Gifts for Writers

Sunday, December 03, 2017
If you’re anything like me, you’re in the weeds of holiday gift buying. My Amazon cart is full, and my checking account is dwindling.

Presents are permeating my mind and, I must admit, I’ve even given some thought to the writing-related gifts I’d like this holiday season.

Last month, I offered ways to thank the writer in your life. This month, I thought I’d offer gift ideas for that same special someone.

The first idea that comes to mind is books specifically geared towards writers. These could be books with publishing advice, books that help with structure or development, or books that provide support with world or character building. I have several and usually get updates of my favorites every year. They are a treasure trove of information, and I’m always happy to receive them.

Want to support your writer’s daily work? Why not give them a notebook where they can jot down ideas. While most writer use computers to write their books, many writers continue to keep a pocket journal for those spur-of-the-moment inspirations. A quality, leather notebook, or small, pocket-style journal are a great way to support and inspire their work.

Whenever agents and editors give advice to writers, it’s to read – widely – in their specific genre. Yes, we all have kindles and books on tape, but there is something about receiving a brand-new book in your favorite genre that can spark even the most tired of writers. Help them write by giving them the gift of writing.

If you’re willing to give them a more expensive gift, consider giving them the gift of a writer’s retreat. These retreats occur all over the United States, and offer a wonderful opportunity for them to connect with other writers, to get feedback on their work in progress, and to network with people in the writing and publishing industry.

The best and most valuable gift I can suggest for a writer is also the simplest: give the writer in your life time by themselves to write without interruption. Maybe promise to give them one hour each day of uninterrupted time where they can focus strictly on their writing. For many of us, finding the opportunity to write in our crazy lives – without kids, without spouses, without phone calls – is the best gift we can receive.

So, as you start your holiday shopping this season, consider giving the writer in your life something they can really use to help them further your goals.

Have any great ideas for writers? I’d love to hear them!

Bethany Masone Harar is an author, teacher, and blogger, who does her best to turn reluctant readers into voracious, book-reading nerds. Check out her blog here and her website here.


Sioux Roslawski said...

Beth--To add to your list, here is an idea:

If your friend has a published book or short story, make a copy of one page, and use it to make a blackout poem. Mat it and frame it. You have an inexpensive but personalized gift.

I hope you manage to get all your shopping finished in time.

Beth said...

Great idea!! I thought about adding the idea of a new laptop - which is very expensive, but I'm sure many writers would appreciate it!

Angela Mackintosh said...

Great ideas, Beth! I'll add a present my hubby is getting me that is good mid-size gift for writers: a microphone. It helps to read your writing out loud, and my computer just had the crappy built-in mic, so I asked for a nice podcasting mic that I can record with.

I LOVE your idea of giving a writing retreat!

Renee Roberson said...

Great ideas, Beth. I know my hubby is struggling to find some ideas for me so I might need to make a list of some writer-ly events I wouldn't mind to send him! He did get me a gift certificate to a local writer's retreat one year for my birthday and I loved it.

Angela--I love the idea of a podcasting mic! You'll have to let us know how that works for you.

Mary Horner said...

I love these ideas. Thanks for sharing. One gift I use as a writer is a gift card to my local coffee shop, which may or may not be Starbucks!

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