10 More Christmas Gifts for Writers

10 More Christmas Gifts for WritersI have fun doing this every year — coming up with gift ideas for us writers. Because in some ways, we’re easy for shop for. After all, writing and office supplies can make us nearly giddy. One of my favorite gifts last year was a ream of printer paper from a friend. On the other hand, we’re creative types who also enjoy the extra effort at times when we receive something particularly fun for a writer.

I’ve had several posts in the past with gift ideas, but let me add 10 more ideas for the 2015 holiday season. (Click on links or photos below for specific product information.)

 

1. Literary Paper Dolls. I remember making paper dolls as a young girl, but I don’t remember getting to make Edgar Allen Poe. How sweet is that!

2. Chapter One/The End Earrings. I love literary-themed jewelry, and these earrings caught my eye. And you can find about a million other earrings for book lovers all over Etsy.

Book Lover Earrings 12mm Chapter One The End Antique Copper Dangle Earrings - Reader Literary Earrings - Librarian Gift Teacher Writer Gift

3. Novel Teas. Not every writer drinks coffee exclusively; many of us enjoy a cup of tea. Novel Teas have a literary quote with each tea bag. You can also find many book-themed teas in the fandom section of Adagio Teas, like these Banned Books Blends.

Novel Teas contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.

4. Aqua Notes. I often come up with great ideas for my book when I’m in the shower. Which is frustrating. But hey, if I had these Aqua Notes, I could simply jot it down right there in the moment — never losing another brilliant idea to soap and spray.

5. Book-themed coasters. Out of Print Clothing is a fun place to shop, with lots of book-themed stuff, including drink coasters. Here’s one of my favorite options, for the sci-fi writer or reader.

Sci Fi Coasters

6. Writing Course Gift Certificate. You’d likely have to make the certificate yourself, but offer to pay for an online class. There are some great, inexpensive courses for writers through various sites, like Romance Writers of America­­® Chapters, Holly Lisle, and Lawson Writer’s Academy — where I’ll be teaching a young adult course next spring.

birthday gift certificate template

7. Bookmark. But not your average bookmark. Etsy has some marvelous options, like mermaid-shaped bookmarks to keep your place. (I think of fellow writer Diana Beebe every time I see this.)

Metal Mermaid Bookmark with Charms

8. Shakespearean Insult Bandages. Someone bought me these a few years ago, and I adore them. No one knew how to deliver a proper scathing insult quite like The Bard. (Check out the other products too at this great website, Gone Reading.)

William Shakespeare Insult Bandages

9. Ebook Stand. This is on my Christmas list. I don’t have one of those cases that becomes its own stand, but I like reading at the table while I’m eating or whatever. You can get a stand that works for mobile devices:

Rolodex™, Adjustable Mobile Device Mesh Stand, Black, Each (1866297)

Or one that can be used for print books as well:

Bookgem Book Holder - iPad Stand, Kindle, Tablet, & eBook Holder

10. Extra laptop supplies. I take my laptop everywhere, and having packed and repacked my laptop case a number of times, I can honestly say it’s far more convenient to have extra supplies stashed in your case so you don’t have to carry them back and forth. Grab a mini-mouse, an extra mouse pad, or a power cord specific to your writer’s laptop to make packing up and working elsewhere more convenient.

Logitech - Mini Wireless Optical Mouse - Black - Larger Front

Poppin Mouse Pad

And here are my previous years’ posts with gift ideas:

10 Holiday Gifts for Readers and Writers

Gifts for the Grammar Geek

Gifts for the Word Lover

Gifts for the Book Reader

Gifts for the Writer

10 Gifts for the Bookish and Writerly

Happy holiday shopping! Hope you can find the perfect gift for the writer in your life — even if that writer is you!

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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?

Gifts for the Writer

In preparation for Christmas–or whatever holiday you’re celebrating this season–I’ve been providing gift ideas for language lovers here on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday. Thus far, we’ve had:

Gifts for the Grammar Geek

Gifts for the Word Lover

Gifts for the Book Reader

And now we conclude with gifts for the Writer on your list. (Click on any image below to find a link where you can purchase.)

Writing Craft Books. Writers can’t rest on the knowledge they have at this moment. We need to keep learning and growing. Writing craft books are a great resource for personal and professional growth. Jody Hedlund has compiled an extensive list of books for writers you can consult. I’d currently recommend Wired for Story by Lisa Cron and The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell. Both would make good gift books as they are manageable reads with substance.

Scrivener. Scrivener is word processing software designed especially for writers and produced by Literature & Latte. Scrivener makes it easy to plot, research, structure, write, and compile your novel all in one place. It’s available for both Windows and Mac Users, at $40 and $45 respectively. While you’re at it, check out Gwen Hernandez’s Scrivener for Dummies book or purchase an online Scrivener four week-class ($40) to make sure the Writer knows how to use all of those fabulous features.

Coffee shop and restaurant gift cards. Quite a few novels have been completed in cafés with the assistance of copious amounts of caffeine. Thus, a Starbucks gift card is typically a welcome gift, or find out which coffee shop the Writer in your life enjoys. (While I love Starbucks, the best place to drink, snack, and work in my neighborhood is Dunn Bros.) I also have go-to restaurants with WiFi connections where I’ve gotten some writing done, like Café Express and Panera Bread.

Laptop pad. If the Writer has a laptop, odds are that they could use a laptop pad. The best ones have some cushion and a cooling element to keep the computer from heating up your thighs. This is the one I own from Belkin, and I’d give it a thumbs-up. You can find them at your local office supply store (e.g., Office Depot, Staples) or electronics store (e.g., Best Buy, Fry’s).

Desk cup holder. I used to scrapbook, and one of the items that I continue to use to this day is my Creative Memories Sidekick drink holder. It is awesome to have my drink so handy while writing, but not where it could potentially spill onto the keyboard. Creative Memories does not have this holder on their website, so here are a couple of other options with the Scrap-Ma-Bob and Drinklip Portable Cupholder.

Digital Voice Recorder. Sometimes you have a great idea, a wonderful line of dialogue, or a whole scene pop into your head but you cannot get to your laptop or paper. How about a digital voice recorder? Some writers may do well to speak aloud into a recorder to capture words for their book. Recorders run anywhere from $20 to $150. Here’s a model for $30 that offers 536 hours of recording time, which I assume is more than your SmartPhone has.

USB Flash Drive. Novelty flash drives have been popping up, but some of my favorites are genre-based. Check out this awesome flash drive from Will Rockwell (he has several others) for the steampunk writer. (Or see the one EK Duncan made for herself. If you’re crafty . . .)

Or for the crime/mystery/horror/thriller writer, here’s a clue from a crime scene.

Romance authors might enjoy something like this.

Time. Honestly, the one thing I hear writers wanting more of, and not getting, is time. We struggle to squeeze writing and editing into our daily schedule, and one of the best gifts a loved one could give is helping us get time to write. Perhaps that involves booking a babysitter or offering to keep their kids for a day, giving a writer a night or weekend stay at a local hotel (room service included), or simply shutting the door to their writing room and delivering meals and attagirls or attaboys throughout the day.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten as a writer? What great gifts for writers have you seen?