Today, I’m doing the 2012 edition of my annual gift list for writers. If you’re a writer, send this on to those who might be buying gifts for you. If you know a writer, why not pick something off this list. But first:
The View From Here is officially on sale now. Perhaps you’d like to give a copy to a reader in your life — or buy an early gift for yourself? It’s avaialbe in print and ebook, pretty much everywhere.
Now, on to the 2013 gift list:
Other People’s TShirts has a great collection of Tees, sweat shirts, magnets, mugs and other items that would appeal to writers. I especially like the “I Am Silently Correcting Your Grammar” shirt or “Apostrophes Do Not Make Plurals.”
While many writers I know would love a new Kindle, Nook, or tablet, a fun cover for their tech accessories will set your back less, such as the Typewriter ereader cover from Accessory Geek.
Toys help inspire creativity, from simple markers or modeling clay, to more literary-inspired items. Shakespeare’s Den has a lineup of poseable literary action figures to amuse the writer in your life, including Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens.
Shakespeare’s Den also has a beautiful selection of literary jewelry — pendants, bracelets and charms that quote from great literature, such as a silver cuff bracelet inscribed with teh quote “To thine own self be true.”
For all the high-tech gadgets that make our lives easier, there’s nothing like getting back to basics. Most writers I know love pens, paper, notebooks and notecards — the nicer, the better. While you can write a masterpiece in a lined student notebook, the gift of a journal might inspire you to do even more. Love Notebooks has beautiful notebooks and journals that are little works of art.
Fat Brain Toys offers a Book Lover’s Magnetic Poetry kit to get those creative brain cells firing, or the Desk Essentials Combo Pack to take goofing off while creating to a new level. Or how about a Little Box of Encouraging Words for those times when rejection is getting your down?
The writer in your life would probably love a gift certificate to a book store or office supply store. Or encourage their dream by paying their way to a writer’s conference. Shaw Guides maintains a list of conferences here.
What’s the best writing gift you’ve ever received? Post in the comments — you might just inspire the perfect giftr for some other writer.
As always, feel free to share the information in this post with others. Thank you. Cindi Myers