Do you know a writer? Perhaps you’re in love with a writer or married to one. Maybe you’ve birthed a writer.
I’m a writer and there’s nothing better than getting the perfect writing gift. The perfect writing gift can take on many forms. And when it’s wrapped in shiny paper or flat paper with pretty pictures on it and tied up with a pretty bow, you can’t go wrong.
So what can you purchase and wrap up in pretty paper and give to a writer? Here are ten writer gift ideas that the writer you love will be sure to love.
1. Pens. I have yet to meet a writer who doesn’t love a really nice pen. Keep in mind that writers have “pen preferences” and it’s important to really know your writer to ensure you are giving him/her the “perfect” pen. Does she like a BIC pen? A gel pen? A colored pen? Or a fancy pen with her name engraved on it? Do your research and then go out and purchase about a dozen pens of her choice. Wrap and give.
2. Paper. Paper is an essential writer tool. This too can come in many forms. Pretty notebooks (more on this later), reams of paper, or sticky notes just to name a few. If your writer is in the editing stage, index cards might be her “paper” of choice. If it is, get lots of them.
3. Notebooks. I realize these are a form of paper, but notebooks are so wonderful, they deserve a separate number in this list. Does your writer like spiral bound, composition notebooks, hard back, with prompts, without? It doesn’t really matter. Go to your nearest book or paper store, find the notebooks and purchase one of each. Bundle them in a towering stack and forget the wrapping paper altogether. Just wrap them with a beautiful bow and be prepared to have them snatched out of your hand upon receipt.
4. A computer. In this day and age, technology is necessary. A computer, preferably with two screens, is going to be a lovely gift for any writer in your life. If your writer is mobile, go for a laptop or an iPad or another type of easy to pack and carry electronic that allows your writer to write on the go.
5. Books. I know, you’re thinking: “She’s a writer, why does she need books?” She needs books for research. Take a look at her bookshelves and skim the authors’ names on the spines of the books. Then, go out and look for more titles by those same authors. Purchase them, wrap them up, and give them to her. If you don’t want to chance getting the wrong books, purchase a gift card (think $$$) to Amazon or her favorite brick and mortar bookstore and drive her there to shop. Be prepared to be there for hours.
6. Writer’s conference. You don’t have to purchase the entire conference, just registration for one will do. You’re welcome to accompany your writer to the conference, as long as you realize that when she gets there, you won’t really be noticed except for picking her up and dropping her off each day. Think of this as your writer’s college experience. It doesn’t matter if she’s already gone to college; she’s going to want this too. Start researching, plan ahead, and get her signed up. I highly recommend the San Francisco Writer’s Conference.
7. Writer’s gear. It doesn’t matter if it’s a coffee mug or a t-shirt, writers love their flare. If you don’t know what to get her, try this site and purchase one of each and a hundred writer business cards. She’ll love you for it. If you don’t know a writer (other than me) I’ll take the scarf… in red please.
8. A desk. Every writer needs her writing space and a desk is an important component of this. Consider her style before you purchase (or build) the desk. Does it need to be a roll top? Big? Small? With nooks & crannies? Or something simple like a door on saw horses? Important note: assemble it first. No writer has the patience for it to be assembled after she’s opened the box.
9. Writer playlist. Whether you purchase her a music device with tons of her favorite music already downloaded or simply give her an iTunes card, she’s going to love this. Writers need music to writer. Be sure to include a lovely set of headphones as well. She might need to drown out the sound of your voice when she’s writing.
10. NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard of this, I encourage you to look into it. It’s a month of nothing but writing for your writer. She’s got the chance to win cool prizes, buy great NaNo gear, and generally pretend the world doesn’t exist while she pounds out her novel. If your writer hasn’t tried this before, set the stage and give it to her as a gift. If she’s heard of it and hasn’t been able to participate before, set the stage and give her the month of November.
And there you have it. A list of ten things the writer in your life is sure to love. #amwriting #writerslife