Do you know someone who is a writer? Whether they are published or not? Are you stumped trying to figure out something to get them on those gift-giving occasions such as birthdays or Christmas? As someone who fancies herself a writer, I’ve put together a list of 10 gifts that I think the writer in your life would appreciate. Or at least I know I’d appreciate them, so if you’re family or friends and are wondering what to get me for Christmas, take a gander at some of the items on this list. i can promise you that I would LOVE any one of them. (Hint, hint, hint)
Let’s take a look at these items in a bit more depth, shall we?
- 5 Year Diary – from the MOMA store. Most mornings you can find me scribbling out 3-5 pages in my writer’s notebook, but I like that space to really be about the deeper, perhaps more profound, thoughts that inhabit my head. However, I find that I need to the happenings of the previous day out of my head before I can get down to the business of my morning pages. I’ve been keeping what I call a “Some Lines” journal, but it would be great to have a defined space for those few lines about the previous day. And it would be great to be able to look back on a particular day, year after year.
- Lap Desk – from Best Buy. It doesn’t have to be this particular lap desk – any one will do. I never thought I’d be one to want a lap desk, but I do. I was at a hotel this fall where the room was equipped with a lap desk, and it was revolutionary for me. Occasionally it’s difficult for as I’m writing – my wrists get fatigued, I can’t find a good position to write in. A lap desk solves all of that quite nicely.
- Moleskine Classic Notebook – from Moleskine. I have been a fan of Moleskine notebooks for a really long time. They just work for me. I love the versatility of them. I am pretty adamant that my own personal Moleskines need to be unlined. I manage to go through one notebook every two months or so, so for me – a year’s supply would be 6 notebooks. An awesome gift. But I would be happy with just one 😉
- Mighty Purse – from Mighty Purse. Vicky at Random Little Faves did a review of this purse, and I’ve wanted one ever since. I do a lot on my phone – from reading blogs, to drafting blog posts, to taking photos, to keeping track of my life, to creativity boosting apps that I use for writing ideas. As you can imagine, that does a number on my battery life. This little purse would handle that problem quite nicely.
- QODE Portable Keyboard Case – from Belkin. I recently got a Kindle Fire HDX, and while the Kindle is quite nice, I’d love to be able to type quickly on it. a case with a keyboard would allow that to happen easily.
- Urban London Cab Black Fountain Pen – from Parker. I am particular about my pens (the only ones I use in my Writer’s Notebook are Pilot G2, Blue, Extra Fine point), and I have enjoyed fountain pens. I’d love a good, entry level pen…and I’m sure your writer would be intrigued by one was well.
- Refillable Leather Journal – from Orvis. Moleskines are great. It would be awesome to have something more permanent than a journal that gets replaced every couple of months.
- Noise Canceling Headphones – from No More Rack. There are a lot of distractions when you’re trying to write. i like to use the Serenity app to provide background noise while I am writing, but even then it i can be difficult to concentrate. They don’t have to be Beats…any good ones will due.
- Spa Robe – from Overstock. Again – never thought I’d be a robe person, but again, stayed at a hotel with an incredibly plush robe and was tempted to take it with me. There are mornings when I would stay in my jammies…or my robe…all day long, writing and reading.
- Weekender Bag – from Ebags. Wouldn’t it be lovely to send your writer on a writing retreat? With a new bag to hold his/her stuff?
Now, if none of these things sound like they would be good for your writer, there are always lots of other options – like gift cards for their favorite bookseller (big box, online or independent – doesn’t much matter) or perhaps some great coffee or tea that he or she might not ever buy for herself. Or you could send her to the city (whatever is local to you) for an afternoon of writing. Time is a great gift for writers. Subscriptions to literary magazines like Kindred or Mabel, depending on your writer’s inclinations might be great. Another idea might be a subscription for Scrivner.
Let me know if any of these work for you…or if you’re a writer, what you’d like to see wrapped up in pretty paper and ribbons for you!