps it hot in an insulated, stainless steel mug.

A few jewelry gifts:

il_570xN.923171697_t9nxPersonalized book cover necklace. This is one of my favorites. Perfect for a published author. Have her book cover made into a pendant! Find it on Etsy for $30. And, while you’re on Etsy, search “gifts for writers and book lovers”.

Author pendant. Another Etsy find. This simple necklace just says “Author” on a lined paper background.

Watches for writers. Zazzle.com offers a nice selection of wristwatches for writers. Price range is around $50 and up.

Several reference books that writers will appreciate:

51EF+jaClOL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_The Writer’s Market 2018. This is the go-to guide for finding contact information for thousands of publishers along with submission requirements. If your person writes specifically for children, then get The Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018.

Guide to Literary Agents 2018. Securing a literary agent will help writers get the best book deal possible from a traditional publisher. Over 1000 agents are listed here with contact and submission information.

The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide. If you know a writer who wants to self-publish a book but doesn’t know how, this guide is the perfect gift. Another option is Amazon’s A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers: How to Print-on-Demand with CreateSpace & Make eBooks for Kindle & Other eReaders. I like this one because it includes formatting information.

Some fun stocking stuffers:

pencil_socks_packThe Coloring Book for Writers: An Inspirational Brainstorming Tool. (two volumes available). These combine coloring activities with prompts, inspirational quotes and activities to get creative juices flowing. ($8.95 on Amazon)

Pencil Socks. Aren’t these fun? From the Literary Gift Company. This UK company has a US version, so be sure to select it in the drop-down menu at the top of the page. And browse their other literary gifts. You’ll find tons of ideas!

“Writer” Vinyl Car Window Decal. This removable car window sticker tells passersby that an author is at the wheel. From RedNebulaStudios on Etsy.

T-Shirts for Writers. You’ll find a bunch on Amazon. Click on this link, or go to Amazon.com and search “writer tshirt”.

Random ideas:

coffeeSweats. There’s nothing better than throwing on a comfy pair of sweats before settling in to write.

A Coffee Gift Card. This can be as simple as a gift card for Starbucks (or your person’s favorite coffee shop), or a more expensive option–coffee to brew. One of my favorite coffee companies is Door County Coffee from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. They offer some scrumptious flavors. Watch for sales and free shipping.

This One Costs Nothing! Offer your services as an office assistant. Do printing, organizing, cleaning, or whatever else your person needs to free their time for writing.

And, finally, this:

Every author needs a cat nestled on the lap or near the keyboard, or a dog sleeping at his or her feet. Adopt one from your local animal shelter!

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Now, get going and have fun shopping!

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A Writer’s Wish List for When Your Spouse Says, “Honey, What Do You Want for Christmas?”

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When your spouse, or significant other, asks, “Honey, what do you want for Christmas?” here are some suggestions.

A Writer’s Retreat
Writers’ retreats can be as extreme as a cruise or as simple as a few days at an Airbnb.

A Writer’s Conference, Seminar, or Class
If you Google conferences, seminars, or writing courses for 2017, you’ll find many to choose from.

awm_primarylogo_195x195A Literary Trip
Travel to the setting of your favorite novel, or the setting of your work-in progress. Visit literary landmarks throughout the USA. Be one of the first to visit the American Writers Museum, opening in Chicago in 2017.

Take a virtual tour online.

A New Laptop Computer
A laptop allows you to take your work with you wherever you go. If you already have one, then add to your gift list a carrying case or sleeve.

Professional Feedback
How about a consult with a literary agent, or hiring an editor to help with your work-in-progress?

postcards-002Business Cards and Other Promotional Items
Vistaprint makes it easy to design your own business cards, and it’s affordable! Use their designs, or your own. Add a calendar, tip table, or other information on the back side. Check out other options like their marketing materials for book signings, etc. Along with competitive pricing, Vistaprint ships fast.

New Software
Is your software old? Add an upgrade to your gift list. Or ask for new software to make your writing tasks easier.

Noise-cancelling headphones
If you want to shut out distracting sounds, get some noise-cancelling headphones. You can listen to music while you write, or write in silence. Check out ten recommendations.

Your Own Website
Ask your honey for the gift of a professionally designed web site. Every author needs one!

office-makeover-reveal-4Home Office Makeover
Start the new year by giving your home office a fresh look. Some paint, new carpeting, bookshelves, maybe a new desk . . . put these on the “honey-do” list, or hire a professional.

Take a look at this makeover from “Love Grows Wild.”

A Writer’s Shed
Every writer wants one of these. A quick search on the Internet will provide you with plenty of options from plans to prefab. And don’t forget about big box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Garden sheds are easily converted to outdoor office spaces.

Cleaning Service
A cleaning service takes a big item off your weekly to-do list and frees up more time for writing. Angie’s List offers tips on finding a reputable cleaning service near you.

A Virtual Assistant
This won’t cost your honey a dime—if he or she is willing to to do your grunt work: printing, mailing, schlepping to the store for supplies and other tasks that whittle away your writing time.

Peace and Quiet
Ask your honey for peace and quiet. Have him or her take the kids out, once a week, so you can have a few hours of uninterrupted writing time. BONUS: Your kids will love spending fun time with one parent while the other writes.

11388026183_18186c3f74_o-copyDon’t forget coffee and chocolate!
A coffee gift card is always a good gift for writers. Or how about one of those fancy coffee makers so you can have espresso or lattes at home? And chocolate—ask your honey to fill your Christmas stocking with chocolate to snack on while you write.

How to drop a big hint to your honey: Vistaprint has blank gift certificates starting at $2.79/10. Order today. Then print out this list and leave it along with the gift certificates where your honey will find them. What happens next—is a surprise.

Good luck!

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