This week I present my annual list of Gifts for Writers. These items would delight the writer in your life. Or perhaps you’d like to leave this list somewhere for your own personal Santa.


I’ll start with the more obvious and practical gifts. Most writers I know would love to receive a gift basket of office supplies — cool notebooks, beautiful pens, sticky notes, paperclips, envelopes, etc, etc. For some gorgeous writing materials, check out Levenger.

Other practical ideas: gift cards to bookstores or office supply stores, a gift certificate for a massage, books of all kinds.


How about some gifts you can give that are free or low-cost? Coupons for child care or free don_t-break-the-chain-calendar-year_smallmeals would be much appreciated by most busy writers. Or how about this free “Don’t Break the Chain” calendar to help the writer keep track of writing goals? Download it, laminate it and present it to your favorite writer, perhaps with a pack of colorful Sharpies.


How about some clothing items to inspire the writer in your life?  Out of Print Clothing has a wonderful selection of literary-inspired Tshirts Tshirtfor men and women, including this Pride and Prejudice shirt.

Or how about a pair of fingerless gloves? In winter, typing can be cold work. If you’re crafty, you can knit or crochet a pair, or how about a literary-inspired pair, like these Jane Austen fingerless gloves?


Tea is my drink of choice. Many writers prefer coffee, but we can all agree on the need for big mugs to hold our hot beverages. The Literary Gift Company has a fantastic se


lection of mugs, including this one.

If you prefer a stronger drink, how about a set of literary inspired shot glasses, from the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild, another great source for writerly gifts.


writerscardsEvery writer needs a nice set of notecards, for sending old-fashioned thank-you notes to booksellers and others who have helped us along the way. How about gifting a writer with a set of notecards featuring famous writers, also from the Unemployed Philospher’s Guild.


Writing books such as market guides, or writing toolboxsoftware, such as Scribner, make great gifts for writers. I also like toys and other items that inspire creativity. The Writer’s Toolbox, from the Literary Gift Company, features a number of activities to help in building plots and characters and getting unstuck.


chocolateFinally, writers like to eat, and most of the writers I know love chocolate. You could whip up some homemade brownies or truffles, or you could give them some Writers Block chocolate from Writers Workshoppe.


Those are my suggestions. How about you? What do you think would be a great gift for a writer?


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