Have a writer on your Christmas gift list? Think he or she is hard to shop for? Never Fear! We’ve put together a fabulous resource of Christmas gifts every writer will love. No doubt the writer you know loves to read. They’ve probably read many of the classics already, and have bookshelves and a Kindle full of books.
So, what does every writer really want? Inspiration…and a little help with writer’s block. Thankfully, there are gifts for both of these writer must-haves. Let’s take a look at the best presents you could buy for the writer in your life.
Everyone appreciates a classic Do It Yourself gift. If you’re a bit crafty and can dedicate some time and resources to these unique Christmas gifts, then go ahead and make them!
Here are a few DIY gifts that writers will love: Writer’s Survival Basket.
Writer’s Survival Basket
Writing can be hard work: acknowledge this fact and put together a survival basket for the writer on your Christmas gift list. Include caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea, sweet and salty treats such as chocolate and pretzels (they go even better together!) journals, pads of paper, high quality pens and/or pencils, envelopes, stamps, and some type of comic relief such as a funny movie or book to help distract them when the going gets tough.
Breaking Writer’s Block Basket
At some point, all writers experience writer’s block: they simply can’t figure out what comes next in the story, article, or book they’re writing. Consider putting together a themed basket to jumpstart their minds back into the realm of creativity and imagination. Include a work of imagination, such as Alice in Wonderland, a pass to a local park so the writer can leave the stress behind and unwind, a doodle pad, high-quality pens and/or pencils. Also, you can present some small games or puzzles to activate and destress the mind while allowing creativity back in.
Homage to an Inspirational Writer
All writers have their favourite writers. How well do you know your writer friend? For this Christmas gift consider collecting some fabulous themed gifts revolving around your friend or family member’s favourite writer. Research movies adapted from the writer’s works, famous quotations appearing on mugs, pillows, and/or blankets, and artwork and/or jewellery influenced by the writer.
Outofprint Clothing offers a wide array of t-shirts and other gift items with artwork from many influential and beloved literary works.
If the writer’s work recently received good reviews, clip the review and find (or make) a unique frame. Taking the time to celebrate the writer’s achievements is the best present you could give him or her this holiday season.
Unique Christmas Gifts
Writers possess really unique minds out there; therefore, they deserve the most unique gifts you can find! Stuck on what kind of gifts writers would love? No problem — we’ve got you covered.
Here are some unique gift ideas for the writers in your life:
This great set of boxed cards encourages writers to create stories based on the selected words. It exists as an excellent exercise in creativity and can help writers overcome the dreaded obstacle of writer’s block.
These beauties are a favourite notebook the world over of jotting down story ideas. Writers never know when inspiration will hit, so consider buying a small, medium, and large size notebook — one to keep in the car, one to travel with, and one to keep in the apartment or house.
What writer wouldn’t love receiving words for a Christmas gift! With many themed packets available, you’re sure to find something the writer in your life with love. Magnetic poetry can come themed in everything from Edgar Allen Poe to naughty adult sets! These also make great stocking stuffers.
This book offers unique cocktails with a literary twist! Every writer is sure to gravitate toward several of the delicious recipes contained within this clever recipe book. Pair it with a few of the necessary ingredients and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind gift perfect for the holidays.
Reclaimed Typewriter Items
Although few writers prefer typewriters today, many beautiful items including cufflinks, bracelets, earrings, tie tacks, pens, and home décor have been reclaimed from vintage typewriters and crafted into unique Christmas gifts.
Writers love reading about writing. Sometimes the best presents a writer can receive are books about writing written by other writers. Such books provide insight inside a sometimes difficult craft. There are as many books on writing as types of writing.
Here are several excellent Christmas gifts for writers by writers:
- On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
This best-seller shares a master writer’s insight into the “…experiences, habits, and convictions…” that shaped Mr. King into the writer he is today.
- Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity edited by Ray Bradbury
The expanded third edition of this favourite book offers a collection of nine insightful essays every writer will enjoy exploring and rereading.
- Words are My Matter by Ursula K. LeGuin
A poignant author for decades, LeGuin has shaped the literary world as we know it. This book offers something for everyone. It collects LeGuin’s talks, essays, reviews and more and allows this literary giant the platform to review writing and the need for it in today’s rapidly evolving society.
- The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling by Annette Simmons and Doug Lipman
What is writing but telling a good story? This non-fiction work focuses on the power of storytelling. It provides recent as well as mythological references to the power storytelling holds over an audience.
Remember: the best presents are uniquely wrapped! Considering finding unique holiday wrapping paper. A quick search for themed wrapping paper will yield whatever you’d like: wrapping paper with books, typewriters, even some literary giants, such as Shakespeare or Poe or famous literary quotes should do just the trick. If all else fails and you need a quick, unique Christmas gift for a writer invest in some good coffee, good writing instruments, and a can of air to blast the dust accumulating between the keyboard’s letters.
Fill a stocking, put a gift tag on, and place it under the tree — it’s sure to be one of the best presents the writer receives all year.