10 Gifts for the Bookish and the Writerly

Christmas is creeping up on us! Here in the United States, many begin browsing or purchasing holiday gifts soon after they devour the Thanksgiving turkey and pies. As for myself, I stay home on “Black Friday,” happy to avoid the crowds and the madness. In fact, I do much of my holiday shopping online.

So once again, I have combed the Internet looking for gift ideas for the bookish and the writerly on your present list. If you’re wondering what to buy for someone who fits that bill, or if you’re putting together your own wish list for family and friends, check out some of these fabulous and fun gifts!

Book Dishware. When you love books, you just can’t get enough of them — or even the reminder of them. So why not eat off book-shaped plates and platters? Gone Reading offers a variety of crisp white dinnerware for the book lover in your life.

Book shaped dinnerware

My favorite? The cup and saucer. Perfect for a lazy afternoon of reading and sipping tea.

Tea Cup & Saucer

BabyLit Books. Despite their title, I believe these books are for ages 0 to 99. BabyLit board books teach early learning concepts such as counting, language, and opposites through the use of classic literature references.

Baby Lit Books


For instance, Alice in Wonderland teaches colors like this:

Baby Lit Inside

 ~ ♥ ♥ ♥ ~

Book Mark Pads. Is it just me, or do others constantly lose their bookmarks? I’m forever hunting around for a bookmark, even though I know I must have several around here somewhere. How about a whole pad of bookmarks? With 25 sheets to a pad, it’s okay to lose one; just get another.

Book Mark Pads

Phone Skin. After using Android cell phones for years, I finally got an iPhone this past fall. And soon after, I started shopping for covers. Decal Girl had many choices, such as these:

iPhone cases

Or you could grab a book cover case from Out of Print Clothing:

Book Cover phone cases

Themed Jewelry. Your book lover or writer might want to wear their passion, in the form of jewelry. I suggest heading to Etsy.com and running a search for handmade jewelry that fits your recipient’s interest and taste. But here’s a lovely necklace I found from ALikelyStory, for the writer in your life:

Wordsmith necklace with pen pendant

Mouse Pad. Zazzle.com has a veritable plethora of book-themed mouse pads, with everything from quotes to reading scenes to add-your-own-book-cover. Here’s a sample:

Mouse Pads

If you’d rather go personalized, check out the options at LillianVernon.com.

Mouse Pads

Crime Scene Tape Leggings. If you read or write mystery or crime novels, you might adore the crime scene tape leggings from PrettyGuide.com. Of course, whether you have the figure to pull off that look is entirely up to you.


Steering Wheel Laptop Desk. If only that writer could get some words down while waiting in the parking lot for her kid’s activity to finish or while sitting in the car during lunch break . . .  How about a laptop desk for your car? Zone Tech makes just such a thing.

Laptop desk for car

Office Supply Gift Card. Not surprisingly, the bookish and writerly tend to adore office supplies. We can spend hours perusing office organization products, computer accessories, and desk trimmings. Being let loose with a gift card in an office supply store sounds awesome to many of us.

Gift cards to Office Max, Office Depot, and Staples

Writer-on-Deadline Gift Basket. Yep, you have to put this together yourself, but trust me, this would be wonderful for writers who are under the time crunch of NaNoWriMo, contract deadlines, or self-publishing goals. Here’s one I put together and a list of items you could include:

Writer's Deadline Gift Basket

  • Tea bags – mix up the caffeinated and decaffeinated, for the writer to use as needed
  • Writer encouragement mug – a glimpse at the cup might reinvigorate the writing
  • Snacks – to keep up energy and strength
  • Coffee, soda, or energy drinks – for that extra push
  • Multivitamins or immunity booster (like Airborne) – to keep the immune system strong
  • Composition book – for jotting down scenes, character issues, edits
  • Do Not Disturb sign – to remind the writer’s household not to interrupt the magic (you can find the one I used here)
  • Post-it notes – for marking up the manuscript in the editing stage
  • Highlighters – same as the post-its
  • Pizza delivery gift card – for those times when supper preparation needs to give way to word count
  • Back massager/relaxer – hunching over the computer can give a writer backaches
  • Champagne/wine & glasses – to celebrate when the deadline is met!

For previous years’ gift lists, check out the following posts:

Gifts for the Grammar Geek
Gifts for the Word Lover
Gifts for the Book Reader
Gifts for the Writer
10 Holiday Gifts for Readers and Writers

ROW80 Update

This may be my worst ROW80 yet! I’ve been MIA on my blog for a couple of weeks and involved in a side project that has taken me away from my goals. Still, here’s where I am:

1. Edit, polish, and release two more short stories in my Paranormal Playground series. I actually edited a story and sent another one to a critique partner for feedback.

2. Read 12 books. Since checking in, I’ve read There Goes the Groom by Rita Herron, City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, and a nonfiction title. That takes me up to seven.

3. Attend Immersion Master Class and follow-up. I did Immersion, but I still need to do a lot more editing on my WIP.

What gift ideas do you have for the reader or writer in your life? What would add to my writer-on-deadline gift basket? And how was your week?


Gifts for the Book Reader

Thanks for joining me on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday. I’ve been through the labyrinth of holiday shopping (it really is a MAZE out there) and have returned to give you more ideas of what to buy the language lovers in your life.

So far I’ve covered holiday gift ideas for the Grammar Geek and the Word Lover. Today’s offerings are for the Book Reader in your family-and-friends circle. Of course, the obvious present for the Book Reader is books. More and more and more books! However, they will also enjoy book-related items that remind them of reading when they can’t actually be reading.

Note: Clicking on any picture below will take you to a purchase site.

Reading Journal. While some avid readers may track online or with software, others prefer to jot down what they’ve read and their thought on the books. You can find some lovely reading journals at local bookstores, such Barnes & Noble, Half Price Books, or your indie shop. Amazon also has a selection, including this mini-journal which can fit into a purse.

Tote bag. I’ve gotten so many free tote bags over the years that I can’t ever make a good case to buy one of these. But if I got one as a gift? There are some wonderful book-themed totes.

Bathtub caddy. What’s better than a drink, a book, and a bubble bath for the bookish on your list? Having dropped my book in the tub more than once, I can honestly say that a caddy would be nice. Those pages never really dry out the same. Be careful with the cheaper metal ones, as they can rust. Here’s one made of bamboo from Linens -N- Things.

Silver book charm. You can find silver book charms online. Among my favorites are the following book cover charms from Etsy and a beautiful sterling silver charm from James Avery that can be engraved.

Bookplate Labels. Make your reader happy with bookplates for their library. We book lovers tend to loan out books to others (“You must read this!”), but we do want our treasured books back (“My precious”). Bookplate Ink offers a variety of beautiful, high-quality bookplates or you make your own with the Avery bookplate labels template.

Book cover poster. If your book lover needs to cover a blank wall, help them out with some vintage book cover art. Art.com and AllPosters.com carry quite a few book cover posters which run about $20-$25 for a 12 x 16 print.

Literary Dolls. Move over G.I. Joe and Barbie, it’s time for the Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens action figures!

Unless your reader would rather have an Edgar Allan Poe or Mark Twain bobblehead:

You can find many other author dolls online such as Anne Bronte, J.R.R. Tolkien, Maya Angelou, and James Joyce from Uneek Doll Designs. Here’s a mystery lover’s favorite, Agatha Christie.

Coasters. Your Book Lover may need somewhere to place their drink while they quench their reading thirst.  Zazzle.com has a wonderful collection of coasters for book lovers.

What else would a book lover enjoy getting for the holidays? What book-related gift have you enjoyed?