10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Readers and Writers

Welcome to Amazing Words Wednesday, the day we enter the labyrinth of language and see what we can discover. Today we’re discovering gift ideas for those of us who love language.

Last year at this time, I shared a series of posts with gift suggestions for the grammar geek, the word lover, the book reader, and the writer. Many of those options are still available, and today I’m adding more ideas to your holiday shopping list for the reader or writer in your life.

To find any of these products, simply click on the image and you’ll be sent to a new page where you can purchase the item.

Punctuation Bookends. It was love at first sight when I saw these at my local Barnes & Noble. They are available online as well. Who couldn’t use a set of bookends? And if you’re going to get some, they might as well be fun.

Punctuation bookends

A Book Cover T-shirt. Sometimes you love a book so much, you want to dive into its pages. Or maybe wear it to show your support. So how about a t-shirt? My favorite source would be Out of Print, a shop with products that “feature iconic and often out of print book covers.” Check out a few of their offerings.

Dracula t-shirt

Don Quixote t-shirt

Goodnight Moon onesie

Writer’s Digest Subscription. Writer’s Digest magazine is published monthly and provides inspiration, craft instruction, business advice, and more for writers at every stage. Writer’s Digest also hosts conferences, competitions, and classes–all of which are advertised in the magazine. It’s easy to gift a subscription.

Writer's Digest Cover

The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time. This book is on my own wish list. Authors Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Hersen traveled around the United States looking for typos. They found 437 of them and were able to correct more than half. This is the true story of the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL) in action, armed with Sharpies, Wite-Out, pens, crayons, and more and determined to write wrongs to the English language.

The Great Typo Hunt book cover

Highlighters–a lot of them. Highlighters are perfect for marking memorable passages in what you’re reading or for noting areas to edit in your writing. Used often, you can burn through the single or double packs in no time. Instead, grab a 24-pack of colored highlighters so that your reader or writers has options and won’t run out of the color they want or need.

Sharpie Accent Highlighters - 24 pack, colored

Book Cover Wine Charms. Plenty of people enjoy a book and a glass of wine together. So why not combine them in glass stem charms? You can even customize the charms with your favorite book covers.

Book cover wine charms

Grammar Grumble Mugs. Thanks to Rachel Funk Heller who pointed these out from the Literary Gift Company. These mugs humorously clarify some grammar usage mishaps. My favorite? “Less milk and fewer sugar lumps.” Why? Because it’s a rule that almost no one seems to know these days, but if you can count something, it’s “fewer”–not “less.”

Grammar Grumble Mugs

Gift Card to an Indie Bookstore. Don’t believe for a moment that indie bookstores are dead or dying. Yes, some have fallen by the wayside, but plenty are still thriving and providing that personal touch of knowledgeable recommendations, author signings, and book-related events. They are still a fabulous place to shop. Find your local indie bookstore, pop in, and grab a gift card. Or some independent bookstores sell gift cards online, like Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Texas.

Gift card from Blue Willow Bookshop
Gift card from Blue Willow Bookshop

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. This reference book is a goldmine for writers who want to show what a character is feeling–without telling the reader she’s sad or he’s anxious, etc. For a range of emotions, authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi give the physical signals, internal sensations, mental responses, and other cues associated with each. The book is organized by emotion, and thus easy to search and pull useful information.

Emotion Thesaurus book cover

E-reader. Honestly, if it’s been a while or if your gift recipient hasn’t expanded to include ebooks to their reading list, maybe it’s time for an upgrade or a new experience. E-readers have gotten better and cheaper. The four main reading devices include Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iPad. Here are some options.

Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite
Nook Simple Touch
Nook Simple Touch
Kobo Mini
Kobo Mini

What’s on your wish list this year? Do you have readers or writers to buy for this holiday season? What gift suggestions do you have?

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15 thoughts on “10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Readers and Writers

  1. How about a new laptop…just kidding, mine just ate my comment so l have to retype it. l love all these ideas, My friend and excoworker Keith painted the cover for my first book in 1999 and gave me a t shirt with the cover on it when the book came out back in 1999. He passed away in Jan. of this year, miss you, Keith.
    l’m done with almost all of my shopping, but if any of my friends are reading…hint, hint…
    l like to give [and get] Amazon gift cards.

  2. I absolutely love those coffee cups!! And as a writer, I could also use a life supply of sticky notes. Plus, I just realized my subscription to Writer’s Digest must have expired… 😦

  3. I like those t shirts. Another place for readers and writers is Levenger (www.levenger.com). Although a bit pricey I love browsing their catalogs and have bought a couple things from them in the past. Whenever I go to Monterey I like to check out Book Buyers (www.bookbuyers.com) for used or or out of print books. As an aside, I am enjoying the rain here in Modesto, CA.

  4. I recall one of your lists from last year, and this one’s great too. I need to pass the link onto my hubby 🙂 I don’t actually have any writer friends off-line. X

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